Altered Sky Interview - Thomas Neil

Here we have another interview with a top Scottish band, served up by talented NHC writer Thomas Neil (I got his name right this time... YAY! Sorry Neil...I mean Thomas - Ed.). This time he managed to grab a chat with the awesome Altered Sky, check it out;

So first of how did you all meet?
We all kind of met at around the same time. We didn’t know each other from school but met online and it started from there.

Where are you all from?
Amy and I are from the East of Scotland around Edinburgh, Ross is from Alloa near Stirling and Ryan is from around Glasgow.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
Over 10 years easily. We all found our instruments in our teenage years. I've been singing since I was about 3 though haha.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We find this a hard question! I would say Pop Rock. We do have a variety of different styles in our songs and it shares elements of Pop Punk too.

What are your influences?
We are influenced heavily by the music we listened to when we started the band. Some Avril Lavigne in there, Escape the Fate, Mallory Knox etc. Things that have killer melody!

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
At the moment we play a couple of covers, for our acoustic sets we play Drown by Bring Me the Horizon and when we play full electric we play Titanium by David Guetta and Sia.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
Well deciding our band name was a fateful night … We had so many ideas because we were all so excited to start our career in music and we eventually agreed on combining some names. That’s how we got Altered Sky.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?
I write all of the songs. I grew up playing the piano and I write ALL (and I Mean all) of our songs in piano form first. Always starting with the melody and the lyrics take their shape after.

What are your rehearsals generally like?
Other than eating food and chilling out, we basically get to the studio and blast though our show a few times, sit down, blast through it again, sit down etc. If we are writing it’s very focused and we are all basically sitting in a circle trying out the new material.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
No. We actually suck. Although when we were in London we visited M and M world and I nearly fell down the stairs. Classic me.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Writing our album Without Wonderland was tough. It pushed us to the limits and we were all so mentally exhausted during the lead up to recording with Romesh Dodangoda at Longwave Studios. We recorded our full length in 10 days … We were dead but it’s the best thing we have done and can’t wait for album 2.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
We use facebook and twitter the most. So head over there to our personal accounts for funny stuff. iTunes, bandcamp and youtube are your best bets for music!

Have you released anything yet/if they have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
The response we have had with the singles from our album has been phenomenal. Waves, Bury it All, Stupid in the Dark and Livewire were all received well on KERRANG! Radio thanks to our long time buddy and king of music Johnny Doom. Jim Gellatly, a music legend of Scotland got behind our music and also Whispering Bob Harris had us down to record an acoustic session in Harrogate in October which was surreal. We are so thankful and humbled by the support we have received.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We just headlined the Garage in Glasgow which was our biggest show to date. It was RAMMED with people! I love playing any venue in Glasgow because it’s such a bustling music city and we are so glad to be a part of it. We loved playing in the London Garage also but our van was smashed once there. We will be playing in Glasgow again on 7th January in the 02 ABC Main Stage. Tickets are £10 and you can grab them from store alteredsky.com.

What do you think about downloading music online?
Paying for downloading music is GREAT! I do it and believe people should get behind it. We appreciate anyone listening to our music, even if it is for free. It’s all about spreading the word really.

What's your outlook on the record industry today?
It has changed A LOT. I think for the better as bands and songwriters can now use platforms such as YouTube and Soundcloud to get their music out there. However it does make it much harder to obtain a career that pays in music these days. We have come so far and our time is now.

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