Each week we will be posting exclusive 60 second interviews with our 2018 Festival bands and artists. This week we are in conversation with Alexander Bone, to find out when Alexander Bone is playing mjf 2018 click here.
Name: Alexander Bone
Name of the Band (if you’re in a band): Cheshire Youth Music For Life Big Band ft Alexander Bone
Where are you/the band from? The band is based in Cheshire! I’m from Darlington, & I lived in Manchester for 6 years whilst at Chethams School of Music
How did you get into music?
Both my parents are musicians and I heard music around the house all the time growing up. I couldn’t resist wanting to get involved.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of being a musician?
My favourite part of being a musician is when you can change people in a positive way though the music. Whether it’s making them dance, or perhaps feel more reflective or confident, whatever the emotion really. If I manage to communicate with people, then I’m happy!
This is specially humbling when it’s your own music.
What is the least enjoyable part of being a musician?
What’s not to enjoy? 😊
Who is your favourite band or artist?
I’m afraid there’s too many to put down to one… but I’ve recently been enjoying music by the producer Robotaki, the band KNOWER & rediscovering one of my favourite British jazz bands Polar Bear.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
As cliché as it is, to trust your ears and hearts over your brain.
What does it mean to you to play at manchester jazz festival?
It’s always a huge pleasure to be part of MJF and I’m so happy to be returning this year! It’s a festival that brings so much exciting contemporary music to one of my favourite cities!
What advice would you give to the new generation of musicians that would like to follow in your steps?
I’d say simply to stay focused on what you want to achieve to take you to the next level. If you want to have a career in music, you can do it with hard work!
What has been the most notable highlight of your career so far?
In 2015 I was incredibly fortunate to perform on the Last Night of the Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. They broadcast one of my pieces live to BBC Two which was very surreal!
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