Aled Hughes Is The Sniper And He Has His Eye On You!

Originally from North Wales, UK, singer/songwriter Aled Hughes is now located in the idyllic southern coastal town of Llantwit Major! Probably best categorized as being in the pop-folk-soft rock genre, he writes songs in both English and Welsh (Diverse right!?) Some take a light hearted perspective, while others deal with heavier themes.

As well as composing his own material, Aled performs renditions of Welsh standards. The release of his single “I Am The Sniper” is a witty fun song that naturally encourages you to sing-a-long and enjoy the music alongside Aled. I love how without any vision of the artist, you can tell he’s having a good time. The song is an enchanting single that’s uninhibited and sociable. Your naturally instinct 9/10 will conform to singing with Aled and enjoying the party he sets off in our ears! Regardless if there’s an in depth connotation of the song or not, Aled sets the mood for sure! “I am the sniper, and I got my eyes on you!” is constantly repeated and it WILL be one of those songs embedded in your memory. It’s an everlasting effect Aled has put on us and I can’t say I’m complaining about it!

We had the chance to chat with Aled about his new song & more! Check it out below!

Hi Aled! Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Older than I would like to be and not as good looking as I used to be! I’m a singer songwriter who likes a twist in the tale.

How long have you been making music? When did you discover your passion for music?

At school I was told I couldn’t sing and it stuck in my mind for years. My parents kindly paid for piano lessons for a few years as well as introduction to guitar lessons and looking back a belated thank you! After I joined the Air Force I played drums for cover and original bands for years but was I was always writing lyrics and poetry and had a few poems published. I finally decided to see a singing tutor when I turned 30 and she said you can sing go and do it! I started singing a few of my own songs when I was a drummer with a local band and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I find a guitar a fine companion and there’s always something new to learn and master.

How has your hometown upbringing influence your music?

It does have an influence. My first language is Welsh and it has a rich history of music and literature. Sometimes I was belittled for having two languages or people would say and some still say ‘Stop speaking that foreign language!’ In Wales! It has caused resentment and sometimes a lack of confidence. I also recall the consequences of Margret Thatcher’s Conservative Government’s policies which affected the resources available in my school, affected job prospects badly in North Wales and also the manpower cuts when I served in the Air Force which affected some people’s health, welfare and lives badly. I guess this must influence my music as well as life’s experiences since then but you don’t see a poor politician speaking about austerity.

How would you interpret “I Am The Sniper”?

There’s a boppy light hearted in feel chorus along with the darker side of the feeling of being tracked and watched while on an online auction site and what must be the cold calculating mind of a real sniper looking through their sights. I wrote it while bidding on an online auction site and was half watching a history programme on World War 2 snipers and got outbid at the last second by an online sniper!

What’s your current take on the music industry? Do you think that music isn’t as impactful as it was back in the day? Why?

Unfortunately I think us musicians are an expendable exploitable commodity. Next please! There are many talented artists around and a lot of people don’t realise or don’t care how much a musician gives for very little reward. Over the last three years or so a number of musicians I worked with or were friends on the gig circuit have sadly passed away. Maybe they weren’t famous but they were all very talented human beings and well respected. There are more platforms available to release music now which is good in my opinion. Unfortunately too many people expect music to be available for free digitally and recording, mixing mastering and so on is very rarely free! Years ago I had much less airplay but much more in royalty payments. Music will always be impactful if it can be heard. Getting it heard is the big one!

What is your most memorable and monumental experience in your music career?

I suppose the main one was having plaudits from my father after a gig earlier this year. He rarely gives them! Sometimes I receive tweets or messages that a particular song means so much to a person. It can make me feel quite emotional. For me it was lovely to meet Don Campau from KKUP who has played my music for years whilst I was on holiday in California three years ago and played live on his show. Really fab guy. Other little quirks I like is when I decide to write a song with a particular style and then it gets radio play such as a Country style song in Nashville.

How important do you think conveying emotion in your music is?

Very important. Without conveying emotion it can blunt the meaning of the song or sound like you’re going through the motions.

Who are your greatest musical influences? Why?

Dick Dale guitarist. What a sound! My father’s choir, going to concerts as a child and hearing a wide variety of special guests and music styles. Otis Redding’s voice singing ‘These Arms Of Mine’, beautiful! Roy Orbinson’s ‘Pretty Woman’ to me is a pop song with everything delivered perfectly. The Rhythm of Bo Diddley’s music and raw energy of Little Richard. I like the period of the 50’s with a mix of jazz, country, gospel, blues with early electric guitars with excellent artists pushing the boundaries. I visited Seville a number of years ago and I loved the live music there and in the surrounding towns and villages. Excellent.

What's next for you?

I’m busy recording a new album. I really enjoy it. Just saying!