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Interview With Alex Ohm

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Who is Alex Ohm?
I’m a singer-songwriter from the West Midlands, Dudley to be exact. 
How did you get into music?
I think it came from various influences. My Dad was always playing guitar and recording on a 4 track. That grabbed my attention. I liked the way you could hear how a track was built up layer by layer. Music was always a big thing in our house. Everything from The Specials to Bowie, Simply Red to Annie Lennox would be filling the room. There was always a tune to hum. I didn’t get into playing though until I finished university and then it just seemed to take its own path and here we are today. 
Who are your Biggest influences?
Currently I’d say Radiohead, UNKLE, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Alt J…the list could go on forever.
What is your writing process like?
There’s no formula. It’s changes from day to day, hour to hour. I tend not to try and force songs now. I write and record melodies & lyrics as and when they come to me either on my phone or my computer. I make rough demos of the tracks and add the instruments I think should accompany it until I get it close to where I think it should be. I’ll then take it to the band for them to add their spin on it. Sometimes we’ll jam an idea and a song just appears as if by magic. 
This year you released your latest track Hours, what was that like? 
It’s had a great response! We were all pretty deflated when we had to cancel the tour because of Covid and wasn’t sure how the release would do but it’s been our best release yet which we’re all chuffed about. 
What has been the best venue you have played at so far?
Would probably have to be the Brixton Academy for its history, sound and sheer amount of room on stage. I’ve supported Peter Doherty and Ocean Colour Scene there to sold out rooms and it was unbelievable.

How would you change the music Industry?
Where do you start? I’d probably scrap demographics. There are so many promoters, labels, radio stations that abide by ‘demographics.’ Bands should look a certain way, say certain things, be a certain age etc etc. If the musics good enough then that should be all that’s important.  

Who would you like to collaborate with?
Anybody that I’ve listed in the influences would be a great start! 

What has lockdown been like for you?
Same as everybody else I’d imagine. Bit of a rollercoaster mentally and emotionally. There have been lots of positives to take from it though. I’ve had the time to learn piano (a little), write some more songs, get to know some of the brilliant musicians from the Midlands more and get into running. 

Whats Next for You?
We’ll be putting an EP out at the end of the year with Hours and Going Nowhere Fast on and then next year, all being well, we have got a busy year planned of releases and gigs.

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