I am always incredibly grateful to anyone who agrees to answer some questions for me and I appreciate every single one of them. This week however I am really excited to offer to you my interview with ‘Man of the Moment’ Scott Alan. For those who may be unfamiliar with him, he is a popular songwriter who has worked with some of the biggest names in musical theatre and who many others are hoping to work with sometime soon. I would like to add at this point, that this blog – ignitedbyadream – is named after one of his tracks. Read on to find out more about this fantastic composer:
1. You write some stunning music. Who, what and where do you get your inspiration from?
2. Was writing music something you always wanted to do? Did you ever consider performing instead?
I started as a performer. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I started writing.
3. What was the first piece you composed?
4. How do you go about composing? Does the tune just come to you? Do you get the words first? Please talk us through the songwriting process 🙂
5. Home. Your full musical. Really hoping this makes it to the West End but please could you tell us more about it?
6. You did a gig in London last week. You were very honest and had some amazing talent there. How did you feel when it all came together? The reviews were fantastic.
I am a total perfectionist. I don’t trust anyone and like to control everything so I think it was hard in some ways because I had to learn to trust because while planning the concert I was miles away from where the concert was being planned. That being said, I am thrilled with the reception the concert had and I am honored to be able to be given the ability to travel back to my favorite city and perform with some of the most beautiful talent for the most incredible audience filled if dreamers.
7. Do you have a favourite composition (of your own) and if so, why?
8. Is there a song, score or other piece of music that you wish YOU had written?
9. You have collaborated with some fantastic singers. Is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet that you would like to?
10. Like myself, depression has been a problem for you. Have you managed to overcome this or are you still attempting to deal with it? Also how?
11. Do you have any advice for people with depression?
Seek help. Don’t be ashamed to be able to say ‘I suffer from depression and I need help.’ There is nothing wrong with you. You are normal. It’s when you feel ‘different’ that you start question your life.
12. Have Travis (your partner) describe you in three words?
14. If you weren’t a songwriter, what do you think you would be doing instead?
I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t a writer.
15. What is next for Mr Alan?
I guess we will have to wait and find out. Every day is a new adventure and it’s always worth it to stay around to find out what that might be.
I know I am amongst many who very much hope that Scott will return to the UK again very soon – he is based in the US – especially after the success of his O2 gig. Hopes are high that ‘Home’ will make it onto the West End, at present we don’t know for sure but watch this space.
Here are a couple more tracks for anyone who has not yet experienced this mans work or just for the enjoyment of those who have. Absolutely beautiful, I cannot sing the praises of Alan’s work highly enough.
Always sung by Sierra Boggess: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkctwANlLQ8
Take Me Away performed by Jamie Muscato and Cordelia Farnworth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uo-LsMpYSY
Again performed by Hadley Fraser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2-cuyRaIfA
Keep in touch with what he is up to by following him on Twitter @ScottAlanNet. Many more videos can be found on YouTube so take some time and have a watch, I promise you won’t regret it. I would like to say thank you once again for answering my questions and for being so honest with his replies. I hope you have all enjoyed reading more about him – I have no doubt we will be hearing a lot more about him soon.
You can buy his albums from Amazon or download them from iTunes .
All videos are used with the kind permission of Scott Alan.