Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Alexis de la Rocha

Tell us about: 

Your latest single you have released: 

My latest song, “Haze,” holds my inner reflections, visions, and intimate thoughts. My music is my soundtrack and interwebbings of my influences of 1980s synthesizers, fantasy, fashion, goth, and dream pop. ‘Haze’ is where I let my childhood play with sounds inspired by David Lynch’s Twin Peaks theme by Angelo Daniel Badalamenti and where synths pay tribute to David Bowie’s instrumentation in Labyrinth

“Haze,” speaks to the cloudiness of the mind when mired in a spell of depression. It’s about making your way through the fog during those moments when you are not yourself or able to be the version of yourself that you imagined. My vocals are haunting, echoing the internal voices that repeat in the mind. Haze is about looking back at those tough moments and finding the beauty in them, learning the lesson, the takeaway, so you can continue forward stronger. Grief and heartache are okay, because you are overcoming the pain. Art and music are spiritual for me and in those moments when I feel overwhelmed, I’m able to find understanding through my creation process and self expression. I’m hoping people are able to connect and find comfort in the sounds. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released: 

My first single was “Chill” and that felt like an 1980s dream come true. I referenced songs from my childhood inspirations from Mary Jane Girls, Prince, to Apollonia and love the music video I created in my bedroom. It was during quarantine, so creating art at such a crazy time was exactly what I needed. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track: 

“Beam” on my LEX EP. I wrote this song right before I formed my old band LJ Laboratory and it is definitely one of my favorites. It speaks about wanting more and feeling ready to shine bright and beam like a force of light. I referenced sounds from Yvangellis in the BLADERUNNER film and worked with Peter Franco (multi-grammy music producer and engineer Daft Punk, Tycho, Justice) to bring in gorgeous analogue synthesizers. That bridge makes me melt every single time I hear it. 

Your favourite song to play live:

Oh my, that is a tough one. They are each so special to me and so different. At this moment, I’ll choose “Chill,” because I get to whisper at the end and am immediately transported to a 1980s bedroom. “Mystery Boy” is the first song I wrote for my solo venture, before I formed my old band LJ Laboratory, so that one always has a special place in my heart, too! 

The song that was the longest to write and why? 

“Hall” took a while to write. It ended up changing quite a bit, when compared to my original garage band file. My producer Peter Franco (multi-grammy winning engineer/producer Daft Punk) helped me get it to where it needed to be and then we recruited powerhouse Todd Edwards to play piano on it and it turned into something really fun and magical. 

Your most emotional track: 

“Ready” has to be the most emotional track for me. 

The best lyric you have ever written: 

“All your thoughts and all your dreams, baby please bestow to me, fill me with your deep divine and shower me with ecstasy,” from my first solo song, “Mystery Boy.” 

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

The feeling is pure excitement and bliss! I feel alive on stage, like I am finally myself, in my fantasy dream world. I give 150% to my performance and my audience. They can be anywhere else in the world, yet they chose to be here, with me, and I am ever so grateful. Their love gives me the confidence to keep going. 

The hardest track to play live: 

I guess one of my new unreleased tracks called, “Break Your Heart.” The song isn’t difficult, but the dance moves are a little more loaded. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you? 

My fux leopard coat, red lipstick, hair pomade, and my, “Babe with the power,” gold ring. 

Describe your fans in three words: 

Fierce, Creative, Loving 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written: 

“As The World Falls Down,” by David Bowie for the film Labyrinth

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

I will be releasing more music, more music videos and performing live much more in 2023!

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