Is that kind of single-minded dedication to music something that you either have naturally or not?
"I think so, I don’t think it’s something you can fake or put on. And it’s been the same for me for as long as I can remember. There’s never been a time that I haven’t been completely surrounded by music and music-making. It stems right back to even before I was born, I think!"
From the womb?
"Exactly. My mother was in labour with me for 72 hours and listened to Saturday Night Fever during that time and apparently I gave her a really hard time, kicking all the way through. So I’ve always considered that to be the start of me getting my right foot moving.
"My parents were blasting music all the time, so it was ingrained in me from as early as I can remember. I learned to use a record player at three years old, before I could speak. I was fascinated by rhythms and the sounds on my parent’s records, but it came naturally to me. It wasn’t a case of getting to an age when my friends were listening to music and starting to hear stuff I loved, I’d grown up with it."
And there were musicians in the family to help get you started…
"Yeah, and that was really important. My grandfather was an organist and he taught me chords on the guitar at a very young age. I started playing at five and I have pictures of him and me at that age, just beginning to figure out getting my fingers around the instrument and just drinking it all in."