IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – ALEX XANDER – WASHINGTON’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Alex Xander is a solid and consistent artist hailing from Washington, bringing a dope sound to the industry. Alex Xander is fresh talent who has an amazing longterm vision for his brand, music and career. With his work ethic and multi-talent, there’s absolutely no doubt that Alex Xander is one of the top independent rappers right now.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

ALEX XANDER: Initially in 1992 when I was born, my family at the time was living in small town about 20 minutes from Spokane Washington, named Rosalia. Even as a youth I remember scheming on making my way to the city to pursue my life in music full-time. My family then moved to multiple locations throughout Washington state that were primarily on the east side of the state. I ended up in Pullman Washington, home of the W.S.U. cougars for a majority of my high school years. Having had made my mind up at a young age about the career I knew I was born to pursue, I moved out of my parents house at the age of 16 to better focus on my music career with less distractions from home and while still attending high school. After high school and through W.S.U. I met many music affiliates that I would later record my first songs with as well as perform my first shows with, my act was always solo though as it is to this day. In 2013 I moved back to my hometown and moved to Spokane to pursue my music with no holds bar. I’ve always considered Washington in general to be my home, but Spokane is my hometown.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

ALEX XANDER: I began writing lyrics at the age of 7 as a hobby or just something I naturally did to entertain myself as a child. I believe I was even writing lyrics before this point but can’t remember for certain. I began taking music lessons in second grade where I chose to learn the drums. I continued to practice into high school. This is where I learned how to keep rhythm and how to feel the music which I believe is a key to being a fundamentally sound artist. I began beat boxing and writing lyrics. I also use to get household of kitchen equipment dishes, pans and try to recreate the instrumentals of the great hip-hop artists of the time as a child in the 90’s. My hometown of Rasalia was affected by the Seattle grunge scene and many of my child mentors actually died of heroin use and overdose. So at a very young age, I witnessed how much of an effect music can really have on someone. I realized it could be a very powerful tool, but very dangerous if not use cautious or consciously with the well being of others being taken into consideration. After rapping, singing, and writing from the ages of 7 – 17 I began doing my first live shows at the age of 18. In my first year of performing I got experience from performing in many local bars/ venue’s and non local. Over the next couple years, I worked on building up my territory in which I performed shows until I was traveling all the way from Seattle Washington to Atlanta Ga. in 2015. I’ve performed with Coast 2 coast magazine and been featured as #8 on their top 100 trending tracks out of the entire website. I worked with Get Money Stop Hating. I was invited to travel all over the country and open up for Young Buck at the SxSw show, opened up for members of the Wu Tang. In 2016 I performed my 50th solo concert by the age of 23.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

ALEX XANDER: My songs cover a variety of subjects and social themes. They strongly reflect on my own life experiences and mishaps, culture unique to the Northwest is also often a recurring theme in my music. I like to express real life through my lyrics to make it easily relatable for the majority of Americans who have experienced similar struggles with life as well as triumph. I myself have found great solace through creating music and hope I can do the same for others by giving the something that lets them know their not alone in the world. I would consider my music to be about my life and the cultures I was influenced, which is mainly Northwest cultivated culture.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

ALEX XANDER: Straight Outta Nowhere I would say is my favorite song to perform. I love how much of my entire life is expressed through the lyrics. I cover things in the song from my childhood all the way up to the present, most of which are very personal subjects. I mention being a kid dreaming with all of my friends about being famous and them living with me at my crib. I go on to continue and mention how I had to leave those same friends behind as they would become the biggest roadblock of my life as well as my music career. My friends attempted to end my music career completely by jumping me and giving me a severe concussion which resulted in me losing much of my memory from the previous past 2 and some even beyond. I also touch on the subjects of being rejected and considered crazy by many for pursuing my dreams. My relationship with God also comes up and is almost a metaphorical justice for the physical injustice I experienced. The song is like a very deep and personal part of my self that I’m able to share with rhythmic backing, performing it is always treat with how much I’m able to express and unapologetically be myself.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

ALEX XANDER: I would definitely have to say how many people are so willing to be in absolute disbelief that anyone they know will ever become very successful in music. It’s unheard to many, that their friend may do a gig here or there, but full on success is just not possible. Many believe in this so strongly they’ll actually go out of their way to ensure you understand you can’t do it and are wrong. These people can also be anyone. Teachers, family, friends and just about anyone, who is so very quick to point out all of the negative aspects of something. They have strong reluctance to acknowledge any positive factors, such as growth, expression and happiness. They would rather sulk in their own pity and try to force their own pity upon others. This amazes me and has at times been the reason why I could not possibly coexist in the same region as others. Like all things it can easily be overcome but is definitely a surprise when it occurs.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

ALEX XANDER: The first album I ever owned was Get A Grip, by Aerosmith. The second album I ever owned was Mack Daddy, by Sir-Mix-a’lot. These two albums had a strong influence on me. They influences a very great portion of my life. Much of my love for percussion based music would stem from these two albums being very sample and percussion heavy. I was raised in an environment with parents beyond the age of my friend, so I was exposed to a very broad time span in music history. My grandparents also shared with me their love for music so just about everything from the 1940’s to the present I’ve likely heard at least a time or two in my life. As far as individuals who have had an affect on me personally with their music I’d have to say Kanye West has probably been the biggest influence of them all. I am influences by his near perfect or perfect quality of production layered with genuinely emotional lyrics that contain an almost addictive energy that seems keep his genius endless. Kid Cudi was another artist who had a strong affect on me. I loved his willingness to be himself and willingness like Kanye to feed into what are think are saying about you. This helped me through much of my life and also helped me create the artist I wanted to portray that would also be unique to me. G – Eazy is probably the last artist to make any serious impact on me with his similar taste for classic art and want to put a modern spin on things.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people.

ALEX XANDER: High energy, smooth hip-hop that doesn’t lyrically portray the typical themes associated with hip-hop. Rather than being based on locations and culture, mine is similarly about me but focuses on the culture I grew up around and is strongly based on my opinions and experiences. Like all great artist of the genre, my music is made to be enjoyed by all as well and can be used as a way to share thoughts and opinions of the world. I create my music to encourage expression and in the hopes I can help people come together by stressing that life is to short for animosity. So rather than hating we should be loving and teaching the next generation how to be proactive with knowledge instead of being quick to destroy ones self. My music is hip-hop verbally rapped, performed over normally percussion based instrumentals. My music is about my life and struggles as a white kid trying to make it as a successful hip-hop artist in the Northwest.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?

ALEX XANDER: My drive, dedication, and level of talent makes me stand out. Musically as far as my actual sound goes no one could even really be compared, with my perspective. Plus I’m in a league of my own because no one locally or nationally has ever made it to the top with an extremely similar situation or beginning. There are maybe two who are arguably similar signed hip-hop artist, but the most in common attributes would be physical appearance. I also get much of my sound from an almost completely untapped, but thriving independent Northwest hip-hop market. To be a teacher of piano you put in 4,000 hours of practice. To be Ray Charles you put in 10,000 hours of practice. I’m all about pursuing to be the best I possibly can be and I honestly know I’ve only tipped the iceberg with as far as I want to. I know I can push and improve my music. I’ve put at least 10 years into practicing and this may or may not be 10,000 hours of practice, but I will not stop until I reach my goal of sound music success. No matter how long this takes to achieve. No one I’ve ever met in the Northwest Hip Hop scene has been able to accomplish what I have at my age. I’ve traveled the country met celebrities and all that really matters at the end of the day to me is I’m advancing. There’s no one like me in the region.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

ALEX XANDER: As much as I truly love today’s music industry I would never mind see less animosity breeding music. Although I understand how things at times can escalate without parties being involvement. I wouldn’t mind people being more supportive of others art. I wouldn’t mind being more willing to go to the store to buy a copy of an album someone put their soul into, instead of simply stealing it on the internet.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

ALEX XANDER: I’ve been working on a 16 track mixtape since the beginning of 2016, with various producers from the internet. I’ve also been advising some local artist as what to do to get their careers going in the right path in my free time. I’ve been helping them get to a similar place as I’ve gotten myself with my music. My mixtape or album whichever being the case was going to be named With Tables Turned. It was going be all about my beginning all the way to where I’ve presently got myself with music. With the help of private investors the project was to feature multiple celebrities and was going to have a tour centered around opening up for these featured artist. I have 3 concept projects with 13 tracks or more, each I’ve also been working on, including With Tables Turned. I’m working on re-releasing my EP Legend and adding two bonus tracks. I also have 4 music videos in the works, but due to a weighing of options and looking for the best opportunities some of the ventures have been temporarily put on hold. Right now creating 1 high quality song a week is the goal. One of the concept projects will be free as a way to give back to the fans. Merchandise has been designed and more is being made to replace the already sold out inventory of 2015, Alex Xander is also in works with local clothing brand Northwest Proper on releasing a possible signature line for 2016. Alex Xander’s music is to be distributed on all major digital retailers as soon as new project was finished.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

ALEX XANDER: My overall goal is to be a successful artist in the music industry capable of taking care of myself as well as my family. Being signed is the absolute main objective. In 10 years I would like to either have a Grammy or at least be Grammy nominated. I also want to be platinum if not diamond.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

ALEX XANDER: Through any social media address followed by /RealAlexXander, my music can be downloaded on Reverbnation for free as well as streamed for free on Reverbnation and YouTube. My fans can contact me through any Alex Xander social media music page and my music can be played at any Alex Xander social media page as well as downloaded for free.

 

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229 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, people like Alex Xander are the inspiration to my music career thst I am trying to elevate. After reading this, I ve been educated about one hell of an artist. Sincerely a star in the making. Never knew he started writting music at only 7 years old! Thats really impressive and humbling to have a skilled mindset to do so. Im blessed to say that I started writting songs, and poems at; 8 myself. Its cool that an artist such as himself can help upcoming artist like me reach checkpoints of a rising career. I feel like I age known him for awhile, just from being enlighted about his start. Concluding, I just wanna say keep doing what you do. Im a big fan already, as you rise to the top, remember the people youve inspired, or give them even more power and drive to reach their dreams in the music business, Im humbled to have you as someone I look up to even though Im 19. Truly, Alex Xander is what dreams ate made of!

  2. I’m from North Idaho, about 3 hours from Spokane, so I’m always opened wasted to anything worth listening to out of our NW. Most of it is basic, generated bullshit…. This cat has my full attention. He’s not only good, he’s fucking amazing! Only recently heard his suit, but he’s what I listen to daily in my truck. I can’t see him NOT being in the speakers of anyone in the nation that turns on their stereo within the next 3 years. I hope less!!! Get it Xander!!!!!

  3. Hey I got your back boi!!! Just keep pluggin away and keep your grind game strong and block out static from the haters!

  4. As a local “go to dj” in the area, I have done a few shows w/ Alexander aka “papi” & I know he is destined for great things. I have seen him grow into a artist that I am happy to endorse and be a fresh breath of air in this declining musical industry of ours. Keep it going alexander, A few of us truly have your back.

  5. You have a ton of determination and i’ve enjoyed your music as well as see how far you’ve come. Keep up the great work man. Someone like you can only continue to move you forward.

  6. I don’t really know him Alex personally, but I have listened to his music and seen him perform. There are very few people that are this dedicated to their music. You’ve got nothing but promise in your future.

  7. This dude is a savage. Amazing talent and a good guy in person. I look forward to hearing more fire in the near future.

  8. I’m so excited to watch Alex Xander soar to the top of the music scene. He’s a great talent and an even greater person!

  9. Alex is awesome! This is so exciting to see how far he has come. Can’t wait to see how far he goes! All of my support. Keep up the hard work!

  10. Definitely one of favorite artists right now I look forward to seeing what he could do with a label under him can you say biggest rising star

  11. Wap-Town Bumpin Alex Xander, Really Cool Dude, He Has My Support To The Fullest, Glad to See You Doin Big Things , #509

  12. Go Alex! You’ve got this! You’re really inspiring and it really makes me want to pursue music as well, though I would have to wait until I’m 18 to start for big stuff because then I’ll be moved out of the house by then, but thank you for the inspiration! ?✌

  13. Yo Alex is a homie of mine. Known for a while. Done sone shows together and kicked it. I know his passion and skill. If anyone deserved the spot. Its this kid. Work hard and get what you deserve in life. I got yo back boi

  14. This is one of the fresher raw talents born to the 90’s to revamp and expand the rap game…… This guy deserve the greatness he has set out for and with his strong will and amazing mindset nothing is going to stop him!!! NW NATION!!! ALEX YOU GOT THIS AND YOU ARE GREATNESS !!!

  15. Much love to you and what you do bro! You can achieve any obstacle in this world. I wish the best of luck to you and your family as you travel along your journey to be one of the greatest

  16. I’ve know Alex for a while, and no one has as much passion for what they do as he does. You’re awesome, dude!

  17. From the first time I heard ya on the mic I had no doubt you were gonna see your dreams come to life. Got my support all the way!!!!! #NeverADoubt #NeverAQuitter

  18. I’m not a professional but he’s good, also I remember this guy bumping ying yang twins when I was like 8

  19. Hell yeah. Awesome interview. Very informative.
    Alex is a star!
    Looking forward to seeing Alex rose to the top.
    Arlen Richards
    CEO.. Ash of the Phoenix Productions

  20. Atta boy xander been friends a long time and sounds like you figured out to put your self out there keepon keeping on bro I was see your name up in the big lights

  21. Wow, it’s so good to see real talented artists like Alex Xander making serious headway in this tough industry. He has accomplished so much already and at such a young age he is surely destined to go far! A great interview too providing great insight to a great artist. Good luck to ya bro !

  22. Alex Xander is a deeply talented young artist who’s constantly working to continue sharpening his already incredible and unique sound. There is no one more qualified to the represent the state of Washington than Alex Xander

  23. First show I went to I was blown away by the fact I could follow the lyrics of the songs by which I was instantly hooked! Loved the show and can’t wait for more, it just keeps getting better and better man!!!

  24. Yes babe doing big things, loved your music and have been a fan since day one and I always wil be. You’ve been there for me when others weren’t and getting to watch you grow and really make some huge moves and accomplishments has been a great experience for me and I am so glad I got to be a part of some of the process I’ll never stop loving your music or you as a whole you inspire many including myself. I want nothing but the best for you and happiness and success in every thing you do and accomplish . I’ll always have your back no matter what ! Thanks for being such a great role model and inspiration Alex #bestie #nothingbutlove

  25. I love love love this guys music!! I’ve never known anyone so didicated and so passionate in following their dreams. He is a true inspiration and shows no matter where you come from if you have that drive you can accomplish anything!! Keep going Alex and prove all the haters wrong!! Love you!!

  26. I have known Alex for awhile now and he makes awesome music, can’t to see where it takes him in life. Good luck bro!

  27. I’ve never been so proud! Keep shooting for the stars Alex! We all know you’re going to make it! Love you!

  28. Keep doin your thing boss, never lose the confidence an keep that killer instinct in the mentality , I’ll be seein u soon brutha take it easy

  29. Hey bruh I’m glad to see you still pushing keep coming out with fire and don’t leave that studio !your on your way !

  30. I definitely see you making music and living out your dream. Never stop believing in yourself. Good luck! Sign him already!!!!!! Your very talented!

  31. Wishing you all the luck in the world. So cool to see you go from someone who started out small and is growing bigger everyday.

  32. Alex, I can tell how truly passionate you are about your music and music in general. It’s inspiring. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  33. I knew Alex from school I never knew about his music passion I always thought he was great at basketball but he deffinatly has multiple talents dude go for the galaxy not just the stars!!!

  34. Alex dude go for it !!! I knew you Alex for your basketball in school not music you have great multiple talents!!

  35. I gotta feeling this guy will make it to the charts, to the top, and amke things known and remembered. Alex Xander is an artist that out for more. and hes not stopping. Keep up the good work man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. This boy spits fire, straight fire, ain’t no way he doesn’t have a whole bunch of haters or an army of fans!!!! You got this.

  37. Will this guy make it hahahahahaha. I hope in the next 20 years I’m half as good as him I’m only a teen now but seriously new favorite rapper for life right here. Check him out I promise you won’t be unsatisfied and if you are, your a hater for real.

  38. Yo Shout out to alex xander real rap! He a real cool dude very down to earth and in tune with all of his fans. I’m not big on twitter but he was the 3rd person to reach out to me. So yeah he really was the 3rd to person to follow me. So that shows real luv. To all independent artists. So from ya boi Trap boy nizz, i wish you all the luck in da world with ya career and ya future. KEEP DOING WHUT YOU DO BOI! U got’em the whole world gotta get to know Alex Xander. From what i know and got from you. U def official…..He’s Official…100%

  39. Keep on keeping on man, always fuel that motivation. Always refreshing to see people who deserve stardum because you deserve it. Help alex keep going, leave a comment ♡

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