Aidan Alexander is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. He launched his career with the release of his first single “I Don’t Love You”; an emotional ballad penned by Aidan that garnered praise from PAPER and Billboard. He’s an artist who has a passion for storytelling and writes all of his own lyrics, which stems from his vulnerabilities.
How did you start getting into music?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a kid. It was a chance for me to express myself in a way that I felt comfortable doing. I have also always loved storytelling so music was an outlet for me to reveal my inner thoughts and also have fun with narrative. I started writing alone in my room on a guitar and eventually, that led to opportunities working with talented producers, and I’ve never looked back.
What is your favourite thing about music?
No rules, and even when there are supposed “rules” in place, they are meant to be broken. The best music, the best performances, the best release campaigns, all of these things happen when an artist is willing to break the rules and be their true selves.
What has been the most challenging part of being in the music industry?
Patience. The industry can be extremely frustrating and not really make any sense. You get told “No,” you are doubted and scrutinized, but with enough patience and enough hard work, things will sometimes fall into place… sometimes.
Which artists inspire you to create?
I am a big fan of artists across genres and generations. From Lorde to Stevie Nicks to MGMT, there are so many incredible acts that have influenced how I approach music creation; even new artists today like Gracie Abrams. The passion and willingness to open up her soul is inspiring. Harry Styles is another.
How would you describe your music style?
Tarantino meets Gwen Stefani: theatrical, suspenseful, emotional, and a little bit of unabashed pop.
What is your ultimate career goal?
To make music that I’m proud of and tour the world. Social media has given me the opportunity to talk with people around the world and it’s been incredible to develop these connections without ever knowing them. When the world opens up, I want to meet and perform for them in person.
What is the hardest part of songwriting?
Every. single. thing.
What makes a song a “good song”?
Every song can be a good song if it makes someone think or feel. I may not personally find it to be good, but if a song makes one person happy, it’s a good song.
How did you land on “the end of the world” and “the hills” as your comeback singles after your break?
COVID and quarantine allowed me to reflect on my life in a way that I had never stopped doing before. I always try to write from a point of view. With these two songs, I tried to write stories about my experiences and how I was feeling at that given moment. The two songs are very different in sentiment and tone, but they are still very much who I am.
Where’s one place you’d love to tour, that you haven’t had the chance to yet?
Anywhere outside of my apartment!