A steampunk community staple known for her grandiose classical performances, Alice’s Night Circus is set to release their debut album Metamorphose in August. Supporting the release is the second single, ‘The Show Must Go On’, out now. We caught up with Alice to learn more about her music.
My style is a bit of a mix up between somewhat cinematic sounds and musicals with a dash of pop music thrown in there for good measure.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - who are Alice’s Night Circus, and what were you doing before making music together?
I’m a solo act but prior to creating my own original music I was already a classically trained singer. I used to sing a lot of opera and pieces from musicals as well as other covers and I like to think that gave me a really good stage experience before venturing out into my own original music.
I’d always wanted to sing something of my own rather than covers eventually so it was all just a matter of working towards that goal and eventually I got there!
Who did you take inspiration from?
I took inspiration from a wide range of media including musicians such as Florence and the Machine, Danny Elfman and IAMX as well as Cirque du Soleil, musicals and movies like Labyrinth and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
I am also a steampunk myself and had been for years prior to creating original music so that obviously had an influence there too. I have such a wide variety of musical influence that it was really fun to pull everything together to figure out my own sound from all of that.
Why the name ‘Alice’s Night Circus’? What do you stand for?
I was looking for a stage name and I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice In Wonderland so it was an easy jump for me to adopt the name Alice. I’m also a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil and considered singing with them for a while prior to creating my original music, so I came up with this concept of an Alice in Wonderland-esque circus that would roll up in the evening, perform a show and move onto the next gig, hence Alice’s Night Circus was born!
How would you describe your musical style?
I think my style is a bit of a mix up between somewhat cinematic sounds and musicals with a dash of pop music thrown in there for good measure. I’ve always loved more cinematic, epic sounding music, but I love the catchiness of a solid pop song so that’s probably where my music sits.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with?
I would absolutely love to work with Chris Corner (IAMX) or Danny Elfman, both were such huge influences on my own musical journey getting the opportunity to work with either would be a dream come true!
Your latest single is ‘The Show Must Go On’. When did you write it and where did you record it?
‘The Show Must Go On’ was written and recorded in Sheffield at the Steelworks Studios with the incredible Philippa Hanna and multi-talented James Jayawardena. It was a song that very nearly didn’t make it onto the album as there were a few sections that just weren’t working out at all, but I was so in love with the concept of the song I really fought to try and figure out what wasn’t working with it.
I actually woke up at about 2am with the perfect lyrics in my head that were what we’d been trying to figure out and managed to get the song finished.
How does the single build on your style?
I was really looking for a song that would feel like a solid end to a story, or in this case the final track on my album. I wanted to end on a high note that really encouraged people to take that positive message from my album and use it in their daily lives to whatever effect they might find it useful. I always find after going to a live show or event I come home with a buzz from it, this song is about taking that feeling and putting it into actively doing something good or creative with it!
What are your hopes for ‘The Show Must Go On’?
It would be great to get some radio airplay to help promote the album release in August and official video has also been released with the song which has had a positive response so far!
‘The Show Must Go On’ is taken from your debut album Metamorphose, released for the first time on digital in August. What are your hopes for that release?
As its my debut album I’m hoping to gain a broader fan base and hopefully get the opportunity to perform at festivals and just generally get my music out there and played to as many people as possible!
What are your other plans for 2019, can we catch you on tour?
* July 27th & 28th - Crofton’s Splendid Summer Steampunk Steaming * August 10th & 11th - The 2019 Legendary Llangollen Faery Festival * September 14th - Hastings Steampunk Circus Of Curiosities * September 20th - The Night Circus, Lincoln Castle * September 21st - Cogwarts Steampunk Spectacular Grand Steam Ball * September 28th - The Gosport Steampunk Festival Soiree
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I’d probably tell myself that no matter how many doors get closed and no matter how difficult it feels at times trying to plough onward in the music industry, it’s always worth trying out the next door because you really never know what is around the corner and it might be the opportunity you were hoping for!
Watch the video for ‘The Show Must Go On’ on YouTube below. For news and further tour dates go to alicesnightcircus.com.