Though he may share one half of his initials with everyone’s favourite character on Recess, CJ Reardon is certainly the epitome of cool. Having already shared a stage with the likes of Bastille and Maverick Sabre, this lad looks destined to really do something special. I fired over a few questions to him earlier this week;
Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?
My name’s CJ Reardon, I’m a singer/songwriter from North London.
What does music mean to you? Is there a memory that stands out as being your first love of music?
Yeah for sure, my folks are huge music fans and were always playing music in the house. I remember hearing Led Zeppelin II when I was about eleven years old, maybe younger. That record changed my life. It made me want to play guitar, it made me fall in love with rock music and made me fall in love with the sound of the 60’s and 70’s.
Tell us about Acid Rain, what was your motivation for writing the EP and what are you hoping to get across with it?
Acid Rain is a very personal track and was one of the first songs I wrote after leaving my previous band. It’s strange, ‘cos when I decided to leave I had no idea what my sound was going to be, I just knew I had a lot of music inside me and I needed to get them out. I moved back to the folk’s house for a bit and pretty much wrote an album’s worth of material, the songs flew out very naturally. It was incredible; great time musically and emotionally. I’m really proud of the EP, there are a lot of diverse sounds and it’s a good representation of where I am at the moment. I hope when people listen to it they’ll find something they connect with.
You’ve previously performed alongside the like of Bastille and Maverick Sabre, two very different acts, which did you prefer and why?
Both were great, playing with both acts was an experience. I was blown away with Maverick Sabre. I played with him when he just released “Let Me Go”, such a great record and the crowd just went mental!
What should we be listening to, besides your good self?
Gregory Alan Isakov, he’s one of the best songwriters out at the moment.
What do you think is the sound of London?
There are a lot of incredible bands and artists coming out of London at the moment from many different genres, it’s a really exciting time for British music.
Where do you hope you are headed?
Debut EP comes out on the 20th October, which I’m really excited about and my second EP comes out early next year. I’m also currently working on some cool little projects. Looking to go on tour next year and hopefully play some shows in Europe.
Who is your least favourite cartoon character?
Beavis and Butthead.
Where and when can we catch you live in London?
My next show is on the 20th October at the Half Moon in Putney. Should be a great show!