Hollow, the second single from Fort William based singer-songwriter, Keir Gibson, is coming from a very different place to his brilliantly received debut Eyes Wide. Where the latter showed vulnerability, Hollow demonstrates self-awareness and optimism crafted into a cathartic pop soundscape. With news of his single release and performing at Edinburgh Hogmanay, The Fountain caught up with Keir to dicuss his plans.

TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?

The response has been amazing so far! it’s been great seeing people enjoy the song. I really appreciate everyone that has listened and taken the time to message me personally through social media and stuff. It means so much.

TF: What inspired the title Hollow, tell us more about the single? 

Hollow is about me finally building the courage to leave a controlling relationship and having the confidence to move forward in my life and be happy on my own. It took a while to reach that point and this song is a celebration of that feeling.

TF: And is the first from an EP or an album that we can see the release of later in 2019 or in 2020?  

Hollow is my second single and I’m so proud of it. An EP is something I’m naturally working towards but there are no concrete plans about when that will be or anything like that. Right now, I’m just enjoying watching people get into the singles and we’ll see where that leads.

TF: Will you be promoting the single release with a tour at all, will we have the pleasure of seeing you live here in Scotland?  

I supported Keywest on their UK and Irish dates in October and it gave me the bug for touring. It’s where I’d say I feel most happy. I have lots of one-off shows and festivals booked in 2020 which I’m really excited about. I have a hometown show in Fort William next month and I have a feeling that playing Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will be one to remember and hopefully gives me a chance to play to lots of people for the first time.

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?

I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of amazing gigs and have enjoyed them all for different reasons but my favourite gig to date was probably on the Keywest tour when we stopped off in Liverpool. We played the Liverpool O2 Academy to 800 people and it was the biggest crowd I’ve stepped out in front of. It was incredibly nerve-racking, but I soon got passed that and loved every moment. The response I got was amazing and so encouraging… I couldn’t stop smiling for days.