In celebration of our 'Albums of the Year' list we decided to get in contact with all the artists on our top 30 for a short Q&A. We sent them all the same five questions, from what their favourite album of the year is, to what they'd change about their album.

Every day during the voting period we'll post a couple of these interviews so that you can get to know the artists a bit better.

Remember, you can vote on your favourite album of the year here.

How do you feel looking back on the album?

Hotel Shampoo is an album I really love. I was just trying to write personal songs and record them in a fairly minimal way.

Is there anything you'd change about it?

I'm very happy with it. It's 13 songs long though. I would have preferred an even number.

Tell us something about the album, or the recording of the album, that isn't common knowledge!

I didn't have any recording deal or management in place when I recorded it so I was doing it all off my own back. I could only afford one day in a big studio so we recorded all the rhythm tracks in 12 hours at Craig Silvey's studio in east London. The drummer Chris Walmsley is a genius and a one take wonder!

What's your favourite album of 2011?

At the moment it's The Strange Uses Of Oxgall by H. Hawkline (shape records).

What's the best thing you've done this year, besides releasing the album?

I canoed the length of the Nile for charity, that was pretty satisfying. As was my ascent of Everest.

What are your plans for 2012?

There's a pile of books over there I'm hoping to read.