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Alessi’s Ark is the musical project of Alessi Laurent-Marke. She grew up in Hammersmith, London and first got into music when her mother gave her a copy of Graham Nash’s 1971 album ‘Songs for Beginners’. She then began playing at age 11 when her secondary school required students to take up an instrument, she decided on the drums.Her drum teacher played locally in different bands and through this she began going to see various bands live with her dad, sometimes going to as many as four shows a week. This led to her starting her own fanzine called Brain Bulletin (which now continues in the form of a blog on her website) in which she wrote about her favourite bands, books and films. Inspired by a family friend in New York, who wrote a fanzine called The Curse, she distributed it at concerts, through a local record shop and at a launderette on Shepherd’s Bush Road.
As part of the coursework for her music GCSE she had to compose the music and lyrics for a song. Through the basic chords she had learnt fooling around on her sister’s guitar and “the combination of the poetry and the stories that I had been writing for my fanzine” she composed the song Glendora (which eventually ended up on her debut album), which her music teacher encouraged her to sing at the school assembly. Discovering a new passion for writing and performing, she left school to pursue music at age 16.

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