As bassist for one of the biggest bands of the moment, Lawson’s Ryan Fletcher is living the superstar lifestyle in the capital.
But away from the bright lights and bustle of the big city, the 24-year-old admits he is much more comfortable at home with his family in Old Whittington.
“It’s a lot more hectic down here in London” said the former Meadows Community School pupil. “But I think I’m a country boy at heart. The longer I stay down here the more I miss home. I love Chesterfield.”
A regular visitor to his home town, Ryan – whose blonde-haired, blue-eyed looks have made him a hit with his legions of fans – has fond memories of his upbringing in the town.
“I remember going for swimming lessons in Queen’s Park and going walking at Linacre with my dad. I have lots of memories, especially around Whittington and places like that.”
Ryan, who admits he isn’t from a musical family, first learned to play bass after watching his older brother have a go. When he gave up to pursue other interests, Ryan picked up the bass and never put it down.
It is a passion that took him to music college at 18, where he met bandmate Joel Peat and eventually formed Lawson with Andy Brown and Adam Pitts.
A hit album, five top-ten hits and two sold-out show at Wembley later, and Lawson have cemented themselves as a musical force to be reckoned with.
And now, poised to release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Lawson are ready to bring their blend of pop-rock to Ryan’s home town for the first time, as part of the line-up at Party at the Proact.
“I can’t wait” said Ryan. “We never had a big venue in Chesterfield, and now this awesome place has come along and they are putting on amazing shows.
“It is such a good line-up.To think I was playing the pubs and clubs and am now going to play at Chesterfield’s stadium is amazing. It is quite surreal.”
But he is quick to dispel any likeness to Union J, the boyband joining them on the roster for the June 8 concert at the home of the Spireites.
“Union J are all lovely, lovely lads, but we aren’t a boyband. We really want to put on a rock show. That’s what we are all about.”