I wish I could say I taught him everything he knows, but I bloody well can not, he was Mr Motivation when I met him and was going to get every last drop out of his time at City College Manchester, regardless of me (his course tutor!
John Blaylock already had his band International One going when I interviewed him for the NC Music course. He had good A level grades and I suggested he should be looking at Uni – he nearly decked me. He was totally focused on studying music and making his passion his career. International One are now signed, on the brink of releasing their 1st album and the material sounds fantastic – John is a Manc indie kind of guy and that’s what his music sounds like!
This video is a song to honour Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday – I saw the letter from Desmond Tutu inviting the band to write this song. That’s a piece of history and I’m totally thrilled for John and the band.