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Alex Silas: Profile + Interview

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Alex Silas: Interview

 

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

My mother. She’s my role model, my inspiration, and my hero. She raised me as a single mother while also building her career. She’s the hardest working person I know and I try to use her as an example to guide me through life.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I’m Alex Silas. I’m an alright guy, I guess.

Why do you do what you do?

It’s my passion. Music to me is what keeps me going. It’s life. It’s love. It’s everything. I can’t really imagine life without music. My own stuff is self-therapeutic in a big way, writing is how I work through a lot of my emotions, it’s how I process, how I grow. Making music is the only thing that’s ever really felt right to me. So I do it because I can’t really imagine a life where I wasn’t doing it.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I guess I started taking music seriously about 3 years ago. That’s when I decided to really go all in and give it everything I had, to try to make music my full career, and be able to support myself off making music. I haven’t quite reached that goal yet, but I’m getting closer. My goals change too as I progress. I think I’m always going to want to take it further, go for more, it’s kind of how I’m wired. It’s been a really interesting and fulfilling journey so far.

 

I don’t know if I could pinpoint any specific events that led me to wanting to pursue music as a career seriously,  but I took a life at my life, what I wanted out of it, where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do, what would make me really happy. And I think asking those questions made the decision easy. I think we all want happiness out of life, making music is what makes me feel happy. What makes me feel like I have a purpose.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I think the biggest challenge to overcome so far has been finishing this album. Roots is going to be my first full-length album. It’s been an all-consuming project. The past year of my life has been dedicated towards this record and I really gave it everything I got. It’s not so much that it took a lot of time & money, that goes without saying and was expected, it’s that I didn’t expect it to be so emotionally draining. I wrote & re-wrote & re-wrote again the tracks so many times, and I spent hours upon hours working on the music for it. That’s just what you have to do when you’re making an album though. I didn’t want to half-ass anything or just throw 15 tracks together and call it an album. I wanted to really try and create something. So I gave it everything. It’s the biggest undertaking I’ve ever attempted to complete, its my biggest achievement, the one thing I’ve committed more to than anything else. Not just in music, but in my life in general.

 

A lot of people helped me along the way but the one person that would stand out is my producer, Bryan Ruckstuhl. He’s been a mentor to me and I don’t think I would have been able to complete this album without him. He’s kept me on track and helped a lot with overseeing the project as a whole and committing himself to it as well. He’s been great at taking my crazy ideas and helping me turn them into songs.

 

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Again, I’d have to say my mother is my inspiration. For everything she’s done for me, for how strong she is, for everything that she’s accomplished. My grandfather is an inspiration as well, he passed away when I was little but he’s the kind of man I hope to be one day. I dedicated the album we’re about to release, Roots, to him.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Probably not believing in myself enough. I’ve learned to trust my gut feelings, my instincts, and to also not set boundaries on myself. “That’s crazy, that’s not going to work.” isn’t something we really ever say in the studio.  I’ve learned that it’s ok, even healthy, even productive, to think  way outside of the box. I’ve also stopped trying to fit in. My whole life I’ve been an outcast, music has helped me turn that into a strength.

 

At the same time, while I trust my own instincts, I’ve also learned not to micro-manage. If I’m going to be working on a collaboration with someone (whether that be a session player, a visual artist, a videographer), I’ll throw some ideas at them, explain what I see/hear, throw some thoughts/words/feelings at them and brainstorm with them, but after that I’ll let them do their thing. They’re better at doing what they do than I am, that’s clear, that’s why I got them to do it instead of just doing it myself. So I feel it’s important to give them the freedom to really do their thing, and not choke them with too many restrictions and specific demands on what it is I want. I’ve found that it’s led to much more creative stuff.

 

Alex Silas: Profile

 

Full name

Alex Silas

Age

24

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Moncton, New-Brunswick, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Ottawa

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Acadien

First Language?

Français/English (learned both around the same time)

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Hip Hop Artist

Fav Song

Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Bob Dylan

Fav Movie

Goon

Fav Actor/Actress

Nicolas Cage

Fav Clothing brand

Whatever I find for cheap at a thrift shop

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videographer/Dancer/choreographer

Visual artist: Miner from Fall Down Gallery

Photographer: Andrew Lessard from Lessard Images

Videographer: Michael McLaughlin from Seek Artistry

Fav Sport to watch

Professional Table Tennis

Fav Sport to play

Is gaming a sport?

 

 

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