Broadtube Music ChannelAlana Henderson

November 2, 2017by Kolade Olamide0

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Alana Henderson, born in County Armagh on 6th October. I grew up in Northern Ireland playing mostly folk & traditional Irish music.  My childhood was an experience.

.

.

Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

I just go by my actual name. I learned to play classical cello when I was in school. I sang a lot as a kid. There’s a huge tradition on unaccompanied folk-singing and ‘sean-nos’ or ‘old style’ singing in Ireland. My family were involved in that scene. When I was in my teens I heard the cello-singer ‘Arthur Russell’ for the first time and that changed everything. I started experimenting with using my cello and voice together and shortly after that I started releasing music.

.

.

.

Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

Genre is hard to define but I suppose its ‘folk-pop’, alt-folk?? It’s been called ‘folk-noir’ which isn’t far-off. I think with my latest release it definitely veers more towards pop with the electronic elements.

‘Let this Remain’ is a reflection on relationships. More specifically “casual” ones.  Its about the trade-off between emotional detachment for self-preservation and finding actual lasting connection.

With the ‘Let This Remain’ video shoot I wanted to reference the artifice of the music video as a medium. We all know music videos are not live performances and that what we see is essentially a pretence.  Aislinn Clarke (Director) and I wanted to subvert that expectation by presenting the rehearsal as the finished product. The lyric ‘Let This Remain’ is itself a crack in the otherwise icy veneer of the song; shooting in one take was a conscious decision to let the video reflect that vulnerability.

.

.

.

Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

Everything? But there’s not enough time!!!

I’ll summarize: Mostly ‘ups’, the ‘downs’ cancel out.

I didn’t realise until quite late-on that I wanted to pursue music as my career. I had completed a law degree and was on-track to become a solicitor (despite my extreme lack of passion for it!). A fork in the road presented and I took a risk and gave music a shot. I am always conscious of how different my life could have looked and I’m very at-peace with where I am. I get to do what I love and I enjoy it so much. I was fortunate enough to tour with ‘Hozier’ for 2 full years which was a really incredible experience. I’ve been really lucky.

.

.

.

Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

The song was recorded at a friend’s isolated Irish cottage with the help of Belfast-based musician/producer Alan Haslam and using only very basic equipment; my cello, a Roland Juno-106 synthesiser and a TR-808 drum machine, along with some improvised acoustic percussion (we snapped a pair of shoe trees together for the snare sound).

The video was directed by Aislinn Clarke who is a friend, collaborator and someone who I greatly admire. We shot the video at ‘The Metropolitan Arts Centre’ (MAC) https://themaclive.com in Belfast where I am a ‘Hatch’ resident artist.

.

.

.

Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been a musician for 4 years. I released and recorded my EP ‘Wax & Wane’ independently in 2013… 2014 to 2016 I spent touring with ‘Hozier’ and since then I’ve been writing and recording new material.

Future goal? World domination.

.

.

.

Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

I write about how I experience life. That provides limitless inspiration and if other people can relate, then great! I want to write songs that really affect people and stay with them. I think the only way I can do that is to be honest and include parts of myself in that process. I’m constantly learning from my own mistakes and form other writers’ craft.

As for inspiration to sing. I sing constantly to myself…no inspiration required… just a constant fa-la-la for my own amusement.

.

.

.

Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

If I knew, I wouldn’t tell.

.

.

.

Tell us the message you would like to pass to your fans out there. 

That I really, truly value their support and patience.

.

.

.

Tell the kind of advice you would give to an upcoming artist. 

Trust your gut, work hard, wait until you are ready to release or to perform…keep an honest, critical friend close-at-hand and be brave!

.

.

.

Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I’m constantly writing lyrics. I just jot down ideas or record voice memos on my phone. Sometimes it takes a while to know if something has potential…I have on occasion come back to an idea that was years-old. I usually write the lyrics first and the melody just follows from that. In the studio its just about trying to find what best serves the song.

.

.

.

 

Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Margaret O’Hara, Jesca Hoop, Ane Brun, Big Thief,  Mary and Arthur Russell.

.

.

.

Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

I spent two years of performing with ‘Hozier’ performing on his music, which was a complete pleasure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szvFgdvfMq0 ,  more recently I collaborated with Joshua Burnside on his track Holllllogram https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDy0RKedSR8

I’m focusing on my solo material right now but I’m open to whatever the future has in store.

.

.

.

Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

www.alanahenderson.com and all my other social media can be accessed from the homepage 🙂

.

.

.

Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

https://alanahenderson.bandcamp.com/track/let-this-remain

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6P6SqdQjXIzTWKj5QBWliY

.

.

.

Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

The happiest day of my life was when I tried poutine.

Saddest day was when I realised you can’t get poutine in Ireland.

.

.

.

Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

On poutine.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.