Take 5: AKA Lonely Boy

Songwriter musician and producer AKA Lonely Boy locked himself away alone in his studio for most of 2018 to write and record what would become his first album ‘21 st Century Loneliness’: a concise and focused commentary on today’s society and the human condition in the modern world set to the backdrop of driving beats, soaring melodies and anthemic choruses. The perfect starting point to introduce him and his music to the world at large is the relentless, synth driven single ‘Repetition’.

Here the Monotony and dirge of everyday life is brought under the microscope. How do we escape? We don’t know! We decided to find out with a Take 5…

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you ?

I’ve always known from a young age that I wanted to be a songwriter and a musician. From the unoriginal guitar playing of a tennis raquet, to drumming on pots and pans and driving my mum nuts, to making a fully fledged studio in the cupboard in my bedroom, entirely from cardboard and wool!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been amazed and hypnotised by songs and melodies and how they make you feel. The nuts and bolts of how they work and what makes them tick. The way a song can evoke an emotion, give you goosebumps, transport you back to a particular time and place and make you feel that you are actually back there. Time travel is possible!

With that said, it would be obvious to say that all the great sonwriters have inspired me along the way and continue to inspire me every single day.

Then the obvious progression is to learn to play an instrument, so that you have a vehicle to let people hear your songs. That in itself brings a whole other kind of inspiration from people who are great musicians and great producers. I have become a multi instrumentalist through necessity, as it’s always hard to get what’s in your head out into the world if you have to go via another musician.

On my new single, Repetition, and my forthcoming album 21st Century Loneliness, apart from some female backing vocals on a few tracks from the Estradas Singers, I did everything myself from the ground up and the inspiration of all those great songwriters, musicians and producers spurred me on, as they’ve set the bar so high and they give me something to aspire to. Every day is a school day!

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

I think that the obvious ones for me would be John Lennon or George Harrison and I’d love to collaborate with Neil Finn, one of the best songwriters alive on the planet today

Tell us about your single ‘Repetition’ –  what is the song about?

I don’t usually like unveiling the mystery of what my songs are about or how they were born, as I think that it’s better for the listener to make their own mind up and relate it directly to them and their own life and experience.

That’s one of the things that I find amazing about songwriting and songs…I could be struck with the lightning bolt of inspiration to write something in a partcular fashion from my own direct experience and someone else could hear that same song and it could have a completely different meaning and connotation to them. As a songwriter, I absolutely love that.

Regarding my song, Repetition, in particular. I think, in this case, that the message is pretty much self explanatory and not too complicated anyway.

You have control. You have the choice. Take responsibility. Be brave…

Tell us five things you love about the city you live in, and why……

1 – John Lennon

2 – Paul McCartney

3 – George Harrison

4 – Ringo Starr

5 – Liverpool Football Club

What are you most looking forward to this year?

There’s only two months left…so, I’d have to say…Christmas!