At only 18 years old, Alfie Templeman is a musician well beyond his years. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Bedford takes his childhood obsession with making music to create genre-pushing sounds. From 70’s pop to psychedelia, taking in jazz and prog rock along the way. Ahead of the release of his debut mini-album ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ and getting back out on the road for his headline 2022 UK tour, DM’s got to know Alfie a little better.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into music?
I’m an 18 year old singer-songwriter and producer from Bedfordshire, UK. Growing up I was always really into jazz and rock music, which led me to start taking drum lessons when I was 7 years old. Ever since then I’ve been completely obsessed with all things music!
How would you describe your style?
I think it’s pretty laid back, I’m always tryna make sure I feel relaxed in the clothes I wear. I don’t really spend time putting together outfits, more just whatever I feel like on the day.
What style DMs are you wearing at the moment?
Im obsessed with my 2976 Chelsea Boots, I wear them pretty much all the time whether I’m on stage or going on a walk down the road.
Congratulations on release of your debut mini-album ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough”. Where did you draw inspiration for the it?
Thank you! I was inspired by a lot of different pop music. Japanese city pop was a major inspiration, I fell in live with 80s records such as Makoto Matsushita’s ‘First Light’ and Kingo Hamada’s ‘Midnite Cruisin’
What’s your creative process?
It changes every song, but most of the time I start out trying to create a melody that really makes me feel something special. After that the magic is automatically there, and I can focus on lyrics and production.
What advice would you give to young people trying to break into music?
It’s a different experience for everyone but just know there’ll probably be a lot of failed releases on the way, it’s part of learning – trial and error. You just have to hold on, keep putting your tunes out there and I promise eventually you’ll get the attention you deserve.
What was the first album you bought?
I think it was Hemispheres by Rush when I was 7. I had a pretty different taste for a 7 year old!
What are the top five artists you are listening to at the moment?
Elliott Smith, Bread, Golden Daze, Morgan Dealt and America.
Best gig you’ve ever been to? Or the one you wish you’d been at?
I saw King Crimson a few years ago, absolutely insane! They’re still brilliant.
Have you got any live shows coming up and are you looking forward to returning to the stage?
Yeah! Lots of them. Playing in the states and have my own UK tour in 2022 that I’m very excited for. Playing music again feels absolutely amazing.
If you could choose one venue past or present to spend an evening, where would it be?
If you had to choose one thing to rebel against in today’s society, what would it be and why?
Being on your phone all the time. I think it’s really bad for you and we should appreciate whats around us, what are eyes were made to go out and see.
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