Interview – Alibii

I recently reviewed the track But I by the band Alibii – I loved the song and thought the band had a really great sound to their music. Read the interview below to find out more – make sure you check the track out at the bottom if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled But I, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the EP and where can it be purchased?

So far, the single But I is the only track we have released, however we’re very excited to get new music out very soon to add to our content. But I is available for streaming on all popular platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer) and is available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.

What does the title refer to?

But I is not only the titular line in the chorus but is also pretty pivotal as a lyrical concept. The main themes of the song are about stretching yourself too thin, taking the blunt of the backlash in a fight, taking on too much of other peoples drama/emotion – and But I is almost applicable in saying everyone’s been looked after, everyone’s being seen, but I.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

This song is specially related to the pandemic as it was written in the first of Sydney’s lockdowns, and was then made ready for release in the second lockdown. At the time, we were trying to get a live band together but as lockdown took us off our feet once again, we thought well, there’s still a way to get our music into the public domain, even if the world is a bit upside down.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

As a duo, our writing process can vary a lot, in the case of this song Courtney (lead vocals) came up with a rough idea of the main piano part, a verse idea and the chorus hook, then I (Will) popped the idea down in logic and started filling out sections, getting an idea for structure and adding instruments. The recording of the vocals went through a couple changes as we went on, and the final touches were made together over the following months before the release.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Definitely, we’ve got one in the works being fine-tuned this very moment, as well as plans to release at least another by the end of the year.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

It’s hard to say whether there is as much demand for EPs or albums anymore when you’re still in the early stages of building a following. It seems with the popularity of TikTok, especially in younger teens and kids, it’s a hard sell to hold people’s attention without a gimmick or a fan base. I feel like we would probably focus on singles for a little while – that way we can fast track the amount of time in between releases and then down the road maybe release an EP.

What/who influences you most as artists?

Because together we have such versatile interests in music, it’s really hard to say whether we have direct influences when it comes to Alibii, but some artists definitely peak through sometimes. For example, with But I, there was some influence taken from Florence and the Machine, Elton John and even Muse – you probably wouldn’t guess those 3 when you listen to the song, but that’s the best part for us, we never really know what’s gonna come out.

What have you been listening to recently?

Recently we’ve been enjoying the new stuff from Yebba, I myself have been loving Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Vulfpeck.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We both grew in different parts of Sydney, Australia. There is a music scene, it’s definitely smaller than other places in the world but the passion from our local musicians is strong. There are a couple of great venues around for bands to play, a highlight being a city suburb called Newtown, lots of great spots and good vibes.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We wish! With the world the way it is, it’s been hard enough for major recording artists to get to play for their fans, let alone new bands, but who knows, hopefully down the road. Right now, we’re just playing our humble Sydney gigs.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

So, we have our songs that we release online, slightly more produced and those are down by just Courtney and I, but then we also have Alibii the band, where we are accompanied by two other great musicians and have sort of indie rock vibes and have a whole another onslaught of material.

Any last words for the fans?

Use soap. Stay dope.