Sorrow Stories

Sorrow Stories - Singer-Songwriter/Musician

I am the sole songwriter, vocalist, musician, creator and producer of my music and I go under the name 'Sorrow Stories' I make music of different alternative genres that mostly exists around acoustic and electronic music. I have just released my album 'The Past Always Repeats Again: The Remixes' on Bandcamp & streaming sites. Featuring many artists, including special guest 'Assemblage 23' It is available as a (signed) LTD ED 6CD Box Set & Digital Download and includes exclusive Sorrow Stories music, Bonus Remixes and 'In The Moog' Radio Plays. Plus a set of SS stickers. I also recently worked on some new instrumentals on a soundtrack for the 'Tamesis Trilogy 1' movie by Athertz that had a live screening premiere at a Totally Thames Event 2019. It is currently circling other festivals and there are plans for an upcoming release of the soundtrack. Plus, I appeared as a guest vocalist and songwriter on Rickerly's 'Oneironauts' album (2019) All of Sorrow Stories music is part of The British Library Sound Archives and is available to hear/download/buy from Bandcamp.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

I love music. Both as a songwriter and a fan. It's always been the one consistent thing that's been with me through all of my experiences in life and inspires me emotionally to think and feel about many different subjects.

What is your music dream?

I would be content with just having a regular fan base and being able to make a steady income would be a bonus but I have no real desire to be a 'star' or 'rich and famous' Ultimately, I just love to make music and could never do it for superficial reasons. I have to write, sing, play, create in the same way that I have to breathe. I did that before anyone else ever heard my songs and I'll be doing that for as long as I can, for the rest of my life.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Of course, I would love to live in a world where all species were more at peace. There was no murder, no rape, no poverty, no prejudice...realistically though, maybe there has to be good to have bad...So if I could change the world, I would like to do it with my music but only for the right reasons. Maybe someone whose experiencing loneliness, pain or alienation as I have throughout life could find some comfort in hearing my songs the same kind of way I seaked comfort through music. That would be and always is an achievement for me, more so than any money or commercial success could ever be but at the same time, the more people who can hear my work enables more people who feel this way to experience my music. It might seem like a huge thing to achieve but it's really on a very small scale compared to other things, although very meaningful to the individual.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I don't have just one. There are a lot of 80's/90's songs that I grew up hearing and still enjoy. I think any of the earlier tracks by either Duran Duran or The Cure because I still like them today.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

I love a lot of music. Specifically bands/artists from different alternative genres. Including: Elliott Smith, Red House Painters, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hole, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees/Mark Lanagan, Smashing Pumpkins Nine Inch Nails, Assemblage 23, Depeche Mode, VNV Nation, Stabbing Westward/The Dreaming, Life Of Agony, etc

What inspires you to make music?

My own thoughts & feelings. Experiences. Ideas. From other artists: Lyrics, Melody, real voices are inspiring...but certain styles, production and things like autotune tend to have the opposite effect for me when it comes to being inspired lol

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I don't have one specific message I am trying to send with my music but if the listeners can relate to my songs or it makes them think or feel something relevant to them than that is a good thing. I always loved lyrics growing up and quoting my favorite songs and artists. Whether I was looking at or relating to them as autobiographical or metaphorical. Both ways of which I feel I write. Often at the same time.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I haven't. Yet! - but most likely the answer would be: terrified!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think that it is harder for good songwriters to get noticed because we're living at a time when the mainstream radio is least likely to care about what you are singing about, whether you play an instrument or not or have any real craft to your song. It all feels kind of fake. However, being able to share on the internet does allow more people to be able to hear your work but getting your music to the right people is a challenge.

What do you think of Drooble?

I've just recently joined here and it looks like a good site for songwriters, as well as for music fans.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Learning to use and finding the best equipment has sometimes been frustrating as can finding the time, space and health to perform songs as accurately as I would like but when it comes to the creating side of things, I get more frustrated with not being able to have songs done as quickly as I can create them, which often can be overwhelming.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I do but not actively.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I'm not sure that 'quality' is the right word to use for today in order to reach larger audiences or at least not in terms of popularity but I think well written songs that feature meaningful lyrics, good melody and vocals that perform deeper than the surface (or at least one of these things) will appeal to the right people, as they always have.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

The following artists certainly have their own fan bases but I feel they deserve more acknowledgement and appreciation than they get: Elliott Smith and Mark Kozelek (i.e Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) who are both brilliant songwriters and acoustic artists. Also, Assemblage 23 and VNV Nation who are both great electronic songwriters and are one-man bands.