Interview: Alex G Recreates Special Moments Through Relatable Songs

Thanks for joining us Alex G! How did you ring in the new year?

I spent time with my family and embarrassingly fell asleep before midnight. In my defense, I get woken up by my 2-year-old daughter every 5am and have to balance my music and my main work that keeps me busy.

Are there any surprises coming up that you‘d like to share with your listeners?

I am working on improving my vocals and production skills so even though I’ve had some songs that were a little bit popular before, I’ll be re-doing them in the coming year to improve their music videos, instrumental arrangements, and vocal recordings to hopefully turn them into hit songs. I am especially excited to fix the Michelangelo song because in my opinion, the lyrics are so beautiful, but the production and vocal performance doesn’t do them justice.

Take us through your process of creating any one of your single music releases. What inspires you the most when starting a new song?

I try to write music with meaningful lyrics and rich metaphors so lyric and poetry writing is my main focus. After that, I focus on writing the melody to those lyrics. When I am happy with the melody, I get a lot of feedback for the song. After lots of feedback and revisions of lyrics and melody I engage my production engineer to help me with the musical arrangement. Once that’s done, I create the music video and launch the song.

How would you describe the music you typically create?

My goal is to write music that is emotionally touching to the listener and invites them to dreamy and magical worlds that are at the same time real and relatable. It’s the kind of music I dream of finding when I listen to new music by others.

What music played in your home growing up? Does it influence your choices musically now?

I grew up in Ukraine and I listened to music by Vladimir Vysotsky and later Bulat Okudzhava. Both of them are someone known in the West. But there is a language barrier so I actually translated some of Bulat Okudzhava’s songs and poetry in English.

Have you performed live in the past year? If not, what do you miss the most about performing live for a crowd?

I’ve performed live at a number of open mics around New York City, but they always had small attendance because attendance at live events is pretty sparse.

What are the three biggest lessons you’ve learned this past year?

I need to improve my vocals and I also need to expect 110% from people I hire to help me with music. If the results are not amazing, I have to keep looking for amazing people.

Are there any specific elements you like to throw into your songs?

For some reason I have songs that reference cultural or historic elements. I’ve written a songs referencing Michelangelo, Beethoven, and even a song using Shakespeare’s lyrics. You can find them all on my playlist of original songs:

How has 2021 inspired you creatively?

It is a difficult year with relatively few new experiences which makes it hard to get the imagination going.

Who would you say were the first artists/ bands to inspire you in your younger years?

Vladimir Vysotsky and Neil Young

You created your own blog Touched By A Song with a series of “songs that make you think about life.” What inspired you to start writing through your own publication?

My favorite thing about music is when I am touched by it and get carried away by it. The musicians who do that are also magicians. When I create music, I try to recreate the same experience for other people and connect with listeners on that same wavelength.

What would be your best piece of advice for readers who want to work in the music industry and for those interested in starting their own publications?

I believe consistency is key. Plus you need a lot of time and money. Everything costs money: equipment, editing, software, instruments, studio space, marketing, coaching, and much more. You also have to keep learning new skills because most people underestimate how difficult it will be. You have to spend a lot of money and give it a tremendous and consistent effort over a long period of time to make your dream happen so make sure that dream is truly special for you.

How do you keep a balance with everything you do in your everyday life?

What is balance? I have a mad scramble to find the time for anything. Like I mentioned before, I have a toddler at home so I am balancing babysitting, full-time work and strong focus on music while also trying to stay healthy. I’ve not used the word balance for a long time. I am just doing my best.

What is something you think everyone should experience in their lifetime?

Everyone should have a rich inner life and a part of that is the experience of emotional connection to art and the high that comes from that.

Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to work with you?

My main work is https://www.problemio.com and my music website is https://www.touchedbyasong.com – I am also active on Instagram @AlexGenadinikMusic – I love it when listeners say hello so everyone should feel welcome.

About Alex G:

Alex Genadinik is a singer-songwriter based in NYC where he plays his music at local bars and venues. His music often has meaningful and rich lyrics that touch on our shared humanity. In his main work, Alex is a top 1% online instructor in the fields of business, marketing, and personal development. He is also a large course licenser helping businesses create their own Elearning platforms. Here is his course licensing page to learn more about how his course licensing works and his PLR courses.

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