Singer-songwriter, producer, DJ and dancer Alex Angelo has been on a roll with releasing new music every three weeks and delivering enticing content to entertain his audience. Recently, he released a stunning rendition of ‘In Your Eyes’ by Peter Gabriel, a song that’s very close to his heart. The recent release reflects the maturity and growth of Alex as an artist, singer and producer since the inception of his musical career. He has also signed a production deal with the Grammy award-winning team of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Antonio Dixon in 2019.
Alex found his love for music when he was just 7 while dancing for ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ and by the age of 10, he was already DJing locally. While the last year was spent on development, Alex is ready to share his art with the world throughout 2020 and additionally, set to release a brand new full-length project in the near future.
To celebrate his latest musical release, we, at The Honey Pop, sat down with Alex Angelo to chat about his inspiration for the latest release, musical influences, COVID-19 struggles, future projects and much more. Read below to know more!
A lot of artists have been releasing music throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, and you’ve gone above and beyond with new releases every three weeks. Where does the motivation or inspiration for that come from?
Last year, 2019, I didn’t release any music at all. I had the amazing opportunity to work with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Antonio Dixon and their team. They have multiple grammy awards, platinum records, and I consider them to be some of the best writers in the business. But during this time, I didn’t stop creating music. I grew as a songwriter, artist and producer. So I have all this music, and I am continuing to create NEW music every day. At this point in my career, I don’t feel like the timing is right for an “album” – so that is why we came up with the idea for releasing a new song every three weeks. It’s been great for me. I have learned a lot of myself as an artist, and it allows me to try different ideas.
What drew you to Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’ and made you want to cover it and remake the video? Does the song have any meaning to you?
My dad and I actually heard the song on the radio after we saw THE JOKER movie. I knew the record from before, but I turned it up while driving home- listening to it very differently, and hearing all the intricate sounds in the production. I hardly ever do “covers” and when I do- I want to break the song down, and recreate it. I started messing around with the song that night. It took me a while to find the sounds that I wanted to use in it. I had a mission to make the song sound a lil more 2020, but still stay TRUE to the magic and genius that the song has. I don’t like when people totally change songs and do them a disservice. For the video, we just wanted to see if we could re-create the original shots with the Peter Gabriel video. I kinda just want to see if I could get Peter Gabriel to listen to the song, and see what he thinks.
You’ve toured with artists like Jake Miller, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes. Once you’re able to tour again, who are some artists you’d love to go on the road with?
Honestly, I would just like to go on tour with anyone that gives me a platform to do what I love in front of a lot of people. Touring is amazing. I absolutely love performing. I am not going to be picky about who I get to tour with. If given the opportunity, I would just be grateful for it. Just give me a stage and an audience. 🙂
What’s a favorite memory from any of your past tours?”
When I performed in Nashville, I was backstage in an RV after I got off stage. There was a knock on the door – It was Taylor Swift’s mom. She liked my performance and wanted to get a picture with me. That was one of the coolest memories I have ever had. You never know who will be in the audience. She believed in me, and I have so much respect for her.
You’ve newly relocated to Nashville, what’s that been like? And, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to end up?
Right now, I need to be around people like me that create music. On one of my trips to Nashville, I met with Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson’s manager. He was so nice, and he told me “If you are going to sell surfboards, you had better live near the ocean”. So I am making music, and want this to be my career- I think it is important to live in a place where music is around me. When I am in Nashville, I can be working in a studio with other people like me every single day. It was either Nashville, LA or New York. It just so happens that my network of creators that I work with the most is in Nashville. Where would I like to end up? I could see myself in LA someday if it makes sense. I just want to continue to be around good people, in a place that is conducive for what I want to do.
How would you describe your sound and are there any artists that had a heavy influence on it?
My sound reflects a lot of the songs that I grew up loving. Versatility is something I love to expand upon. My voice, delivery, the way I sing is what keeps it all together. I may do something a bit more pop, or R&B, or dance/edm – but I bring it through my voice and that ends up being a “pop sound” with many different influences. I have grown up listening to Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Pharell Williams, The Weeknd, Queen.
When you were young, you mostly did dance, what made you know you wanted to be the one singing the tracks?
Ya, I started as a dancer, and that graduated into DJ’ing. I made it to the point where I was DJ’ing and opening up for big artists as a DJ. I can remember the show where I realized that I wanted to be the “artist” – it was a show at the FOX theater in Detroit for a radio station jingle ball with Flo Rida, Austin Mahone, The Wanted, and a couple other artists. I knew that I wanted to be performing my own music. My mom is a music teacher, and vocal coach – so we got started immediately.
Are there any artists that you want to collaborate with, either within your genre or outside of it, that you feel like you’d vibe well with?
Sting, Pharrell Williams, Donald Glover, Kanye West, and Elton John- I think I could create some magic with those people. They are all so amazing, and also have many different sounds in different genres.
If you made an album just filled with some of your favorite songs you would want to cover, what songs would be on it?
Tough to answer this one- I don’t want to “cover” songs. But I do want to create some songs that are just as good as these. Here are a few records that I love – and would love to use as inspiration to create my music.
Michael Jackson – PYT
Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
INXS – Need you Tonight
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Craig David – Fill Me In
2020 hasn’t been the best year for most people, what is something you would say keeps you going through tough times?
Well… I have a lot going on. I am a full time college student still, and I am a working musician, artist, singer songwriter. I wish I was able to perform more, but keeping busy hasn’t been a challenge for me. I think everyone needs to figure out HOW they can use this time to take advantage of the situation. Early in the pandemic, when it looked like I would have some more time on my hands, I set a goal to learn how to play the guitar. I am now using the guitar to write music, create and play. Find a hobby. Learn a skill. We need to keep growing and learning.
Thank you, Alex, for having a chat with us! We absolutely love the song and can’t recommend it enough. We’ll have its addicting tune stuck in our head for weeks! He has a lot more new tunes coming soon and we’re pretty sure that you don’t wanna miss all the fun!
Stream and listen to this stunning rendition of ‘In Your Eyes’ here!
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Featured Image Source: Alex Angelo via Twitter