Alright! I'm Craig and I make music under the name Crombie Point.
First things first - what does it sound like? Well that can vary a bit depending on what mood I'm in, but my main influences are The xx, Nick McCabe of The Verve, Four Tet, Thom Yorke, Foals, Bill Ryder Jones, Bicep....I love music, and love a lot more than just one genre - Indie, Electronic, House, Reggae, Shoegaze, Experimental, Classical, Blues, Northern Soul...Music really is everything to me.
I grew up in the Britpop era and feel amazingly lucky to have done so, it was such a great time for music and is what first inspired me to pick up a guitar.
Songwriting came sort of naturally after I learned to string a few chords together. My brother and I would play around with our 4 track tape recorder and lay down demo tracks.
In 2004 I started a band called The Draymin with my brother and mates Gec and Gaz. We went on to release loads of music, play loads of gigs and make amazing memories over the following decade or so.
As time went on I became more and more obsessed with everything music related - a total music gear head! Guitars/Synths/Recording Equipment/Software....I love learning and experimenting with music gear.
In 2019 I released my first solo album, titled 'A Pound For A Penny'. This was released during a pretty difficult period in my life and due to my mental health problems and lack of confidence - I never made much of a fuss of the album and never really promoted it, mostly through fear of being judged and believing nobody would understand or appreciate my music. I'd put so much pressure on myself to succeed and made hugely unachievable goals - I drained the enjoyment out of it all.
Around September/October of 2019 a lot of things started to become clear to me and I started to look at myself differently. I'd been playing the victim in my own mind for so long that I was living my life going around in circles, making the same mistakes over and over again. It was time to change and do something positive with my life.
I asked myself this - What is it that I want from my music? Do I want to be a successful recording artist and producer? Do I want to play gigs all over the world? Do I want to have a career in music? Do I want to teach others how to make music and how to record it?
All of those things would be great, but at the end of the day all I really want is to feel a sense of achievement within myself. To feel that I have released music that truly reflects me as a person. Whether you the people like it or not is completely out of my control. I have to like it and believe in it first and foremost.
Releasing music is a struggle for me, promoting music is a struggle, but I'm learning to be more comfortable with who I am as a person and the person I am loves to make music - so this is what i'll do.