As a singer/ song writer, you must be always creating. Why do you think being creative is important?
From a young age I’ve loved the idea of creativity. It’s quite a general term but I love the fact that it’s endless and unique to you. I think it’s an incredible thing. I’ve found it’s helped me to express myself and I’ve discovered a lot about myself through it.
Only we can create the things we create in our own unique way. No-one else has the ability to create what we can come up with or the ideas we have. I think that’s an exciting thing!
There are many people who don’t know God who can connect with Him through the things we create. The bible says to use your gifts to serve others and I feel if you’ve been given a gift of creativity, use it to serve him and serve others in whatever outlet that may be!
I’ve found the more time I spend with God the easier it is to create. I am often hit with creative ideas or concepts when I spend time with Him. Creativity doesn’t mean you have to be able to paint, or write songs, or be filmmakers, we are all unique and we express creativity in different ways.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
My faith and the word of God is undoubtedly my greatest source of inspiration. But I also love the outdoors and being in nature and places untouched by man. It gives me space to think and listen and connect with God. I love to create things that reflect God and his character or things that will inspire others.
I also get inspired by people. Watching and learning how others see the world and deal with situations really inspires me because it challenges me and helps me to see from a new perspective.
Have you ever felt creatively dry? How did you get your self out of the drought?
Definitely. Especially with song writing. I had massive writers block for a very long time. I think busyness doesn’t help in the creative process. It’s only when I started to understand the importance of rest, I started to create again. Making space to just sit and think is one of the most underrated things in life, especially with so many distractions around, my phone probably being one of my biggest. Sometimes just sitting and looking out a window or looking out at a beautiful view without any distraction can be a way to be inspired again.
I’ve found in those moments I’ve had sudden crazy inspiration to do or create something. It can even happen in the shower, as it’s a space where you have nothing with you apart from your own mind. I find myself staring into space with the water running over me and random ideas flooding into my mind which then motivates me to get out the shower to start creating. Get yourself in a shower or away from distractions. Have something ready to write down your ideas!
What’s the most exciting part of touring as part of a band?
For me, I love travelling to new cities and towns we’d probably never visit if we weren’t a band. We’ve found some hidden gems over the years of touring. It’s a good way of getting to know and see a country. I also love meeting and connecting with people within the different towns and cities.
Do you ever feel anxious about playing Live to an audience? What helps you overcome the nerves?
Absolutely. I don’t think we’ll ever stop being a little bit anxious before a show, it’s usually the ten minute warning before a show where the nerves kick in, but once we’re on the stage and about 2 songs in the nerves usually go. I think there’s always a vibe at a show depending on the room and the people there and it’s the unknowing that puts us a bit on edge. Once we’ve got a feel for it we settle in it. We try to all pray together just before we go on to give us peace and help us to relax and let go.
You travel a lot with the band, how do you find time to rest in such a busy season?
It can be very difficult finding time to rest. I’ve realised how much lack of rest effects me spiritually too. I think when you’re tired it’s a lot easier to become discouraged by things, and you start to work on autopilot which makes it difficult to get your body out of a routine and just rest. Whenever I’m home, I try and get out in the fresh air as much as possible and go on walks, read and teach myself new skills, sometimes I spend half a day in bed or put on some films. Family time is very important too and always helps to be with people who I can completely be myself around. Catching up on sleep is very important.
How does your faith influence your music?
Lyrically we write about our faith experiences and sometimes we quote straight from scripture. We don’t want our music to be remotely Christian because we want it to be accessible to everyone whether Christian or not. We hope that people can interpret our lyrics in a way that encourages and uplifts them and that God working through us will lift things off of people, like David did in the Old Testament when he played his harp for Saul which relieved him of his torment.
Music is such a powerful thing that can reach into the core of a person more than a lot of other things, and we hope that people can sense something different about our music when we play. We want to sing hope and life over people!
Do you have a favourite verse which encourages you on the tougher days?
A verse I always come back to is ‘Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10) It’s so simple but reminds me that He is Lord over everything and he has the final say. I can trust that in whatever situation he’s in control. He knows what is best for us and he has our best interest at heart.
‘And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.’ Romans 8:28
What are you most excited for in the next couple of months?
Time to write and work on more material! This year has been crazy, the most amount of time I’ve been at home in one go has been two weeks! Looking forward to time over Christmas to be with family, rest and be inspired and work on new music. We’ve played the same songs over and over again and I think it’s time to start creating something new and singing new songs over people.
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I pray that you’re encouraged by Beth’s words. Let me know if you can relate to what she shared!
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