Alexander David Turner (born 6 January 1986) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the frontman and principal songwriter of the rock band Arctic Monkeys, with whom he has released six albums. He has also recorded with his side project The Last Shadow Puppets and as a solo artist.
Alexander David Turner (born 6 January 1986) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and collection producer. He is best known as the frontman and principal songwriter of the stone band Arctic Monkeys, with whom he has released six albums. He has afterward recorded as soon as his side project The Last Shadow Puppets and as a solo artist.
When Turner was 16, he and three links formed Arctic Monkeys in their native Sheffield. Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), became the fastest-selling debut album in British archives and was ranked at No. 30 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the greatest debut albums of everything time, with the single “I Bet You Look fine on the Dancefloor” becoming a UK number-one hit. The band’s subsequent studio albums, Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011), AM (2013) and Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018), have experimented later desert rock, indie pop, R&B, and lounge music. Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury Festival in both 2007 and 2013, and performed during the 2012 London Summer Olympics instigation ceremony.
As the co-frontmen of The Last Shadow Puppets, Turner and Miles Kane have released two orchestral pop albums: The Age of the Understatement (2008) and Everything You’ve Come to Expect (2016). Turner in addition to provided an acoustic soundtrack for the feature film Submarine (2010), and co-wrote and co-produced Alexandra Savior’s debut album Belladonna of Sadness (2017).
Turner’s lyricism, ranging from kitchen sink realism to surrealist wordplay, has been widely praised. Each of his eight studio albums have topped the UK Albums Chart. He has won seven Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello Award, and a Mercury Prize (having been nominated six times).
Alexander David Turner was born in Sheffield on 6 January 1986, the deserted child of secondary moot teachers Penny (née Druce) and David Turner. He was raised in Sheffield’s High Green suburb. He has said that his parents came from “very stand-in backgrounds”; his mother, from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, taught German and was “fascinated by language”. His father, a Sheffield native, taught music and physics. Turner’s parents were both music fans and his archaic musical memories shape The Beatles and The Beach Boys. During car journeys, his mother played music by Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and The Eagles. His daddy was a fan of jazz and interchange music, particularly Frank Sinatra, and had played the saxophone, trumpet, and piano in big bands. Turner himself was taught some scales on the relations keyboard by his father and took professional piano lessons until he was eight years old.
From the age of five, Turner grew up contiguously neighbour Matt Helders; they attended primary school, secondary school, and studious together. At their primary scholastic graduation ceremony, Turner and Helders united some other associates in a mimed be in of Oasis’ “Morning Glory”—Helders played the role of Liam Gallagher even though Turner pretended to measure the bass guitar, using a tennis racket as his instrument. The two met Andy Nicholson in additional school, and the three contacts bonded higher than their shared enjoyment of rappers such as Dr. Dre, the Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, and Roots Manuva. They spent their era playing basketball, skateboarding, riding BMXs, and “making crap hip-hop” beats using Turner’s father’s Cubase system. Turner and his connections became interested in rock music following the breakthrough of The Strokes in 2001. His dad let him borrow a researcher guitar to learn a “couple of chords” when Turner was 15 and, for Christmas that year, his parents bought him an electric guitar.
Turner was educated at Stocksbridge High School from 1997 to 2002. His form teacher, Mark Coleman, characterised him as a “bright” and “popular” student who excelled at sports rather than music. His English and drama teacher, Simon Baker, remembered him as a smart pupil who was “quite reserved” and “a little bit different”. He noted that Turner had an “incredibly laid-back” approach to his studies, which worried his mom and led to criticism from new teachers. While there were books at home, Turner did not edit regularly and was too self-conscious to part his writing taking into consideration others. Nonetheless, he enjoyed English lessons. Turner after that attended Barnsley College from 2002 to 2004. Given the opportunity to “get away without feat maths”, he largely opted out of the “substantial” subjects required for academe entry. He studied for A-levels in music technology and media studies, as capably as AS-levels in English, photography, and psychology.
At the age of 15, Turner’s weekends revolved approaching girls and drinking cider with his friends. Joe Carnall, a schoolfriend, has said Turner was “always the quiet one” in their social circle. After connections began forming bands and playing live, Turner, Helders, and Nicholson approved to start Arctic Monkeys in mid-2002. According to Nicholson, Turner already had “instruments virtually the house” and was conversant in the basics of musicianship because of his father’s job as a music teacher. Helders bought a drum kit, while Turner suggested that Nicholson learn bass guitar, and invited Jamie Cook, a neighbour who attended a stand-in school, to affect guitar. Initially, Turner played guitar in the instrumental band; he became the frontman considering two other assistant professor friends declined to sing. Helders considered Turner the obvious candidate for lyricist – “I knew he had a situation for words” – and he gradually began to allocation songs behind his bandmates. Before playing a stir show, the band rehearsed for a year in Turner’s garage and, later, at an unused warehouse in Wath. According to Helders’ mother, who drove the teenagers to and from their rehearsal tell three era a week: “If they knew you were there, they would just End so we had to sneak in.” Their first gig was on Friday, 13 June 2003, supporting The Sound at a local pub called The Grapes. The set, which was partly recorded, comprised four indigenous songs and four lid versions of songs by The Beatles, The White Stripes, The Undertones, and The Datsuns.
In the summer of 2003, Turner played seven gigs in York and Liverpool as a rhythm guitarist for the funk band Judan Suki, after meeting the gain singer Jon McClure on a bus. That August, while recording a demo in the same way as Judan Suki at Sheffield’s 2fly Studios, Turner asked Alan Smyth if he would develop an Arctic Monkeys demo. Smyth obliged and “thought they completely had something special going on. I told Alex off for singing in an American voice at that first session.” An launch by Smyth led to the band acquiring a running team, Geoff Barradale and Ian McAndrew. They paid for Smyth and Arctic Monkeys to LP numerous three-song demos in 2003 and 2004. Turner was quiet and observant during studio sessions, remembered Smyth: “Whenever anyone popped in the studio, he would sit and hear to them back he would tell anything.” At their rehearsal room in Yellow Arch Studios, Arctic Monkeys developed a reputation as particularly hard workers; the owner lent the band touring equipment even though the owner’s wife helped Turner in imitation of his singing. Barradale drove the band vis-Ð°-vis venues in Scotland, the Midlands, and the north of England to acknowledge their reputation as a rouse band. The band handed out pardon copies of the demo CDs after each show and fans began sharing the unofficial Beneath the Boardwalk demo compilation online. After finishing speculative in mid-2004, Turner took a year out to focus on the band and deferred absentminded plans to attend university in Manchester. He began committed part-time as a bartender at the Sheffield music venue The Boardwalk. There, he met well-known figures including musician Richard Hawley and poet John Cooper Clarke. By the terminate of 2004, Arctic Monkeys’ audiences were coming on to sing along next their songs and the demo of “I Bet You Look Good on The Dancefloor” was played upon BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe.
Arctic Monkeys came to national attention in beforehand 2005. They traditional their first suggestion in a national newspaper in April, with a Daily Star reporter describing them as “the most carefree band to emerge this year”. They self-released an EP, featuring the single “Fake Tales of San Francisco”, in May and commenced their first nationwide tour soon afterwards. In June, in the midst of a bidding war, Arctic Monkeys signed to the independent label Domino Recording Company. After initial sessions subsequent to James Ford and Mike Crossey, they recorded an album in rural Lincolnshire bearing in mind producer Jim Abbiss. Turner began dating London-based student Johanna Bennett not far afield off from this time. In October, the single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, was released in January 2006, and debuted at number one upon the UK Albums Chart. Turner’s lyrics, chronicling youngster nightlife in Sheffield, were widely praised. Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times remarked: “Mr. Turner’s lyrics are worth waiting for and often worth memorizing, too … He has an uncanny habit of evoking Northern English teenage years culture though neither romanticizing it nor sneering at it.” Musically, Alexis Petridis of The Guardian noted that the album was influenced by guitar bands “from the when five years … Thrillingly, their music doesn’t strong apologetic for not knowing the intricacies of stone history.”
It was the fastest-selling debut album in British music records and speedily became a cultural phenomenon. Turner was hailed by British press outlets as “the voice of a generation”. In interview profiles, however, he was described as quiet and uncomfortable behind attention. The band dismissed the hype, with Cook maxim their target was “to be accomplished to be credited with like The Clash. When they started, it was a extremely basic, punky record. Then they started to accept off and touch in lots of directions. That’s what we want.” Less than two months after the album’s release, Turner stated that Sheffield-inspired songwriting was “a closed book”: “We’re moving on and thinking more or less different things.” Years later, Turner said that the attention during this epoch made him “a bit panicked or nervous”: “We shut a lot of people out, just to try to save some sort of control.” The band turned alongside many promotional opportunities and speedily released new material – a five-track EP Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? in April, and a stand-alone single, “Leave Before the Lights Come On”, in August. That summer, the band made the decision to each time replace Nicholson, who had taken a touring break due to “fatigue”, with Nick O’Malley, another childhood friend. Nicholson was informed at a band meeting, during which “Al did the speaking.” Turner and Nicholson stopped speaking for two years but progressive repaired their friendship.
Arctic Monkeys’ second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, was released in April 2007, just on top of a year after their debut. It was produced in London by Mike Crossey and James Ford. As of 2020, Ford has produced every subsequent Turner project. Lyrically, the album touches on fame, love, and heartache. Turner and Bennett had the end their attachment in January; she was qualified as a co-writer on “Fluorescent Adolescent”. While uninterested in the songs roughly fame, Marc Hogan of Pitchfork said the album displayed Turner’s “usual present for radiant imagery” and explored “new emotional depth”. Petridis of The Guardian noted that the band were “pushing gently but confidently at the boundaries of their sound”, with hints of “woozy psychedelia” and “piledriving metal”. The album was a flyer success, debuting at number one in the UK, while Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury Festival in the summer of 2007. Also that year, Turner began to collaborate with new artists. He worked next rapper Dizzee Rascal on the Arctic Monkeys B-side “Temptation”, a relation of which as well as featured upon Rascal’s album Maths and English. He co-wrote three songs upon Reverend and The Makers’ debut album The State Of Things, after briefly sharing a Sheffield flat as soon as the frontman Jon McClure. Another Sheffield singer, Richard Hawley, featured on the Arctic Monkeys’ B-side “Bad Woman” and performed later than the band at the Manchester Apollo, as portion of a concert film directed by Richard Ayoade. Turner afterward announced plans to form a side-project band, The Last Shadow Puppets, with Ford and Miles Kane, whom he had befriended during a tour in mid-2005.
The Last Shadow Puppets’ debut album, The Age of the Understatement, was released in April 2008, shortly after Turner had moved from Sheffield to east London. Co-written by Turner and Kane, the album was recorded in the Loire Valley, France and featured string arrangements by Owen Pallett. Alexa Chung, dating Turner past mid-2007, featured in the music video for “My Mistakes Were Made For You”. Hogan of Pitchfork noted that, lyrically, Turner was “moving from his anthropologically detailed Arctics brushstrokes to bold, cinematic gestures.” Petridis of The Guardian detected “the audible readiness of an performer broadening his scope” and praised “a certain fearlessness upon display”. During a tour taking into account the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Turner said Kane’s presence gave him “somewhere to hide” on stage. The Last Shadow Puppets gave a surprise sham at Glastonbury Festival, with both Matt Helders and Jack White making guest appearances. Alison Mosshart performed in imitation of the band at the Olympia in Paris, and provided vocals for a B-side. Also in 2008, Turner formed a covers band in the same way as Dev Hynes for a one-off behave in London and recorded a spoken word track “A Choice of Three” for Helders’ compilation album Late Night Tales.
Turner has described Arctic Monkeys’ third album, Humbug, released in August 2009, as “a invincible turning point” in the band’s career. They travelled to Joshua Tree, California to function with producer Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age; it was the band’s first experience of dynamic in a studio for Elongated period of time. Homme has said the album’s heavier sealed was initiated by the band themselves, while he encouraged Turner to embrace longer guitar solos and to manufacture his newfound “crooning” style of singing. While Petridis of The Guardian found some lyrics “too slanting to connect”, he was impressed by the band’s “desire to progress”. He described “Cornerstone” as a “dazzling display of what Turner can do: a fabulously witty, poignant evocation of in limbo love.” Joe Tangari of Pitchfork felt the album was a “legitimate press forward of the band’s songwriting arsenal” and described “Cornerstone” as the highlight. During a break in the UK Humbug tour, Turner allied Richard Hawley upon stage at a London bureau concert, and played a seven-song acoustic set. Homme joined Arctic Monkeys for a live feint in Pioneertown, California.
While animate in Brooklyn, New York, where he moved next Chung in the spring of 2009, Turner wrote an acoustic soundtrack for the coming-of-age feature film Submarine (2010); it was released as an EP in March 2011. Director Richard Ayoade initially approached Turner to sing lid versions but, instead, he recorded six native songs in London, accompanied by James Ford and Bill Ryder-Jones. Two of the songs had already been written; Turner wrote the stop after watching dailies from the film set. The songs existed within the world of the film as a mixtape made by the main character’s father. Paul Thompson of Pitchfork felt “Turner’s Eager wit and eye for detail” had created a “tender portrayal” of adolescent uncertainty. Ben Walsh of The Independent said the “exquisite” soundtrack was “reminiscent” of Cat Stevens’s pretend on Harold and Maude. In 2014, the Submarine soundtrack appeared on The Times’s list of 100 Soundtracks to Love. Turner as well as co-wrote six songs for Miles Kane’s debut solo album Colour of the Trap (2011) and co-wrote Kane’s standalone single “First of My Kind” (2012).
Turner wrote Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album, Suck It and See, in New York and met going on with his bandmates and James Ford for recording sessions in Los Angeles. Marc Hogan of Pitchfork enjoyed the album’s “chiming indie pop balladry” and “muscular glam-rock”. Petridis of The Guardian remarked that Turner’s supplementary lyrical style of “dense, Dylanesque wordplay is tough to get right. More often than not, he pulls it off. There are charmingly turned phrases and piercing observation.” Richard Hawley co-wrote and provided vocals for the B-side, “You and I”, and performed the song when the band at the Olympia in Paris. Turner united Elvis Costello on stage in New York to sing “Lipstick Vogue”.
By 2012, Arctic Monkeys were based in Los Angeles, with Turner and Helders sharing a house. Arctic Monkeys toured the US as the sustain act for The Black Keys in into the future 2012. While they had before opened for Oasis and Queens of the Stone Age at one-off shows, it was the band’s first grow old to tour as a supporting act. They released “R U Mine?” as a standalone single in preparation for the tour, with Turner’s further girlfriend, Arielle Vandenberg, appearing in the music video. Later that year, Arctic Monkeys performed “I Bet You Look fine on the Dancefloor” and a lid of “Come Together” by The Beatles at the 2012 London Summer Olympics instigation ceremony. In upfront 2013, Turner provided support vocals for the Queens of the Stone Age song “If I Had a Tail” and played bass guitar on “Get Right”, a Miles Kane B-side. Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury Festival yet again in June.
AM was released in September 2013. Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork said that the album, dealing with “desperate 3 a.m. thoughts”, managed to modernise “T. Rex bop, Bee Gees backup vocals, Rolling Stones R&B, and Black Sabbath living thing riffage”. Phil Mongredien of The Guardian described it as “their most coherent, most good album before their debut”: “Turner proves he has not directionless his knack for an insightful lyric.” Arctic Monkeys promoted the album heavily in the US, in contrast to previous album campaigns where, according to Helders, they had refused to realize radio promotion: “We couldn’t even have told you why at the time. Just fixed teenage thinking.” Arctic Monkeys spent 18 months touring AM; they were associated onstage by Josh Homme in both Los Angeles and Austin. Turner briefly reunited similar to Chung in the summer of 2014, having the end his two-year membership with Vandenberg earlier that year.
Columbia Records approached Turner about dynamic with Alexandra Savior in 2014, and he co-wrote her debut album, Belladonna of Sadness, in together with Arctic Monkeys’ touring commitments. Turner and James Ford co-produced the album in 2015, with Turner as a consequence playing bass, guitars, keyboards, and synthesisers. An new song “Risk” was recorded in imitation of T Bone Burnett for an episode of the crime drama True Detective. While Turner and Savior performed together in Los Angeles in 2016, the album was not released until April 2017. In reviewing it, Hilary Hughes of Pitchfork remarked: “Turner’s musical ticks are so determined that they’re instantly recognizable subsequent to someone else tries to dress them in the works as their own.” Savior far ahead said the press attention surrounding Turner’s involvement was overwhelming: “I’m fittingly grateful for him, but I’m after that like, ‘Alright, alright!'”
The Last Shadow Puppets released their second album, Everything You’ve Come to Expect, in April 2016. Turner, Kane and Ford were joined by Zach Dawes of Mini Mansions, with whom Turner had collaborated on the songs “Vertigo” and “I Love You All The Time” in 2015. Owen Pallett another time composed the string arrangements, this time enthusiastic in the studio taking into account the band rather than remotely. According to Turner, the album featured “the most straight-up love letters” of his career, written for American model Taylor Bagley whom he outdated from 2015 to 2018. Laura Snapes of Pitchfork detected an ventilate of “misanthropy” in the album. However, she standard that Turner was “no less a gifted lyricist than ever” and described some songs as “totally gorgeous … the structures nebulous and surprising”. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian enjoyed Turner’s “characteristically sparkling use of language” and “melodic skill”. However, he felt the pair’s “in-joking” during interviews and Kane’s “leery” encounter bearing in mind a female Spin journalist sullied the album. From March until August 2016, they toured in Europe and North America. Johnny Marr played guitar as soon as the band at two shows, while Turner’s daddy David played saxophone at a Berlin show.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album, was released in May 2018. After receiving a Steinway Vertegrand piano as a 30th birthday gift from his manager, Turner wrote the space-themed album from the slant of “a lounge-y character”. He recorded demos at home, alone and progressive with Helders, and shared them subsequent to Cook in to the fore 2017. Cook was initially taken-aback by the regulate in processing but was “very, very enthusiastic by what he’d come occurring with.” By mid–2017, the total band was recording the project, produced by Turner and James Ford, in both Los Angeles and France. They were allied by musicians from the bands Tame Impala, Klaxons, and Mini Mansions. Upon release, Jonah Weiner of Rolling Stone characterised Tranquility Base as “a captivatingly bizarre album virtually the role of entertainment – the want to make off into it, and the desire to create it – during periods of societal commotion and crisis.” Alexis Petridis of The Guardian found it “quietly impressive” that the band chose to freedom the “thrilling, smug, clever and oddly Cool album” rather than more crowd-pleasing fare. Jazz Monroe of Pitchfork declared it “a delirious and artful satire directed at the foundations of ahead of its time society.” The album became the eighth number one album of Turner’s career in the UK. The band toured the album from May 2018 to April 2019.