My new CD is here!
Streetlights has 16 tracks of all-instrumental music with lush arrangements of piano, orchestra, keyboards and guitars. There are 13 original pieces of music plus his own arrangements of three timeless classics; "Caledonia", "The Parting Glass" and "The Water Is Wide".
Alan is Canadian but was born in London, England. Like a million other teenagers, he started playing acoustic guitar and singing Beatles songs when he was sixteen. He began writing songs around the same time and he has now written more than 300.
He started performing with just an acoustic guitar, then for many years was a member of a folk trio called "Breakaway" tackling 3-part harmonies on songs by the Eagles, America, Poco and Simon & Garfunkel. After taking a break to focus on his business career, and starting a family, he sang and played lead guitar for seven years in a very successful rock and roll cover band called "Platinum".
For more than 30 years, Alan has written and recorded music, starting on the kitchen table with a cheap condensor microphone and a portable cassette tape player. Over the years he has steadily upgraded his home studio equipment and now records everything in a custom-designed studio located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He plays acoustic and electric guitars, piano and keyboards and writes in a variety of styles including easy listening, pop and instrumentals.
His studio is ideally suited to songwriters and performing musicians who want to record their own songs or covers, or create backing tracks for live performances.
Contact Alan to set up a visit to see the studio and receive a free, no obligation consultation on how you could capture your music.
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Interview with Alan Jarvis
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I was born in London, England, but my family emigrated to South Africa when I was a teenager. I lived there for many years before emigrating to Canada in 1988 with my wife and two daughters. Canada has been our home ever since.
WHAT MADE YOU REALIZE THAT MUSIC WAS YOUR PATH?
When I was 11 years old, I started singing along with 45rpm singles on our record player. I got an acoustic guitar when I turned 16 and, since then, writing and recording have been a regular part of my life.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE MUSIC THAT YOU TYPICALLY CREATE?
Easy listening, pop, ballads, rock and roll, folk, instrumentals and theme music. I focus a lot on melody as I believe that is the heart and soul of any song.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
Most recently, it's Andre Gagnon, Hans Zimmer, Secret Garden, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman and other top soundtrack composers. When it comes to vocal recordings, it's Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Eagles and, of course, the Beatles.
WHAT MAKES YOUR MUSIC UNIQUE?
I try not to copy any artist or style which I hope makes it unique. I am sure there are influences in there somewhere but I just let it flow - with the emphasis on writing a strong melody.
HAS THERE BEEN A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN YOUR MUSICAL CAREER THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
The answer to that question is always the same....my latest CD! The newest album, my 7th, is Streetlights. It's my second all-instrumental collection of music and it's a companion CD to my previous one, Flow, in terms of writing and arrangements.
Besides continuing to write and record my own music, I love helping songwriters and performers record their music so that they can present a high quality, professional product to talent scouts, publishers and record companies.