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An Interview with Richard Hadfield, on Leaving Collabro and Going Solo


Q. Tell us a bit about your background and your love for music.

A. I’ve always loved jazz and blues music – Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole to name a few. So I started busking around the streets of Brighton when I was 16 and would perform their music.

Q. So how did you go from busking to appearing on Britain’s Got Talent 2014? 

A. Collabro found me via YouTube and we rehearsed for just a month before our first audition so it was all very quick and crazy to be honest!

Q. After Collabro won BGT, they did some pretty amazing things – what was it like?

richard_hadfield_collabro_luxury_news_onlineA. We had a sell-out world tour and number one and number two selling album which was fantastic and I will be forever grateful for our BGT win and the success that it brought us.

Q. What made you leave Collabro?

A. My decision to leave was almost made for me, I had to go. There was a lot of tension in the band and the working environment just wasn’t healthy for me anymore and I think that’s when I knew that I need to go.

Q. Since leaving the band you’ve lost almost 4 stone, why do you think that is?

A. Towards the end of being in the band I had begun to gain a lot of weight, at my heaviest I was 18 and a half stone and despite trying to lose weight while with Collabro, it just wasn’t happening. Almost as soon as I left the weight start to fall off me, I changed my diet and upped my exercise and I think with all that emotional stress taken off of me, it was just a huge weight off my shoulders which allowed me to focus on getting fit.

richard_hadfield_collabro_luxury_news_onlineQ. You’ve decided to start your solo career, tell me a little more about that.

A. I knew when I left Collabro that I wanted to get back into the jazz/blues scene that made me fall in love with music when I was young. So I decided to start by posting covers of popular songs on YouTube which then turned into a full blown YouTube album. Now I’m preparing for the launch of my solo career with some upcoming gigs.

Q. When are your solo gigs?

A. I’m performing on 8th December at St. Giles in the Fields with a number of other great artists for the Haven + London’s Motown Christmas Concert, which is a really great charity. The Haven + London provide pastoral, emotional and financial support for those in the creative industries which is something that is really close to my heart, especially with the journey I’ve been on recently.

I’m also doing a lunchtime gig at The Piano Works in Farringdon on 11th December which I couldn’t be more thrilled about, it’s a fantastic location.

Q. So, do you think 2017 is going to be your year?

A. I hope so! I’ve got a really great team around me and my head is in a much, much better place so I’m feeling good right now and with the upcoming gigs I’m feeling positive that this is a step in the right direction. I’m also currently in talks with some labels too so fingers crossed!

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