Artist Name: Alba
Song Title: Heartbeat
ALBA’s music has been best described as a blend between old-school Rock-Blues and her passion for today’s Soul/R&B and Pop music. With inspiration ranging from Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, and John Mayer.
She’s already made a name for herself in Spain, where she’s known as the ‘girl who can play guitar over her head’, a title she earned due to her energetic and captivating performances with her band Sons Of Rock where she would do this signature move as an homage to Jimi Hendrix.
Her virtuoso guitar skills and classy stage presence led Sons Of Rock to win dozens of ‘Best Live Performance’ and ‘Best Band’ awards, play for thousands at festivals like Rock in Rio or Sonisphere, open for big international and Spanish acts such as The Waterboys or Celtas Cortos, and gain sponsorships from brands like Harley Davidson and Red Bull.
ALBA refined her songwriting throughout her time in Sons of Rock, and under the careful guidance of Grammy-winner/producer Nigel Walker (Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler), recorded 24 original tracks, spanning across four studio albums.
One of her songs, ‘My Name Is Lucille’, (a dedication to B.B. King), was included in the Canadian feature film ‘Moving Day.’
ALBA has now set root in London and is making her way onto the UK music scene with the support of some outstanding musicians.
She already performed at iconic venues and festivals such as; Ronnie Scott’s, Edinburgh’s Fringe, and Brighton’s Alternative Escape.
She now sets her eyes on releasing her second UK single ‘Heartbeat’ which drops 10th of May 2019. It was recorded at ‘Ralph Salmins’ studios mastered by John Webber (Nina Simone, David Bowie) at Air Studios London.
‘Heartbeat’ kicks off with a cascade of arpeggiated guitar before steady staccato keys bring you back around before the chorus throws you off with a blast of funk full of percussion to drive your feet…
ALBA intends to follow the success of her previous single ‘Lucky’, which attracted industry attention soon after its release, gaining airplay and positive reviews across the board, including a feature in ‘Guitar Girl Magazine’ last year.
Tell us your viewpoint on old and new school music in terms of preference.
I enjoy listening to both old and new school music. As a musician, I think it would be a mistake to forget about one or the other.
Old school is key to understanding the roots of music, learning from the people who broke ground and created their own style.
But on the other hand, it is really important to stay on top of newer trends in music production so you can have a fresh angle in your own music that people can connect with.
Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
It would be hard to choose one as I’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few awesome days like when I played at Rock in Rio, sharing the bill with Amy Winehouse and Jamiroquai, when I performed for 80,000 people at the biggest marathon event in Madrid, playing with The Waterboys as a special guest or every time an audience starts singing the words to one of my songs. Those are unforgettable moments.
Tell us how you protect your singing voice.
Warm-ups before shows, cover my neck during the cold months, and drinking lots of camomile tea with honey.
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
I simply love it. I grew up in a house where music was a constant. My parents shared their love for music with my sister and me by always having a record spinning in the house, taking me to amazing concerts, and giving me the tools to pursue a career in music.
Discuss creativity and originality in music.
I think creativity and originality are intrinsic and necessary for music. If you’re not creating something that is original, what’s the point of doing it?
Tell us your plans pertaining to music.
Carry on doing the two things I love the most for as long as I can: recording and performing.
My newest single “Heartbeat” dropped on the last 10th of May and there’s an upcoming single “Leap of Faith” coming out on the 7th of June. I am very excited about these releases. We’ll be throwing the launch party next Friday on the 14th of June at The Dublin Castle in London.
Tell us the secret of success.
I wish I could. I don’t think there’s one single answer to that question as it depends on your definition of success. For me, that is being able to perform for an audience that digs my songs and continue to make new music, which is something I’ve been doing since I was 14 years old.
Tell us how you get started as a musician.
It all starts with an instrument, music lessons, and a passion for music!
Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.
I love performing for a live audience and recording songs.
I feel sad that it is much more difficult for female artists to make their way into the music industry. You have to work twice as hard to get to the same point as the male counterpart.
Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.
Well, in my view eradication comes with more education at schools and at home. It’d be key for children to receive education on feminist values from an early age and learning to treat everyone with respect.
List the people that assisted in making this song.
‘Heartbeat’ was mixed by Lester Salmins and mastered by John Webber.
The band is formed by Dan Day on drums, Kay Olajide on piano and Rhodes, Phil Donnelly on bass, and myself on guitars and vocals.
Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.
I launched a pre-order campaign to help me fund this year’s releases. We successfully not only reached the goal but surpassed it, reaching 107%. I am very grateful to have such awesome supporters!
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason for choosing this genre.
Music tastemakers have described my music as pop-rock with undertones of funk and neo-soul.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I have always written my own songs.
Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
I feel that I’ve learned so much from both types of experiences. I have worked with Grammy-winning producer Nigel Walker on my last record with Sons of Rock and learned a lot from him. I think it’s really helpful to have a fresh (and expert) pair of ears listening to your music and bringing sounds and details to it that you would have never considered.
On the other side, I also love the challenge of producing my songs. You’re responsible for the full outcome, so you need to try new things out and just experiment, which I think makes you develop as an artist.
Tell us the story behind this song.
“Heartbeat” was inspired by the feeling of synchronicity of a crowd with the beat of the music during live concerts, when everyone’s heart seems to beat to the rhythm of the kick drum, and also takes inspiration from the sense of synchronicity between the pounding hearts of two lovers.
I wanted to be the one setting an energetic and positive beat to which an audience may synch… The kick drum at the start of “Heartbeat” is actually mixed together with a human heartbeat sample.
Tell us the project you will pursue to make society better.
I try to bring awareness to two causes I strongly believe in: the need for more feminism in the music industry and the imperative to combat climate change as a matter of great urgency. I intend to be actively involved in both matters.
I donated part of the proceeds of my pre-order to “Stop Ecocide”, a charity whose cause is to make Ecocide (crime against the natural world) an international criminal offense.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
ALBA. My own given name – It means ‘sunrise’ in Spanish, and apparently it also means Scotland in Scottish Gaelic!
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Heartbeat” – I hope we can get those hearts beating fast on the single launch gig!