Q&A With Toronto Artist Alicia Alexander

Where are we talking from today?

I’m from Toronto, Canada!

Where did you get your artist’s name from?

Funny story… it’s my actual name. I wanted to have a completely new artist name to distinguish from my own self – kind of like creating an alternate version of myself, but in the end, I just used my own name. Everyone seemed to like it.

Music-wise what are you working on right now? Are you currently
promoting a single or album?

I’m currently working on making R&B music, drawing inspiration from
soul, pop, and hip hop. And right now, I’m just focused on releasing
singles. Hopefully, it’ll turn into an album one day!

Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career? That’s a very complex question for me… I grew up listening to a lot of soca, calypso, reggae, soft rock, country, etc. Then when I ventured out on my own to develop my own musical tastes, I found a niche in a lot of alternative, rock, metal, and indie music. All throughout that, I was listening to R&B, hip hop, rap, and pop music. I find that my taste in music is constantly changing and I want to incorporate all of that into my own music. A little indie, a little pop, a little this, a little that, but my ultimate goal is to contribute to the R&B genre because that’s the one I’m drawn to the most.

Who are your favorite musicians?

Oh, I have so many! My permanent favorites are Beyonce, Rihanna, and Adele. But that’s such a hard question because there are too many to list! So many great artists have come out in the last few years like H.E.R and SZA for example. I’m always adding to my list.

What have been the greatest challenges/frustrations of your career so far?

I think one of the greatest challenges/frustration of my career so far
is finding inspiration to be able to create. Inspiration is very fleeting and you don’t catch it right then it kind of drifts away. That’s why my phone comes in handy because then I can write my ideas down in at that exact moment. Another challenge is finding the right beat, or creating a song around a beat that you love. Sometimes the process is super quick, sometimes it seems like it takes forever to figure out the song. I also really want people to like my music, if they don’t that’s ok too, but I would them to.

As a musician, what is your definition of success?

My definition of success would be creating music that I not only love
but other people are drawn towards. If my work is able to reach out to people, get their attention and keep it for a very long time I’d be
super happy with that. Also, being able to make music for a very long time would be pretty great as well. I want my music career to have longevity.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I think finding satisfaction in what you’re putting out into the world
would be a part of “perfect happiness”. Being happy with yourself is a part of it as well. Connecting with people too. But to me, perfect
happiness is a constantly evolving thing so it’s always something you’re trying to attain but never quite attainable – which is good. Because if you were just perfectly happy with your life you’d be bored.

What is your present state of mind?

Currently staying positive. Nothing more I can do but be positive.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have just one… my sketchbooks, journals, notebooks. Anything I use to create.

What do you enjoy doing most?

I’m a very artsy person and have been my whole life. I’ve always enjoyed creating, whether it’s music, literature, artwork or designing clothing, etc. Everything always comes to me in cycles too – it’s weird. For example, I become obsessed with storytelling and spend hours writing fiction, then I become obsessed with drawing and won’t do anything all day but work on a sketch or painting until it’s done. But all other aspects of my art expression exist within me at all times. It’s just that sometimes certain aspects need to be expressed more.

Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

I would really love to see myself still creating through art. I want to
still be creating music but venturing into other loves like painting,
writing books, acting, maybe even artistic collaborations like clothing or perfumes because I love those things! I can’t wear perfume in the house though but I sneak it around with me everywhere. I would also love to be traveling! I want to see the world.

Where you @ online?

@alixianya – come check me out.




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