Paul Dunton's Local & Live Sessions at Trinity are a great way to sample some of the talented local music acts who will perform at August's Local & Live Festival on The Pantiles. We speak to 25-year- old Alex Beharrell who, along with his band, will be on the bill this month. With Son Of Kirk headlining and a Sussex band called Storm Engine supporting, it promises to be another night of great homegrown music.
Tell us about your music. How would you describe your style? I like to use the phrase 'acoustic roots with a rocking twist'. But my band and I write what we feel is an eclectic mix of songs with influences from many different genres so to be honest I do find it difficult to pigeonhole.
You got involved in the local music scene at an early age. How old were you and how did you go about getting your music out there? I got involved with places like The Forum when I was 14 or 15 years old. Back then I would usually be on a the same set as some local heavy metal band, which was strange, but from those gigs I got introduced to various venues and people all around Kent. So slowly but surely my name has got about.
You perform solo but this gig is with the band - can you tell us about them please? I met Chris 'Danger' Rouse (electric guitar) when I was at college he also helped me for parts on my first album, White And Grey. It was later that he introduced me to Daniel Biggs (drummer) and both of them hugely helped to create the sound of my second album, Bottled Up.
It was last year that, again through Chris and Daniel, Phil Hodge (bass guitar) was signed on. We all are great friends and have clicked together as a band fantastically well.
Do you do all the songwriting in the band? Predominately, yes. I will write the song acoustically first which is great for my solo gigs but I also record what I call 'skeleton tracks' - which is basically a really simple version of the new song.
I do this because I'm pants at writing down chord progressions or even telling the guys what notes are what (thank you guys for putting up with that by the way!).
The band will then add their parts on top accordingly and we will eventually, and usually very quickly, come up with a rough version of a new song.
What are your plans for the future? This year already we are gigging a lot all over Kent and you can keep track on Facebook or through our website but also I have started making storyboards for a couple of music videos. We will continue performing for charity as we have done in the past. And we hope to have a new single launched sometime July which will be on iTunes and get some radio time as well.
Caroline Read Visit the band at www.thealexbband.com or www.facebook.com/the alexbband Details Local & Live Sessions, Trinity, Tunbridge Wells. May 25 from 8pm. Tickets Pounds 10 from 01892 678678 or from www.trinitytheatre.net
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