With a psychedelic, eclectic, electronic sound, the music of ALFIE SKY is hard to define. So, with the recent release of THE WEATHERMONE, we thought it a good opportunity to catch up with them and discover the person behind it all.
What made you want to get into music?
When I was really little, I used to sit in the back of the car with my DS speaker held up to my ear. Hearing how the soundtracks were all so intricate and juicy, yet made with such a limited toolset, was really gratifying and gave me an untameable urge to make addictive melodies. It made clear to me that music really isn’t that difficult – if you think you have a really great idea, have faith in it and push it as far as it will go!!
What inspires you to write?
Who has had the most influence on your music?
Broadly speaking, Kraftwerk. Their ideas are still alive and well in electronic pop music today. My first ever gig was doing a cover of The Model in a high school talent show.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
Genuinely, putting out THE WEATHERMONE. The ideas came quickly but production took ages, mixing took ages, making the visual took ages. Nearly binned it at one point. Very thankful to the lovely people who gave feedback and encouraged me to pull it all together.
What has been the nicest thing ever written about you?
The other day Denise Johnson (backing vox with New Order, ACR and others) retweeted me saying John Peel would’ve loved THE WEATHERMONE. The guy undeniably had impeccable taste and gave a real boost to artists at the cutting edge, so as a compliment to my work that was super lovely of her.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
Best was last year at Deaf Institute supporting Look Mum No Computer who is one of my heroes. Super nice crowd and the sound banged.
Worst would be at the Eagle Inn some time in 2017. It was one of my first gigs as ALFIE SKY and I was supporting Cassia and Leeds-based Heir. Should’ve been a great set but I just wasn’t feeling it and my synths kept acting up. Slagged off Cassia for no-showing at this acoustic night I was “running” in Stockport – it was meant to be funny but just came off super awkward/mean hahahaha. Sorry guys. Then my friend dropped my computer off the stage when we were packing up. We’re not friends anymore.
What was the last album or piece of music you listened to?
Mint Jams by Casiopea. Good bit of YouTube algorithm-core for you there. Lovely stuff.
If you could support anyone, who would it be and why?
In a dream world, Kero Kero Bonito. They’re just a perfect band and their production, aesthetic, everything has been an unashamedly massive influence on me. Or 100 gecs. Maybe one day eh.
2020 has been a tumultuous year – has it affected your creativity in any way?
Positively and negatively. A big part of lockdown was spent refining THE WEATHERMONE but it got exhausting and I took a break from it – but during that time I unearthed some old sketches on my hard drive and got them finished up. Lots of different genres/vibes going on. I got bored of singing so a lot ended up just as instrumentals which was a nice change of pace. On a personal note, this weird year has coincided with me exploring my gender a lot more, so that’s also been a creative impetus.
What other bands or musicians do we need to be checking out right now?
JD Roberts from Stockport makes ambient music with synths and wind instruments. He uses electronics in a truly unique way to create immersive soundscapes of nature, birdsong and brooding melodies. He’s a real craftsman. Not to be slept on. My good friend Otis Jordan is also a multi-instrumentalist pumping out experimental folky/electronic stuff. Takes you on a real journey and is an utterly mesmerising live act. He’s been really killing it lately which is amazing to see.
Could you tell us a bit more about your latest release, THE WEATHERMONE?
THE WEATHERMONE is basically a three-part experimental pop romp about harnessing nature to better understand and control your own mental landscape. Being at peace with your emotions is an energy you can then pass onto other people, hence the clunky play on “weather” and “pheromone” haha. The inspiration for writing about that was the feeling of disappointment/uncertainty post-uni, which I think everyone goes through unless you’re really lucky. I produced it using equal parts computer stuff, hardware synths and live instrumentation; perfectly balancing the three was quite satisfying. The visual is a combination of a “green screen” I fashioned from a towel and my very crude 3D modelling ability.
Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for you.
More tracks lined up and ready to go, just figuring out how to package them. No EP/album to plug yet. One day. Also got some super fun livestreams coming up which will hopefully fill the void before the ALFIE SKY Concert Experience can resume in person. Making some fairly big revamps to the live set so you all have that to look forward to. ;))
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