Alice Lord – Mess Less [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Honest, unconventional, experimental

Your music has an experimental tone. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

No, I disagree. I think music should have a purpose for example telling a story, trigging an emotion or even the controversial reason: to make money. Challenging the listener isn’t always a part of that purpose.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Every lyric in Mess Less is completely honest but if I where to choose ‘Yes, to every one who feels blessed despite all of the mess, your a lot stronger then me’. This would be because I’ve struggled looking on the positive side in the past and am in awe of the people who are strong enough to consider themselves blessed.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I grew up being influenced by my Grandfathers music collection which is mostly classic rock and blues. Artists like Howling wolf, Eric Clapton, Booker T, Rolling Stones, Etta James, Dr John and Credence Clearwater Revival. I also listen to my Grandmother and Great Grandfathers old vinyls quite a bit. Their collection being 20s music and classical. More modern Artist I get inspired by are Kudasai Beats (Lo Fi), Lily Moore (indie), Lawrence (funk, pop), Koffee (Jamaican dance hall), J Cole (rap) and Hamza (R&B).
My Great Grandfather himself is an inspiration to me as he was a talented arranger of music and was very keen on dissonant harmonies something I have inherited according to my Grandmother. I am also in awe of his music theory knowledge and his ability to notate a piece from ear. This inspires me to improve myself everyday.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would want modern streaming to stop decreasing income opportunities for artist and I would want there to be more risk takers in the top tiers of the music industry. That being said, sadly in the current music economy, I cannot see a sustainable way of achieving these.

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

The Trial of the Chicago Mostly because I love Sacha Baron Cohen I think he is hilarious but also because I think it cleverly applies it self to today’s issues.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I can pout and curl my lips at the same time to look like a duck. As useless as it is, it does entertain people.

Thank you!

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