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The FxEctive Factor nominee - Ian Haywood

The FxEctive Factor nominee - Ian Haywood

In this blog, we interview Ian Haywood, one of the nominees for this year’s The FxEctive Factor vegan talent contest on Saturday March 24th 2018 at the Brighton Centre, as part of VegfestUK Brighton 2018.

The public are invited to join in the voting process to find the winner, and voting for the 2018 FxEctive Factor begins on Saturday February 10th 2018 and ends on Wednesday February 28th 2018.

Ian will be competing at The FxEctive Factor as well as playing another set at the Performance Stage of the event. Here’s Ian’s song entry for The FxEctive Factor – enjoy!

Song entry – Beautiful Wild


How long have you been vegan?

I turned vegan in 2000 after many years of vegetarianism, so 17 years.


What's the most important reason for you to be vegan?

I love animals and I wouldn’t want to cause them any harm.


What are some of your main musical influences?

I have been influenced by many musicians over the years.  Elton John inspired me to play the piano and sing from an early age. Musical influences include classical, rock, pop, soul and jazz funk. It’s all gone into the mix to influence the music and songs I write.


Who is your favourite current vegan personality/celebrity/activist, and why?

I know he has taken a while to make the ultimate step but I admire Morrissey for his approach, initially with The Smiths’ ‘Meat Is Murder’ in 1985, and for his insistence in only playing at venues with only vegan food on offer and showing graphic videos of animal suffering at his concerts, which is risky as a lot of gig-goers do not seem to like it as we found out at a recent concert!


If you could pick one musician to go vegan, who would it be? Don't forget to include why!

I think if someone like Ed Sheeran went vegan he would influence a lot of young listeners. Even better if he could start writing songs around veganism! Unlike most pop sensations, I think Ed will be around a while so his message would go on.


Explain in approximately 100 words why you have written/chosen this song, and what it means to you.

After my last entry 2 years ago, ‘Cargo of Shame’, which primarily deals with the issue of farmed animals for the meat and dairy industry, I updated the sound and wanted to give the message a broader appeal whilst still retaining this theme within. Beautiful Wild is an uplifting, mildly cryptic celebration of the beauty of what is all around us and the need to preserve this for future generations. It also highlights the continued struggle to free all animals from the scourge of exploitation and abuse.


What’s your message to people thinking about going vegan?

The fact that you are thinking about going vegan means that something about eating animal products obviously bothers you and there’s a high chance that you have a nagging disgust for the way animals are exploited and abused in the name of the meat and dairy industry. So do it now, get advice from the Vegan Society if you need it, buy vegan cookbooks and most of all go to Vegfest events! Believe me, there has never been a better time. The choices are out there. We have already paved the way for you!


Nominated charity – Animal Aid

If I was to win the competition I would like to donate to Animal Aid as they helped me immensely with the content of my last animal rights video ‘Cargo of Shame’.


Notes on The FxEctive Factor competition

The FxEctive Factor returns to VegfestUK Brighton in 2018 on the Saturday March 24th 2018 after its debut back in 2016, with vegan musicians showcasing their chosen songs in front of a panel of judges.

Voting to become one of the contestants will start on February 10th and run until February 28th on The Vegfest Express poll.

The contestant with the least amount of votes after voting closes on February 28th will lose their place in the final performance-based competition in March, leaving 8 contestants in the final.

The competition for the remaining 8 contestants will be held on Saturday March 24th at VegfestUK Brighton.

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