Alba Interview – Live & Love Music
Alba tells us more about “The London Sessions” EP, Spanish music industry, and her plans for 2017…
Hi Alba! We love your music. How would you describe your genre?
Thank you! I’ve always found it hard to label my music, but I guess it sits somewhere between Soul, Rock, Funk and Pop.
How did you first get into music?
It all started at home, my parents being huge music lovers. They gave me the opportunity to learn piano and guitar, and also took me to many really cool concerts. When I was 16 years old, I founded my own band called “Sons Of Rock”, and started playing and recording my own songs.
So you’re originally from Spain, but now living in London. What made you want to come here?
I believe London is the place to be when you play the music I do. Many of my favourite artists and bands are Brits. I also went on a UK tour a few years ago and felt an instant connection with the English audience, so it was only a matter of time before I moved here.
How is the music industry different in the UK to Spain?
Very different. The UK is a “superpower” in terms of its music industry. Everything happens here, with a lot of opportunities going on. Originality and talent are key to stand out in the UK. Unfortunately that doesn’t apply to Spain. The music industry has a narrow view of the things that work and don’t work, so there are very few opportunities if you don’t fit its standards.
Your new EP is called ‘The London Sessions’. Tell us a bit more about that!
“The London Sessions” is the first record release of my new project, for which I am lucky enough to have Dan Day (drums), Tonderai Mbiba (bass) and Kayode Olajide (keys) onboard. The fact that sets this EP apart is that it has been entirely recorded live – like in the old times 🙂 We also shot a video for each one of the tracks, which are available on YouTube and all major music platforms (iTunes, Spotify, etc.).
What have been your biggest musical achievements so far?
With my former project “Sons Of Rock” I recorded 4 albums and played in very big festivals and venues such as Rock In Rio or Sonisphere, which gave us the opportunity to meet and open for huge artists like Amy Winehouse or The Waterboys.
Wow, that’s impressive! So which have been your favourite gigs to perform at?
It is hard to choose, but I would highlight my recent gig at The Dublin Castle. It was a very special and exciting evening, playing my new songs live for the first time and officially presenting the new project, and the crowd was awesome!
Who are your influences?
John Mayer, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, among many others!
What’s coming up for you in 2017?
I have lots of things coming down the pipeline: Gigs, videos, new music… The best way to stay tuned and not miss a thing is to follow me on my social networks and visit my website. Check them out: