BSCkids recently got the chance to interview James from the upcoming band, Alphabet Backwards, fresh off the release of their EP, The British Explorer. We spoke about their ambitions, new music, and their love of music.
Alphabet Backwards released their debut EP ‘British Explorer’ in the US on Nov 29th. Since then, they have been steadily gaining attention with their catchy music and infectious melodies. For more information you can visit their website or their Facebook page.
BSCkids: Alphabet Backwards
BSCkids: Who would you most like to perform with in concert?
Alphabet Backwards: I find that question really hard to answer, am I bound by my ability within answering that? There are many people I would like to perform with. Musicians like Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder. Soul music I guess, I like the way that feeling is got across to an audience
Do you have any songs that you have written that are your absolute favorite?
Currently we are all really enjoying “Pockets” which is our brand new song. Your new one is always your favourite, or at least I find that. Steph loves playing “Tonight” live which is off our latest EP the British Explorer. I love playing that one to coz at the end Little P throws in this disco hi hat. It’s a really nice touch I think.
Which celebrity or musician that you have met has been your favorite?
I am not sure who we have “met” really. I think Josh met Kate Nash and her rabbit ate his jumper or something to that effect. I met Ben and Jason when I played my first ever solo show, that was pretty special for me personally but, I think what tops it, is seeing a member of status quo with his top off. I don’t know if these eyes will ever witness such grand sights again.
What do you do in your free time?
We work if you mean “free time” away from the band but away from that we all have separate lives. We usually run into each down the Cowley Road when we are out at weekends. There are a lot of excellent bands currently in Oxford and some very talented people and it is nice to go and see them perform.
What has been the most awkward thing to happen to you since you’ve become more well known?
Currently no real awkward moments. Couple of times some people at work see an article in the local paper and mention it but, it is not really awkward its just part of being in a band that people are kind enough to write about. I was told that a temp at my most recent employer was a little bit of a fan and she was a bit shy but, that may or may not be true. She has not confirmed it to me herself.
If music hadn’t worked out, what profession would you have chosen?
I have no idea; I can’t remember a time since I was a child that I have not been around music. My dad was a DJ and would sit me in place and just play record after record in the loft of an occasional afternoon. It’s where I first heard John Cooper Clarke though so, can thank him for that. I would be content doing most things; provided I can be reasonably free then I am fine. My desk at work is surrounded by post it notes and stupid origami boats. They get made, they get thrown away.
What or who gave you the most inspiration to continue with music?
The sound that the right notes make is what inspires me to make music. It is truly the joy of being in a band. I can only do my thing when the five of us come together and if I have an idea for a song then I literally have no idea what they are going to play on top of it. It is such an exciting thing every single time.
When is your next song being released?
Our British Explorer Ep has just been released and we will release the video for our second track of that in January. Once again Tim Bearder has directed the video for the track we have called Big top. Then next year we plan an album, our début one at that. So, it is pretty exciting.
Are you going to do any tours through the States?
Maybe next October, it has been spoken about at reasonably serious lengths so, for sure if it all works out you may see us in October. All I gotta do before that is get over my irrational fear of flying.