If you could, what advice would you offer a younger you when starting out a career in design?
Ask for more money. When I started out, I struggled with money. I found myself eating beans on toast every night without enough money to heat my house. I just thought that was how it was, and I had limited formal education, so I felt a strange pride behind my creative struggle. Unfortunately, this meant I was exhausted by the time I was 21. You always have to work hard as a designer, particularly in the beginning but you just need to make it work for you. Ask for an amount of money you can live on and take on what you want. You might have periods where you feel invincible, so you take on every job and can do ten 16-hour days in a row. Other times, you need to pause and work in a more considered way. This is a fun job, enjoy it.
First gig, last gig, favourite gig?
First Gig: Bad Religion & Pitchshifter at Birmingham Academy
Last Gig: TENDER at Elsewhere, Brookly
Favourite Gig: Impossible, there have been so many. I always enjoy looking back on the ones that bring nostalgia, seeing The National at All Points East a few years ago on a warm afternoon. I don't even remember if they played well, singing along with old friends is the memory I hold onto.