Alastair Robertson, better known as Ali Neil, is a British singer, songwriter and composer.
Frinton-on-Sea (Essex) is Ali’s home town, however, he currently lives in St. Leonard’s on the Sea.
What is your real and showbiz name?
My real name is Alastair Robertson and my showbiz name is Ali Neil. It’s quite short, doesn’t take too long to say so leaves more time for you to do other things.
Where are you from (hometown)?
I’m from Frinton-on-Sea in Essex originally but now residing in sunny St Leonard’s on Sea
How did you get into music?
I was lucky enough to be exposed to a lot of good music as a child – Beatles, Beach Boys lots of 60’s stuff – and when I eventually picked up a guitar as a 12-year old I remember thinking it was like crack! I was absolutely hooked on writing songs and learning to play everybody else’s.
What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what you do?
I would say it’s very difficult to define what genre I’m into but I suppose I’m a bit of a dour old fish in that I tend to like sad, mournful melodies and lyrics these days. This often points me to country music and its various offshoots.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why??
In terms of what motivates me – just to be happy. In that respect, I’m a simple man. if I think something might disturb my sense of peace and happiness I think I eventually turn away from it.
What does your current song/album mean to you?
It means nothing and everything. Nothing in the sense that I just let these songs pour out, tried to stay detached. And everything in that this was the first time I was able to approach my music in this way. Which I think was an important step for me as a songwriter.
What are your hobbies?
Well, music is a hobby! Other than that I like watching football, meditating and going to the pub lol. Sometimes I do all three at the same time!