Alex Dew
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Alex Dew

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter

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If you could sum up your music in a sentence, what would it be?

The cinematic soundtrack of a broken heart healing… Failing that, BIG old rock and roll with a human soul.

So, give us the big sell – What sets your music apart?

The songs are painfully honest and the energy and release will connect with people who listen to them.

I mean, take Neil Young, David Bowie, Tori Amos, Beck ...to name a few. There is something really personal yet intimate in the sound - a spiritual aspect really. A glorious loneliness that seems to say ‘One person against their inner demons’, yet shared almost therapeutically with the listener.

On the flip side my band is a great vehicle to air these exorcisms!! Nothing precious, just a raw rock ‘live’ show! It is early days, but if jagged, alternative rock sooths your troubled self, let’s keep in touch...

When did you first pick up a guitar?

When I was 12 years old - it was a crappy classical one and had 3 strings on it. Lent to me by my mates Dad, Tony Hume, who tried to introduce me to Chet Atkins; I just wanted to play Purple Haze as fast as I could!!

How did you get into music as a profession?

I played in pub covers bands since I was 13.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

I love working with wood and the solitary working practice suits me. Failing that I have always wanted to be a big film star. I would probably end up an alcoholic surrounded by the vacant LA scene!!

What do you try to achieve with your music?

Musically and lyrically the songs I write are stories of broken dreams and human pain. I try to say it how it is. The music spears through the haze of melancholy searching for that light at the end of the tunnel, and although we all find life can be weary we keep picking ourselves up. ‘

Particularly lyrically, I want to make a connection with the listener, so that is the buzz for me. I think it’s a folk mentality - now don’t get me wrong, I consider Kurt Cobain as a true folk artist, he was humble and wore his heart and vulnerabilities on his sleeve and spoke to people on a human level, that’s what folk means.

What’s the best thing about what you do?

I am an editor, I love nothing more than starting with something and then completely taking it off at a different tangent, square one is a glorious place in song writing. Also I don’t read music but I see landscapes in good music .I see a Walmart supermarket car park in bad music.