“I think it is important new artists and bands use social networks to get themselves a presence online, an identity.”
(PRWEB) May 28, 2013
Delighted to be welcomed to the BEAT100 Music Video and Social Network, one of the UK's genuine rising stars, Alistair Sheerin is rapidly emerging as the real deal on the UK's indie scene. Currently supporting the mighty Miles Kane on tour and fresh from collaborations with UK giants, The Enemy's very own Tom Clarke, the sharp-dressed and equally frank speaking 23-year-old from the tough Teesside area of the UK has what record label A&R guys would whisper, “that something”. Could the UK have found their new face of Indie Rock in Alistair Sheerin? The Enemy's Tom Clarke clearly thinks so, as does Miles Kane. And after Sheerin recently uploaded his video for his tune, 'I Don't Need You!' to the BEAT100 Original Music Video Chart, we decided to try and speak to the man himself - and we got lucky!
Taking a few moments out from the Miles Kane tour and speaking exclusively to BEAT100 News, Alistair said, “I first got into music as a young kid when I started learning piano at age six. But the moment for me, when I realised I wanted to have music as a career, was when I started writing songs at age 13/14. My inspiration to learn guitar and start writing was Noel Gallagher. I got 'Familiar To Millions' on DVD and I was hooked! From that, I discovered Paul Weller, The Small Faces, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Stereophonics, and more, and started to appreciate the music I was brought up on, which was The Beatles and Motown. My parents always had those records on or the radio was always in the background, we weren't really a family that watched the telly.”
Little did he know that just a few years down the line he would take a call from one of his idols, Tom Clarke from UK Indie band, The Enemy, asking if he wanted to do some work together. For Sheerin, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and he grabbed at it with both hands.
“Tom Clarke was always a bit of a hero with The Enemy. When I was in College, they were the band at number 1 with their first album. I remember thinking, 'wow these are like The Jam!' I was hooked after that and I've bought all their albums since” He explains. “It was quite funny how it came about to start work with him though. Tom and two other guys, called Chris and Gaz, are all part of this project called, Next Big Thing. They posted a tweet asking for unsigned music, so I sent my stuff over thinking nothing of it. A while later, I was doing a gig at The Enterprise in Camden, London and I got a text saying, 'Hi mate, we're meeting with our artists we're interested in. When you free to meet?' Tom [Clarke] then came up to Middlesbrough with Chris and Gaz and we all met and talked about what stuff they'd like to work on. I've been down to Enemy HQ a few times now in Coventry and Tom has been like a producer working on my songs with me getting them to their full potential. The next stage for me is to start recording these songs with NBT and see where we go from there. It's all exciting and I get itchy feet when I have to wait any short period of time, one of my flaws haha.”
Alistair went on to tell BEAT100 News about his experiences of being on tour with Miles Kane. “I've got two dates of his tour left in Manchester and Birmingham. I'm buzzing! Like I said earlier, Miles is one of the reasons I decided to actually get out there and do it on my own. I told him that as well in Sunderland, which was just something I had to do. He was really cool about it and totally knew where I was coming from. The gigs have been absolutely banging! The crowds have been amazing and really welcoming to my music. I think at every gig so far I've sold out of CDs on the merchandise stall, which is a real boost.”
The upcoming star has now decided to upload his video to BEAT100 and has been thrilled with the response. “I can’t believe how many likes and comments I've got already, it's great,” chimes Alistair. “I think it is important new artists and bands use social networks to get themselves a presence online, an identity.” Sheerin continues by handing advice to other aspiring artists: “Once you've sorted that, just gig as much as you can. It doesn't matter if it’s a 15-minute set or whatever as long as you turn people's heads and sell at least one CD to someone, then it’s an extra fan or an extra Facebook like. It all adds up at the end.”
UK music lovers can also see him live at one of these upcoming shows:
1st June - O2 Academy Birmingham w/Miles Kane
2nd June - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester w/ Miles Kane
28th June - Hartlepool Rugby Club (Miles for Men charity event)
6th July - The Empire, Middlesbrough
28th July - Stockton Weekender (Stage 2, 2:30pm)
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BE SEEN – BE HEARD – BE REWARDED
By Alan Devon