I think I might have been born with music at the core of me somehow, my twin and I began singing at the age of 3 or 4 years old and it just progressed from there really.
I would say I'm quite a reclusive artist, and that is I guess something that in the industry at the moment is not quite the thing to be if you want to get 'noticed'
I would say that creativity has always mattered more to me than any sense of being commercially driven, and although all of us are influenced by the thousands of artists out there I would say I never make any effort to make songs 'fit' into the 'sounds like' model.
As an artist I think we have to find our own voice, we have to find that something that is unique to us and can only be expressed by us. We do carry all the people that have influenced us within ourselves, but I see creativity as a language and our own 'gift' within that language is what we should try to find when we create our music, our poems, our paintings, our art - then it's something that's truly ours.
The artists that have spoken to me musically on various levels are way too many to mention here but people like Arvo Part, Geoffrey Burgon, Gavin Bryars, Nittin Sawney, The Beatles, Rachmaninov, Gorecski, Julya Bukowski, David Sylvian, Natacha Atlas, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Kings College Choir, Puccini, Antony And The Johnsons, Kate Bush, Adele, Jeff Lynn, Elizabeth Frazer, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Aretha Franklin, Brian Wilson and Brian Eno have all had an effect on me as a music maker.