Music Q&A:
Novo Amor

Novo Amor, aka Ali Lacey, has unveiled a video for the title track from his debut album Birthplace. He heads out on tour, visiting Manchester Gorilla, 16 Oct, and Leeds Brudenell Social Club, 19 Oct

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What informs your music and songwriting?
So many things, but a large part of Novo Amor seems to have derived from a summer spent in upstate NY back in 2011. I over-romanticised the summer and spent years looking back on it, writing about it and changing it in my head. It’s inspired a lot of my songwriting.

How have you evolved as an act over the years?
I’m from a music production background, so the performing side of Novo Amor has been a very slow progression. I’m more comfortable in my studio than on a stage. The live side of Novo Amor started as me playing a few solo shows to rooms of five to 10 people, drinking backstage beforehand to ease my nerves. Now my act is a five-piece band of multi-instrumentalists – something that I feel that I can be proud of.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’ve been helping friends produce some music, adapting my songs into live arrangements and writing new bits when I get the time.

What’s on your rider?
Nothing crazy. Bread, avocados, carrots, hummus, beer, juice etc. It’ll get more eccentric as my career progresses, I hope.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
It’s hard to get used to the ways in which my music has affected people’s lives, hearing what it might have got them through and how much it means to them. It’s a regular occurrence and I find it surreal every time it happens. Traveling to Indonesia to play to a few thousand people and hearing them sing my lyrics back to me was incredibly surreal too. I realise that I’ve surpassed myself when these things happen. I also had my trousers pulled down on a public bus once. That was pretty embarrassing!

What song do you wish you’d written?
For creative reasons, too many. For the reasons of wanting to own a boat, All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

What’s your worst lyric?
Something that never got released.

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