Dreams of making an album in six months

Ed Watts performing
Ed Watts performing

A musician is taking on the challenge of writing and recording an album in six months.

Ed Watts, 33, of Gibson Drive, has always been passionate about music and was in a band at the age of 12.

Ed Watts with the band

Ed Watts with the band

Over the last six years he has taken a break from music and has been studying for a business and economics degree at the Open University.

Now his course has finished he has decided to take on his next project.

He will be writing and recording the album from scratch and he will be doing a blog to document his journey.

Ed said: “Since studying I have seen a huge increase in reality TV shows and I was worried that people thought that was the only way to get seen or that fame was the only reason to do something you love.

“I want to take people through the process of setting up a home studio, song writing and recording, to show that anyone can do it.

“I want to give people an idea of how easy it is to write and record your own stuff, especially with all of the software and digital outlets available.”

The musician describes his music as guitar based and often acoustic, his big influences are Ed Sheeran, Nizpoli and Ben Howard.

He hopes to get a gig through BBC Introducing, he said: “My goal is more the sense of achievement but also a small goal to perform on radio.

“I have performed a lot of gigs in my time, to thousands of people but radio is still something I have not done.”

Ed is planning to write and record twelve songs by Christmas, he said: “The album I will record will be written on acoustic guitar but I will want to put strings, keys and a full band behind it.

“There will be lots of honest lyrics about love and life, it needs to come from the heart.”