Interview: Alan Pownall

By on Tuesday, 20th April 2010 at 12:00 pm

A few days ago, we featured a sneak peak at upcoming British singer-songwriter, Alan Pownell. We were so wowed over by his musical talent, that a little question and answer soon followed. For those of you just as curious about this soon-to-be household name, check out the interview that he was kind enough to partake in. And, hey, he mentions the name of his forthcoming album! Thank you Alan!

Tell me a little bit about you (age, when you were born, influences, etc.) and musical background. What inspires you and what kind of music you listened to while growing up?
My names Alan Pownall, I’m 25. I grew up in south west London. I am influenced and inspired, primarily by the events that occur between when I wake up and when I and go to bed. My musical background is limited. I’ve always loved to to listen to music but I only started writing songs about five years. I recently finished my debut album and it’s set to be released in the next few months.

I read somewhere that you were part of Mumford & Sons. Is this true?
I am great friends with all the members of Mumford & Sons, yes. I have played music with all of them individually and some collectively. We weren’t in a ‘band’ together though, they helped me out early on by playing for me… Well that’s not entirely true, Ted and I had a band called ‘Sex Face’ before we met the others, but that was too brilliant so we had to stop.

What are some of the themes on your current album?
I won’t get too technical with sounds and instrumentation, but I wanted to write a record that sounded both old and new. I am pleased with how it turned out in terms of the sounds. In terms of subject matter; the album title is ‘True Love Stories’ because it was about my experiences in love. But also because it had a lot to do with feeling love for someone who does not love you, or not loving someone who loves you, therefore the ‘true love’ element is ironic as it is non reciprocal. I’d say that was the main theme.

What does your tour schedule look like?
I don’t know, I’m better at concentrating on what I’m doing biweekly. At the moment I’m on tour with Angus and Julia Stone. Then I’ve got a london date on the 27th April at the Borderline, that’s about as far as it goes.
Where will you be taking these songs?
Anywhere that’ll have them

What besides other music inspires and influences you?
People inspire me the most, from their most obvious qualities to their most subtle flaws. It inspires and influences me more than anything.

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2 Responses

5:56 pm
4th May 2010

Thanks for the great interview. He sounds like a lovely guy and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on that new album!

2:40 am
5th May 2010

I loved this interview. He seems very genuine and that’s hard to find. I hope he plans on coming to the states soon!

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