“Alan Emslie recalls Neil Peart at his best” – The Dutch Progressive Rock Page
“Jaw-droppingly talented musician” – BBC Radio 2
“Breathtaking” – Sea of Tranquility

Alan was born in Glasgow & moved to Edinburgh aged 5, where he lives today.
At age 9, he fell in love with the music of Rush, Bach and Shostakovich which eventually led him to taking percussion lessons with the late Dr. Andrew Shivas.
With the help of his excellent tuition and enormous insight, Alan progressed until his first “pro gig” in 1989. He then went to study music at university and conservatoire. Since then his career has flourished, seeing him performing everything from baroque timpani to prog-rock drums and from bass guitar/vocals in Plastic Noose to world percussion.
Concerts in The Carnegie Hall New York, The Albert Hall London, Tanglewood Massachusetts, Berlin Philharmonie, Glastonbury, Wickerman and Latitude festivals, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Canada, virtually all of Western Europe, China and Scandinavia have kept him busy.
Alan has recorded over 100 albums with orchestras, ensembles and bands as well as recording and producing his own music at his studio, Le Studio Scotland.
With Plastic Noose, Soft Monster and his Alan Emslie solo albums, he has always stuck to his core values and kept his wicked sense of humour. Alan has found ways to combine styles and instruments to create something unique, as well as recording as much of his music in live takes as possible, to capture the ‘magic moments’.
You can watch Alan’s videos on youtube here and he also does an occasional amusing vodcast called MMM Vodcast
The track ‘Pushing Free (Erik Tricity Remix)’ from the album was released on June 30th 2021 and is available to download from all the usual places.
The next Plastic Noose album is scheduled for release on 21/12/22.



‘Witch-hunt’ drum kit heads:
Snare drum: Sterling TRS & DNA coated with Genetic on snare side
Bass Drum: Blast & Enigma
Toms: Law top & bottom

Alan is currently using:
Snare drums: DNA coated & Zero heads with Genetic on snare side
Bass Drum: Blast & Enigma
Toms: DNA coated with DNA clear as resonant head

Alan Emslie online:
youtube channels ‘Alan Emslie‘ & ‘MMM Vodcast
bandcamp pages ‘alanemslie-progrock‘, ‘plastic noose‘ & ‘Soft Monster

copyright Alan Emslie 2021