Alan Bonner – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I’ve been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember. I grew in a tiny village in rural suffolk in the 80’s and 90’s and always found life around me kind of grey and drab and I remember Top of the Pops as a little kid and seeing people like Madonna twirling around in a pink wig to Like a Virgin or re- runs Bowie in all  his  glam rock finery and feeling like it was a portal to a more interesting colourful world

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

As a child it was ABBA and The Beatles, as a teenager  Bowie, Britpop, Fleetwood Mac, a lot of 60’s ,70’s  and 80’s music  as well as people like Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Kate Bush etc, later on  Arcade Fire, Rufus Wainwright, The National and a million other people.  I think all of it has impacted me as a musician in some way even if what I create now doesn’t necessarily sound like those artists. Everything I write or play is a product of my own life experience and my own world view which is never going to be the same as anyone else’s.  That’s what’s great about songwriting. Everyone’s expression is unique. 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Ive been singing since I was about 12 and  have been writing songs and playing in bands since my teens but I only really took it seriously when I made my first solo album in 2007.  

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I play live regularly usually at least twice a month – I’ve been in Berlin for the last few months and playing all over the city discovering new places to play and meet/ hear other artists. I’m in the process of booking a UK and European Tour  that will begin in the summer and go into next year but that dates I can confirm so far are: 

23/6 – TIK NORD THEATRE IM KINO – BERLIN- GERMANY-  

http://www.theater-im-kino.de/TIK-Theater%20im%20Kino-Berlin/Theater%20im%20Kino/Kontakt/Spielhaeuser/TIK%20nord.htm

01/9- THE MARWOOD COFFEE HOUSE- BRIGHTON- UK –http://www.themarwood.com

02/9- THE QUAY THEATRE- SUDBURY,SUFFOLK- UK- http://quaysudbury.com

06/9- RONNIE SCOTT”S (TV NIGHTS CLUB NIGHT UPSTAIRS)- LONDON- UK https://www.facebook.com/tvnights/

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

There’s been a few I think touring the US with my last album in 2013 was definitely a high point.  I was playing tiny venues in some strange towns at times but I had such a blast and met so many great people.  Whenever I get to travel anywhere with my music I feel truly blessed to be doing what I do. 

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?  

My new album “Night Music” will be out on iTunes, amazon, spottily and all other digital music retailers worldwide on 27th May and my back catalogue is also available now as well, or you can follow me on social media or my webiste on the links below

www.alanbonnermusic.com

www.facebook,com/ALANBONNERMUSIC

www.soundcloud.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC

www.youtube.com/AlanBonnerMusic

www.twitter.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC

Instagram @alanbonner 

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