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Sixpeopleaway is the musical project of Alistair Merrick (vocals/guitar) and close friend and long time musical collaborator Robert Hitchen (bass/backing vocals). Together they produce angular acoustic guitar and vocal-led songs with laptop-generated beats and sounds.

Ali and Bob first met each other when they were playing, as Drummer and Bassist respectively, in a Falkirk-based Punk/Metal band. Remaining friends after the band finished, they continued to work together on each others songs, helping each other out and occasionally producing CD's under the name "On/Panic".

Ali first used the name 'sixpeopleaway' when he briefly performed as a solo act, but very soon after these initial performances Bob kindly joined and the pair began making tracks together.

In November 2006, sixpeopleaway were named Your Sound Artist Of The Month at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. This brought them to the attention of XFM Scotland’s Jim Gellatly, who featured the band on his X-posure show as one of his top tips for 2007 and invited them to record a live session for XFM.

Sixpeopleaway’s self-titled debut EP was released in July 2007, and was named Single Of The Fortnight by The List, Single Of The Week by Jim Gellatly, resulting in a place on the XFM Scotland playlist. They also featured on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio One Scotland by Vic Galloway and on national BBC Radio One by Huw Stephens as well as reaching the live heats of T-Break and playing the Wickerman and Connect festivals.

2008 saw sixpeopleaway release their second EP: Intermittent Fault. On its release in February, the EP also received airplay on XFM Scotland and both national and Scottish BBC Radio One shows, including a live session on Vic Galloway’s Introducing. December shall see the release of a single featuring three new tracks: If.Then.Else, Eve and Say It's Simple.

Alistair and Robert are currently working on new material with a view to release their debut album in 2009.


We are often asked what software/Hardware we use to make our noises and record our songs, so following is a brief list of some of the main stuff we rely on to make tunes...


Propellerheads Reason 4
Spectrasonics Atmosphere and Stylus
FXPansion Guru
Ableton Live
Digidesign Pro Tools


Rode NT1 and M3 Condenser Microphones
Focusrite Voicemaster Pro
Digidesign MBox 2 Pro
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