Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Santiago.
Alex, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a fun and goofy kid but sometimes shy. I just have to be comfortable around you so I can show you that confidence and show you who I really am. It was never that rough growing up, there were ups and downs, but everything would turn out alright at the end. I’m from downtown Manhattan, and I’m 18 years old. The person that inspired me the most was my brother. He helped me start music, and he is the reason why I even do this. My brother helped me find myself as a person and as an artist. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for him. And of course, my mom and my pops helped out, but my brother is the reason why I am who I am today.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is just based on emotion. However I feel, I’m going to make it art and try to create something beautiful out of it. Whether it is something that makes you want to go crazy or something you want to relax to or something to have fun listening to, you feel the emotions that were put into the art. I make music because it makes me happy. No matter how much anger or sadness or happiness I put into it, I know that the outcome of it will be me being happy. And that’s how I want people to be when they listen to my music, I want people to be happy, and for them to be themselves, that’s what I want people to take away from it. Feel free and that it is ok to talk about your problems and express yourself. Kind of taking that stress off of people. All I want is for people to listen to my music everywhere they go, I want them to feel like whatever was bothering them is now gone because they listened to me. My music will make you happy. Hopefully, you will find yourself through my music.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I don’t think the role of artists has changed because we are “supposed” to have a good image to keep people inspired all the time. Artists are usually the ones that keep people going throughout the day. And most artists are always trying to make a change and speak on the issues so that people have the courage to even say something and add on to make a change. No events or issues affect my art because I’m always just trying to make people have a good time listening to my music. So no matter what is going on I’m going to try and bring you back up and make you the happiest person you can be.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work on SoundCloud and my song “Your Lie in April” supposed to be on all platforms this week. (June 22nd – June 30th) People can support my work but sharing it with their friends and family, putting it on their stories on Instagram or Snapchat and just by posting it. Or just giving it a listen and playing it a bunch of times and then hopefully one day they play it in front of their friends without realizing and then their friends or family ask “who is thisssss???”
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