In the days of digital media and streaming, it’s pretty great that we can follow artists more easily from first single to first album, and for the past few years now Allman Brown has been one of those artists for me. I’ve blogged about him quite a bit, both here and on my personal blog, and it’s no secret that I’ve been looking forward to his debut album for awhile. Even more exciting, though, I’m thrilled to say that I was able to have a chat with Allman Brown himself to celebrate the launch of that album today, which I’m sharing with all of you here at Headphone Couture! So read on and get to know Allman and listen to a preview of what to expect from his debut 1000 Years and his upcoming European tour. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!
Manda @ Headphone Couture: Hey, Allman! I’ve been a huge fan for years, so it’s very exciting to have you here today. For new readers and listeners who might be meeting you for the first time, would you mind introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about your sound?
Allman Brown: Hello, it’s a pleasure to be here. My name is Allman Brown and I’m a singer songwriter who likes to fuse classic acoustic guitar with more electronic and produced vibes.
HC: Congratulations on the release your debut full length record today! What has that process been like for you? Was it difficult deciding which tracks should be included?
AB: The process has been long and rewarding. The album represents the culmination of my career so far and the closing of my first chapter. The only real desire I had when selecting the tracks was for the selection to be eclectic, for it to have sonic variety. I wanted there to be ballads, pop songs, electronica style tunes and duets.
HC: You recently mentioned that “House of Spirits” was the first song that you wrote, how do you feel your songwriting style has evolved since then? Is there a particular song or lyric from the upcoming record that you’re especially proud of?
AB: I only hope that it has improved. I certainly feel more confident in the studio and am more discerning during the writing process. I find it easier to cut the songs I know aren’t up to standard. As for a particular song or favourite lyric….hmmm… I love them all equally like any good parent! Ha! Foolish Love always makes me think I did a good job. It definitely has a special place in my heart.
HC: After the record release you’ll be getting ready for a European tour, is there anything in particular you’re doing to get ready for that? What can audiences expect from an Allman Brown live performance?
AB: The usual, push ups, pull ups, loading up on rare steaks and raw eggs. Nah! I’ll be practicing the songs solo as my band won’t be accompanying me. You can expect a raw and intimate night when you come to my gigs. Just me and the guitar- I’m excited.
HC: Speaking of touring, which music will you be bringing along to listen to on the road?
AB: I’m listening to a lot of Max Richter at the moment, a brilliant classical composer and a cool Blues playlist on Spotify and Clean Cut Kid, my friends who are also an incredible pop group. Bon Iver is also always close to hand. They’re my favourite band.
HC: Where can fans find more of your music and updates about what you’re working on?
AB: For updates check out my Facebook and website but if you want to a taste of what I’m listening to, reading, watching or you just want to see cute pictures of my cat Sushi then check out my Instagram and Twitter.
Thank you so much to Allman for joining me today! 1000 Years is available now, and you can stream a preview at Spotify before you buy or pick up a copy through iTunes or Amazon. You can also check out my full review of the album right here on Headphone Couture. Allman Brown’s tour kicks off on March 1 in Berlin, Germany with a full list of dates available at allmanbrown.com.