What are you listening to right now?
Er, our rehearsal tape as we prepare for the launch gig tomorrow night. And alongside that, the new one from War on Drugs.
How did you get into music?
When we were kids, my mum encouraged us all to play an instrument. I went through the piano, clarinet and drums before settling on the alto sax, and later the acoustic guitar. Then Bowie landed as if from outer space, busted open my suburban school boy world, and I was hooked. Beyond that, I guess I owe most of my musical education to my friend, Neill MacColl, who introduced me to jazz, folk and the blues.
What have you been reading lately?
I’ve been devouring ‘To Kill the President’ by Sam Bourne.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My wife, Karen. She puts me straight and helps me move forward whenever I get stuck – which is quite often.
Which song do you wish you had written?
Blimey. That’s a really hard one. Can I go for two? ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ off Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks and ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Stones.
We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?
A decent red wine, please.
Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?
My younger self.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I haven’t grown up yet.
If you were a London tube station, which one would you be?
Are you heading to London?
How can we find out more about you?
Check out the Aliens’ website www.aliensmusic.co.uk. And find us on Facebook at aliensmusic@blackoutlockdown