Interview with the Band Alien Feelings (UK)

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello, and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us! 
CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Alien Feelings: Grunge-pop…it’s loud, aggressive and touches all the right areas

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a
level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
Alien Feelings: We are currently in contact with a few fans from America. We have aims of interactive content and staying as active as possible on socials. To be honest, we have only played 6 gigs since starting out as a band, we had loads lined up but COVID showed its ugly head, and brought the world to a halt.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?

Alien Feelings: We eventually want to have a really active connection with our fans…we want to be able to have inside jokes with all of them.

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of
personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
Alien Feelings: Yes, just double bag it…. Be safe. Don’t give out any important info.

CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your
opinion?  If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
Alien Feelings: It varies…we only have an outside view of what other people are doing. We hope there are loads of people like us, just wanting to make music and have a laugh while doing it.

CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to

connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or
intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor?

Alien Feelings: We are already in contact with multiple people and radio stations over the pond. Which has surprised us really…we weren’t sure how our sound would be taken over there.

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some
level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
Alien Feelings: I think Andy Warhol was correct in saying that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. With the rise of platforms such as TikTok, Reels, Twitch and Snapchat, literally anybody anywhere with a smartphone can suddenly find themselves famous. Practically everyone is a content creator whether they realize it or not. This has certainly blurred a lot of lines between celebrity and reality, but I’m not sure I’d call a lot of it art.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
Alien Feelings: There’s nothing wrong with following trends, but what gets me is these “artists” who have about fifteen collaborators on a track including multiple songwriters and then that track gets passed around multiple producers until it becomes an unrecognizable Frankenstein’s monster of a wet tune and then have the cheek to walk about as though they’ve just finished off writing Mozart’s requiem. I even think setting trends isn’t the way to go these days. The bars not very high and the music of what hits, isn’t very pure. Just do your own thing, don’t worry what the world is doing, when it comes to creating it comes from inside. Just do you thing, whether it’s original or not.

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort
to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
Alien Feelings: For ourselves I’d have to say no. People who love music don’t feel the need to put it in a box.

Genres are a marketing tool and although useful for the suits, fans shouldn’t worry whether they’re listening to pop-punk or punk-pop. I get that teenagers like to identify with sub-genres…I know I certainly did and that’s all well and good, but eventually you find that tunnel vision is blinding and that if you just broaden your spectrum a little, there’s an ocean and not just a pond.

CV: What can fans expect to see coming next from you?

Alien Feelings: We are all in high hopes for Josh’s yodeling solo project. But we have also been recording loads of demos and are excited to get them out as soon as possible.

CV: Thanks again for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
Alien Feelings: The feelings mutual. Take it easy.


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