Electronic music is on a neon colored throne these days, with the rise of Baauer's Number one hit 'Harlem Shake', dubstep taking over the radio not only as a genre but in production as well.

Although that's all fine and well to be, there are musicians out there who are not only using the various sounds and tones that many have not heard but they are also perfecting them. I recently spoke with SertOne (Bosco McAlinden) & Bolts (Luke Bolton), the combination of which combines into the illustrious Almighty Sion, ready to make a quite major impact on the land of sound, with their own rules and aspirations.

Before Almighty Sion was a duo, what was the musical landscape like, personally?

SertOne: I've been releasing music as a solo artist as SertOne for the best part of two years now, been making music since my early times but only really started talking it seriously after I moved to Liverpool from Ireland.

What caused you to take your music seriously, was it simply the change in location and people or was it something entirely different?

I moved to Liverpool to study Music at university and tried to get my music out there when I was 18 or 19 years old. But in all honesty, I wasn't ready, hence why no one picked up on. It was only after the birth of my daughter when I was 21 that people started to pay attention. Weird in a way, as when she was born I had given up making music for a living and decided to just make music for me and a few friends to listen to.

Did becoming a father change your music in any way?

Yeah, before I made music for other people. I tried to make stuff that I thought others would enjoy based off what seemed popular.

When I became a father things became much more inwards, if that makes sense? I wanted to make music that was as pure to me as possible so that my daughter would recognize my music as her fathers and not as a mismatch of contemporary stuff.

Is Almighty Sion the kind of work that is closest to who you are as a musician?

Although there's a theme and a message within the release we try not to take it too seriously, purely because of how it was created, a series of jam sessions and it's the product of about a day and a half's work. Maybe it showcases us at our collective rawest form as we had no time to prefabricate any ideas or worry to much about achieving a certain sound.

We more or less, just let out what was inside us.

How did the combination of you and Luke (Bolts) come to fruition?

We were both DJ'ing around Liverpool at the same time and we were playing similar sort of stuff.

I was making my first EP, 'The View From Above', when we met and when I found out he made beats too, I asked him to collaborate on a track called 'Scattershot' on that EP. Since then, we have DJ'ed back to back around Liverpool and then last year when we moved into the same house. It was then where Bolts reminded me we hadn't made any music together since we first met so we decided to give it another go. I think everything we made in those jam sessions ended up on the tape.

Are you proud of the work that is on the tape?

Oh yeah, I've had people close to me tell me its the best thing I've made to date. Its probably being well received as there is no pretense about the project. We weren't listen to anything contemporary at the time so it was born out of what we grew up on, hip hop, jazz, soul and beats.

Luke, what led to you becoming Bolts?

Bolts: I'd been in a couple of bands and things throughout high school & college, before starting to DJ and work on my own solo productions about 3 or 4 years ago, whilst in university here in Liverpool.

Most of my music's been in a hip hop vein, and I tend to use samples as a basis for each song. Working as a DJ for the past few years has meant I've always strived to dig deeper and deeper for music that inspires me, and this has helped inform my productions as my musical tastes and knowledge have widened.

In a perfect world, how will your music make listeners feel like?

I'd hope they feel inspired by both the music & the ideas.

Our inclusion of dialogue from the 50s & 60s helped communicate messages from the past that still ring true today. People felt disillusioned with society and there was a real sense of a need for change, which the Beat Generation sought to communicate to a wider audience through their art. I'd hope that our music helps open people's minds to some of these ideas, make them realize how the world's just as fucked up as it was in the 60s and its not getting any better!

Obviously we wanna make people's head nod at the same time to take the edge off and make sure we don't depress the shit out of our listeners!

Which bands/artists/places went into you becoming the musician you are today, Luke?

I grew up on a lot of rock & folk - people like Bob Dylan & Conor Oberst spring to mind as artists that had a lasting effect on me, for the innovative things they did musically as well as putting a strong emphasis on meaningful lyrics.

Around the age of 15/16 I started to discover groups like A Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul who grabbed my attention as sort of 'conscious' hip-hop groups who had something to say about the world, a sort of message that went beyond what I'd heard of hip-hop before hearing these.

About the same age I was listening to a lot of stuff from the rave era, old Hacienda Classics and stuff, and heading over to Manchester at the weekends to try and get into clubs. Mr Scruff was a big one - we'd always manage to get into his 'Keep It Unreal' night, and have the best nights of our lives going nuts for music we didn't know 99% of, which I think re-inforced the idea that it was a positive thing to be introduced to music that was new (to me), & be open to sounds I wouldn't have thought I was that into previously.

This is definitely an important mentality to have as a DJ & producer, you need to be as broad-minded as possible with your influences, so you can weave together all the little bits you connect with most from each.


Almighty Sion's debut release 'The Beat Generation' was released in April on a limited edition cassette which is available through their label's (Original Cultures) bandcamp page.