We’re All Aliens – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WAA: I’d say we’re a riff ready hard rock band with loads melody and more than a hint of groove.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WAA: We’re All Aliens was formed by myself JJ (vocals) and Biff (guitars) after we rekindled our musical partnership some years after being in an Britrock band together. When we put the band together we made it clear it had to be music that we wanted to listen to ourselves so in a sense we’re in our favourite band.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WAAFrom a purely writing point of view our influences transcend that of a conventional rock band and the specific genre of heavy guitar music so I’d definitely cite Lennon & McCartney, Elvis Costello & Prince as a massive influence. That said, Biff’s favourite guitar player is Mick Mars from Motley Crue, very underrated as a player in in my opinion, and Laurent on bass loves the heavier side of rock. For Adi our drummer, he’s a lover of the groove and would happily be at home in Stevie Wonder’s backing band. Outside of that, we all love a bit of science fiction, hence the name, and we definitely share a sense of humour. Essential in the band dynamic.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WAA: I guess the dream of the band is to reach as many people with the music as possible. The wider the reach, the greater the opportunity and the more liberty you get to continue the creation.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WAA: Key songwriting duties tend to fall on myself and Biff. He might start with an initial idea, send it to me for lyric and melodies, I’ll send it back and we then work on arrangements together. In terms of content, they tend to deal with the universality of experience, the common humanity (or lack of it) in all of us and the search for truth.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WAA: Like all bands these days, social channels are key and we are slowly building traction around @allaliensmusic which is our handle on all socials. We’d be really grateful if your readers and followers would give us a follow on our socials @allaliensmusic and on their preferred streaming platform. Add us to a playlist and share us with your friends.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WAA: I think its inevitable in the modern world although I do wish that the platforms which are essentially software providers would reward artists more equitably from a financial point of view and support the promotion of the independent in a fairer way. In that sense it’s no different than it ever was in terms of the more money you throw at it the more chance you have of success. Plus I am quite old school in the idea that I’m a big vinyl collector and still listen to CD’s as the sound quality is both superior to that of streaming services where you are at the mercy of bandwidth. I think the investment in a band from a merch point of view is vital to the longevity of a band and it remains the best way of being a patron of your favourite artists. Plus collecting and playing music is my happy place and despite what anyone might tell you there’s nothing more rewarding for the ardent music lover than to obtain that long deleted title with the artwork and the hiss and crackle. I like what John Peel says about surface noise. “Life has surface noise.”
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WAA: That’s a tough question. My favourite song is ‘Let It Be’ and I love the fact that it utilises a fairly simple chord structure that transcend mood into something spiritual. Just before the guitar break when the hammond organ kicks in it’s hard to deny the existence of God and I’ve used that song emotionally in a variety of scenarios, sorrowful, joyful and triumphant. Theres a number of Prince songs whose magic I’m similarly baffled by – ‘Sign O’ The Times’ and ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ fall within about a side and a half of each other on the same brilliant LP.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WAA: Wow. So many peeves so little time.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WAA: On a personal level getting selected to play a music publishers association industry showcase as one of the five leading unsigned singer songwriters in the UK was pretty cool, not that it led to anything. From a band point of view, hearing ‘Get A Life’ played on Planet Rock and Kerrang Radio was awesome and ‘Rosa Lee’ getting picked up by BBC Introducing was fantastic. It never gets old hearing your band on the wireless.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WAA: We’re currently trying to record the follow up to ‘Get A Life’ although lockdown has made that tricky with Laurent living in Paris. That said, we’re hopeful of getting the first single out by the end of the summer.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
WAA: Currently we have ‘Get A Life’ our debut album available on all streaming platforms. Once lockdown has lifted, we hope to be in a position to sell physical merch from our website www.allaliensmusic.com
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