What encouraged you to first start making music? Who did you admire growing up and who are your earliest inspirations, musical and otherwise?
"The first band I fell in love with properly was Iron Maiden actually, and right from the get-go I wanted to try and make music myself - I was never much of a passive spectator. Nirvana drew me towards punk and hardcore, bands like Black Flag and NOFX."
Tell us about your plans for 2011 / 2012?
"I'm in the USA and Canada in the Autumn, and then the UK and Europe at the end of this year. Next year is a little hazier at the moment, but I will be on the road pretty continuously, knowing me."
Who are your most revered musicians and what do you find so inspiring about them?
"Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Bob Dylan are kind of the big three for me - in different ways they personify dedication, artistic daring and entertainment for me. I'm also very inspired by Henry Rollins and his take on life."
You must have some pretty devoted fans: what’s the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
"Some of the fan tattoos I have seen are a little full on for me, especially if they're portraits, but at base it's a compliment I suppose. I get presents from people a lot of the time and they're all ace."
What music are you listening to at the moment? Can you give us any tips on up and coming acts or hidden gems we may not have heard of?
"Recently I've been mainlining the two guys I was on tour with in the UK - Ben Marwood and Franz Nicolay - as well as a whole bunch of Townes Van Zandt."
What can we expect from your performances at the festivals?
"Me and the band leading a celebration where everyone is invited."