These days it takes more than just good songs to progress in the music industry. This feature offers a short interview with the winner of 'Cloudcorner' - a feature that shortlists our favourite songs submitted via Soundcloud. 'Lessons from Cloudcorner' offers to do just as it says: offering unique advice and insight from an unsigned band.

It's not often that you hear of musicians from Arvilla, West Virginia, yet if Logan Venderlic is anything to go then it is a proverbial untapped trove of talent. While I'm not sure whether Logan Venderlic is the real name of the singer/songwriter (I hope for his sake it is), but what I am certainly about is his unique talent for classic, flawless pop-songwriting, full of upbeat harmony and distinctive melody.

1) Tell us a little about yourself and your influences

Well, I am a 21-year old dude from the rural state of West Virginia. I don’t have much of an accent. I’m about 5’11”, 150. I enjoy long walks on the beach, poetry, etc… Also, I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10, but I rarely have been a part of a band. Turns out, most people aren’t usually enthralled with the idea of being part of a backing band, so I currently play nearly all of my shows solo acoustic.

Influences come from everywhere. I take some things from Guthrie, Petty, The Misfits, The Temptations, innumerous others, and mix it up into my own brand of indie/folk/pop.

2) What's the best and worst part of being in a band?

Well, I don’t currently have a band. I love writing and recording as many parts to each of my songs as I can, so I’m looking more for a backing band than a traditional band.

3) What advice would you offer a band starting out?

Work as hard as you possibly can work, and try not to get discouraged. Use failures as fuel. Also, always be polite to other bands, musicians, sound guys, promoters, etc. It can’t hurt.

4) How do you feel the current music climate can either hinder or help up and coming bands?

Currently, new bands and musicians can gather a small amount of relevance faster than ever before. The difference is that nobody, (with an exception of Lady Gaga), is going to get huge.

5) Where would you like to see the yourselves in a year?

I would like to be creating more music, playing more shows, and I would prefer to not be homeless.