Listen Up Interview: Alan Pownall

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Listen Up Interview: Alan Pownall

Alan Pownall

24 year old Alan Pownall's greatest claim to fame so far is that he used to live in a flat above Mumford & Sons in North London. Now he's releasing his very own debut album 'True Love Stories' on Monday which should suit the hopefully sunny weather very well. You'll hear hints of Jack Johnson and an altogether very laid back approach that'd be perfect to laze in a Hyde Park deckchair to.

Alan, please introduce yourself to the Londonist readersÂ…

My name is Alan Pownall and I'm a solo artist. I hate having to get out of the shower if I've forgotten something and am already wet. Once you're in, you're in.

Might people have caught you before?

I've been gigging since late 2006. My first show was at Nambucca on Holloway Road which burnt down a couple of years ago. It was a great place, and a big loss on the North London indie scene.

Has anywhere else come along to capture the spirit?

The Flowerpot in Kentish Town has a nice atmosphere and puts on some really good shows.

Is that your neck of the woods?

It used to be, but I grew up in Richmond. I moved away for a while, but now I've come back. It's nice to be back here.

Hit us with the best and worst things about it

The best is the Roebuck Pub. It's got a brilliant view that looks over Twickenham. The worst - probably the very annoying one way system! Growing up in London was great though. It's so eclectic both culturally and socially, the only bad thing is when it gets so cold!

Is there anywhere unusual in the capital you'd like to put a show on at?

I'll think on that, but I just had my album launch at St. James Church on Piccadilly which was quite an unusual place. It was very special and a unique place to do a gig.

Finally what's your London secret?

There's a pub in Wapping, I can't remember the name, but if you walk down the side of it you suddenly enter the river. My friend took me there and it has the most incredible view.

Check out Alan Pownall online or catch him live at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on August 3.

Last Updated 16 July 2010