60 SECONDS WITH ALICE FAYE
Alice Faye is a musician/vocalist based in Glasgow, Scotland. She performs and writes with piano/ukulele + guitar. She is inspired by styles such as chanson réaliste, vaudeville and opera.
Who are your major influences and why?
My major influences would definitely be David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. My top albums would have to be Bowie’s Hunky Dory, for all its honky tonk-style piano and weird lyrics and Rufus Wainwright’s Want One (it has a very dramatic/baroque opera feel, but I love how indulgent and vulnerable it is). Martha Wainwright has probably inspired my more folk/country song-writing style at the moment, particularly her song ‘Bloody Motherfucking Asshole’, it’s a brilliantly powerful feminist song with very clear folk roots in the guitar and melody. I would like my song-writing to be reminiscent of female artists like her and Nico.
If you had to sum the band up in 5 words what would they be?
Very honest and funnily so.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
My songs are written by myself, though when I play them with my band my bandmates arrange all their own parts. The main themes of my songs would be desire, loneliness and, to some extent, obsession. I find that most of my lyrics end up being about longing for something or longing for something obsessively.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
At the moment my favourite unsigned artist would be a Scottish musician called Peter Cat. His music reminds me a lot of the Sparks, who I love, and he has a very David Byrne-like style of song–writing, with his lyrics often being very absurdist or absurdly honest.
What’s the last song you played on Spotify?
The last song I played on Spotify was ‘You’re the cream in my coffee’ by Annette Hanshaw, a 1920s singer. I was told by an audience member that I sounded a bit like her so I’ve gotten really into her music recently, haha!
You’re stranded on a desert island and have an album to get through, what is it?
Want One by Rufus Wainwright.
What is the best festival you’ve ever been to?
I haven’t been to many, I get very anxious at festivals as I’m not very good at being in massive crowds. So I would say the foodies festival in Edinburgh that I performed at, as I bizarrely really enjoyed the Jam tribute act that played there. They sounded very similar to the actual Jam, so me and my Dad had a good time singing along to them.
Tiktok or Instagram?
Tik tok does seem more fun but I’m resistant to adding another app to my phone.
Show me the last photo in your camera roll (clean only) and tell me the story behind it…
This is me an my co-workers out at a pub to celebrate their one year anniversary of working at the café. The story behind it is that we were extremely drunk and sending a photo to my sister to try to convince her to come out with us. I think we scared her off instead, haha.
Haha love it. Describe to me your live performance?
My performance style is weirdly a bit like a comedy act. I like to make the audience really laugh in between my songs and usually I’m quite successful. I either perform solo on my keyboard or with my whole band. So it either has a very intimate feel musically, or has a feel reminiscent of a of 60s band.
On that note do you have any upcoming shows?
I’m launching my EP at the Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow this Friday (the 29th of April) and the Hug and Pint the night before in support of a great band called Fairweather Friends. I’m very excited for both but particularly my EP Launch, as it’ll be my first time head-lining and organising my own gig!
Summer of love… Upcoming Festivals?
I’ll be playing the Doune the Rabbit hole festival in July, which is extremely exciting. I’ve yet to play a proper festival before so I can’t wait to see how it all goes down.
What’s on the horizon, what can we look forward to from you?
I’m releasing two more singles as part of my EP this year. One called ’Time we Parted’, a classic breakup song inspired by 60s songwriters and recording styles. And the other single is called ‘Respectfully Decline’, a song sort of about consent, which was heavily inspired by the Martha Wainwright’s ‘Bloody Motherfucking Asshole’.
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FOOTBALL – None, so I’ll say Partic Thistle to remain impartial
GUILTY PLEASURE – Grace Kelly by Mika — but to be honest I ain’t too guilty about it!
HERO – Leonard Cohen
BEST COMEDY SHOW – James Acaster’s comedy special on Netflix
THREADS – & Other stories
HOOFS – Chelsea boots
At the Bar? – If you like Pina Coladas!!
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – Grace Jones
FILM – Deer Hunter
TOP TUNE OF ALL TIME – ‘I Don’t Know What It Is’ by Rufus Wainwright
THREE WORDS – Honest, witty, sad