Alaric is a very talented young man who should have the world at his feet. I encountered him for the first time on a blustery stage in Lydney park. His vocal range is what immediately grabbed my attention, going from pleasingly deep rock to soaring falsetto. His high notes were pitch perfect, no mean feat on a small stage and limited PA system.
It shouldn’t be underestimated how rare it is to nail these sorts of vocals. This kid has talent, in fact he seems to ooze it. A touch of Muse with a passing nod towards Jeff Buckley Alaric also has a stack of potential as a songwriter. He played a range of interesting covers (including the now obligatory Ed Sheeran song) but most impressive was his strong original number Rising Heart Beat.
As an experienced musician (a nice way of saying old) and gig attendee myself I am always on the lookout for exciting new talent, especially when it’s local. So what is a writer to do? Well interview the man himself of course.
I was delighted to recently catch up with Alaric and here’s what he had to say.
What are your biggest musical influences?
I listen to a reasonably wide range of music, but the artists that have impacted my music the most are probably: Maroon 5, James Morrison and Muse. I’ve also always been greatly influenced by my father who is a musician and songwriter himself.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been performing solo with my guitar for a little over a year now, but I’ve been tinkering with music most of my life. I started teaching myself how to play the Piano when I was pretty young and I played and sang with a band called Lost In Hesitation whilst I was in Sixth Form about 4 years ago. I only taught myself how to play the guitar more recently, but I’ve been singing throughout it all.
Your song “Rising Heart Beat” is about a friend who experienced mental-ill health?
Well yes that song is inspired by a couple of things, but primarily by a good friend I lived with for a couple of years whilst I was studying at University. She suffered with constant anxiety and crippling panic attacks; it was a daily struggle for her and I found her will and determination to push forward quite inspiring. The song itself is written from the perspective of a character called Max who is dealing with similar issues.
What is your typical process for writing?
I tend to write my music in short, creative bursts when I’m hit by inspiration and, usually, overtired. I wrote the entirety of Rising Heart Beat, in under an hour at 3am. Unfortunately I often struggle with completing a song if I don’t get far enough during the initial burst of inspiration, so I have a lot of songs in various states of completion that may take me a while to revisit. I’m currently trying to get better at writing more consistently.
What’s next for Alaric Sheer?
Well I’m trying to push my music as far as I can – the bigger the crowds I can play to in the next year the better. The only solid goal I have is write more of my own original songs that I can work on and record in a studio so that I’ve got a large body of original music to show off to the world for people to (hopefully) enjoy.
Thanks for reading and please give Alaric a like on his page. I’m sure we’re going to be hearing a lot from him in the future.