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

Singer – Alex Farrell-Davey

Keys – Allister Meffan

Drums – Jayden Lee.

We were all born and raised in New Zealand!

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

As individuals, we’ve all been kicking around the New Zealand music scene since we were in college. However, ‘Alae’ came to fruition roughly two years ago. Since then we’ve been gigging, touring and recording all over the place. The band name was picked for its ambiguity, and the vague correlation between the letters – ‘AL’ / ‘AE’ and the names ‘Allister’ / ‘Alex’. The aim was to find a name with no prior associations, or possible pre

conceptions, that could compromise a potential listeners initial perception of what our sound would be. We want the listener to arrive with a curious and open mind.

Alex Farrell-Davey – Lead vocals / Guitar / Harmonica

Allister Meffan – Piano / keys / Vocals / Horns

Jayden Lee – Drums / Vocals

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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.

I think one of the biggest ‘downs’ we have to face as musicians, is compromising our artistic intentions and ideals, so that we can make a living. Having to play classic cover songs you’ve heard and played to death, or pouring your heart out to a crowd that just wants a famous artist to be there. – That can be pretty

disheartening.

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

Alae has been a part of the music industry for about 18 months now, so we’re not overly experienced to be honest! From what we’ve seen so far, it’s just like any job – You get back what you put in. A band or musicians prevalence amongst the industry works via a ‘word of mouth’ basis. Word carries fast, so the more active you are in the industry, the more opportunities you get.

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

The inspiration behind most of the music comes from being overwhelmed by an emotion, a new perspective or understanding, a person or a place. Feeling like the way the words come out when spoken, don’t accurately impart the way it all feels.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I’m not so sure if we’ve figured that one out yet, I’m not sure that we should! There are certainly things that help though:

An understanding of how a song should be structured, having an understanding of chord progressions and their effect on the listener. Don’t personalise the theme you’re singing about too heavily. Everyone wants to connect to the song, so use ambiguous pronouns but colourful descriptions.

That being said, the magic lies in the sincerity and believability of the songs delivery, and its intention.

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

Thank you so much for listening! We put a lot of energy and time in to what we do, so it means the world that there are people who resonate with what we have to say.

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

It’s great to have ambition, but it’s nothing without motivation – Commit. It’s hard not to worry about how your work will be received, but try not to think about anything other than the art you’re creating, and what feels right to you. It’s not about anything other than that.

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

I start the initial lyric writing process phonetically. Whatever vowel or consonant sounds right influences the first sentence of the song. From there, it’s just a matter of making up, or recalling a story. It’s kind of like improv, but with your own brain. While you have to be conscious of what that initial sentence is offering you thematically – you just go with what feels right.

The music is elaborated on, and composed as a group. We all find our place in the song by adding personal inflection, new chord voicings, percussion and discussing it all.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Ryan Adams

Wilco

Jordan Rakei

The Kings of Convenience

The National

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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.

We haven’t set out to collaborate with anyone as of yet, but there a tons of amazing artists we would love to work with. Off the top of my head… Sufjan Stevens, The National, Rodriguez!

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

Alae

http://alae.band

Facebook

www.facebook.com/alaeofficial

Instagram

www.instagram.com/alaeofficial

Soundcloud

Youtube

www.youtube.com/channel/UCIq5peVefeonPCItiDsEcCg/feed

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d straight up, just buy a house. No more flatting!

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