Hi - I'm Ned StrangerA Songwriter Striving For Openness
I was also a classical pianist and violinist in my youth and performed in various choirs and orchestras, so approached my musical writing from various angles.
Despite my passion for songwriting, I was nervous about the prospect of carving out a sustainable music career. Instead, I went to study law at Cambridge and got through a whole undergraduate degree and Masters degree before finally deciding a career in the city wasn’t for me.
I moved to London and formed an indie-folk band called August and After with Vedantha, my close friend from university. Over the next few years, we built a loyal following and secured millions of streams in countries across the world.
By this point I was getting a bit restless in London.
I spent several years travelling and performing around various European cities whilst developing my creative writing skills with a short story challenge to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
I lived abroad for two of these years (first in Berlin, then in Riga) and started developing my own solo sound – a blend of rhythmic electro-pop and classical guitar.
I want to show my true self to anyone I meet, and never hold anything back because I fear other people’s judgment.
I believe that my world is a happier place if I’m taking other people’s feelings into account. I never want to cause harm unnecessarily. I’m not interested in financial or reputational gain if it means damaging someone else’s emotional or physical health.
I am happiest when I’m learning or discovering new things, whether it’s learning a language (currently on about 900 words of Russian), developing a new skill or exploring unknown places or meeting new people.
I know that I am a blip on another blip in time. I know that anything I believe is open to challenge and I don’t want to form opinions before I give someone or something a proper chance. I don’t hold grudges anymore and am willing to forgive absolutely anything.