Interview: Al Bairre

Photo Credit - Sam Wells

Photo Credit – Sam Wells

I caught up with Nick Preen from Al Bairre and we talked about their new EP, how the band’s sound has progressed and all things you can expect from them!

How would you say the band’s sound has progressed with the releases over the years?

We’re slowly taking steps to make our sound more commercial and appealing to all kinds of audiences. That way our tracks do better and we can add more monetary value to our performances. For example focus on how our live sound.

How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on the EP?

We’ve written about 11 songs in total and 8 of them are on the E.P. We’ve performed the other ones live over the years and you might find some inadequate recordings of them somewhere on the line.

Do you have a favourite track off the EP? 

“Where do we go from here’ is my favourite. Mostly because it was the last song we wrote. Parents always say they love their children equally but I’m pretty sure they love their newborn more than the child they’ve already been playing with. Like what child/song would you rather play with? The one you have been or this new fresh baby you don’t know how people react to.

Your songs recently hit half a million plays on Spotify, what was it like when you saw the count?

To be honest it was really surprising! We don’t actually have spotify yet in this country, so to find out there’s been that many individuals outside of South Africa felt really warm and rewarding. It’s made the prospect of touring over the seas more of a reality, which then helps us tick all the boxes on our to do list. We’re very pedantic about lists and that ones the most important one we have.

What was it like hearing that ‘Caviar Dreams’ won the Xperia Mashlab on 5FM track of the year?
Really really nice! My little cousin was the first to tell me about it and he was so excited that ‘we were the best’ I almost cried. What a naïve child. It was a nice moment.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

We want to write as many different chart topping singles as possible, using only our violin, cello, keyboard, guitars and drum kit and completely monopolize the ‘band’ market so that anyone playing a musical instrument and not a computer struggles to make a living or become a success. This way we’ll be the only band left and when we call it quits will be welcomed by edm and trance dj’s a like and finally realize our dream and tick the final box which is that of : welcome popularity.

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