Check out our interview with singer/songwriter and lead guitarist AlienBlaze who recently released her new live version of her most popular single to date “Romantically Dead,” via Sumerian Records, the track bursts with attitude and an underlying ominous atmosphere.
Finding influence from artists like Billie Eilish and Ashnikko to bands such as The Cure, Alice in Chains and Bring Me The Horizon, AlienBlaze has crafted a vision which embodies the spirit of music that has inspired her whilst creating her own completely unique sound.
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Describe yourself in 3 words?
Mad as hell.
How did you get in the industry?
How has this changed your life? I didn’t get into the industry intentionally. When I was younger, I missed a lot of school because I was very sick so my mum suggested I pick up the electric guitar and learn to play. I got really good and then taught myself to sing to lay down some demos. I uploaded those demos to Spotify and got placed on some big editorial playlists, giving me a global audience, which then brought me to the industry’s attention. I then signed with Sumerian Records and became their first UK signing.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Genre-fluid, alternative and filmic.
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
Bring Me The Horizon with their album ‘That’s The Spirit’, every song on their is a total masterpiece. It inspired me to start writing songs of my own because I wanted to create a record as incredible as theirs. They were also the first band I ever saw live, at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016.
Do you play any instrument?
Yes I can play lead electric guitar, it was actually how I started out in music, not as a singer.
Do you ever get nervous?
No I don’t get nervous performing.
Tell us about your new version of “Romantically Dead? Story behind the song?
The new version of Romantically Dead is a live version, but the original I wrote because I wanted to create an emo anthem. I was inspired by Yungblud’s ‘Hope for the Underrated Youth’ for this record.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Inspiring more girls to learn to play the electric guitar and also to hear that people love my music.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook
What would say are the greatest lessons you learned so far?
If you want something doing, do it yourself.
What advice would you give to your younger self and why?
Always trust your intuition.
How would your best friend describe you?
If you are a book, what would be the title of the book and why?
Born In A UFO
What’s next in 2023?
Releasing more singles and doing more shows. I’m playing the first ever Upgrade show on February 8th which is Nels Hylton from Radio 1 Future Alternative’s new gig night.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
How would you explain your fashion style?
Indie sleaze meets nu gen future alternative
What is your own definition of happiness?
Time to be in the present, enjoying what you’re doing.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
Just somewhere hot to get away from it all for a while, by the sea.
Best advice ever given?
Have faith in yourself.
Do you support any charity?
I’m vegan so I love supporting animal charities, such as PETA and the Non Human Rights Project, which was set up by a lawyer to establish non human rights for animals, especially those in captivity.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
It’s hard to predict in the music industry, but I would like to think I’ll be doing big live shows and hopefully even writing songs for other artists.
Favorite song? Why?
Prayers For Rain by The Cure or Follow You by Bring Me The Horizon
What do you think of Social Media?
It can be a useful tool, but there is far too much emphasis on it and distracts from the music and true artistry.
Where we can follow you?
Book: Just Kids by Patti Smith or Reckless by Chrissie Hynde or Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor by Dave Haslam
Quote: It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring – Marilyn Monroe
Movie: Ocean’s 8
Tv Series: Gossip Girl
Favorite Food: Rice cakes with jam or vegan hot chocolate
Travel Destination: Paris