We caught up with talented musician Eddie McAlpine in between A-Level exams at Xaverian College to find out his ultimate Spotify playlist.
The 18 year-old vocalist and lyricist is a regular at many Brighter Sound events, from Sing City, our singing and songwriting group, to artistic residencies with Ethiopian-born star Meklit Hadero. Eddie recently performed at our Echo Trace showcase at Manchester Central Library alongside a plethora of emerging musicians and will be taking part in Change, a new exciting event that brings young musicians across Manchester together to make an album in just one day.
“After taking part on the Meklit residency, me and the other participants are carrying on making music together. I think our name is BIG MUSIC although I don’t think that’s set in stone yet. I’m really excited as we draw on many different influences and we’re not tied down to any particular genre. We performed at Sing City Writes on 24 Jun.”
Eddie’s Spotify Playlist, Jun 2015
Loaded – Primal Scream
This is a party song. A get up and go song. I use it as my morning alarm. I chose this song to open my playlist because it gets me in the mood to have a good time. Also, this was the first song that I successfully requested XFM to play on radio. It was such a great feeling that people all over Manchester were listening to a song I had chosen to play. It probably brightened up everyone’s day.
Town Called Malice – The Jam
I don’t normally like to dance in front of other people but this song brings out the Billy Elliot in me. In a play I was in, I had to dance like crazy for a whole two minutes as if no one was watching but of course the audience (which comprised of my friends and family) were watching. From that day on, my fears of dancing in public and generally being myself have been diminished.
Mardy Bum – Arctic Monkeys
This song is where it all began really. I was 16 and, after much encouragement from my mum, I had just about plucked up the courage to audition for the school talent show. I chose this song because it was the easiest song I knew. I was so nervous but the day after the talent show I was like a celebrity. “You were that guy who sang Mardy Bum.” year 8s would shout to me on the school corridor. This gave me the confidence to take singing seriously as a hobby and even start writing my own songs.
Girl With One Eye – Florence + The Machine
I didn’t realise this song was a cover until recently and I still haven’t managed to listen to the original. But the unnerving eeriness to this song is as intriguing as it is repellant. The raw sound of the guitar and the cutting high pitched squeaks aren’t what you would call pleasant, but the fairytale like style of the song is what makes it so special.
Hurricane – Bob Dylan
This was the first song that popped into my head when I started putting this playlist together. It’s an epic true story of social injustice and it is told so brilliantly. When I heard this song, it changed the way I thought about music and made me realise it can be used for social comment. This song has influenced my songwriting more than any other.
Lovin’ You – Minnie Ripperton
My brother is a DJ and has a vast collection of vinyls. I remember one night I spent alone in his cellar (where he keeps his records and decks) and I came across Minnie Ripperton. I had heard Loving You before and I knew of the really high note in it. But as I lay on the floor and listened to this album I was so amazed. It is probably a mixture of listening to Minnie Ripperton properly for the first time and also listening to a vinyl player for the first time that makes the moment so vivid in my mind.
Kooks – David Bowie
This song always makes me smile and reminds me of my mum and dad. They aren’t Kooks but the line “and if your homework brings you down, then we’ll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown” really does reflect our family attitude to life.
WOR – Django Django
I went to see Django Django at the almighty venue – Manchester Cathedral! It was a special night and not even the interference of a power cut halfway through the set could bring us down. WOR was the song before the encore and I’ve never felt so excited, enthralled and exhilarated all at once. The experience is a bit of an adrenaline endured haze now but at the time it was pure magic!
She – Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice are probably my favourite band at the moment. They are so cool. The most appealing thing about them for me is that they defy genre and refuse to be put in a box. I’ve been to see them live a couple of times and the atmosphere is electric. If you like a good mosh then listen to these. This song is a dancey sort of song but watch out for a scary surprise towards the end. Sometimes I forget it’s coming and it scares the living daylights out of me.
Iron Sky – Paolo Nutini
Similarly to Hurricane, this song inspires me to carry on sticking it to the man. Paolo Nutini is a vocal idol of mine but Charlie Chaplin’s words are what really resonate. I’ve probably listened to Chaplin’s speech so often I know it off by heart yet I’ve never actually seen the film it is sampled from. Iron Sky is the only song that consistently gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.