Eurovision Song Contest star Alex Larke hoping to shine with new solo single
PUBLISHED: 14:06 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 30 January 2017
Former Eurovision Song Contest finalist Alex Larke from Welwyn Garden City releases his debut solo single this week.
Alex, who performed in Vienna two years ago as half of UK Eurovision duo Electro Velvet, releases Shine On this Friday (February 3).
The track is completely different from Electro Velvet, who, as Alex posted on Facebook, were “only 23 places away from winning the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015”.
Solo track Shine On is available from all good digital retailers and streaming sites.
It’s available to pre-order now from Amazon.
New single Shine On is a slab of loose-limbed, indie funk, punctuated by an infectious, swirling string-section riff, dominating the chorus, and a James Brown-esque beat hugging the groove.
Alex wrote, mixed and produced the song himself, recording with his long-time band of musicians.
He has stated the song was recorded the ‘old-fashioned’ way with the band playing at the same time, with no cut and pasted loops.
The song is taken from the five-track EP entitled Disposable Love, released digitally on the same day.
The video for Shine On gives a nod and a wink to the current selfie craze, but also conveys an important statement for Alex.
“During the Song Contest, you have all of these wonderful offers of record deals and tours,” he said.
“But once it’s all over, the record industry won’t even listen to your songs, such is the stigma attached to Eurovision in the UK.
“This video is my best statement to say I can and will do this without you, so I filmed, edited and produced it myself.
“It’s rough, ready and I love it!”
The video was filmed in Ermioni, Greece, and Welwyn Garden City, by Alex and his 12-year-old son.
Alex, who also fronts top Rolling Stones tribute band The Rolling Clones, claims that, despite his best efforts to make a career as a racing driver, it was inevitable that he would become a musician.
All was going reasonably well in his racing career until he was given the Oasis album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? for Christmas and he immediately knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
The steering wheel was duly swapped for a guitar and a life’s work began.
Fast forward to today, and Alex has now been performing live for almost two decades, honing his craft and absorbing the influences of “the greats”, whose number include The Stones, The Who, The Stone Roses and NWA, crossed with his love of dance music, especially Breakbeat and House.
In this time, Alex has been blessed to work with artists such as Big Beat pioneer, and Fatboy Slim label mate, Cut La Roc.
His work on La Roc’s album Larger Than Life featured him alongside collaborations with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Ice-T’s Donald D.
In 2015, Alex also represented the UK at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria, with duo Electro Velvet, performing the electro swing track Still in Love With You.
“When I was sent the song, I had no idea it was entered into Eurovision,” said Alex.
“I just really liked it. The next thing I know, the BBC are telling me that I’m off to Vienna.
“That was a blast!”
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