1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hello, my name is Alastair – Stage name is They Call Me Al(From an Al Jolson song, not Paul Simon, haha). I was born in Johannesburg but raised in Dubai. I lived my whole life in Dubai until 2010 when I decided to move to Edinburgh where the majority of my family come from. In my school days I was very good at music, getting a B in my GCSES and I continued on to SAE college to study audio engineering (which I have a diploma in).
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
The music that I make spans many different genres, I first started writing death core and the likes but found it wasn’t really for me, I liked the music but just didn’t have the ear for it. When I moved to Edinburgh I played briefly in a duet of acoustic music but that ended after only a few months, I then joined a punk band on bass called Hosemox where I got to have fun and perform on a regular basis. Through Hosemox I joined a band called Ugly Baby on bass where I furthered my music style even more, through slight reduction in musical production with said bands I decided to form my own to pass the time. I called the project Non, Pas Maintenant (means ‘No, Not Now’) before deciding on Colours of the Sun a year later after regular confusion with the name. Colours of the Sun was very fun to take part in and allowed me to express myself with new sounds that I had experienced with the two main bands(Hosemox and Ugly Baby). I currently work as a solo Hip-Hop/Rap artist but I do hope to return to the band scene in the perhaps distant future.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I started making music when I was maybe 13-14 years old, I needed to pick a GCSE and I thought music would be best, I’ve played guitar for 13 years now and have picked up other instruments along the way such as Bansuri, Banjo, Dulcimer and recently Flugel Horn. I started writing Hip-Hop in October/November 2016 as a dare to see what it would sound like, with encouragement from friends who write and understand Hip-Hop I feel I have progressed a tonne in the past 6-7 months and absolutely love performing my raps live.
4. Stage or studio?
Definitely stage, I relish the days at college where me and my friends would mess about in the studio creating random tunes but these days that would cost money to do. I find it a little bit odd on stage with my Hip-Hop as I’m so used to holding a guitar or a bass, I never know what to do with my hands!
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
I use Logic Pro X to make my music, sometimes I sample instruments that I record. Mostly just work with midi but once I can afford studio time I’d like to have a completely live sounding album with real drums etc
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Not really sure what this question is asking, but my favourite piece of gear has to be my Gretsch hollow body. Played many a gig with it and it’s always fun just to pick it up and wail away the blues. When I’m not rapping that is…
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