The 21-year-old musician, who many have tipped to follow in similar footsteps to fellow Newcastle artist Sam Fender, was announced as a new signing to the label earlier this week and is now currently recording his new EP at The Libertines’ Margate studio, hotel and bar, The Albion Rooms.
Speaking about the signing, Cushin said: “I am delighted to be at a label that I know believes in my music and that is willing to support me in this project.
“Both Jai and Peter have been immensely understanding of what we want to achieve and have worked incredibly hard to get this deal over the line. I can’t wait to see what the future holds at Strap Originals.”
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A statement from the label said that Cushin “possesses a nuanced, multifaceted talent for songwriting.”
It added: “The words that he conjures are both immensely personal and reflective of modern social issues, but those serious themes are delivered through songs with huge, pints-in-the-air singalong appeal. It’s a talent that’s winning a growing army of admirers, most notably Noel Gallagher, who produced and performed on Andrew’s single ‘Where’s My Family Gone’.”
Andrew latest single ‘Memories’ was produced by Grammy-winning Richard Woodcraft (who has worked with Radiohead, Michael Kiwanuka, Paolo Nutini). The track was mixed by John Davis (Royal Blood, Dua Lipa, The Killers).
Cushin’s upcoming live dates are listed below. Tickets can be obtained directly from the venues.
23 – Newcastle, Hit The North Festival
1 – London, Camden Assembly
2 – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
9 – Manchester, YES
Last year, Cushin shared his track ‘Where’s My Family Gone’, which saw him teaming up with Noel Gallagher. The Oasis icon produced the musician’s latest effort and plays guitar on the track, after he was sent some of the singer’s earliest demos.
Speaking to NME, Cushin explained that his manager recorded live footage from an early gig and sent it to Noel – who subsequently lent his services to the upcoming singer.
Describing his experience with Gallagher, Cushin said: “When Noel arrived, I was bricking it. He shook my hand and we just had a chat straight away. We spoke about our families and all his great times from the 90s and it instantly put me at ease.
“It meant that by the time I went in to do the first vocal and couple of chords, I just knew I was there to work. I thought ‘let’s just try and impress him and get it as good as it should be’.”
Cushin went on to say that his time in the studio with Gallagher proved surreal.
“There was moments when I did have to pinch myself and think that’s Noel standing over that mixing desk, planning how the next drums should sound. It was a surreal experience but I cherished every moment of it,” he said.