Hartlepool musician shows passion for town in release of new EP Northern Hospitality

A singer and songwriter from Hartlepool is planning to make 2020 his year by branching out across the region with his music.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 6:00 am

Gareth Price, known onstage as GAZ, is a well-known feature across the town’s open mic scene – but this year hopes to make a name for himself across the North East and beyond.

New single Years From Now has had more than 15,000 views on Facebook, with its music video shot in various locations around his hometown by MS Creative Works.

And it’s Gareth’s passion for Hartlepool, and the people who live there, which inspire him each day when putting pen to paper.

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Gareth Price, known onstage as GAZ, plans to release his debut in February. Pictures: Mark Stacey.

He told the Mail: “The North East in general is a bit of a 'left on its own’ place compared to the rest of the country.

“People don't have a lot but they are still getting by – when you have got nothing you can still escape and find your purpose in life.

“It’s all about escapism and finding your place.”

Gareth, 26, was first inspired to pick up a guitar when he was just 10 after watching The Stone Roses and Oasis on the television.

Hartlepool musician Gareth Price, known as GAZ. Picture: Mark Stacey.

He was brought up with the sounds of The Sex Pistols and The Clash ringing through his childhood home – and it’s a confident and honest sound that shines true through his songs.

Having spent years playing in other people’s bands and honing his craft, he decided to go it alone and launch a solo project with the hopes of cracking the industry.

Gareth will begin 2020 with a bang as the musician plans to release his new EP, Northern Hospitality, at the end of February. And after that, the sky’s the limit.

“I’ve built myself a foundation to move forward and catapult myself,” Gareth added.

“I know I can do it, but I need other people to believe in me, and other people to listen.”

Northern Hospitality will be available to buy as both a hard copy and to stream online.