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Exclusive Interview: Scott McWatt

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Listen to our exclusive interview above with emerging Glaswegian artist Scott McWatt who spoke to us about creating his latest single ‘Summertime Soul,’ dream collabs  plans for 2022, inspirations for his upcoming debut album and more. 

A foot stamping, uplifting earworm from the start gets listeners ready for the familiar, storytelling, Americana, Soulfully Scottish ‘Scott McWatt’ sound.

Following on from the Spring success of his first single ‘Where We’ll Be’, Scott burst into Summer from the first instantly catchy opening riff heralding his next hit single ‘Summertime Soul’.

Citing inspiration from the likes of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and Counting Crows, Scott’s music is brimming with stories and tales of personal experience. His aptitude for song writing can be heard throughout Summertime Soul which is the second single recorded in the lead up to his exciting new album Past Lives, set for release early next year.

Summertime Soul’ is a song that’s been in the making since last July. It was a half-written piece of music with some vague lyrics that became an annoying chorus earworm – a song I learned to dislike as I couldn’t work out the beginning or the end. I seized the opportunity to travel alone as soon as we were allowed, to see my friend in Holland. Throughout the trip, the words just came to me. It didn’t matter who I was with or where I was going my soul and heart was happy. The amazing memories of past gigs, festivals, holidays and lives stopped making me feel frustrated and I paused, it’s about the moment! I came back from Holland and arranged to meet the band in the studio. Unbeknown to me, Fearghal had been working on Summertime Soul, he took the chorus hook and adapted it for the guitar intro and suddenly that annoying earworm became something magical!

Scott’s new material evokes a blend of pop influences and Americana, while remaining loyal to his strong Scottish roots.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scott didn’t learn how to play a guitar until he was 18, despite writing songs and lyrics since the tender age of 14. As a youngster, his family weren’t in the financial position to buy Scott a guitar and he was instead gifted one from a friend. With a lot of encouragement from his grandmother, Scott taught himself how to play guitar and went on to write a host of new songs with the strings at his fingertips. After dabbling in various bands, the 34-year-old has finally settled as a solo artist.

Carrying his battered guitar case playing to audiences from New York to Dublin, Paris to Edinburgh, Scott has a reputation as one of the hardest working musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years and this single marks an exciting new chapter for the emerging Glaswegian artist.

Listen to this song and more emerging artists just like this one on “Discover”, playing Sundays at 1.30 pm PT/4.30 pm ET on Channel R – Today’s Hits & Your All-Time Favorites.

Written by: Channel R

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