Interview with Chris Allen of Ali In The Jungle

We got the chance to sit down with Chris Allen of indie/alternative band Ali In The Jungle. We talked about some awesome stuff with Chris that we just know you will love to read about. It was really cool hearing about the background and style of the band and some generally interesting information.

Spencer Davis: “Who or what inspired you to become a musician?”

Chris Allen: “I was about 10 when I started learning guitar, and if you’d asked me then, I
probably would’ve said Avril Lavigne or my guitar teacher. I don’t think there are
any figures I could point to who made me want to choose music as a career, it’s
more the sense of fun I get from playing live and from creating music that I’m
proud of.”

SD: “How would you describe the music you create?”

CA: “I like to describe it as ‘innovative indie’. Our music isn’t confined to one genre, instead we genre-hop all over the place. All our songs have a sense of humor and playfulness.”

SD: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

CA: “We’ve never done any collaborations before — it would be great to work with someone whose sound was completely different to ours. Maybe Loyle Carner, or someone who is into chill hip-hop, who could lend a different flavor to our music.”

SD: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

CA: “A very frustrating question! It’s a toss-up between ‘Parallel Lines’ by Blondie, for consistency & hit-rate, and ‘Is This It’ by The Strokes (mostly because of nostalgia). But I find it very hard to pick favorites!”

SD: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

CA: “Probably Vampire Weekend. They’re not a world away from our sound and it would be amazing to come on stage after them. Plus I’d love to hang out with them in the green room.

SD: “What are your favorite and least favorite venues?”

CA: “To play at, I would say MK11. They’ve recently got a massive new venue area with a large stage, better mixing desk and superb sound. We supported Beans on Toast there back in March and it was some of the best sound mixing we’ve had, plus the organizers are fantastic. I refuse to pick a least favorite venue! There have been some grotty toilets over the years though…”

SD: “What does your writing process look like?”

CA: “Usually, one of us will come up with a chord sequence or part of a song, and work on it with one other person. For example, Tim will write a chorus and share it with Sam, and they’ll try and write more for it. Then they’ll take it to me and Ali and we’ll jam over it to try and get more ideas, or add existing parts that we’ve written if they go well together. Then we refine it over a period of months, sometimes years (!) until the finished song has the precise emotional impact that we think it should have.”

SD: “What is your favorite song you’ve written?”

CA: “My personal favourite is ‘Drunk Generation’. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to play, even though it’s exhausting because it’s so relentlessly fast-paced. I play bass on it which is a fun variation for me (I usually play guitar). We usually play ‘Drunk Gen.’ last, to cap off our sets, and it always goes down a treat. Here’s a video of us performing it live, supporting Beans on Toast back in March (remember live gigs?): Ali In The Jungle – “Drunk Generation” (Live from MK11)

SD: “What is coming up next for you guys?”

CA: “We’ll be doing some recording in mid-December, which I’m hugely looking forward to, so we’ll be putting out a few singles and maybe an EP or two throughout 2021. We’ve just released the music video for “People Change” and we’ll be releasing Behind the Scenes footage before too long, so make sure to follow us on social media.”

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