Originally published October 4th, 2020.
Who inspired you to make music?
Josh: John Lennon taught me that you can be fluid as a songwriter. That you don’t have to put a cap on your artistic possibilities, and to just do whatever you want.
Ryan: Fat Mike, he taught me to just enjoy what we’re doing, no matter what others think, no matter how many are at our shows, as long as we enjoy it who gives a f–.
Dale: Keith moon. It was his style and his energy that made me want to sit behind a kit. I just loved how he was so creative with his beats, his grooves he didn’t play by the book so to speak.
Tim: Joe Stump, I first heard of Joe Stump while playing on an online flash game back in 2004. The game itself is not important, the music that I was about to discover through some internet digging was that of Joe Stump. I hadn’t really put much thought to music before this point, but the notes and sounds he was able to create really triggered something in me, let me feel the music.
What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?
Josh normally comes to rehearsal with a tune or will send over a little demo to the group chat and we all just kind of take it from there. It’s mad sometimes how much a song can change from start to finish, it’s what we all like about it. Anything can inspire music; it can happen in seconds. Some days it doesn’t and somedays it does, it’s just the luck of the draw.
What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?
We would say “Scream”. It’s loud, aggressive and in your face. It seems to be the best received track on our debut EP, and has had WORLDWIDE radio play. We feel it brings something different and changes the dynamic of our set. Who doesn’t feel like f–ing screaming sometimes?
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
We think that any advice given should be looked at, but, we also got told to be ourselves, work hard, grab what you want, because nothing gets handed to you. Criticism should be taken as potential for creative change. Don’t ever take anything to personally, and last but most important is, practice, practice, practice.
If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)
Ryan: Chocolate chip, because you’d have to be insane to say otherwise.
Dale: White chocolate chip and raspberry, because I’m a posh tw– and normal flavours don’t tingle my taste buds….jokes I love all cookies!
Tim: My favourite (biscuit) is the chocolate digestive. It’s sex in food form. That and a brew, I’m sorted like.
Josh: It has to be a chocolate bourbon, its just a classic like.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
We feel it has positively impacted the business. Its given bands like ourselves more opportunity’s to get seen and heard by as many people as possible and on as many platforms as possible. It gives you a chance to be yourself more and to interact with fans on a real level. It beats sending luxurious gifts to hundreds of labels to try and get their attention.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Covers should be illegal like.! Why in 2020 do we need a 6th version of Bryan Adams, Heaven in the style of EDM?.. nah the original was fine. Get creative, write your own songs. Another thing, people who claim to be singer songwriters but have a team of 10 writing music and songs them, if they loved music, they could make something that means something to them. Who cares if you look good on camera, there’s no real work involved, if you aren’t creative do your really deserve to be there? It takes the piss out of
every determined artist. Autotune is great……….
What is the most useless talent you have?
Well to name but a few talents we have, Dale can play almost any instrument, but due to is deep internal rage he stays on the drums as a way to tame the beast within. Josh even when not writing songs for Alien Feelings, comes up with mad story songs while we are out having a laugh. From a jaunty tune about a lovable local, to an angry ballad about some prick. Tim has a more hands on creative spark, having made multiple guitars parts lying around including a cigar-box guitar.
When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?
Positively, I would hope. If any of our songs can make somebody’s day a little better, then that’s all we can ask for. Our music is to be enjoyed. We know how important music can be in the lives of our fellow weirdos, so we do it for them. But we ain’t got no time for bullies or tories.
What is your most recent project/upcoming project?
To date we have only released our Debut EP Bondage and Lipstick. It is available to stream on all major platforms. People can expect to be impressed and blown away by its infectious melodies and song writing, delivered with that signature Alien Feelings sauce. So far with lock down we have been limited with writing space, but we have got our second EP in the works, its already been recorded roughly by Dale and is now in the hands of our management. We don’t intend on sitting still now we are allowed to run! We just want to keep creating and releasing music now that we have the platform.