Music reporter Vicki McCarthy talks to Chris Wesson ahead of his his gig on November 19.
With live music firmly back on the cards, I was lucky enough to attend a few gigs in recent weeks, with one of the highlights being a storming set from 90s Britpop legends The Bluetones, who played at Unit Nine venue in Old Wolverton.
On the night, I was heartened to see a packed audience ready and waiting for the supporting acts Toffees and Chris Wesson.
Not being one to refuse an opportunity to turn a gig into an informal networking session, I learned that Chris was in fact looking forward to returning to the venue towards the end of the year, but this time as the headline act.
Chris and I caught up later to talk about the forthcoming event some more.
Taking place on Friday 19 November at Unit Nine venue, Chris will be supported on the night by great local duo Little White Lights and another local act, to be confirmed.
So, I asked Chris how he got into performing. “I was 15,” Chris reminisced, “There was a lad at school that played guitar who charged other kids a quid each to hear him play! I thought to myself, ‘I fancy some of that!’ and started to learn guitar too. It just went from there.”
After moving to London for work, Chris found himself working for Sony BMG, “At the same time as Simon Cowell!” Chris smiled, “But it was when I started working with colleagues in A&R that I developed a passion for getting music heard, and that included my music too, especially as my experience grew.”
Returning to MK, Chris got involved in the local music scene here by attending open mic nights and gigs, where he met fellow music-lovers and performers.
Fast forward to 2020, the UK was plunged into lockdown, which saw Chris spending time crafting new material and recording three new singles, ‘Where are you?’, ‘Understand’ and ‘Second chances’, which are out now on Spotify.
With a gig alongside Lucy Spraggan – who originally found fame on X-Factor and formed a career as a respected singer and songwriter – under his belt, Chris was chuffed to be asked to support The Bluetones
when they visited Milton Keynes on their recent UK tour.
Chris elaborated, “It’s the biggest name myself and the band have supported and was such a great gig. The turnout was impressive, the atmosphere electric and the venue excellent. We couldn’t have asked for a better show.”
So, what’s next for Chris, besides the headline gig on 19 November?
“Thinking of a band name!” he laughed, “There’s myself, Callum Mangold-Jackson, Dale Parker and Jimmy Brewer that make up the band, but so far we’ve not managed to come up with a name!”
Answers on a postcard folks!
Failing that, seek the guys out at Unit Nine in November with your best suggestions!
Find out more and buy gig tickets at facebook.com/chriswessonuk