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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST ALEX

What made you decide to become a soloist?

I’ve loved to sing for as long as I can remember but never considered myself an “artist” until I began writing songs.   During my first pregnancy in 2016, music-filled my head so suddenly, I could barely keep up.  In order to make sense of these lyrics and melodies, I enlisted the help of good friend and fellow musician Bobby Yapchanyk.  Together we wrote and recorded my debut album Grey Area (2019) and haven’t stopped writing together since!

Introduce yourself and your musical history?

I was born in April 1987 to Robert (a contractor) and Anna Maria (a music teacher.)  They raised me and my younger sister Victoria in Poughkeepsie NY; and in that house music was ALWAYS playing.  From classical to classic rock, pop, jazz, Motown – we listened to all of it.  By second grade, I was taking piano and singing lessons.  While I’m classically trained, I fell in love with singing jazz in high school.  It gave me a real education in improvisation and constructing melodies in real time.  And honestly, there’s not a genre I’d stick my nose up at.  I’m happy to try my hat at just about anything.     

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

No questions have made me sick yet, but I’ll let you know!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I try not to attach myself to any one theory… be it conspiracy OR mainstream.  I like to keep an open mind, take in ALL the available information and wait for history to tell me the truth.  It almost ALWAYS does if you wait long enough!



What useless party trick do you have? 

I can’t saber a champagne bottle or open a beer with my teeth or anything.  BUT, my husband and I took dance lessons when we were first dating and kept doing it all the way up to our wedding.  Swing dance is a nice trick to have in your pocket for fancy affairs!  

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

So this is kind of silly, but I remember singing a jazz set at a Barnes and Noble in high school.  It was the first time I felt COMPLETELY at home on stage and it was a blast!    I’ve performed at The Waldorf Astoria, Walt Disney World, Madison Square Garden… but I may be chasing the feeling of that Barnes and Noble gig my whole life… lol. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Ooo, when I was like 20, I forgot the words to The Star Spangled Banner at a HEAVILY attended basketball game… in front of my parents.  Just totally blacked out somewhere around “and the rockets…”  Pity claps.  Terrible. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I have no sense of smell and NEVER have.  No one can explain it.  Doctors asked to study me.  I politely declined.

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? Umm… female earthling consumes as much music as she can and spits out sounds that feel authentic to her.  She does this while keeping two young earthlings and one big male earthling alive.  My music is the result!  

What makes you stand out as an artist?  I would say I am an old soul with a modern self-awareness.  My lyrics always seem to be rooted in my womanhood, motherhood and mental-health, but my melodies draw from all different genres and eras.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )  I’m worried we’re not listening enough to one another.  There’s a real need for civil discourse in the world at a time when we’re all afraid to make mistakes.  It’s like trading eights with a saxophone player and being silently paralyzed by the fear of hitting a sour note.  Except in this case the banquet hall is on fire and our improv is the only available hydrant.  

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?  I have a real attachment to the Gershwins’ Summertime.  There’s just so many different ways to approach that tune that each sound awesome.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?  My new single is called “How Can You Be Gone?” and it will be out everywhere on March 4th, 2022.  This tune came pouring out of me the day I learned my friend Shawn had passed away.  Now I hope it will help people who are grieving their own losses.           

Talk me through the thought process of the single?  There was very little thought involved – it was pure emotion: an in-the-moment reaction to some truly devastating news.    

What was the recording process like?  Hurry up and wait!!  I wrote the tune in under an hour.  My partner Bobby turned the track around in a day.  And then… I just couldn’t bring myself to lay it down.  It was too raw.  We sat on it for over four years.  When we were ready, we got it in three very intense, gut-wrenching takes. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

There’s always a curve when you’re communicating ideas to another musician.  I really learned how to express my thoughts on what the production should sound like so my partner could design and execute it.

Would you change anything now its finished?  Not a thing.  It says everything I want it to say.

What are your plans for the year ahead?  I’ve got three more songs I plan to record over the next few months; I want to FILL my Spring with as much live music as I can; and I’d like to continue meeting and collaborating with other artists.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?  I’m just momming, wife-ing while music-ing; and I really hope you get something out of what I create.