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Watch Ali Gilbert’s brand new single “She’s on My Mind” which debuted on his YouTube channel in January 2020. We have all been through a time of heartbreak and this song nails the way it makes us feel. When you can’t get someone off of your mind, you are completely consumed with thinking about them. This song is all consuming with beauty. His voice, subtle guitar playing and the beautiful touch of the piano all come together just right. Therefore, give it a listen now and see for yourself why Ali Gilbert is our first ever Artist of the month for February 2020.
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Ali Gilbert | Indie Artist of the Month February 2020
In honor of Ali being our first ever Artist of the Month, we had the opportunity to run some questions by him and are excited to share this exclusive interview with you.
Q: What are some of your current favorite songs?
A: My favourite songs at the moment are The Weeknd – Blinding Lights, The 1975 – Me & You Together Song, Sam Fender – Will We Talk Easy Life – Pockets and The Script – Last time
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: My main musical influence is anything that has soul. I grew up listening to Mowtown, such as The Temptations, Bill Withers, Ben E King, Marvin Gaye more recently artists like Plan B, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, and Stormzy. My main influence growing was my Uncle who was a very talented musician and songwriter who was in a band called The Diversions.
Q: What is the most challenging part of being an Indie Artist?
A: The most challenging part of being an Indie artist is getting your music heard and all the marketing around promoting events, trying to get people to gigs and growing a fanbase. Also there are so many knock backs and lots of no’s when trying to build platforms to get your music out there to a wider audience. Sometimes it can be soul destroying when your playing to empty bars.
Its a mad feeling, but when your on stage, its like therapy when your singing about your personal experiences. – Ali Gilbert
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being an Indie Artist?
A: The most rewarding part of being an indie artist is the process of writing a song in your kitchen and then performing it to your fans who can relate and enjoy listening to them. Its a mad feeling, but when your on stage its like therapy when your singing about your personal experiences.
Q: Who is your biggest encourager?
A: My biggest encoureger is my wife & family
Q: What can Indie Music fans do to help artists like you?
A: I think as Indie artists its all about supporting each other; sharing, commenting and giving feedback goes a long way encouraging an artist.
Q: How did your latest song come about? Is there any special or personal meaning in it for you?
A: I like to write songs which are relatable. Some are based on my own experiences and some are written from someone else’s perspective. My Latest song is about taking a relationship for granted and messing up only to end up losing her and then go through the pain of watching them move on to somebody new.
Q: From song idea to release, what is your favorite part of the process?
A: My favourite part of song process is coming up with a catchy hook then building melody around it with my guitar then writing down lyrics.
I think as Indie artists its all about supporting each other; sharing, commenting and giving feedback goes a long way encouraging an artist. – Ali Gilbert
Q: Anything that you are excited about in the works that you can share?
A: I will be releasing my debut Album the end of 2020 which I am super excited about. I also just booked my debut main stage appearance at Statfold Barn Festival in the Summer alongside acts such as Scouting For Girls Gabrielle Lemar The Twang Space and The Hoosiers. Cant wait for this one!
Ali Gilbert | Runaway
“Runaway” was the first song we heard of Ali’s and we were hooked right from the start. His voice, the catchy guitar lick and the powerful message all worked together like a magnet pulling us in and leaving us wanting more. Therefore, you don’t want to miss this one!
Ali Gilbert | Indie Artist of the Month February 2020
Coming from his hometown in Tamworth, England, Ali Gilbert started his interest in music when he was eighteen years old. It was at that time that he began to write his own material and perform locally. He is a self taught singer/songwriter with influences from artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, The 1975, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, and Motown.
His experiences throughout life are some of his inspirations in songwriting and he expresses it through the songs he makes. His gigs at his hometown continued and eventually he made his first recording, EP “Days Go By” which had 460 downloads on Amazon/Itunes. Aside from his original recordings, he also made several covers of different songs. Writing his own songs and sticking to his own style and type of music led him to be recognized by the local press and subsequently garnered him success in music competitions such as Open Mic UK and Soundwaves Music Competition in which he reached the National Finals.
Ali Gilbert | Shes on My Mind
In addition to his performances, he was also able to be at venues such as Cafe 1001 London, The Sunflower Lounge, 02 Academy, and the NEC Birmingham. Moreover, he was in full support of The Sons Of The East as they embarked on there UK/Europe Tour last May 2019.
Looking forward to his future endeavors, he continues to write new music and plans to release his debut Album in late 2020. We can’t Wait!!!