(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #130: Allman Brown

By on Monday, 5th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

We recently featured singer/songwriter Allman Brown as our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #397. If you’ve already read that article, you’ll know that Brown’s new EP ‘Bury My Heart’ is due for release on the 16th of March, right in the middle of his trip to Austin for SXSW 2018. The EP will feature an eponymous title track, along with the tender ballad ‘Moonlight’, which you can hear just below.

After giving Brown’s songs a listen, we were keen to know more about him, and he provided us some interesting background information in the form of answers to our Quickfire Questions. Brown’s replies reveal his musical influences as well as a few of his literary and alimentary preferences. Read on to find out what he had to say . .

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Caramel folk-pop.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I am very excited! It sounds like an uber festival with every artistic medium rubbing shoulders and with some other crazy stuff thrown in for good measure. Also I am pumped to get me some good Texan food.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
Max Richter. For my money, he is the greatest composer of our times.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Just meeting people and soaking up the atmosphere. I’ve heard so many people say what a great place it is.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Several books. That doesn’t sound crazy, I know, but what makes it unusual is that I bring a choice so it feels like I have a little library with me. It’s like a piece of home. I’m a super packer with everything else but books I just can’t get enough of. Wow, I sound like a nerd.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Well . . . different occasions call for different drinks. In this instance I feel we should share some bourbon together.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson.

What song always makes you laugh?
‘Bad’ by . . . only joking. I mean, it has to be ‘Business Time’ by Flight of The Conchords.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Breathe Me’ by Sia.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
There are so many! For this question I will pick ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness, which is a track my three close friends at university and I would air guitar to whenever it played in the club. We each had our own special section, and as you can probably tell, it was pretty fucking cool, ha! One time my friend Grant was engaged in some romantic activity which he cut short, just so he wouldn’t miss his bit. It was a simpler time.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Not Dark Yet’ by Bob Dylan.

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
This is just getting cruel now! Hmm, at the moment it’s Paul Thomas Anderson.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d own a bookshop.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ by Bon Iver.

Do any of your friends and/or colleagues have any upcoming music releases we should know about?
Yes indeed, keep your eyes peeled for Liz Lawrence‘s new stuff. It’s awesome.

Our thanks to Jeremy for arranging this email q&a. Following SXSW, Brown is planning an American tour in May and another EP release later this year. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Allman Brown’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

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