Finn Andrews is something of an enigma.
Splitting his time between London and New Zealand, with an accent that he admits doesn’t quite belong to either, he’s the softly-spoken long-time frontman of an indie band who still doesn’t feel like he’s “flying the plane’’.
“It takes a toll, psychologically,” he says of the travel.
“It’s all I’ve ever known, dad in London, mum here, it’s always been my story.’’
Known to many Kiwis as the lead singer of The Veils, Andrews is bringing his first ever solo tour to Queenstown’s Sherwood next weekend.
It’s in support of his first solo album, One Piece at a Time.
He describes the album as having “a lot of questions’’ in it.
“It came out of a pretty sort of rough time for me over there [in London].
“It feels like there’s a lot of London in it, it’s a break-up record with London.’’
Going solo wasn’t really a conscious decision, he explains.
“I wrote a bunch of songs that seemed to want to grow up in a different world to the usual ones.”
He says it feels like a full-circle moment, in a sense.
“The first album I wrote with The Veils was at high school here [in NZ] and it kind of led me to London, and this one’s led me the other way.”
He’s been back in NZ for about a year, where he worked on the album with Kiwi music heavyweights like Tiny Ruins’ Tom Healy and The Beths’ Liz Stokes.
He’s been in the music scene for most of his life, starting The Veils when he was just 16.
But despite his father being a musician and his mum also being involved in the industry, Andrews says he “never wanted to go anywhere near it’’.
“I didn’t really like the look of it, it seemed really interesting but it looked not very good for your mind or your body, everyone looked unhealthy.”
He returned to NZ from the UK at age 10 and started playing guitar, and the rest is history.
But while he’s had massive success with The Veils, including six critically-acclaimed albums and an appearance on the revival of Twin Peaks, he says the title of ‘artist’ is something “you’ll probably spend your life’’ trying to earn.
“I’m at the mercy of it most of the time; I don’t feel like I’m flying the plane.
“It’s just about the songs, as long as I’m writing songs I’ll keep doing it.”
To catch Finn Andrews, head to Sherwood, next Sunday, 9pm, $40