Alex Slay – Deep End [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Smooth, groovin, And dreamy

Tell us a few things about your new song “Deep End”. What is the main idea behind it?

The main idea behind “Deep End” is “just to go for it” . It’s better to try than to not try at all. For me personally I wrote the song about me getting back into relationships. I was closed off for a while and wanted to make a song about getting back out there and being more open.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

My most personal and honest lyric as of now would probably be in “Deep End” in the bridge I say “I ain’t dippin’ my toes I’m gonna dive in, rather be living it up than out here just survivin’ I’ve been treading shallow water but I’m ready for the deep end.” I felt very stagnant for a while, like I was afraid to fail so I didn’t try and played it “safe” hence shallow water. After a little bit of soul searching and building a new found confidence in myself I felt ready to put myself out there again hence “ready for the deep end”.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Some of my biggest influences are Allen Stone, Lucky Daye, Anderson Paak. One thing these three artists all have in common is their nostalgic sound of 70’s and 80’s influences. I’ve always loved older music so it’s nice to be able to hear those nostalgic sounds in modern music. Other artists would have to include some of the Greats like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass just to name a few!

What would you change in the music industry?

I would say give more control and credit to the artist and then people that were a part of the creative process. I’ve heard way too many stories of artists and bands being taken advantage of by their labels and getting Into awful deals where the business side takes more of the credit. It’s sad to see where the industry is now, but I am hoping one day it’ll change.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

It depends on the song, I have two out right now which have two very different feelings. One is “Cherry Wine” which is a more sultry, sad song that I would imagine people would listen to after a break up or driving late at night. Then you have “Deep End” which is much more lively with a nostalgic groove, I feel like people who want to dance and be happy would be more drawn to that one.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

The most trouble I have ever gotten into would probably be getting pulled over on my way home for the summer. It’s nothing crazy but I had all of my stuff packed to the point where I couldn’t see anything behind me and was trying to rush home. Turns out I was going about 92 mph in a 70mph and the officer had been trying to pull me over for like 5 minutes but I wasn’t able to see him. Long story short I got a pretty hefty ticket for that.

Thank you!

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