Sitting down under the framed golden and silver vinyl with Thorne before his Album launch you wouldn’t think of him as someone who’d be nervous. His persona gives off a charismatic individual whose living life; head held high with a positive step in every stride. Yet he’s afraid about “Not crapping myself” during the evening to come. Jokes aside his confidence for the launch remains full of optimism: “We’ve done the sound check, and I’ve had a good listen to everything. To be honest, if it sounds anything like it did in sound check, I think we’re on to a winner.”
The coming album launch to Thorne is seen as a brand new chapter. “Bring It On!” is his remark to the future as today he’s just started a new journey as his aspirations thus far have been reached with his creation of both the album and the artwork. So where did his journey begin? For Thorne growing up in the Nashville era of the 90s listening to artists such as Martina Mcbride and Garth Brooks helped fueled a passion that led him to the present. But the artists themselves are but a small part of Mr Hill’s journey. The ever changing world of music as a general trend led to the rise of channels such as CMT: “I found CMT on Sky. Before I knew it, there was no other channel on the TV! And I was sucked in from there.”
Using this influential upbringing, Thorne was led down an eventuality in the song creation process that resulted in ‘No More Holding Back’. The ideas for Mr Hill in the writing room came from some of the most inopportune of occurrences. Whether it be in the shower or in the middle of the night, these ideas to him come answered with an “Oh yeah! Great!” So he always makes sure he has a notepad nearby as: “In respect to the album. I had lyrics, tunes, chords, God knows what recorded, stuck in my head.”
Within the recording studio is where the real magic behind the debut release took place. He worked with several musicians to compile, record and compose the album.”The actual guys I worked with, the Musicians were phenomenal.” The approach here that Thorne wanted to take was one that would both stay true to the genre but also differentiate itself from the Nashville scene, as with the rise of British Country Music Thorne believes: “It’s a great time to be a part of.” From a writing perspective, the mutual understanding and respect between the old and new style of Country means that the song creation process remains somewhat the same “as your influences influence you on how you write.”
Thorne isn’t just the experienced writer, but his performances at major Country events such as C2C has helped to fuel the fire deep within. That inferno has resulted in the chasing down of both his dream to perform and write: “It lit a fire and really gave me a taste of what the future really could be.” “It’s what’s spurred me on to write more, record more.” While performing at events across the entirety of the United Kingdom the reception for Thorne has been one of a positive nature. Thorne puts this partly down to his movement on stage: “I’m very much a mover” despite this he wouldn’t be caught in the limelight with a guitar in hand when his guitarist would “run circles around me again and again.”
With Thornes ever expanding experience, there will always be new artists coming through the ranks on the British Country scene. They’ll be facing a more competitive genre as its popularity has increased tenfold since the rise of existing acts such as The Shires, who have been spearheading the UK’s Country presence on the global stage. With Thorne recently breaking into the genre, he gave some advice for those who wish to follow in his footsteps: “Keep going. Never give up. Continue to be an influence.”
Thornes journey through the ‘Open Road’ of the Country genre has translated into an array of successes of late. His debut album which released just earlier in the day broke into the top 30 of the Country music charts on Itunes. Responding with an array of happiness in tone Thorne broke the news that: “And then I got a text about two hours ago saying uhh you’re at number 6.”
For the album’s launch party just being hours away, the question to Thorne about his standout track couldn’t be avoided. To Thorne, the track that he has the biggest personal connection with is ‘Keep Walking Away.’ Though to him, each track holds equal significance in his mind: “I think it does span.” (Laughing) he then jokingly turns the tables on me for my opinion.
Thorne’s down to Earth and relatively laid back approach as both a performer, singer and songwriter was highlighted in the way he engaged with myself backstage as “It makes you feel. It’s all about making someone feel something.” With the night kicking off in a matter of hours. Thorne knows that tonight is his night. The optimism and positivity surrounding his persona is contagious as with every challenge he simply stands up and faces it with positivity in mind. “A lot of people kinda say you sound a bit American, are you sure should be doing that? His response “I’ve lived with Country Music all my life…” “If anything it’s hard for me to sing in another accent (Laughs) “That’s all you know.”
With the night just being hours away. Thorne promises the audience a treat. With his approach to Country Music being one where he hopes to be something refreshing and put his personality at the forefront of each performance, as well as behind the scenes.
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