Music Q&A:
Alias Kid

The first Manchester band signed to Alan McGee's Creation label since Oasis play Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead, 11 Nov. We sat down with Maz (lead singer-guitarist)

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What informs your music and songwriting?
I just write what comes out when I sit down with my guitar. It all comes from somewhere real and I suppose at the time you don’t even always know where. I’m not one of these writers who walks about looking for stuff to say. To me that’s contrived. I think you make your own reality and that is where your songs should come from in a natural way.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
We started out as mates who just put the band together because we wanted to get everyone out for a drink. Then a couple of years ago we ended up getting signed by Alan McGee and everything changed for us. You work with people you’ve only heard on records or seen on TV and you’re like, fucking hell, that’s such and such. You just end up raising your game naturally.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Sean supports Man City and he’s gone off and done a single for Sergio Aguero with the band – I’m having nothing to do with that, being a United fan. Apart from that we’ve been in the studio loads, worked with Youth a little bit too. We’ve just really been stockpiling our songs and we’ll have loads to announce about releases early 2018.

What’s on your rider?
It varies from place to place but we aren’t bothered. We aren’t going to fleece some promoter because we want oysters served on diamond plates.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
It was pretty surreal when we played Moscow on Halloween night. A load of Russian accents singing our lyrics, and looking out onto a sea of monster masks at 2am. Also, have to say it’s pretty surreal to think we’re the only Manchester band signed to McGee’s Creation since Oasis.

What song do you wish you’d written?
If I had to narrow it down I’d probably say Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan as a complete tune but if anything at all I’d say the chorus from Instant Karma by Lennon.

What’s your worst lyric?
“Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on…”

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