“I mentioned Nile Rodgers on the radio. The next day he messaged me to get down to Abbey Road right now”: Meet Alfie Templeman, the rising Gen Z guitar star inspired by ’70s prog and ’80s Bowie

Alfie Templeman
(Image credit: Andres Iglesias)

Alfie Templeman is using his polymathic approach – including prog, jazz, pop, R&B and rock – to create sounds that are not just highly listenable but diverse. The 21-year-old from Bedfordshire, England, has achieved 300 million streams for his 2022 debut album, the pop-banger-meets-indie-rock Mellow Moon.

Templeman says he has one single goal: “To be an unpredictable artist.” He explains: “The only way to do that Is to go outside of my comfort zone. I just love creating and trying new things.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.