Great things are predicted for Bedford’s Alfie Templeman, who will be launching is new EP with an acoustic set at Slide Record Shop in the Arcade this Saturday.
At just 16, the Carlton-born singer-songwriter has been championed by BBC Introducing, is on radio playlists and the Sunday Times wrote, ‘If this is what he can come up with alone in his room at the age of 15, he has to be one to watch closely.’
“The following weekend he is playing Truck Festival on the same stage as Kate Nash, Shame, Fontaines DC, Idles and Public Service Broadcasting,” said Slide Record Shop’s Nerys Bannister. “So to say we are chuffed is an understatement.”
Now that the teenager’s GCSE’s are over, the Bedford Independent caught up with Alfie to ask him some burning (none-GCSE-related) questions:
Can you describe how important the local live music scene has been to your development as an artist?
For live stuff it was pretty important as I needed live experience as an artist and relied on my mates getting me support slots at Bedford esquires. Also a lot of my mates were in bands recording music and it inspired me to record bits myself.
Slide Record Shop is great at supporting local artists. Do you enjoy a pop up acoustic session in a shop, or prefer being on stage in a venue?
Yeah, Slide are awesome – really lovely people! I haven’t yet done a pop up acoustic session until the one I do with them on Saturday so who knows? I’ll most likely enjoy both equally.
How would you describe your sound?
Changing. I don’t really have a specific kind of genre for my music- I’m more into changing each track I put out so nobody gets too bored!
What does the next year hold for you?
Who knows! All I know is that it’s going to be really fun and there’s going to be lots of music churned out. It’s kinda like that Bowie quote “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”
What other local artists do you admire/who have influenced you?
Basement Strippers, Mask, Torus, Don Broco, Tom Grennan, Matt Berry, Sarpa Salpa, The Scruff. List goes on and on and on!
What’s your favourite album of all time?
It’s between two. Either Salad Days by Mac Demarco or Lonerism by Tame Impala. I like records done by pretty much one person as it gives a taste for who someone is – it also shows someone’s ideas in their purest form as they have full control over their decisions.
Who would you love to duet with?
I’m kinda feeling it with Jorja Smith. Like that female and male harmonisation, it’s just cute. Oh and she’s incredible in every single way!