Alexis Bleu is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Brighton, Michigan. She grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado, and lived there for 10 years before moving about two years ago. She released her first EP under her real name, Hannah, when she was just 12 years old! She is now releasing music as Alexis Bleu, and has been since 2019. Alexis got her start by competing in a Battle of The Bands competition at Herman's Hideaway in Denver, Colorado as a solo artist. She ended up getting noticed by some talented producers in the area and started working on a three song EP called ‘Mine’ to release to the world. Since then, she has been either writing songs, working on her social media presence, or performing live at local venues. She has been lucky enough to work with some extremely talented musicians, such as Josh Bertrand, Scarlet Keys, Kristin Cifelli, Steve Lehane and more. If you'd like to hear more of her music, make sure to check out her Instagram and Facebook pages!
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
The New Year has been extremely busy! As I finish up high school, there is certainly a lot going on. As for music, I’m writing quite a bit, and working on a song with my producer. I’m excited to have more freedom to fill up my schedule with more performances this summer!
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I started recording in a studio at age 12, so a lot is different now than it was then. First of all, I started releasing music under my real name, Hannah, before switching over to Alexis Bleu around age 15 or 16. My music is much more pop than it was when starting out, but I’m also more confident in my sound. In addition, I’ve also gotten the chance to work with a variety of talented, inspiring musicians who have helped me grow as an artist over these past few years.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project was released this past February, called ‘To You’. The inspiration for this song was my current relationship, which has made me into a better version of myself along the way. I wanted to put out a song that really came from the heart, and this happened to be it!
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Castle Rock, Colorado. I grew up there and lived there for a huge chunk of my life. Colorado is where I began my music journey, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Brighton, Michigan. My family moved here during the summer between seventh and eighth grade. I dreaded the move but it was ultimately the best decision we could’ve made. I’ve met some amazing people here, have had wonderful opportunities, and made some beautiful memories so far.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I think it does. How you were raised, your surroundings, your life experiences; all of those factor into how music is made. I will always stand by this one saying I was once told and that is, “when you don’t know what to write about, just write what you know”.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
The inspiration was simple. I love music, and I always have. Luckily for me, I have incredibly supportive family and friends, so when I told them that I wanted to create music and try to make that my career, they were all for it. Slowly but surely, my parents began posting videos of me singing to Facebook, which then led me to want to create cover videos for YouTube. The rest is history from there!
How do you want to shape your career?
I’m not sure how to answer this, other than I want to inspire people. Whether it be through my words or my music, I want to leave a positive impact on people regardless of whether or not they know me personally. This has been my goal since day one, and I will never think otherwise.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I typically go with the flow when it comes to my music. I’ve tried working on tight deadlines before, but all that’s ever done for me is cause stress and motivation loss. I’ve come to the realization that if I go with the flow and don’t force the music out, then it will happen how it’s supposed to, and I’ll have a great time.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
My latest song title was ‘To You’. This phrase is found nowhere in the song itself. I knew the song was about my current relationship, so I had temporarily titled it ‘To You’ when writing it down in my notes on my phone. I spent days trying to figure out what I thought might be a sufficient song title, but then realized what I already had fit perfectly. The song was intended not only for my general audience, but for my partner, so the title ‘To You’ became permanent.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
It certainly can be. As a perfectionist, I always seem to find things I want to change, even after a song has been released. I could sit and pick apart my songs for days, but at some point, you just have to let it go and remind yourself that your work doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s good to remind yourself to be proud of your work, rather than being constantly critical.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
I do feel an emotional attachment to my music because I write about things that are happening in my life at the time. Some of my songs are more emotional for me than others, but they are all just as important to me in terms of being attached to my music.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
One word I would use to describe my music is transparent. I feel like my songs don’t have much of a hidden meaning, if any. I feel like my listeners can get to know a little more about my personality through my lyrics.
Where do they go to listen NOW?
All of my music is on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and more! I also have a Soundcloud, but one thing to know about my Soundcloud is that every song of mine posted there (besides the most recent version of ‘To You’) was recorded and produced by myself.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
The best reaction I’ve had to my music was when I released my song ‘Love Nobody Else’, and everyone in my life was telling me that they would jam out to it in their car! I’ve always wanted to put out music that people can dance to.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I have a song that is currently nearing the final stages of production that I will soon be announcing! I have a few school-related performances coming up as well, such as performing at my high school graduation in June. In addition, I hope to start getting myself back into performing at open mic nights and regular gigs!
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
I am currently working on getting a list of songs to start bringing to open mic nights! In addition to my graduation performance, I have a three song set at The Amp in Brighton, Michigan on May 15th that will help raise money for a food bank called Bountiful Harvest.
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Spotify: Alexis Bleu