I wrote my first song when I was 10 years old. Over the years, I’ve composed hundreds of songs. It was that interest — music — that led me to take a year off from pursuing a footballer and led me down the circuitous path that has been the rest of my life. I don’t write bars nowadays, more focused on song structure and writing about life . But I can’t help but think at least some of who I am as a writer derives from all that time grinding and composing tracks.