Four years ago, Allman Brown shot to success with the release of his single ‘Sons and Daughters’.
Racking up more than three million Spotify streams and a half a million YouTube views, the single featuring Liz Lawrence became the soundtrack for numerous TV dramas including Parenthood and Reign.
The single now takes pride of place on Allman Brown’s debut album ‘1000 Years’ which is due for release on February 10th.
Ahead of the release, we caught up with Allman to delve into his musical journey to-date.
Can you tell us how you first got into music?
I first started writing songs when I was around 20 years old after teaching myself guitar, but I have always loved music and used to sing in choirs at school. At one point I was in four at the same time which was pretty intense.
Were there any artists in particular that inspired you to launch your music career?
Ben Harper and Ryan Adams were the first artists that inspired me musically, but in terms of releasing music it was Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. He just went off to a cabin and recorded that beautiful record ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’. The honesty, courage and stripped back nature of that album revealed so many possibilities.
How would you describe the progression in your music since your first single in 2013?
Hopefully my songwriting is improving. I am more ambitious with my productions and have a firmer grasp of what I want and how to get it in the studio, practice makes perfect.
If you had to sum up your current sound in three words, what would these be?
Electronic infused Folk.
Your new album ‘1000 Years’ is due for release this week, can you tell us more about what we can expect from the album?
I’m really proud of the record and I want it to show the variation in my writing. There are ballads (‘Sons and Daughters’, ‘Goodbyes’), pop songs (‘Sweetest Thing’, ‘Foolish Love’), a country song (‘Don’t Let Me Go’), some electronica on there (‘Palms’, ‘Ancient Light’) and a rock pop tune which was produced by Mike Halls of Clean Cut Kid called ‘Last Dance’ which is very different. I like eclecticism and the album reflects that.
The album features a number of duets, how did you select which artists you wanted to work with on the release?
Liz (Lawrence), Robyn (Sherwell) and Lowell are all people I’ve met along the way and I just love their music. I am a genuine fan of all three of them so when they agreed to work with me I was over the moon.
Do you have any plans for live shows or a tour to celebrate the release?
Yes indeed, I’ve got a bunch of shows lined up in Germany, Spain and Amsterdam.
What are your aims for 2017?
The main aim was to play more gigs this year and that’s exactly what I’ve got lined up.
Anything else you wish to add?
Only to thank everyone who listens to the songs and supports me. It really does mean everything and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you.