An Interview With the Serbian/Swedish Singer-Songwriter ALEZZANDRA On Her Debut EP ‘The Black Rose’ Released TODAY!
Posted On 25 May 2018
Meet the Serbian/Swedish international recording artist, Alezzandra! Today (May 25), she released her EP, “The Black Rose.”
Propelled by her female empowerment narrative, poetic lyrics, psychedelic textures and enticing and expansive voice, new breakout single, “Bad Woman” introduced her rich spectrum of emotion and eroticism ahead in this EP.
Learn more about Alezzandra in the following All Access interview:
Where does this interview find you now? What’s on tap for the rest of your day?
I’m currently at a cafe in West Hollywood, LA. After this interview I’m running errands to prepare for my EP release party coming up today!
Overall, how do you think 2018 has been treating you and your music career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it?
My biggest goal this year has been to release my story, “The Black Rose” and share my art with the world and see the response it gets. So far its been an amazing ride and its just the beginning but I’m very blessed and happy about how its going.
Growing up, was music always a big part of your life? Can you recall your first ever musical experience?
Music has been my life growing up. Being raised in Sweden and originate from Serbia I have had the blessing of a huge music collection from totally different cultures. Growing up I used to listen to both Serbian music and music from all over the world.
What has the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? Has there been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest challenge for me has been doing everything by myself. Being an independent artist is the hardest I have ever experience during the process of making the black rose but I wouldn’t say anything is so painful its not worth it. The beauty of doing everything yourself is that you realize how much it takes to make it to the finish line and that feeling is the most rewarding feeling as an artist. Feeling complete and unbelievably proud.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today? What was it like moving to LA from Serbia and Sweden? How did that impact you as an artist? If you don’t think that it has affected you at all, why is that?
I’ve changed a lot since I moved to LA. Making such a big move all by myself made me work hard and challenge myself to complete my goals and figure out who I really was. I used to think all I wanted was to perform and sing til I really found myself and realized I was more then that and wanted more with my music and myself as an artist. Telling my story visually and musically is the artist I am, sharing myself with the world makes me feel real.
I find it interesting that sometimes musicians choose to go by something other than their own name so why did you decide to go by just your first name?
Interesting question actually. I never really wanted my own name in the first place nor did I like it very much so I tried 3 different artist names but I couldn’t connect with them at all. I felt like I became somebody else. So for me to remain true I decided to work it and now I love it.
Let’s talk about your newest single “Bad Woman.” What was the inspiration for this track? How do you think it prepared listeners for your EP, “The Black Rose”?
“Bad woman” is the ending song in The Black Rose. The black rose is a about self hate and loving somebody more then yourself. A tragic life story. As I finished “The black rose” I came to a point were nothing could get any darker.. I had to reborn to be able to live again. “Bad woman” takes the listener through the journey of me fighting with my own demons.
Did anything surprise you about putting together “The Black Rose”? What does it mean to you to finally be releasing it soon? Can you recall what you felt the first time you heard it all the way through?
What surprised me as I was creating the black rose was how much negative things that kept hitting me during the road. It felt like I was meant to fail, that’s how many bad situations I had to solve to reach the finish line. Remembering it now when the final project is about to be released I feel more blessed and proud of myself.
The first time as it was all done, I was sitting in my bedroom in Hollywood all by myself. As I opened the final version and didn’t know what to do, I cried and laughed at the same time but it was all happiness. I had never before gotten goosebumps from my own work before that moment.
What do you think makes for an ideal show for you? What has been a favorite performance of yours so far? Do you have any upcoming shows this summer?
My favorite show that I have ever been at that really moved me was when one of my favorite artist Sevdaliza preformed in Los Angeles at The Echo. I believe a great show is when you invite the audience to your world with visuals, depth, emotion and movement.
I am currently booking shows for the summer, to see exact dates visit my website- www.alezzandra.com.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period? If you don’t think it is, why is that? Would you say that other musicians are making music that has been influenced by this climate?
I definitely think a lot of artist are influenced by this time and I think everybody is, and nothing is wrong with that. I personally am a very neutral person and I create my art out of my own experiences and where my mind creatively takes me and try not to implement the political world.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all?
It’s definitely hard to stay on top of my social media. I’m getting better at it everyday but I like to be secretly interesting and not share everything about myself. Love to leave people wanting more and question me.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
I’ve been inspired by many artist out there but one of my biggest inspirations is David Lynch. I would love to one day get a chance to work with him.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you?
I would bring my voice effect/loop machine from TC helicon.
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on?
The Handmaid’s Tale. Its such a dark show but one of the greatest creations I have ever seen. I think my dark sounds, possibly “Bad woman” would fit in that show. But only the instrumental version or the ending with the haunting ghost voices.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music?
I truly hope that my fans will understand the metaphors embedded in the film and hopefully relate to the story and me. Most of all I hope they will want more of my music and art 🙂
Where can our readers connect with you?
They can connect with me on every platform and find my music everywhere as well.
To personally connect with me the best platforms would be:
Facebook: Alezzandra music