A week or two ago, I was approached by The Voice, asking me to perform on the show.
I gave it a fair bit of thought, as personally, I thought it might be a great platform for me to reach a wider audience with my music.
Obviously I was aware that I may lose a fair amount of credibility, but I figured that as long as I was true to myself, and the positives far outweighed the negatives, then that wasn’t particularly important.
See that’s what makes me laugh about people that say you’re a ‘SELL OUT’ if your music gets picked up by the mainstream music system. They are the same people that complain that there is no decent music in the mainstream. Well. I’m afraid you can’t have both.
I would have sold out if I changed my music to fit into the mainstream mould. If I stayed true to my music, and broke into the mainstream, I would not be a sell out. I would simply have more listeners.
This was what I needed to find out.
Having read the shows small print, and talked to people that know about the set up of the show (I’ve never seen it) I realised that unfortunately, although it would be a great platform, I would have to go against my principles, to be on the show, and would therefore be selling out.
I would have to sing covers, and ‘battle’ other performers. That isn’t what I stand for, and so unfortunately, I won’t be appearing on your TV sets in the near future.
I would like to say a massive thank you to the producers of the show though. I am flattered to have been invited, and I’m flattered you came and watched me perform at the Isle of Wight Festival. It’s a massive confidence boost!
I think when you look deep inside yourself, long after the fame, money, and kudos have dried up, you’re left with your morals and your principles.
They are your ‘pension’. They keep you warm in old age, and without them, you are nothing.
Fame and money are not my goal. My goal is to be me. But the best me I can possibly be.
Whether that leads me to an early grave, a bedsit in Eastbourne, or a houseboat in the Cotswolds, I will still have me. In the purest form possible.
I hope people can understand that.