ARTIST NAME: Alex Andra
MEMBERS NAMES & ROLES: Paige Savill (Lead Vox, Co Writer, Founder)
HOMETOWN & STATE: Perth, Western Australia
HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN YOUR SOUND?
All the good bits that pop/punk has given us over the years (anthemic choruses, walls of guitar, punchy rhythms) with vulnerable lyrics and femininity at the forefront. I’ve loved music you can wail and thrash about to as long as I can remember, and as much as there have been some pivotal idols on the scene, it’s just never enough!
I particularly want to see my brand in this genre which is all the good that women in music can offer, and I think it begins with the music and ripples through every inch of my artistry. You can hear it in how I will polish the sound, how meticulous each vocal inflection is, and how I’ve crafted the lyrics to give a part of myself. But you might not notice this at first; hopefully what will hit you first is a damn catchy and fun tune.
WHAT’S THE MOST INTERESTING EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD WHILE PERFORMING?
The first thing that comes to mind is how many times I’ve had to stop performing for some man either shouting harassment, attempting to take an instrument from me, or trying to drunkenly yell something about how it’s his mates birthday or something.
Honestly, my shows are guaranteed to be an enjoyable time minus this almost solid
part of my experience in gigging for 8+ years. Which brings me to the worst of it, and the most unforgettable show of my life so far; a single launch with my band, I Call Val.
We’d recently parted ways with 2 members as their substance abuse was something we could no longer tolerate nor help with, and the fallout lasted months as we received all sorts of attacks online and even had them showing up at my house unannounced. It was a scary and upsetting period.
They then came to the launch show and began shouting abuse at the new members, were swiftly kicked out by our loving audience, yet continued to stand outside the venue (at a window near the stage) yelling all sorts of nonsense and setting small fires until the police arrived.
I was so lucky to have such a warm and supportive crowd so it was possible to continue and still put on a heck of a show, but it definitely shook my confidence in people I let into my team, which is something I’m still working on.
WHERE TO IN THE FUTURE?
I want to take my music and my art as far and wide as possible. To build something great that an entire community can share and revel in. Performing fuels my fire, so I really want to tour, and I enjoy all creative aspects of releasing a body of work, from songwriting to recording to filming and content creation. Any way I can play and flex my
imagination is good for me!
WHERE CAN WE HEAR YOUR MUSIC (links)?
Matt Hatton | Mad Hatter Productions
phone 0406 301 536