Richard Hawley's musical ambition is only to avoid ''flipping burgers.''

The singer and songwriter has started to achieve mainstream success with his seventh solo album, 'Standing at the Sky's Edge', but claims he's happy as long as he can make enough money not to have to do menial jobs.

He told Shortlist magazine: ''Well, the chart thing is f***ing mental so I presume people are digging what I do.

''But I can't really feel anything else yet. I live in a bubble anyway and that's for a good reason. It keeps you real and keeps you sane.

''I've never, ever been interested in fashion or being fashionable.

''I would have been content just playing the music I loved in clubs and pubs. My only real ambition was to avoid flipping burgers or ending up in the steelworks.''

The 'She Brings the Sunlight' musician started off touring when he was still a teenager, playing across Europe with his uncle, which was a particularly eye opening experience.

He added: ''We went to some interesting venues. My uncle told my mum we were playing lovely theatres and all that. They weren't - they were just strip bars.

''My f***ing eyes were wide open, I'll tell you that. I had a great time but I came back off that, at 14 years old, and I'd basically lived off Mars bars and Grolsch.

''My mum was in tears when I returned. I'd lost so much weight, and she could tell that I'd definitely got some hairs on my chin.''