We caught up with singer-songwriter and all-round mega babe Alex Maxwell to chat new music, inspo and what’s on the agenda for the rest of the year…
Tell us about yourself…
So I’m a singer songwriter based in London. I’m half Spanish, half Irish and spent most of my years between this city and Madrid, so I’ve always been surrounded by very different types of music… I’ve been back in London for almost three years now and love it!
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
I’ve always loved music but never thought I was any good at it until I was about 13. I used to put on shows for my family impersonating Shakira and dancing around.. but that was it! I wasn’t accepted into my primary school choir and never made it very far past grade II Piano. When I moved to Madrid aged 13, I tried to audition for my school musical (Chicago) and got cast as Roxie Hart. I didn’t expect that at all… After that I started writing music on the piano, went to a Jazz school and it all just went on from there.
How would you describe your sound?
A mix between live and electronic… I’m a big fan of big drums and textured guitars… Ballsy music with a bit of a mysterious/ haunting feel.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
I played at Roundhouse for an event recently which was amazing! But I have to say I really enjoyed an acoustic Sofar Session gig – I did in a little café at Hackney wick. It was intimate, cosy, good vibes all around and the audience was just so into it – I loved every minute.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
GRIMES!!!!!! I love her. I think a collab would be so much fun and would sound nuts!
Who did you listen to growing up?
I listened to a lot of my dad’s records – so a lot of U2, Jefferson Airplane, Van Morrisson, Fleetwood Mac…. 70s and 80s music was my go-to but I also listened to a lot of what was going on in the pop world especially when I was younger: a lot of Shakira’s “Dónde están los ladrones” album, Britney Spears and Enrique Iglesias I remember.
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
Probably Stevie Nicks. She’s awesome.
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
Mmmm I’m not ashamed of it at all… definitely “Propuesta Indecente” by Romeo Santos. Sexiest song ever.
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
Dan Auerbach’s new album “Waiting on a song”
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
When I came to London and had just been signed, I got to spend a couple of days recording at Abbey Road. I think the mix of excitement from having moved to London, being able to do my passion and getting to record in such a legendary place made it one of the best moments of my life.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
Last year I got to write with Nik Kershaw. I’ve always been a fan so it was really really great.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now? I have Patti Smith’s “Horses” on shuffle in the background whilst munching on pizza 🙂 These days I’ve also been listening to a lot of LP as well. Amazing vocals.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
Be yourself ALWAYS, trust your gut and work hard.
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
Wowww tough question! I’d probably say U2 Joshua Tree because it’s one of those albums which I’ve been listening to on and on since I was tiny and never get bored of it. Also because “Where the streets have no name” is one of my favourite songs ever – it takes me places. However it would be a sad tragic life if I could only listen to one album the rest of my life.
Where can we see you perform next?
I’m performing at the Groucho Club late August, but still waiting for a couple of possible gigs to be confirmed, so keep a look out for updates on my socials 😉
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
More music, more writing, more gigs, more everything really!
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