After winning the 2016 Josh Pyke Partnership, Melbourne’s own Alex Lahey has caused a storm throughout the nation with her energetic, charismatic, and oh-so-millennial tunes. While still traversing the early stages of her career, Alex has already achieved so much and has some uber impressive credentials to her name, none of which have stopped her from being her down-to-earth, personality-packed self.
Earlier this month, Alex Lahey dropped her much-anticipated debut album “I Love You Like A Brother”, and it’s everything you never knew you needed (just have a listen to “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” to see why). Alex is currently in the midst of her national tour and it’s not too late to grab your tickets to her remaining dates before she sets sail to take that iconic sound global!
Have a read of what Alex Lahey had to say when we asked her to be a part of our Savvy Seven’s series…
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?
Lisa Simpson. Imagine an 8-year-old girl shredding on the baritone saxophone. Yeah. Exactly.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
Pace yourself. Don’t worry about money on the ground, make friends, pay your band, work hard but allow yourself time to relax (there’s nothing wrong with an early night or an arvo nap). Experience it like it may never happen again – don’t get complacent – and put Berocca on your rider.
3) What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
Probably being named ‘Best New Music’ on Pitchfork last year out of nowhere. It opened up the world to me without warning, which had and has its own challenges, but overall gave me so many opportunities which I hope have been taken advantage of in a sustainable way.
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
I find that there are big changes that happen for me every few years. Like, when I was 14, I really started taking music seriously – becoming conscious of practising and playing with others. When I was 18, I became deeply passionate about songwriting and what it means to write or even listen to a good song. I guess my most recent change happened a couple of years ago when I started working in the studio with this project. I became very aware of what it means to record music and how you can use technology creatively. These days, I use software in my writing process as a means to be across the appropriate language in the studio to get my ideas across during the recording process.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Take responsibility for your business. You’re a CEO – not a joke. Make sure you’re on top of everything, even when you have other people doing the legwork for you. At the end of the day, you’re the boss and you’re the one who has to live with the consequences of anything that goes wrong or right.
6) My biggest career mistake has been…
Splitting songwriting royalties for the sake of ‘collaboration’ when unwarranted.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…what do you think can change that?
Gender imbalance across the board – we talk a lot about the lack of female representation on music festival lineups, but the issue is deeper than that, especially when we observe the disproportionate gender ratio in crew numbers and in the recording studio. I think it’s all well and good to have a conversation about it and ask artists about it in interviews, but that’s not generating action. Businesses, including artists, need to take responsibility and consider how they can promote diversity within their own teams.
You can watch Alex Lahey’s official YouTube video for ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’ below:
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