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Singer/songwriter Bradley Garner began playing the guitar in April of 2006. In September of 2009 he began singing and writing his own songs, his first original song was 'A Thousand Days'. In January of 2011 Bradley released his debut single 'Fugitive'! He has performed at a wide range of events in New Zealand including festivals, carnivals, charity shows, cafe performances and many more...
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What inspired you to become a musician?
That is probably one of the hardest questions Iíve been asked. Iíve always loved music, as a kid Iíd sit by our sound system and record my voice onto tapes and play tracks in between, like a radio presenter. I absolutely loved it! When I was in the UK my Dadís best friend gave me a old guitar for one of my birthdays, at the time I thought nothing of it and it spent most of its time in the attic. It wasnít until I came to NZ in 2006 when I started playing it. I bought an electric guitar and thought it would be awesome to be in a band. I began writing my own music in September of 2009 and itís just snowballed since them. There wasnít much inspiration behind becoming a musician, but it feels right!
How do you come up with your lyrics?
Generally I sing about things and events in my life, I guess thatís why so many of my songs are about girls and ďloveĒÖ Itís like my release, writing lyrics to songs gets everything out that I probably normally wouldnít share if I didnít write songs. I sing my heart in my words. There are a couple of my songs that were random; I canít really put my finger on where I got the inspiration.
What will your next release be?
I am currently working on a single called ĎSo Beautifulí, which will release in the next couple of months. Then I am beginning work on an EP, which will release sometime afterwards.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Never give up. Never back down. If youíve got a passion, stick with it. Donít let people knock you down.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I have a fair few pages on the net. I mainly use Facebook and my website to keep in contact with my fans. When I get to 1000 fans on Facebook I'm giving away over $100 worth of stuff for free! I also find Twitter and Myspace to be really handy! Please check them out! ;)
Bradley Garner was born in Swindon, England. In 2006 he moved to the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand with his family who, at the time, were looking for a lifestyle change. Since then he has moved to Invercargill on the South Island of New Zealand to study Audio Production at the Southern Institute of Technology. Bradley has a passion to make a positive impact on people's lives. He believes it is important to raise awareness for causes that deserve to be heard and support people in need. He supports organizations such as Fair Trade, Canteen, the Child Cancer Foundation and Greenpeace.
Bradley Garner is an independent musician who plays a variety of instruments. In April of 2009 he began playing the acoustic guitar and in September of that year, began singing and writing his own songs. In January of 2011 Bradley released his debut rock single 'Fugitive', followed by his second single, 'So Beautiful' later that year. Bradley's most recent release is 'The Heart' EP, which released on January 31st 2012. He has performed at a wide range of events in New Zealand and in 2011 he toured the North Island of New Zealand.
For more information please visit www.BradleyGarner.com.