MANSFIELD musician Joel Peat is a young twenty-something living the rock n’roll dream after his band clinched their first record deal in 2011.
The 21-year-old former Rainworth Joseph Whitaker school student formed the band Lawson less than three years ago with his Chesterfield friend Ryan Fletcher and they have now supported the likes of Bon Jovi and Will Young during their meteoric rise to fame.
But it wasn’t plain sailing for the quartet, whose line up is completed by singer Andy Brown and drummer Adam Pitts, after several early band rehearsals almost caused them to rethink things.
“At first we were terrible but one day, at a rehearsal session in Brighton, it just clicked and we haven’t looked back since,” said Joel.
“We actually thought we could do this and then spent the best part of two years playing as many gigs as possible all over the country.
“We were driving around in vans, sleeping on people’s floors or staying at cheap hotels - stuff which a lot of young bands have to do.”
Joel became hooked on guitar after his mum gave him a John Mayer CD to listen to on holiday and says he hasn’t looked back since that day.
He compares the band’s sound to The Script or a younger Kings of Leon and is still pinching himself after the band signed up to Polydor followed by support gigs with Avril Lavigne and thousands of fans.
“It’s been an incredible experience so far, when we were signed we just couldn’t believe it and we still can’t really, we’re absolutely over the moon with how it’s going,” added Joel, who studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music, after leaving school.
The band have just completed their debut headline tour this week and will be supporting The Wanted at Nottingham Arena on 15th February.
“The touring has been amazing and we’ve been selling out gigs in London, as well as playing in Birmingham and Manchester,” added Joel.
“We were surprised by how many people knew us and the reaction, one night everyone stormed the stage when we were playing our last song, it was real madness.
“2011 was an incredible year and we’re hoping we can keep pushing forward do loads of gigs and get on the radio, as well.”
The band recently recorded their first album with Grammy-award winning producer John Shanks who has worked with Take That and Alanis Morisette in the past.
“We’re hoping to have an album out in the summer and hopefully a single in the spring, so it’s promising to be another great year,” he added.
For more information about Lawson, including information about tour dates, visit www.lawsonofficial.com.