Interview & Photos by Alejandro Gonzalez
What can we expect from your latest EP, “Paradise” ?
There’s the title track “Paradise” and that one is just a fun dreamy song. And “Stolen Gold” is another one I am excited for fans to hear because it showcases another interest of mine, like more R&B. It’s very playful and conceptually it’s like Bonnie and Clyde, we wrote it more as a movie rather than a diary entry which is what I normally do.
What was the writing process for this EP?
Well it’s very scattered to be honest, I work with a lot of different people and you never know what session is gonna have a connection with the song and if you want to finish it and include it on the EP. In terms of producing them so they all felt like an Alice Gray song, I brought in a few producers and made sure there was that retro, dreamy vibe.
Who or what inspired you to start making music?
I always loved music. I did not start making music until high school back when your macbook came with Garageband. I started playing around on that and it was my first avenue into music. I did not actually start pursuing it until I took a songwriting class which helped me learn a lot but also gave me the confidence to pursue it. Eventually I put those demos online and my friend Lincoln, who happened to be a producer and artist himself, heard it and brought me into a studio. Before it was this lofty dream that I would never do, until I saw what actually happens.
If you were not pursuing music, what else would you do?
I am a graphic designer, I love branding. But I’d also want to be an entrepreneur, I’d start my own company maybe branding other artists. I really like merch, the t-shirts and sweatshirts designing it but I also like buying when going to shows, even if I don’t know the artist.
What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?
My favorite merch is from the Angeline fan club. I based my first song “Pink Cadillac” on her and she’s this really eccentric woman who drives around hollywood in a pink corvette dressed like a Barbie Doll. I had a business meeting with her which was the most interesting meeting I ever had, and my manager bought me one of her t-shirts that I wear everywhere.
What are your aspirations as an artist?
I hope to learn how to be more and more vulnerable and honest and say things that other people are afraid to say to make other people realize that everybody is a little “fucked up”. I also enjoy creating things with a team. I do not like solo ventures, I really like working with a team, especially in music and treating the people I work with well.
If you had a day off, how would you spend it?
I would probably hang out by the pool and have a hard Kombucha with my friend and chat about life.