Hi Alan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Not bad. Busier than I’d like to be in a lockdown. But I suppose this Album isn’t going to promote itself. Self promotion doesn’t come very naturally to me. The album is obviously a masterpiece. I don’t see why I should be the one to have to tell everyone that.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single â€œBreathe In, Breathe Out”?
Yes, I’d be delighted to. I wrote the song a year or so ago. When it came to recording it I wasn’t sure if there was much point. I’d always seen it as a kind of silly song that I wrote more to amuse myself with than anything else. But Jack Ladder (Producer), who is cynical about everything, was into it so I went along with it. He is responsible for the guitar riff and Dom Monks (Producer) was responsible for the beat and keyboard sound. I think it turned out good but I still find it hard to sing “We’re gonna heal the world, no more staring out into the distance”.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No, I wouldn’t say a single event. More of an observation over time. We all know someone who took a yoga class and now signs-off their emails with Namaste. This song’s for you.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was perfect. I wish all videos were as easy as that one was. I have a member of my family in every video I’ve done and I plan to keep it that way. In this video I had all three of my sons at home.
The single comes off your new album Songs To Break America â€“ what’s the story behind the title?
My act is very America centric. I love America, mostly because of the music that has come from there. Country music is the largest well that I draw from when it comes to inspiration. I went to Florida a few times as a kid and I can’t really explain why but I really loved it. I had some family there and they were the proper flag-on-the-porch types. We went to Karaoke bars, seafood restaurants, the mall, went fishing, rented a boat and saw dolphins. Every artist wants to break the American market. One day they’ll call me the country George Micheal.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long and stressful. I love what I do but it’s no walk in the park. As a solo artist it’s all on you. My name is on the record at the end of the day. I don’t have a label and my manager is a good friend of mine. I’m not an industry artist. I like it that way because I answer to myself. But organising this record was a headache at times. The writing process is always the same. I sit at a desk with a pen and paper and I write songs. I don’t fuck around on Abelton. The studio is always stressful because I never have as much time as I would like. But when things start to come together and the magic is created there’s nothing like it.
How did the lockdown serve as a source of inspiration for this album?
I wrote and recorded the album in 2019.
What aspect of America did you get to explore on this record?
I went to Arizona for a month with my wife and kids in early 2019. I wanted to make the record in California but there were too many moving parts.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I live in Somerset. I don’t necessarily look for inspiration. I just commit to writing songs and leave the rest to the good lord.
What else is happening next in Alan Power’s world?
I’m at home with my wife, my kids and my vegetable patch for the time being. I just got a polytunnel which is pretty exciting!
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT’ HERE