Ali Neil - Into The Open

Ali Neil – Into The Open

 

ARTIST NAME: Ali Neil

 

SONG TITLE: Into The Open

 

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Ali Neil is fed up. There is no better time to inflict his brand of maudlin balladry on the great tangled masses.

 

Following the January release of his own recording of ‘Killers 3’ the second track off A.A. Bondy’s 2019 cold, synth-based masterpiece – ‘Enderness’ – we now have ‘Into the Open’, an eerie post-apocalyptic tune for the end of days.

 

Ali Neil is the lead singer-songwriter of local alt-country/folk band Lewisburg, and his new solo project is the home for his more minimalist, atmospheric songs. I like to call it maudlin balladry. Influenced by the likes of phosphorescent, Jesse Malin, and AA Bondy.

 

All work is self-recorded in-home studio in Tottenham, though this track was mixed by producer Dave Tither. The previous release mixed by Olly Betts member of Duke Spirit and FURS, and the captain of Crow’s Nest Studios in London Fields.

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Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.

The way I work with this project is the same thing. I leave enough room for movement in the arrangement so I’m still testing out things as I’m completing the track.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

Well, I try and let it spill out in the form of multiple ideas – if a song feels at least 80% complete immediately then I refine it – however long that may take.

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Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs.

I guess there’s a sense of sadness in the lyrics and the melodies, not sure where that comes from. Probably the Tories.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

I think maybe I’ve written a couple of decent songs. I’m also proud of the production/arranging of my first two songs.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

Well, it’s me, and two folk who have mixed the songs so far Olly Betts (Killers 3) and Dave Tither (Into the open).

 

I also play live and collaborate with Adrien Latge, Brian Grogan, and Martin Costaz.

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Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music.

Well, there is no big fish in the cheese so I rely on what I can do myself and through Chris Sharpe at Musosoup which is a helpful platform.

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Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish.

Be happy, taking long walks, and watching the ducks.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.

I’m concerned that my favourite artists won’t be able to sustain their careers. Everyone has access to the means for making a record, and everyone can listen to that record. That’s a good and bad thing

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

Rhyming yacht with apricot.

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Tell us how you boost your performance.

Red Wine.

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Explain the structure of the song.

Verse/Chorus/Verse/Chorus/Middle8/Chorus – apparently song structures have developed over generations the way they have because they reflect the stages of puberty, and that is why formulaic music is a young person’s game. It’s in a paper somewhere – look it up!

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

It’s magic.

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State your musical skills.

Music and lyrics and some basic production skills.

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie.

Absolutely!

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

Turning the mic off.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

Deep Dark Woods, Kacy, and Clayton, Jesse Malin, AA Bondy, Beach Boys, Beatles, Arcade Fire.

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

I have no idea, always more inspired when I’m happy

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Elaborate on the song.

This song is just a tiny road song, a very small narrative that takes place between man and woman in some mysterious context I wish to have no clue about.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Well, Ali is my name, and Neil is my middle name.

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