Alistair Bain

Sounds likeBon Iver, Lewis Watson, Charlie Simpson, City and Colour

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm originally from Towcester in Northamptonshire but I now live in Brighton.
Music has always been prominent for me. I can't really remember a time where I wasn't playing guitar or humming melodies.
I started playing guitar in primary school and then began playing in bands at a local rock school and progressed from there. My earliest memory of singing with a guitar is after being showed Newton Faulkner's first album ('Hand built by Robots') in the car. I wen't home and learnt 'People should smile more' from the record. I probably butchered it in hindsight but at the time I thought I'd nailed it!

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

I think I'm just trying to make music that interests me. I always try to write a catchy song but combine it with elements that wouldn't necessarily be associated with my perceived genre. I try to experiment with odd time signatures and layers to make my music 'my own'. I'm really interested in technology and and different ways I can effect my vocals or instruments. I think that comes through in the record and will probably be more prominent in future projects.

What are you working on at the moment?

I will be releasing music throughout the rest of the year. They were recorded ages ago now and I've been itching to get them out. I'm also going to be playing shows and will hopefully get back in the studio at some point to record some of my newer songs.

What's the first song you remember hearing?

Maybe 'American Trilogy' by Elvis. My dad always used to play it in the car so maybe that.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?

Africa by Toto. What a tune!

What was the first gig you went to?

My first proper gig was 'Iglu and Hartly' at the Roadmender in Northampton. I got the lead singer's autograph at the end of the show. I still have it in my guitar case. It says 'Best wishes to you ALAN'. Not my name but I'm sure the sentiment was right!

Which song do you wish you'd written?

I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt. Beautiful song.

What is your favourite music memory?

Kings of Leon played Closer when I was at the Isle of White festival. I think I'd just had a good day and I looked over to my mate and he had a beaming smile while the guitar solo was playing. I think its the happiest I've ever been.

Which song would you like played at your funeral?

This will destroy you-Threads. My favourite piece of music. Its an instrumental and it's awe inspiring.

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Feeling Whitney- Post Malone

What was the first Album you bought?

The first album I remember buying was Newton Faulkner's second album 'Rebuilt by Humans' but I'm pretty sure there was a Liberty X CD in my room for longer than was acceptable before that!

Which song made you want to play music?

People Should Smile More- Newton Faulkner

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Date Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 19:00
Address The Hope & Ruin, Queens Road, Brighton, UK, BN1 3WA
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