With a jam packed year ahead, featuring performances at Live At Leeds, Hit The North and Liverpool Sound City this summer, Alfie Neale has just finished off his latest tour in support of Cassia to release his latest sweeping single Vices. Conjuring up lo-fi bedroom pop with a broad and imaginative instrumentation, his latest offering sees him follow in the footsteps of fellow soul-infused crooners like Tom Misch.
So with things firmly beginning to kick off for the young frontman, we decided to get to know Alfie a little better to find out who he is and what drives his passion for music.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Guitar, first instrument I played (apart from the recorder in year 1 probably).
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Probably my friends and girlfriend to be fair, it’s either that or family.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I went through an indie phase early when I discovered Sticky Fingers and Arctic Monkeys first album, but fell in love with soul when I saw Ady Suleiman playing above a Nando’s vendor at a festival and it went from there.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Usually whatever was released that day, or some hip-hop or garage/jackin’ house during a morning run along the seafront.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Every song I’ve ever written in one way or another!
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Either my headline show at The Haunt in Brighton before it closed down, or my first London headline at Servants Jazz Quarters.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I like to think I’d have gone into languages or something; it was either music or German when I was thinking about going to Uni.
Alfie Neale’s latest single Vices is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it below.