National radio takes a dip in the cool waters of Arctic Lake

Arctic Lake
Arctic Lake

A drummer from Morecambe is helping to make waves on the national music scene.

Andy Richmond, 20, plays percussion and electronica with London newcomers Arctic Lake, who have been creating wide ripples on both national radio and in their live performances.

The trio met at the University of Westminster, and became good friends “through our mutual love of music, and respect for eachother’s skills.”

Andy grew up in Morecambe and went to Morecambe High School.

He said: “When I became more serious about my music, and decided I wanted to make a career out of it, I went to school at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.

“At this school I had the chance to work with so many creative people. Acts I admire such as Bondax and Aquilo also attended there, and are great friends to have, as well as brilliant musicians to know.”

The band, including Emma Foster, 21, on vocals and songwriting, and Paul Holliman, on guitar and keys, have been receiving a lot of airplay from BBC radio.

Andy said: “(The airplay) has helped connect the music we love creating, with the fans that enjoy listening to it.

“It felt really surreal, and the news didn’t really sink in for any of us for a few days. Knowing that ‘Limits’ would be heard by millions of people was incredible. We’re hoping people show as much support for our next single, ‘Only Me’.

“Our songs mean everything to us and to hear that people are connecting with them as much as we do is the best thing in the world.”

He added: “I got into music though the friends that I spent time with, and my two older brothers, Chris and Scott, who surrounded me with varying music constantly. My family played a major part in my interest in music whether it was my dad’s Northern Soul record collection, or car journey’s to school with my mum singing along to songs by The Beach Boys.”

Andy said he hoped to perform in Lancashire soon.