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Albert Man Releases New EP on February 3rd: Nothing of Nothing Much

SEEN has been enjoying the sweet, melodic pop of Albert Man, whose piano-led songs have been described as the love-child of Billy Joel and Adam Levine. February 3rd sees his six-track EP release: Nothing of Nothing Much.

Don’t be fooled by the up-tempo beat of the first track, I Feel like Dancing – the narrator’s life is a bit of a disaster, relieved only by dancing and music. SEEN’s personal favourite was Diamond in the Rough, a sad tale of lost love in the wake of great wealth and stardom – it’s a cautionary tale. Riding Shotgun is another up-tempo number full of the possibilities of young love in fast cars. You Had Me at Hello is a love song set firmly in the present, just the joy of lovers being with one another, something we can all relate to. Do You Think of Me? is tinged with sadness and regret for what might have been. We’re all so knowing after the fact. The EP also benefits from a beautiful live version of You Had Me at Hello, bookending it with positivity and demonstrating that Albert and his band are as good live as they are in the studio.

Albert Man recording at Grand Cru

Accomplished and versatile, Albert released his eleven-track self-produced album Cheap Suit in 2016, receiving extensive radio airplay and earning the accolade ‘a wonderful, wonderful album’ from BBC presenter Ady Dayman, with Tom Robinson choosing two tracks for his Fresh Faves. If Albert carries on like this, he’ll be a strong contender for the Unsigned Music Awards 2017.

Albert-Man

No stranger to performing in London, Albert has played at the O2 Lounge (before Muse); the Verdi Room at the Royal Albert Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s, amongst many others. Keep your eye on his gig list at the website, Albert is always performing. He returned from Dublin recently, having participated in the Dublin Bowie Festival. Albert was kind enough to find time in his busy schedule to answer some of SEEN’s questions…

SEEN: I see you played at the Dublin Bowie Festival! What was that like?

ALBERT MAN: It was a great experience to be a part of and John Brereton the festival organiser did a brilliant job. I’ve been over to Dublin a few times now and there’s a really close-knit and collaborative music community out there, which I’m really pleased to have tapped into. I’m a huge David Bowie fan ever since listening to the Labyrinth soundtrack as a kid, and Dublin and Bowie have had a connection for me since I witnessed Bowie’s “A Reality Tour” at the Point Theatre there. It was amazing to chat with Gerry Leonard who was a big contributor to three of Bowie’s albums and the “A Reality Tour”. I actually got to play “Oh! You Pretty Things” on the final night of the festival (Bowie Raw) with the entire audience joining in, just before Gerry took to the stage later on in the show to play “Loving The Alien” and “Andy Warhol”. What a brilliant festival, such an honour to have been on stage and be a part of it!

S: You’re very busy with recording and playing. Would you describe yourself as a workaholic? Where does that come from?

AM:I think the word “work” may sometimes have negative connotations. I love so many aspects of being an artist in the unsigned, DIY world. The writing, recording and performing are three things I love but I also like the design and branding aspects of “Albert Man”, maintaining my website and making videos. When I get stuck into a particular project, be it a new song, EP or new video, I don’t really see it as work because I enjoy doing it so much. So if I’m a workaholic, it’s only because I’m doing something I really like doing 🙂

S: You’ve been compared to Adam Levine and Billy Joel – are they influences?

AM: I wouldn’t say they were influences, I think I’ve been likened to Billy Joel a few times because I play the piano too. Adam Levine, I’ve been likened to only once, maybe it’s his voice, I’m not sure. I don’t really know who I’d say my influences are, I never intentionally try and sound like anyone.

S: With all the venues you’ve played in London, do you have a favourite?

AM: I really liked The Hospital Club. I played a night there which is hosted by Vin Goodwin called “Vin’s Night In” and I’ve been there a few times too when not playing. Vin’s a great host, he introduces all the acts and makes the whole night really fun, sometimes playing a few songs himself. I always like playing at The Bedford too, it’s one of those venues where everyone really listens to the music. The Half Moon, The Finsbury, The Slaughtered Lamb and The Islington are also favourites. Sorry to give you six venues rather than just the one!

S: What’s your favourite thing to do in London, if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare?

AM: Go to a local coffee shop with my better half, order a flat white and some sort of cake, probably with chocolate in it. If you give me an extra hour, then I’d head over to a cinema too!

Nothing of Nothing Much is released on 3rd February

www.albertman.com

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