Hoping to get a glimpse into the life of this Midwest girl, let me introduce you once again to Alexandra Kay.
Thanks for doing this interview Alexandra, I really appreciate it. Let’s start off with the same boring question everyone gets asked. How long have you been playing music and what instruments do you play?
Alexandra - I've been singing for nine years. I can play a little acoustic guitar, just enough to help me write.
I'm glad you brought up the writing part. On your YouTube page, you do a lot of covers, but I really like your original song “Gold.” Do you write your own music, and when can we expect some new music from you?
Alexandra - Thank you! Yes, I write everything myself, I started writing music before I knew I could sing. I went through some hard times between the ages of fourteen to eighteen, and that's when I really relied on writing music as my release. I have always written about my life, every song I have ever written is based on something I have experienced in my life.
I write about relationships a lot. I have probably written a song about every boyfriend I have ever had. It was really hard at first to release my music because it was so raw and so personal. I'm used to it now, and pretty much everyone knows if you don't want me to write a song about you, don't date me, it's that simple. Haha!
Alexandra - Haha Yes, Dan. He is one of those people I thank God for every single day. We get together two to three times a week to write and record. I can say the whole time he is here, the guitar never leaves his hands! He is honestly one of the most talented people I have ever met, and on top of that, he is just an all around great guy. I couldn't ask for a better partner to be honest.
I have to ask, but since you and Dan get together a couple times a week, what are the odds you could do a quick cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” for this interview?
Alexandra - Well Dan lives about an hour away, but we are meeting on Wednesday so we will record a video and then and send it to you, I love that song!
Alexandra - I am actually from a small town about 40 minutes away from downtown St. Louis called Waterloo, Illinois. I record in St. Louis, so I'm in the city quite often. I think there are a lot of really talented people from St. Louis, but unfortunately, there isn't a lot of opportunity for musicians around here. This isn't a place where you can walk downtown and see street performers. I don't think I have ever seen one honestly. If you choose the right bar on a Friday night, you could catch a really good band. When I started really thinking about music as a career choice, I started reaching out to different producers in the city to make connections. Since I didn't play an instrument at the time, I was looking for someone to put music to my lyrics. After a while, I realized there was no platform for country music in St. Louis, so I actually started working with different rappers in the city singing hooks for them on their songs. You wouldn't believe how many talented rappers there are in St. Louis, but unfortunately, you have to get out of St. Louis to get your music heard, and they know it.
I've heard that before about St. Louis. With that being said, Where is your favorite place to perform?
Alexandra - Any where out of state. I have fans all over the country, so being able to travel and see a bunch of cool places and also get to meet the fans that have been Facebook messaging me or sharing my videos is really cool.
Alexandra - I released a single called "No More" with them in 2013. It was more of a pop, R&B song than country, and it seemed everything we made together was getting further and further away from country music. I have been a country artist since the day I started writing music. It's what I grew up on and it is what i love to listen to. The decision to leave my label was hard, but it was ultimately a good decision. The music I am making now is me, it is what I want, and I couldn't be more excited to release my album.
Now that you're independent, what is the hardest part of being an indie artist?
Alexandra - The hardest part is probably funding my own project. It takes a lot of money to make an album and then you have to spend even more on marketing and distribution.
I could only imagine the cost. A lot of indie artists I've talked to have mentioned the funding part. When I was in college, I worked with a guy who was an aspiring musician and he would sing...all....the.....time. Are you one of these people too?
Alexandra - I tried out for American Idol in 2011. I made it through for a few rounds then blew my audition. I think everything happens for a reason. To be honest, I wouldn't do it again.
You would be the third indie artist I've interviewed who's tried out for the show. Watching this year's show closely, I'm starting to wonder if they need new talent evaluaters with some of the contestants they chose. Now it's time for the most important question, The Beatles or The Monkees?
Alexandra - The Beatles I guess.. I've never been a huge Beatles fan, but I have also never heard a song by The Monkees.
(Imagine a big extended gasp here)
I do want to thank Alexandra so much for doing the interview. I appreciate the glimpse you gave us into the life of an indie artist and a sincere Midwest girl. Thank you Alexandra!
By Maxim Daniels