AlexanderX is the type of artist that offers a ranging, dynamic performance. With a goal in mind to inspire many and create music that is disparate from the current contemporary scene, AlexanderX proves he's on the right track to reaching the said goal with his more recent music.
The latest project offering from AlexanderX includes his single, "Give Me Life," which features ethereal-like sonics that craft a mesmerizing atmosphere. There's a potent electronic presence that shapes an upbeat melody for the majority of the track. Many pop flavors are mixed into "Give Me Life," and you may very well catch some of your favorite pop-like tones exhibited by AlexanderX.
"Give Me Life" was really meant to inspire creativity. Often, artists get stuck in a trance to perfect their craft, a blackhole AlexanderX is quite mindful of. Nevertheless, "Give Me Life" had the purpose of inspiring independence and freedom, as well as instilling in listeners that embodying your own authentic self is the way to go. With the combined narrative and vibrant production, AlexanderX's release sure does give us life, pun intended. We can't wait to see what will transpire from this pop-inspired artist next.
Thank you for joining us at BuzzMusic, AlexanderX. Your release, "Give Me Life," features such dynamic and colorful pop-like elements. What inspired the genre style for this particular song, and how did you go about choosing the various tones added in to make it as layered as it was?
As a songwriter and pianist, I've always been able to write a solid piano ballad. In fact, it can be hard to write anything BESIDES introspective piano ballads! So I went into this song telling myself that I'd make something danceable and that has a lot of energy. I was looking to Tropical House as inspiration because I love how it takes you somewhere - it always makes me feel like I'm in Ibiza. And so as a base for the track you can definitely hear that influence with the bouncy bass and the shimmery percussion. And from there I just took it to the lab. I am such an experimenter. I started with the piano chords and wanted to make it sound more ethereal - so I began layering it with sounds until I felt like everything was living more in a dream-world. Are there any hidden messages within "Give Me Life" (other than the predominant one) embedded?
Now that's an interesting question! The main riff in the drop is actually a reversed vocal. I don't know if you reverse the song if you'll be able to hear what I originally sang into the mic or not - it may still sound like gibberish but now I'm curious to try it myself. My guess is that there's too much other processing on the vocal to make anything out but who knows. Other than that, the lyrics themselves may sound a little cryptic. One thing I'll unpack for you is the "red, blue, green" lyric that comes up twice. So for everyone who remembers their high school science classes, those are the three primary colors of light. And so one of the meanings behind that line is that everything we see and perceive is just a combination of those colors, literally everything, which is pretty crazy to think about in my opinion. The other way to take that line is thinking about it as pixels in the digital world we live in - RGB is one of the ways color is coded in digital spaces.
What kind of artists do you extract your influence and inspiration from? Are there certain artists that help you with your creative process, or is it an independent journey? Some of my biggest influences are ODESZA, James Blake, Bon Iver, and Glass Animals. I think this track you can definitely hear some ODESZA influence but I'm not sure if the others really come through. You'll have to tell me! And for "Give Me Life" specifically, I'd have to say Kygo was an influence as well. He was my reference for the tropical house vibe. I did use some of his tracks as references for how to structure the song. Overall though I'd say my creative process is an independent journey. I have definitely picked up tricks and tips over the years but I have baked most of them into me enough so that I don't quite remember where they initially came from. Making music has always been a very intimate and personal process for me as a whole. What kind of response have you received with the release of "Give Me Life" thus far? Was it the response you were expecting and/or hoping for?
I've received a great response so far! People who have never heard my music before have really liked it. Friends who have heard a lot of music from me before were really into the new vibe and energy I put into "Give Me Life." And I was even able to get my family to listen to EDM and like it! I try to do the least amount of thinking possible about what I "expect" to happen. I try to throw things out there with no expectations to the extent that I can. One great sign about "Give Me Life" beforehand was that I was really excited to share it. I'm really hard on myself, so if I like something enough to actively want to show other people then I can be pretty confident they will like it too. And if they don't...
What does the rest of 2021 hold for you?
Hopefully a lot! Performing shows and releasing music! I've got my next show on Oct 1 at The Mint LA which is always a good time and then should have another couple of songs out before the end of the year. I'm just really excited to have things rolling again and see things ramp up!