Alan Pownall (born 30 December 1986) is the lead singer of electronic outfit Pale. The duo formed in late 2012 and have supported The Vaccines and Sky Ferreira. They have been working with Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco who has produced their first two singles, released through the independent label 37 Adventures.
He grew up in Richmond-upon-Thames and went to Marlborough College. Originally interested in fashion, he worked for French designer Roland Mouret for two years, where he was advised to study in Milan. He went on to study fashion design but dropped out a year later in 2006 in order to pursue a music career in London.
After meeting Adele at one of her early gigs, he told her that he was making music and she should look it up. To his surprise, he was contacted via his MySpace profile and asked to support her on her first British tour. As he only had a four song set, he wrote a lot of his material whilst on tour. He also toured with Paloma Faith, Lissie, Marina and the Diamonds, Noah and the Whale and Florence and the Machine.