High 5, with Callum Beattie

Edinburgh-born Callum Beattie has been a well-known name on the local scene for years now – but 2017 is set to be the talented singer-songwriter’s big breakout year.

After around a decade of performing across the Scottish capital, Beattie is now on the verge of very big things, having signed a record deal with 3Beat (part of major label Universal) to release his debut album.

The former Radio Forth One To Watch winner will be in live action at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire this Friday night, and is set to release a brand new EP on March 31.

Ahead of his hometown gig, AAA Edinburgh caught up with Callum for a quick chat.

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Favourite Film 

I remember watching The Great Escape on video when I was a wee boy. I think I have watched that film about 50 times since. I adore that it represents a true story and has an unforgettable theme tune. Let’s face it, who doesn’t fancy themselves as a bit of a Steve McQueen after watching this movie?

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Favourite Single 

This is a really tough question but one single that really springs to mind has to be Bruce Springsteen’s Streets Of Philadelphia. I love the drum sound and the lyrical content is killer. As a songwriter I try to write music that will stand the test of time and Streets Of Philadelphia is an example of that.

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Favourite Album

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was one of the first records I added to my collection. I personally love writing songs with a big chorus and very strong melodies and Rumours has these in abundance. The songwriting throughout the album is world class and, from a dancing point of view, You Make Loving Fun is a must.

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Favourite Gig 

It has to be one of mine – I played a gig in Shetland last year with KT Tunstall and the place was rocking. It was like Queen at Live Aid all over again the way everyone was clapping along. At least that’s how it felt. They didn’t even know my songs but it didn’t stop them. The Shetlanders love a party and for a Tuesday night over a thousand people turned up. It’s one I’ll never forget.

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Favourite Book 

Irvine Welsh plays havoc with your mind in Trainspotting. Without a doubt my favourite book. The scene is set in my home town of Edinburgh and presents 80s culture in Scotland beautifully. It doesn’t hold back with the amount of twists and can make you laugh and feel sick at the same time. Not an easy emotion to create.

Callum Beattie, Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, Friday (10 March), 7pm, tickets HERE

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