LEDBURY’S own up and coming rock star, Sebastian ‘Bastie’ Ingram, has been working with a top producer during lockdown, a man who has previous worked with major rock bands.

Bastie, aged 20, said he found it hard to adapt to lockdowns, “as it was for many”, but he has used the time to hone his songwriting skills.

And the resulting songs managed to catch the attention of leading producer, Nick Brine, who has worked with Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys.

In fact, the pair started working together on Bastie’s new material at the renowned Rockfield Studios early in September last year, and the first song, Lullaby Highs, will be the first of several new songs to be released from a new album.

Bastie is no stranger to success, being a former ‘BBC Introducing Artist of the Week’, only last year, when he was just 19, and now he has fresh songs to reach even more fans.

He said: “In lockdown I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Nick Brine the assistant producer behind Oasis and Arctic Monkeys’ albums.

And the first song from our collaboration - ‘Lullaby Highs’ - is being released on all major streaming platforms on March 12.”

Ledbury-based Bastie has already received extensive airplay from the BBC, but also Amazing Radio.

As an indie pop singer-songwriter, he cites his influences as being “Oasis, Lily Allen, Bowie and Jamie Berry”

He said: “Taken together, a synthesis of their work can be discerned in my sound. His songs aims to offer “a vivid perspective on modern life” and are already drawing attention from a number of key players within the industry.

BBC presenter Andrew Marston has praised Bastie’s “Infectious melodies and emotive lyrics”.

Prior to lockdown Bastie could be seen gigging most nights around Herefordshire and in London venues including The Bedford and Lion Coffee + Records.