A former fashion photographer travelled 10,000 miles across Europe to pursue his dream as a musician.
Alx Green from Chester packed in his four year career in photography and toured six countries across Europe with his guitar to begin a new career in music.
The 26-year-old singer who has had a passion for music since he was only five-years-old bought a secondhand van, built a bed in the back and hit the road for three and a half months.
During his time on the road, visiting 22 cities, including Brussels, Berlin, Prague and Amsterdam, he wrote his first EP ‘My Way Home’, influenced by his journey and decision to pursue his dream.
He told The Chronicle: “Photography was a crazy industry to work in.
“I always did a bit of music on the side and put it off all the time.
“I became really stressed and ill with work and that was a massive wake up call for me.
“That is when I decided I need to follow my dreams in music so I left my job, bought a van, built a bed in the back and toured Europe.
“I wrote a lot of music along the way, I was constantly inspired on my journey. One song I wrote on my way back to the UK was called ‘Something Better’.
“The song is a reflection on the life I used to have. It sounds quite negative but it’s actually a really positive song.
“We all deserve to be happy so I wrote a lot about that. I am a hell of a lot happier now.”
The singer songwriter who seamlessly fuses modern folk music with dynamic vocals said Berlin was his favourite city as part the tour.
“Germany is a great place for music, the people are so generous with music there," he said.
“When I was busking in Berlin, I had crowds of people in front of me gathering around listening to my music - I was pretty blown away.
“I met some amazing people along the way.”
During his Amsterdam tour, Alx received a call from BBC Introducing, who support undiscovered and under the radar musicians, and was invited for an interview to promote his music.
He added: “Before I left for Europe, I recorded an EP and uploaded it to BBC Introducing.
“Two months in to the tour, I received an email asking if I would come in to play a live set.
“I didn't want to let the opportunity slip, so I caught the first ferry back home and went straight back to finish the rest of the tour.”
Since returning home, Alx has recorded his first EP ‘My Way Home’ which was released on September 1 and came second in the official iTunes singer songwriter pre-order chart.
His music has since been played on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Merseyside and on BBC Radio 2 last week.
He said: “It’s amazing to hear my music being played on the radio, it’s very surreal.
“This whole experience has completely changed my life and has actually made me a much better person.
“After living on such a small budget, you end up appreciating things a lot more but I've also learnt how much music actually means to me.
“I never plan to stop doing what I’m doing - my dream is to carry on making music.
To hear Alx’s music, visit alxgreen.com, the Alx Green Music Facebook page or follow @alx_green on Twitter.