Name, Where are you from?
Alex D. Hay, Essex boy assimilated into Brighton.
What do you do?
I play keyboards in The Meow Meows and a few other bands, and make music for media.
Describe your style in three words?
Generic Brighton Thirtysomething.
How should your music be listened to?
If it’s by The Meow Meows, ideally jumping around like a twat at a festival or small sweaty venue that stinks of cider. If it’s some of my production music, it's best listened to whilst reclining in a high-backed chair in your office in one of the more eye-wateringly expensive parts of London or Manhattan whilst deciding on a suitably large figure to offer me to compose for your upcoming global marketing campaign or feature film.
What do you miss about home when you're on tour?
Other than my girlfriend and dog, nothing. We’re never away for very long and I feel like I have to see some of whichever town we're in, cos I might never get the opportunity to come back.
What British music icons inspire your sound today?
For The Meow Meows, we can all agree on The Specials / Beat / Selecter / Madness as a starting point. With a large dollop of The Clash stirred in. Personally I love Iron Maiden, singer Danny Girl has been a Bowie-worshipper her whole life, and our bassist Ian would get upset if I forgot to mention how much he adores The Smiths.
The Meow Meows are a Ska n Soul outfit from Brighton, the 9 piece play a happy amalgamation of 2-tone, garage and punk - with all influences worn heartily on their sleeves. their latest album 'Go Boom!' was released in August (2016) and can be purchased via their website.