Alex Angelo Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

I knew music was my passion when I was seven and started dancing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Music and dance gave me a confidence and drive that I didn’t feel for anything else.  I loved performing in front of people and the energy I felt from the audience was amazing.  

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, and Kanye West are all inspiring for me.  They are creatives who aren’t afraid to try new things and make no apologies for their art.  They do many different artistic things and that is how I think of myself.  I dj, dance, write, sing, and produce.  

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

I like celery, I don't like feet, and I’m a night person not a morning person. 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

Out The Dark is a song that is real and honest.  It addresses strong issues that affect people deeply.  Mental health is an important topic that I feel passionate about.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

I will always remember a show I did at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.  It was a radio show and I dj’d in between the sets.  I would go out and dance and entertain the crowd.  It was a sold out show and the audience was amazing.  That night, after seeing many performers, I knew I had to start singing.  I started working on my voice as soon as I got home and sang ever since.  

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

I want to sell out the arena in Cleveland.  I grew up in Cleveland and used to perform with the Cavaliers kids dance team.  I have great memories dj’ing and dancing there and I want to go back and do a show there.  

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

Writing and producing for other people has been my best achievement.  Being able to work with others creatively is so rewarding and fun for me.  I want to be able to go on tour and share my music with the world.  

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

I was on tour with Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes. I got a knock on the door of my trailer and it was Taylor Swift’s mom! She saw my set and said it was great and to keep working hard.  She asked if she could have a hug and get a picture. It was an incredible night.  

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

I like the freedom you have to create whatever you want.  There are no wrong answers when making music.  

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

I would  probably be working in film.  I don’t know if that means acting, directing, or writing but something related to film is probably what I  would like to be doing. 

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

I saw Kanye West with my mom at the Hollywood Bowl. It was outside and we ate sushi and the best concert I have ever been to.  It was artistic and different and I knew all the music.  

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

I would want to see The Police, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and Kanye West! These are all icons that I admire for creating amazing music. 

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

I received this advice from a family friend in the music business and it has always stuck with me “Work with people that want to work with you”.

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

I like good music, good food, and good people. I’m annoyed when I see wine corks used as decorations.  

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Play video games and play guitar.  

 

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

I think it is good because you can reach a lot of people all the time.  But it’s easy to get lost in the pool of artists that are all trying to accomplish the same thing.  

How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

I don’t think it matters as much as it used to.  Anything goes in 2020.  I try to just be myself.  I am not one to really show off my body just for likes.  That’s not who I am.  I want to make good music and keep getting better.  I have always had an interest in fashion and I have just always tried to be me.  

 

Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

I do not have any tattoos but I am not opposed to having them.  I think I need to live a little longer and experience more before permanently live with them forever. 

 

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

I would remove student debt for college students! 

What would your ideal day consist of?

Waking up in a new city everyday, meeting fans, and making music. 

What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?

I have been home with my family during the past six weeks.  I have continued to work at my home studio.  I continue to drop a song every three weeks.  I am staying safe and at home.  I want to stay healthy and keep others healthy.  I am trying to stay positive and keep my spirits up.  I am doing my weekly podcast called Robetalk.  I am also doing a weekly dj’ing dance party called Distant Disco every Saturday night.  It keeps people active and gives them something to look forward to.  

 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

Thank you for continuing to support me and believe in me.  I hope you know that I see you and appreciate you.  

How would you answer the question Who is Alex Angelo and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

I am a hard working creative person who has a lot of dreams and goals.  I love creating music and art and am not stopping.  I am really down to earth and real.  

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

Michael Jackson because he is a musical genius.  His dancing was so inspiring for me. His music is timeless and his success is something I admire. 

What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

I would say learn from many people and don’t be afraid to try.  Keep practicing to get better at what you are doing. 

 

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

I honestly am open to collaborate with a lot of people.  I would love to work with Pharell Williams.  He is so creative and unique.  I think I could learn and grow from him.  

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

I am a real fan of the song In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. I love that drum solo and every time I hear it I get so pumped up! 

What things make you uncomfortable?

Feet make me uncomfortable! I am not a fan of green vegetables either.  

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

I would have my story from start until now.  I started my career at a very young age. I would include the great moments and the reality that things are always amazing.  There are disappointments in any journey and I would want share those too.  

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

I will continue to release new music and music videos every three weeks.  I will also continue my podcast called Robetalk.  I will also continue dj’ing on the Distant Disco on Saturday nights!