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All Things Music with Alexia Rev!

Hello Alexia Rev! It is great to speak with you today!

You are getting ready to release your new song, LA LONELY! Will you tell us about the song?

This track was inspired by my experience of moving to LA from NY. I knew no-one in LA and I had moved to LA to pursue music but In also moved during the height of the pandemic, so I felt incredibly isolated. I would walk on Melrose and see groups of friends having brunch, and I felt utterly alone. I also felt like my my career was on hold since sessions were being cancelled due to the pandemic and I was so hungry to work. In the end of the day, my inspiration was purely emotional and I just felt incredibly lost and raw. This song is a shift from my more upbeat songs, and it shows the side of me that no-one has seen before. It marks a shift in my songwriting style, in the sense that I want to be more open and vulnerable with my audience. I also think it talks about the importance of learning how to be by yourself and self reflection. It is not only “poor me” but I grew a lot from taking that time away from people.

What was the songwriting process like for this song?

Like I said before, it was raw and vulnerable. I had been alone all weekend, and I remember going for a walk and feeling this deep sense of heaviness. I came home and went straight to my piano.It all just came out of me as I was crying. I then decided to collaborate with my friend and fellow songwriter Frank Bell and it really started to come to life. He put beautiful strings in the instrumental and it was a beautiful experience collaborating with another person that understood the struggle that I was going through. We like to say that the song is bigger than us, and we hope this makes people feel connected and not alone.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

I have a few, but I think every artist that inspires me teaches me very specific lessons.

I love Queen and I can play any song of theirs and feel something. They do such an amazing job of creating these incredible memorable melodies that are timeless and unique. I love The Weekend because I truly connect to this dark nostalgia sound he has going on, and that is very much how I write my music. Lastly, I love ABBA because like QUEEN, I feel so deeply when I listen to their music. The melodies combined with lyrics are pure perfection. I can get in my head of creating these deep and powerful lyrics but their songs are simple and still make me feel.

Do you remember the first time you realized you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I do! I was always creative. I had grown up doing ballet, and when I had to quit due to injuries, I felt utterly lost. I always sang and wrote poetry so I decided to combine these two skills. I didn’t even think songwriting was an option for me. I remember being in college,I was about to graduate but I was very lost. The pandemic happened and I had written all of these songs. I showed my friends and they were blown away. I remember feeling at peace when I was creating more music and I was proud of how they sounded. I had to decide if I would go to graduate school but every time I would think of quitting music, it would pain me. So, I took a trip to LA to work with a producer and he told me that I had talent and should move to LA. It was that push I needed to finally give it my all. I am so grateful for my amazing support system because I often doubt myself and they shed a light on my calling.

What has been one of your favorite or most surreal moments of your career so far?

Collaborating with other artists. I always wrote alone, and this year I delve deep into collaborating and it has been life changing. Creating music and sharing experiences with other songwriters is almost a spiritual experience and is so fun. I also think performing has been incredible. It is truly the cherry on top of being an artist, and I am my most authentic self on stage.

What do you do when you have writer's block or a creative block? Any go-to ways to shake yourself out of it?

Writers block comes from your ego. It happens when you feel like you must write a hit or your best song. Writing music can simply be practice and it does not have to turn into anything that you would release. It is difficult for me because I am a huge perfectionist, and I have to tell myself this advice every day. I also think that allowing yourself to write a loose song and remind yourself that you can co write and tweak the song after is helpful. My friend also gave me this piece of advice- look at Spotify playlist titles. Like if I feel sad, I will type- sad and often there are interesting titles and concept that may spark something.

Do you have a piece of advice that you would give someone just starting out in the music world?

It takes time. Be patient and do not get obsessed with social media etc. Work on music because that comes before everything. In the end of the day, people do not want an influencer but they want an artist and working on your craft will always trump followers. Yes, having followers helps a ton but for longevity work on finding your voice and experiment and work on finding your image and write it down. This all helps with your social media presence in the end because if you have a clear image on who you are then your audience will too.

What do you hope to see in the music world as the industry continues to evolve?

I want record labels to focus less on numbers and more on talent and potential. A lot of artists have full time jobs and labels expect artists to have a massive TikTok following as well as make a lot of music. This leads to artists being overly stressed and it is almost impossible. Labels used to develop artists and focus more on growing them but I feel like this is lost.

Any upcoming projects you want us to know about?

I have a lot new music coming out this year, so keep an eye out.

Please tell everyone where they can keep up with you and your music!

You can find me on all streaming platforms: Alexia Rev

And on intsagram @itsalexiarev

Thank you for your time!

Thank you!

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