Alone again or…?
12 Sep 2017 | 171 View
Aim’s project takes flight
Alone Tournament is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Aimcharoen Rojethvorn (Aim). As Alone Tournament, Aim released several well-received singles before moving on to work with world music collective Yaan and grunge rockers Superunknow.
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Alone again or…?
Alone Tournament is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Aimcharoen Rojethvorn (Aim). It began as a solo project with the idea of blending modern pop with ’70s folk and country. As Alone Tournament, Aim released several well-received singles before moving on to work with world music collective Yaan and grunge rockers Superunknow.
Now Aim has returned to this pet project — this time with a full band. Featuring talent friends from Desktop Error, Stoondio and Sahai Hang Sailom, the updated version of Alone Tournament boasts a fuller and more mature sound. This is demonstrated by the breezy pop-rock of their new single “Rim Talay (By the Sea).”
As the new single makes waves on the Cat Radio music chart, S Weekly caught up with Aim to talk about the return of the band.
It’s been almost three years since your last release. Why did it take so long?
Aim: I had to take a break from Alone Tournament for both personal and professional reasons. I even considered giving up on the project for good. I had to take on a full-time job and I was playing with a few different bands, so I didn’t really have the time to go back to Alone Tournament. But recently I came up with some new material, so I decided to give the band another go.
Can you tell us about the new single, “By the Sea”?
Aim: The past few years have been tough. I was so busy and I had no inspiration for new songs at all. Then recently, I went on my first vacation in years with my girlfriend to the beach in Sattahip. That really reinvigorated me. I came back and wrote the song in one night.
Why did you decide to use a full band this time?
Aim: Alone Tournament started as a personal thing. I wanted to play retro music which was different from what I was doing with other bands. I thought it would be easy to do everything by myself. But when it came to playing live, I realised that I’d need some help. So I got in a bassist and drummer. Then I felt I should record their parts as well. At some point, I realised that it wasn’t really my solo project anymore. It was pretty obvious that we were a band.
How did you end up signing with Bird Sounds Records?
Aim: I’ve been friends with Bird from Desktop Error for a long time. We played together in Yaan. I asked him if I could use his home studio to record a song. It just so happened that was when he’d decided to turn it into a proper label. So he invited me to sign.
The new line-up includes some members of Sahai Hang Sailom. Do you think your music is similar to theirs?
Aim: Maybe. I think “Only Half Way” has some similarities. Both of us are strongly influenced by Western country and folk music. But the next Alone Tournament single will be very different. We’re developing into more of an electric pop band.
What are your main lyrical inspirations?
Aim: Inspiration can come from anywhere, whether it’s where we are in our lives or something that happens to us personally. And I like to mix in a bit of imagination. Relationships with people and nature provide a lot of inspiration for me. Lately I’ve been trying to write songs in the third-person. We’ll see if it works.