Sheffield singer has high hopes for the future

Ian Britt is launching a new single on Saturday.
Ian Britt is launching a new single on Saturday.
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Ian Britt needs no introduction in Sheffield.

The singer-songwriter has been writing and recording records since he was aged 15 – as many years ago.

But after a stint in the Netherlands and several European tours, he is back in the Steel City he loves, working on a new collection of tracks, the first of which will be released this week.

He says: “This is the litmus test of a thousand million things I’ve got lined up.

“I’ll be launching the single on Saturday and it will be interesting to see how people react, but I am pleased with it.”

The single – Heartless – is actually a remake of a song he wrote several years ago.

Britt says: “It’s actually about an old sweetheart.

“The song itself is a breakup song, but also about childhood.

“I actually went to primary school and she now has a daughter and that’s part of the song too.”

The video for the song was filmed at Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend – the recording home of Richard Hawley and Duane Eddy – while the track itself was laid down at Darnall Music Factory, which is partly run by apprentices.

Britt says: “It’s funny because I recorded my first song there when I was 15 so it’s come full circle.”

“DMF is a really great place to record and it’s really good to have a team around me. As a solo artist it can be quite isolating, but having the people at DMF on hand has been brilliant.

“They have been so helpful and supportive and genuinely really excited about the music.”

The single is launched in Saturday, but Britt has no plans to stop there.

“I’m working on material for the EP and there are lots of other things in the pipeline,” he says.

“I’m also having talks with new management so it’s all looking good for the future.”

Heartless will be launched at The Great Gatsby, on Division Street in the city centre, on Saturday, from 7.30pm.