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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I've always had a really deep appreciation for music. I think that's what really drove me to want to pursue it, professionally. I spent most of my childhood growing up in New Jersey and have been performing from a very early age. I started out as a regular on Sesame Street and continued performing straight through High School and College. I’ve had the good fortune to work with many amazingly talented producers and choreographers. I’m now living in NYC. Being involved with music is something I always knew I wanted to do. I feel very fortunate to be able to explore my passion and really delve into the creative process.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Never stop working as hard as you can to reach your goals. The most important part is the journey and continuing to evolve as an artist. I would also say a huge part of that is about connections. So, networking and really putting yourself out there will only increase your chances. So much of it is about who you know and how much heart and energy you bring to it.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Mistakes will happen. That's just a part of live performance. It's about being as prepared for them as possible. So, that when they happen you are able to navigate through them as easily and seamlessly as possible.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Touring can be a bit unpredictable. Sometimes things go sideways but that's also what makes live performance so exciting, invigorating and fun! I've had serious wardrobe malfunctions, sound and technology issues and everything in between. At the end of the day, you've just got to be able to roll with the punches, maintain a sense of humor about it all and try to be prepared for any scenario. It's very much Murphy's Law and that’s kind of the fun of it.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I've been working with a pretty standard studio set up for my latest album. The Neumann U87 is my favorite mic. It’s really responsive to my tone and the texture of my vocals. Love that!
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I've been promoting through a grass roots social media approach along with special events. I think that's where things have trended anyway. Now that anyone can create music using their computer, there's a really powerful DIY mentality that I think is really beautiful. It's also a great alternative if you don't have a ton of marketing dollars and a marketing machine behind you. I also love opening for other artists. I had a great time opening for Robin Thicke, Ceelo Green, Tamia, and most recently, opening up for The Sugarhill Gang. It’s a great way to put yourself out there, in addition to headlining my own shows.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
It would definitely be Prince or Billie Holiday. Just to be in the presence of such greatness would be a dream. It would be incredible to experience that one-of-a-kind performance energy that Prince had in spades, first hand. Or Billie because of that raw, unadulterated, pure emotion she was able to express through her voice so effortlessly.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Right now I'm working on a new album that's really an amalgamation of influences and sounds. It's a bit of pop mixed heavily with jazz and R&B influences. I've really had fun melding disparate sounds that you wouldn't necessarily expect to hear together. It creates a cohesive, and eclectic mix of textures and styles that’s been challenging and exciting to create. It’s been a really fantastic process—from Big Band, to Reggae, to Hip Hop. I know that sounds crazy but its all come together in a really complimentary way. Also, writing on this album has been such a wonderful process. Some of this new work is up on my www.SoundCloud/alexyoungmusic, just to “Test the Waters”!
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I'm not sure exactly because I’ve been doing it forever and it’s truly my first love. But, if not music (which is hard to imagine) it would definitely be something creative. I've invested a huge chunk of my life exploring the techniques and discipline behind using my voice as an instrument. I believe learning a skill or being exposed to things as a child really directs the future of adulthood…certainly true in my case! It definitely wouldn't be astrophysics or quantum mechanics. That's for sure. I'm entirely right-brained.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Well, I've been working on my new music which is scheduled to release in in 2017. Watch out too for some more sneak peeks on my www.SoundCloud/alexyoungmusic. Definitely also setting up shows to debut my new music. So, be sure to watch out for everything on my social media! www.Instagram.com/Aymusic, www.facebook.com/alexyoungmusic and my website; www.alexyoungmusic.com
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout outs to everyone who has been there with me since the beginning! You know who you are! My incredible team and most importantly, to all my fans!