Alan was born in Glasgow & moved to Edinburgh aged 5, where he still lives today.
At age 9, he fell in love with the music of Rush, Bach and Shostakovich. This led him to take percussion lessons with the late great 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 completing his formal education (which he found soul destroying) his career has flourished, seeing him performing everything from baroque timpani to prog-rock drums and from bass guitar/vocals 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’.
In late 2021, after 33 years, Alan retired from classical music.
2022 sees Alan concentrate on his new band Exowst with an album due towards the end of the year.
You can watch Alan’s videos on youtube here