"I really thought Pete had the songwriter's knack...
every line seems to spark some new enticing imagery in the mind's eye;
every word is beautifully clear so that you know precisely what he was saying
(while being left with enough space to imagine your own take on the stories he sings)."
Pete Gardiner is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Now living in London full time, Pete is recording and performing
under N.U.A. Entertainment, chaired by Paul Hardcastle.
Pete's debut album is due for release in 2016.
Pete is a singer songwriter from Newtownards in Northern Ireland.
He has had a passion for music since the age of 6 when he first heard Slash
play the opening three chords of "Knockin' on Heavens Door"
and knew right then music was going to play a major role in his life.
He got his first guitar when he was thirteen and started trying to write songs
a couple of years later idolising such greats from the past as Aerosmith,
Poison, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue.
Pete then teamed up with his best pal Paul Steen, who was also a Guns N Roses
fan and before long they were in a rock group together. To their surprise they
didn't quite become the biggest band in the world, so they decided to go acoustic
and did some gigs as a two piece around their home town.
However, after a while Paul switched his talents to producing so Pete decided to go it alone.
It's in his blood to write lyrics. He writes about his circumstances at any given moment,
his relationships with people, doomed love affairs ("you get much better words
out of a sad ending than from a happy one"), news stories that hit him hard when
he's glancing through the paper, and pretty much any thought that comes into his
head that he thinks is worth noting down.
The master songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are, along with Bruce Springsteen,
three of the greatest influences on his life. When he turned 20 and writing songs was
becoming much more important to him, he was drawn to them more and more and began
to discover them on a whole new level. As he says of Dylan and Cohen
("They are both as endearing as each other, they can take you as far as you are
willing to go and then drag you that little bit further, and I learn more and more from them every day.")
It is these influences that made Pete the brilliant lyricist that he is today.
The more you listen to his songs the more you hear and are amazed at how he can put words together
in such a meaningful way that may make you laugh or cry, but will certainly make you take notice.
Whilst working as a cashier in a bank Pete continued to play gigs around local bars at the
weekends while also recording a few E.P's with his producer pal Paul
(the last two of which gained a lot of local airplay on regional BBC stations).
Then, through a tip off from a large radio group in the UK, he was signed by entrepreneur
Neil Utley's label NUA Entertainment, which is chaired by Grammy winner Paul Hardcastle.
Pete's debut album was recorded earlier this year with award winning Irish producer
Tommy McLaughlin (The Villagers) and then mastered at Abbey Road.
He is now based in London where he performs nightly on the club scene.
Four tracks on the album have been remixed by Ash Howes
(Texas, Kylie Minogue, One Direction) and will be used as singles.
Pete was invited by the London Mayor's office to spearhead their 'London Busking'
event which took place in Trafalgar Square in July in front of hundreds of attenders.
They also asked him to join a panel of experts to mentor new artists for the same initiative.
He also recorded a session for Bob Harris 'Under The Apple Tree' at his studios in July and,
more recently, performed at the Bear Grylls Survival Festival in Trent Park.
His first single 'Idols' was released in August, enjoyed a lot of airplay around the UK, was a
featured 'Record of the Day' in the trade magazine and had over 9000 views of the video on YouTube.
The next single 'All These Things' is down for release this spring,
shortly after Pete is due to perform at The Great Escape.
Pete supported Lawson on their nine date UK winter tour throughout November.
He performed a set of his own songs accompanied on stage by a full band and won many new fans along the way.
The debut album is scheduled for the Autumn.
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