Derry man, Glenn Rosborough, is one of the must well known local musicians around.
Glenn sprung to prominence as the lead singer of Derry/Strabane band ‘Kharma 45’ several years ago but more recently he has released his second solo single ‘Did It For You’ and several weeks ago he performed live on the Nolan Show on BBC1.
Glenn was born in Derry in 1985 and described his childhood as ‘brilliant’.
“I am the youngest child and with an older brother and sister.
“My dad worked in a factory and mum worked in Woolworth’s. I was unbelievably hyper all of the time, and quite the handful for them to keep an eye on.
“I grew up in a house full of fun, where performing and acting the cad was encouraged ten fold.
“Music was a huge part of home life. Buddy Holly was our nursery rhymes and we all knew how to correctly handle an LP before the age of five,” laughed Glenn.
He added: “I went to First Derry Primary (later to become Fountain P.S.) and then moved on to Foyle College. I really had zero interest in school. I did fine in exams but it really wasn’t for me. I counted down every year until I could leave.
“Being a musician was a very tangible career choice having been obsessed with the whole world of rock stars, record companies and touring the world.
“My parents recognized it and encouraged it. Playing popular music wasn’t encouraged much, and I even got turned down to do it at GCSE level, now I am head lecturer for the music courses at the Nerve Centre,” he said.
Glenn started writing music and playing the guitar when he was very young and said he doesn’t know where he would be if it was not for music.
“I got into music quite naturally. When I was 10 years-old I lifted my dad’s guitar and one of his song books which had pictures of chords on the front. As soon as I started I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, which is a lucky thing to happen at such a young age, if I didn’t find music, I haven’t a clue what I would be doing now.
“I spent hours upon hours every day practicing guitar and singing. I started writing music when I was 12 years-old, and also started gigging then, being ushered into bars and clubs through the back door so I didn’t get anyone into trouble, to play acoustic sets,” he laughed.
“I haven’t stopped playing live since then. From then it has really taken over every aspect of my life. Now, I try and learn a new instrument every year.”
Glenn is a talented recording artist and a producer who can also play the drums and piano and when he is not busy making music of his own he is sharing his knowledge with aspiring musicians at the Nerve Centre.
“It’s an inspiring job to be in and when you see other people sharing your passion for something you love it just makes the whole thing so worthwhile - I wouldn’t change a thing.”
When ‘Kharma 45’ burst on the scene several years ago they were tipped as being one of the most promising bands to emerge from Ireland in recent years.
The band signed a major record deal with Warner and went on play at both Oxegen and Glastonbury.
“My time in Kharma 45 was brilliant. Being signed to a major record company and playing festivals like Oxegen and Glastonbury was almost surreal. We were quite young and fresh round the gills, every day was something new and exciting. The best thing for me, was being able to work with so many great producers like Jim Abyss and Youth. I learned how to make my song writing better which I hope I carried forward into my own work.
“I think finishing writing my album this year was probably my proudest moment. It was always something I planned to do from when I first ever started writing and finally I have done it. I am far more comfortable now, as a writer, to be brutally honest in songs, and to be able to pour all my heart and energy into the process. It took a lot of hard work and late nights to get it to a point where I felt my song writing was good enough that I would put my own name to it, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of a few wonderful people around me both in my private life and my work. I have now, probably for the first time in my life, got a collection of material I can 100 per cent stand over and say that it is totally from the heart.”
In recent weeks, Glenn has been busy recording the video for his second single, ‘Did It For You’ and it will be released online in the coming weeks.
“I have been having a great year so far on the live scene. I’ve been gigging quite a lot with my band getting all the material ironed out and I have also finished recording my album which is due for release in early 2015.
“I have a pretty blessed life already. I hope that I can continue to make, teach and live a life full of music. I can’t wait to get my album out there and share my music with new people. I am hoping to start touring the UK early next year, with my band. I am looking forward to a life out of a suitcase again.”
For all the latest news about Glenn’s music visit www.facebook.com/glennrosboroughmusic