Ali Horn‘s debut single, Days Like Today, feels like a hypnotic journey into the 90’s. A seriously strong first outing for the Lad from Liverpool. This song oozes effortless cool….
It echoes voices of the past with spectacular vocals and an array of musical variation, which bring a tone of nostalgia.
The production is pristine and it peaks and waves with serious groove. This is a proper Summer track which could easily be up there with the big boys. I can see being a firm festival favourite. Having exposure from BBC introducing and being confirmed for Liverpool Soundcity & The Other Cities Festival. The charm of this track is being recognised, and Ali Horn will certainly be an artist to watch out for in the coming months.
The Strange Collective guitarist has some serious talent, and this sole project just shows the amazing creativity that is bubbling under the surface with some bands. Ali Horn has created an artistic Ace, which is so progressive and in keeping with the future of the Indie scene. Things are changing so much, and the sounds are becoming so much more, and its refreshing to hear such solid music being delivered with spectacular creativity and vision.
We had a quick chat with Ali…
How did the decision come about to go solo?
I suppose I never made the decision to ‘go solo’. I’m still very much a part of playing with Strange Collective but i think creatively I was seeking another output and wanted to create other sounds, textures and songs that didn’t seem appropriate almost for strange collective. I started writing songs in my basement flat longing for something better. And i’m still down here writing to you now.
What’s your songwriting process?
Most of the time ill get an idea in my head from just sitting down watching TV or cooking or whatever and then i pick up a guitar that’s lying around or turn on my keyboard and just sit there messing around for a while. Most of the time I get my lyrics from sitting on the bus staring out the window daydreaming. I have pages and pages of notes on my phone from scribbles out of thin air. Sometimes it’ll just be a couplet but sometimes a song will just fall out the sky. It’s great when that happens.
Who are your biggest influences?
I love so much music. I can’t get enough of it. At the moment i’m listening to Bert Jansch, Blur, Beach Boys, BJM, Bruce Springsteen, Air, Girls. etc
I’ve noticed you’ve added music to Spotify. There is a lot of discussion in the industry about whether streaming services do more harm than good. Do you feel they benefit new / up and coming bands?
If people can hear my tracks and wanna come to my shows then that’s cool, I mean anyone in the world (with the internet) could listen to something that I’ve written and recorded. It’s pretty mind boggling and that aspect is great. I mean reaching out to potentially every human being is amazing. However and its a big however, I feel musicians are being exploited somewhat and its not just by Spotify. Simply put it’s supply and demand. There’s so many voices that want to be heard, and so much talent in the world that it feels like everyone is scrambling over everyone else to get to the great white hope of success whatever that means. I think Spotify pays pittance to artists and something has got to change as more and more people are turning to Spotify to listen to music. Saying that, I turned on ‘The lovin spoonful’ artist radio on Spotify and found some great tracks that I’d never heard before. It’s a tricky one eh.
What can we expect from the upcoming Live shows?
The live shows so far have been great. I play with my band: Alex Wynne, Dave Tate, Jimmy Kendall and Andrew Parry. They’re all amazing and I’m so glad to have them playing with me. In the future I want to change things up. Either just playing acoustic or playing with a backing track or whatever. I wanna keep people on their toes and try not to do the same thing twice. Hard as it may be.