RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MIDDLESBROUGH ARTIST AL BUCHANAN
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I remember being a kid and sitting and watching my gran play the piano, she was a great pianist, and that really peaked my interest, then my Mum bought me a drum kit aged 10, and that was it, I was hooked! Especially after learning that basic 4/4 beat.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I am a solo artist, I have worked with other musicians in the past though. I drummed for an artist called Elaine Palmer and gigged round the UK with her, I`ve also worked with an amazing up and coming US singer called Leo Valentine on previous singles I have released.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
I do this purely for the love of music and if people feel it and like it, its a bonus, so far so good though, my music seems to be hitting the right note with people. Andy Warhol once said:Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.`
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
As Ive gone on, Ive enjoyed experimenting with different sounds, especially with guitar pedals and vocal harmonies, these upcoming songs have some 6+ part harmonies on them, and plenty of delay guitar to get that nice ambient sound too.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Just get yourself out there any way you can, interview, advertise, play live, and most importantly, make good music and put everything into it.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I had a job as a Banana Humper, I was paid $2 an hour to do it, It was the best job I ever had.
What’s your thought on Spotify monopoly on the music industry?
Well there 2 sides to every coin, its tough for artists to be paid 1 penny or so for every 3 streams or whatever it is, playing live seems to be the best source of income these days for artists, but on the other hand, a fan can come and stream your work time and time again and you get paid everytime rather than buying your CD once, even if the pay ain`t great!
Did you buy anything you dont need during the pandemic?
Nope, I bought way too many bottles of wine, but none of them went to waste, and my guitar pedal collection grew, which is always needed.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Falling off my drum riser mid-song in front of 300 people I think!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I once had a job as a banana humper surely 🙂
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think it’s the different guitar sounds I use to get those ambient sounds that mix with the vocal harmonies, especially with my upcoming single and album.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I have! My new single 1998 is out on the 10th Of January 2023, followed by an album later in the year, I have 4 songs finished and working on the rest as we speak.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tunes.
Up until now, I`ve always worked with other artists, but these new set of songs is all me, all the music and vocals have been written, recorded, and produced by myself, I love experimenting with harmonies as I said, and mixing those in with my delay guitar. There are some rocking tunes on this album too though!
What was the recording process like?
I love the recording process, I have the songs written, and record everything at home in my studio, I love the way songs can change even as I record them, with new ideas popping into my head.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Nope! Absolutely not.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
My new single 1998 is out on the 10/01/2023, with an album to follow, you can follow me on Instagram @albuchananmusic, Facebook: Al Buchanan