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ALIA

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST ALIA

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I don’t believe it was a decision or a choice, it just felt and feels like the path I am supposed to be on. A lot of jobs and life choices that have been and gone have been and gone for a reason… nothing felt quite right. The only thing that has is music and every moment I have had within it.

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

My name is Alia, a.k.a “ALIA” or socials I am under “aliachasingthemoon”, a child of the world, London-based musician/singer-songwriter. I have been involved in music for coming closer to two years now, started backing singing and lyric writing/laying down vocals for other artists and producers.

As the confidence grew I suppose I found my own voice and sound as an artist with that I found my soul brother, Steven Young a.k.a Mr Nobody, who helped build my journey as an artist. Helping me engineer/produce my first EP release “Soho Sessions . Side A”, with this release that came out in May, I’ve been gigging across London as my first professional year of doing so.

The honour of playing in some beautiful amazing venues with insanely talented musicians/artists/bands. I have also joined Mr. Nobody’s new adventure, being a vocalist/lyricist for some (unreleased) modern psychedelic rock music that’ll be coming next year. I wouldn’t really state if I have a history yet, I feel very new in this field and more at a growing stage.

What was life like for you before music?

When I look back, with that question in mind, I guess I would maybe say lost. Still learning so much, about myself, and the world, adapting to my surroundings, and finding out who I was, and a lot of healing taking place. I knew an art form was always within me, as I started with poetry from a very early age, perhaps around 9, as a way for me to communicate my feelings and thoughts and let them out.

I would constantly draw as a child, very big imagination and visions. Write stories, act out plays, dance (in my own way not lessons, for fun with friends and films), films I was in love with (still very much am) soundtracks and classical music spoke to me. Life is life, everyone has their struggles, battles and difficulties we face, those I had like anyone. Then it evolved as a package I suppose into who I am as an artist now, how I like to transfer what I’ve learnt and what I can give back, and help heal. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

That’s a very very hard question… I heard a lot of music at a very young age, from various infamous film soundtracks and composers to pop, ballads, country, hip-hop, rap and rock all sorts. I would say due to be surrounded by diversity and different cultures, and being the writer I was and am, it was not hard for me to connect to music as I would and still do connect to what is written more then the sound, sound is a bonus and I do look into it. But words have this power and hold more of a meaning for me.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I suppose I’ve touched on the subject, being new and still growing, what I have achieved in the short space of being evolved in music I feel very proud, but aware of who I have had around me that have helped make these dreams happen, or even believe in me that I was possible. I am an independent artist, with the blessing of a creative community around me, I am still finding my audience, and my voice/sound evolving fascinates me as the more I grow the more possibilities and ideas. So I would say I am new in my opinion, but with some knowledge on my shoulders.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

To not give up, risk, jump, fail, believe the impossible, relax and let go …haha! many things if I am truthfully honest.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Two continents I haven’t travelled to are South America and Oceania. 

I lived in the YMCA in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 

I was born in England.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

To be realistic and honest it would be funding, it would give me more freedom and ability to grow and invest into all the projects and plans I have as an artist.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I mean of course, one can be worried about those things and that type of culture that is in today’s world. I believe that if you are clear and speak the truth, and you are not coming from somewhere that ties to negative impacts that we face, then I don’t believe people should be as worried. Humans fear things they do not understand, until you explain and voice what your meaning behind it was… maybe then those people can come from an understanding place.

A lot has happened in this world for trust to be broken and things to be taken the wrong way, so it’s understandable as to why it is a thing. I do believe to accept unity and live peacefully we have to understand not everyone is like “us”, people have different beliefs and if we of course come from a place of love and understanding then .. yeah I believe there is a way to move forward. If they come from a hateful place then I do think it is very important to call out those individuals especially if they have a “seat” somewhere that is powerful or influential, as it can create a damaging divide. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I am not sure how to respond to that question if I am honest, ha! Think depends on what you think a conspiracy theory is… if aliens are counted as one… I do believe there is life in this universe apart from ourselves. If that is one?

What was the worst experience on stage?

Many many many things, forgetting lyrics, not being able to hear myself in the sound systems all sorts… I have had many mistakes but I find it insanely amazing how the crowd will see that and help you go forward and boost you up. Very human!

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

I only say this because of conversations I have had with people when they’ve asked me for advice on singing or music, I haven’t been trained or had lessons in guitar playing or singing, and people seem shocked which I suppose is a very kind response to receiving if I am honest. But I think if you have dedication for something, anything in life then you will find a means and an end for your path.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

… Erm if I’m truthful, I am just me, with some stories I want to tell. If they connect with you, then I did what I came here to do, and if not that’s okay. Having the chance to voice my message and promises for those that deserve it, that’s what is important for me. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

I do! The debut single of “I’m Getting Off” is a cover of Steven’s that he had written when he was 16, he himself has released this track under his own name which you can find on all platforms. However, he then shared this song with me sensing it would be in line with my message and life story & for me to cover in my own artistic way. T

he hidden reason behind the date of release, is Christmas, it is one of the toughest times for people (due to numerous circumstances) and this being the healing song intended, I hope this comes of use to someone out there struggling with whatever they may be facing in this current climate. 

What was the recording process like?

When it came to recording it was very stripped back and simple. I almost didn’t know, truthfully I never know what I song will sound like until I sing the lyrics out loud. As this is when it becomes a song for me. A bottle of red wine, sitting in the Soho where the studio is, hit record. Steven sat playing out the angelic chords you hear on the electric guitar, while I say next to him and we live jammed it. Natural, authentic and raw.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I wouldn’t say for this one, as it is a cover of Steven’s, well a rendition I prefer to call it.

However in general, I would say speaking from an artist’s perspective is to know you growing within what you are doing, are challenging yourself, and ensuring you get out of the comfort zone that sometimes can be easier to stay in… so it is to learn to be brave and trust the risk of exploring your art, there are no limitations. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

For me no, if I felt that I wouldn’t release it. The unedited, live sound was important to capture on this track. Some songs I can understand need production, but as soon as I sang the words, I felt it needed that space to be heard, just as it is a sort of conversation. A way of breathing, and healing.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I would just pass across some advice from one being to another, there is light… I hope this song heals you in ways it has for me & that one day, if not now, you will see the outrageously unique being in you are. You are worthy, and worth the existence you deserve. You will never be alone.

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