1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Im Aly Macpherson from Ellon in Aberdeenshire! Im a 21 year old solo artist who has been playing for roughly 12 years. When I was 17 I moved to Perth and after 4 years I have just finished getting my Degree at UHI Perth for popular music, which has been a fantastic experience and has given me so many opportunities and experiences to work in music. I’ve always enjoyed performing music and am really hoping to pursue it as a career in future.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
I basically write poppy-rocky songs. Songs I want to be catchy. I have a lot of influences and have quite a wide music taste so I don’t really enjoy specifically writing in one particular genre (variety is the spice of life and all that). I play drums, guitar, vocals and bass so I just record all the parts myself (much less of a hassle) though when performing live I just play acoustic stuff.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I’ve been playing for years now but only started making music this year for my honours project. This has been my first proper experience actually writing and producing music as a tangible thing. Most of what I did prior was simply performing acoustic covers in pubs and cafes. What made me want to start doing my own work was a desire to utilise all of my skills as a musician and to create work that I could be proud of. Plus its a cool brag to say you have songs on Spotify.
4. Stage or studio?
Studio. I love being able to record and edit my performance. There’s a certain magic you get in the studio when you record a perfect take. I do love a stage as well but I find my performance on stage solely depends on the atmosphere from the audience. You can play to a packed room but if the audience isn’t giving off good signals it can really mess with your head and affect your performance. You don’t get that kind of pressure in a studio.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Rode NT1-A, a Steinberg interface, Pro Tools. That’s pretty much it. Unfortunately big studio recording isn’t something I have great access to often. I used the colleges studio to record the drum parts as I don’t have a kit but the rest was recorded at home. Even my amp is a small practice amp. Home recording basically taught me that you don’t need expensive gear or plug-ins to produce music, but they really do help add a level of polish.
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Either the Rode or my Fender Blacktop Telecaster. Probably the Tele… it’s a lovely thing. It plays like a dream and has got absolutely magnificent pick ups. I’m not really a guitar tech guy though, I mostly just purchase an instrument because of the feel.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
Just released the one EP on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ect. It’s called ‘Just Above Heaven’ by Aly Macpherson. Give it a listen! Its a little rough around the edges being my first outing and being done all by myself but I put a lot of hard work into it.