Meet Alexandra Starr
Your debut single “I see it all” is one of the best pop tracks we have heard this past year, The future bass production along with your incredible vocals make for one awesome track. Care to share more about your creative processes?
Thank you a million times over! That means so much to me. The creation of this song was different than usual. normally, I get my guitar and play around with some chords, find a pattern I like, and the words come to my head extremely quickly. BUT, I See It All was different. I used a website to find some sounds, searched through hundreds of them, and landed on a drum beat that really hit me in chest! I heard it and was like “daaaamn these drums are awesome”, and kept them on repeat. Finding the other sounds came super easily, and before I knew it I had created my own track! I listened to it over, and began free-style singing over it and wrote down everything I sang. I was living in my first ever NYC apartment with my friends at the time, and when I finished the song I ran out of my room super hyped and had to show them! They told me how great it was, and I was on such a high, I was like “I need to record these vocals, NOW.” I then emptied out the shoes from my closet and put a few books on the floor so I can rest my mic and laptop, crunched over into a tiny ball, and recorded the vocal track. This whole process took me about 3 hours. I know. I’m still in shock at how quickly the song came together. I was ~finally~ in such a good place mentally. I was thinking about how important self love is and I really wanted to inspire my listeners to be themselves, love themselves and recognize their inner beauty.
You have recently released a music video for I See It All; We really love the urban feel in this video and would love to learn more about its creation.
I found this really awesome filmmaker on Instagram named Janoff, and after seeing his stuff I immediately wanted to work with him. I set up a meeting with him and we spoke about a few ideas, which song to do the video for etc. After agreeing on the song, he told me we should do it that weekend! I was so hesitant because it was only Wednesday, but life waits for no one and I had no reason not to. I reached out to my friend Carl to give some extra hands on set, and reached out to my friend Christina for makeup. The whole team of 3 was amazing and super fun to work with! Janoff really did an amazing job with editing and directing though. He’s inspired by the depth and architecture of the city and he knew those locations would provide us with cool places and textures to explore. The urban feel was something we wanted to capture because not only does it look sick, but I’m a New Yorker through and through and we figured it would give the video some natural character. We plan to explore different looks and styles for different tracks over time, so it made sense to keep it natural for the first one. We needed an upbeat city for an upbeat track! Check out Janoff and Christina on IG! @Janoffilms @beauty.bychristina
I see it all came out 9 months ago, Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
Wow 9 months flew by! But YES! I’m releasing another single soon, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.. It’s definitely different from I See It All, but the vibe is still there! New music coming soon! You can keep up with what I’m doing on my socials!
Your YouTube channel is filled with some awesome covers of popular songs. Do you have any recording tips for all the producers out there?
Thank you so much! I’m sure everyone has heard this one before- but consistency is necessary. I started making youtube covers when I was in middle school and my mom would do my hair all nice, set up the background and record me. My videos never really caught on, I always found myself wondering what I could be doing better with my youtube presence, and then threw it all out the window and decided to just keep doing what I was doing. I’ll throw a cover up here and there, but I’m not looking to be a youtube cover artist. I have my own stories I want to tell, not someone elses you feel?
Listening to your music we can tell you have a vast musical experience, Care to share what first drew you into music and the first moment that you knew it’s what you want to do for the rest of your life?
When I was four years old, I touched a piano for the first time. I loved it at first, but after getting lessons and being told what to do I began to hate it. I didn’t like reading the music, I didn’t like having to hold my hands a certain way and I didnt like practicing the songs I didn’t like over and over again. Then 5th grade came, and I discovered Paramore. I heard misery business and had my mom get me a guitar the following weekend! I spent several hours and weekends watching youtube videos of people playing certain songs and learning chord names/positions. It eventually became my life. I didn’t fit in with the other kids at ALL, but when I found my love for music It didn’t matter. I was too busy with my new guitar, too busy learning Paramore songs, and too busy finding my sound. There never was a moment where I stopped and said “I’m gonna do this for the rest of my life!” It just WAS my life, from the moment I held my first guitar. (Shout out to my mom, I’m not sure Id be where I am today if she hadn’t gotten me that guitar and if she wasn’t as supportive as she was and still is today.)
How would you summarize 2017? What are your goals for 2018?
2017 was a year of growth for me. I remember New Years eve of 2016 I had the WORST food poisoning of my life and didn’t even make it out. I was in my NYC apartment, staring at my ceiling and watching snapchats of everyone out having fun. I wasn’t upset that I was inside, but I was upset that 2016 came to an end and I didn’t have anything to look back on and be proud of. While I was in my room curled up in a ball, I decided that 2017 was gonna be the year I make moves. I told myself that I’d at LEAST have my EP completed by 2018. When January came, I was already in the studio recording some my songs, and I had finished my EP by March. I released my first ever single, met a ton of people in the music industry, learned a lot about myself as an artist, and released my first ever official music video at the end of 2017.
I completed a LOT more than I thought I would, and I am so happy to know that this New Years eve will be one where I (HOPEFULLY) won’t have food poisoning, and one where I can look back on 2017 and give myself a damn pat on the back. I did all of that in one year… and as for 2018? I have a TON of goals. We’ll have to wait and see, but I have a feeling it’s going to be fricken awesome.
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