By: Rob Brayl
He’s toured with the likes of Adele, Florence + The Machine, and Marina & the Diamonds. Now, in an exclusive interview for BTB, Pownall lets us take a peek inside his emerging career.
ROB BRAYL: First, I must say that I love the Single Ladies cover. “He’s up on me, I’m up on him.”—it was perfect the way you didn’t cop out and change the “he” to “she”. I thought it was humorous and endearing. What was going through your head when you decided to cover this song?
ALAN POWNALL: The song was on the radio at the time. We got asked to do a feature for a website called Indie/Ghetto; Indie artists covering hip hop / r&b songs, so we chose that one. I’m pleased you liked it. I can’t bare to watch it.
RB: I love the story behind your music and how things have opened up for you. Did you ever think you’d tour with the likes of Adele? I’m sure that must have been surreal the way it all panned out.
AP: It was an honor to go on tour with her at such an early stage of her career. She was magnificent and a lovely person. I only had a few songs at the time but I learned a lot from her. She deserves all the success she’s had.
RB: You also recently performed a few gigs with Marina & the Diamonds, how was that experience?
AP: I never met her. But we had a good time. It was the first time I went on the road with the band so I really enjoyed it.
RB: What do you wish for your audience to take from your music?
AP: I hope it’s different for everyone. But ultimately I would like for people to enjoy it, that’s all really.
RB: I definitely get a sense of honesty and a humble presence in your voice and music and I admire that. Could you ever see yourself going in a different direction stylistically or vocally?
AP: I write how I feel and I feel different every day. I don’t seek direction necessarily, but I hope to develop and mature as an artist.
RB: I want to know your current guilty pleasures within pop music. Give me something good!
AP: Rihanna seems cool, but I don’t feel all that guilty about it.
RB: I read on your website that apparently some lame hackers were hacking your MySpace profile? What’s the deal with that? Sidenote: you know you’ve made it when the hacking starts.
AP: It was my record label, no hackers yet!
RB: Tell us a secret.
AP: I don’t have secrets…
RB: Do you think there’s a possibility that you’ll be playing in the US in the future?
AP: I would love to tour in America, but we’ll see.
RB: Your major label debut is due out later this year. Is there pressure or a sense of relief, now that you’ve climbed to such an accomplishment?
AP: There are no feelings of relief or accomplishment. I am at the beginning of my career. I’m happy with the record and I’m excited about the future, that’s all I can say for now.
Check out Pownall’s music video for Chasing Time, below.