Alan Power, the cowboy crooner is an artist known for both showmanship and unpredictability.
Following up his acclaimed 2019 debut album, Greatest Hits Vol.1, his sophomore album, Songs To Break America tackles feelings of impending doom, fear and the anxiety of things beyond our control, and dropped exclusively via Bandcamp earlier this month.
Intrigued by his almost cryptic persona, we sent Alan some questions about his journey to this stage of his career and learning to care more for the outcome of both life and work than the process.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I’ve been making music since I was about 17. I had a short spell as a solo artist when I was first starting out but that didn’t go well. Then I was in a band for a few years which was fun. I then took some time off and came back as a solo artist again in 2017.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I always wanted to do it. But I never really had the confidence until I was in my early 20’s. I guess the validation from my peers spurred me on a bit. I also just didn’t much like the idea of doing anything else.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I’m not sure. I try not to influence that process too much.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I’ve learned that I spend far too much time and energy worrying about the outcome rather than enjoying the process. The same can be said for my life in general.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I don’t pay any attention to the music industry. As an artist my sole objective is to be creative. The music industry has a very different and complex agenda. I wish I better understood this when I was starting out.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
I live in a very small town in rural Somerset. But by complete coincidence my favourite new artists are all based in Australia. Jack Ladder, Donny Benet, Freya Josephine-Hollick, Alex Cameron among others.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Right now any tour. I’d love to do a tour where I could bring my wife and kids with me. I’m not really a rider guy. It’s not a real gig unless you have to pack down the stage yourself, pick up your own fee and drive home 50 + miles in the pissing rain.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Anything really popular on Netflix.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
Breaking America of course. And prostitutes on my rider.