Brian May

Brian May

'It's hard to know if you're a songwriter until others say that you are,' confesses Brian May...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 15 Jun 2015
  • min read
Ivor Novello Award winning Brian May has been a major player in British music since he co-founded the mega-band Queen in 1970.

Together with Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, Brian grew the band into a world-dominating force, packing stadiums across the globe and selling more than 300 million records.

Their cannon of hits has transcended the era they were written and tracks such as We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody still reverberate in popular culture to this day.

Not content with mastering music, the world renowned guitarist, songwriter and producer is also a Doctor of Astrophysics, an authority on 3D stereoscopic photography and a passionate animal rights campaigner with a soft spot for badgers.

We recently caught up with him on the red carpet of the 60th Ivor Novello Awards to learn about the moment he discovered he was a songwriter and hear the story behind the first song he ever wrote…