Anthony Alan was born between the black and ivory of the keys. Gravitating to guitar at fifteen, the rocket was launched with no parachute or intent to return. Flash forward to the present & the machine is definitely in motion.
Beyond blessed, the fear of success is what makes him his best. Anthony composes nearly all the music and hires friends plus local professionals to complete his songs in the studio. It's rock of some type, with a lot of emotional injection.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I make rock and roll. No matter the genre these days, all styles are losing separation of aural elements as well as what truly defined those "genres" when they were first labeled. I never go into a recording session or approach an album with a pre-defined sound. Music = Music. My first LP of 14 songs was very singer-songwriter in style. My upcoming LP is more hybrid Rock/Rap with a Southern sound.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name is my name. "Anthony Alan" is trademarked. I've yet to settle on a band name, though have used varying names when performing. I've built myself and sound through my soul/life experiences, along with an amazing supporting team. This story has always been mine to deliver, reaching listeners' hearts is the number one goal...as I save my own soul along the way.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Great question, only three influences are still living. Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young as pertinent influences. I'm lucky enough to share a studio with Ed. Including others no longer with us I would list with Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and Prince as essential influences on my musical world. Many Seattle acts influence my sound, but I will always remain my largest influence, interpreting signals from the skies...
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm currently mixing and mastering my second LP, doing a lot of the production myself. This new album will be 12+ original songs and also a couple covers. I am also in the last days of mixing and master my next single, "Guardian Angel", as well as completing the production of a music video for that song. "Guardian Angel" will be the first single off LP2, followed by "Born A Star". Videos will be released for both. A stripped acoustic disk is also in the works.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Producing and sharing the best possible music with my fans, helping them heal and smile. Music is one of the most powerful drugs in existence. The greatest reward is giving the world relatable songs that penetrate deeply into the listener's life, to somehow help them rise again. My only plan of action is success in all of what I just described. I'm signed to a label in NY. I have owned my label, Anthony Alan Records, for nearly 4 years now, and am closing in on signing a major deal very soon prior to an international tour.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Referring to my own songs, "Morphine In Spain" somehow always reaches the crowd. "Forget You" is a great rock song to play due to it's energy throughout. I love to cover Bowie's "Starman" and "Ziggy Stardust" live as well. All of these songs aim right at the heart of the listener, yet take it to a completely different world of understanding. I also love to perform my song "Guardian Angel" which is about to be released.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
The greatest challenge has been putting the weight of writing, arranging, tracking, and then mixing and mastering all on my back. I don't see how my music could ever come to life in it's truest sense otherwise. To take a viable idea from scratch on paper to a solid mp3 is an amazing reward, especially when the song is greatly loved. The only other challenge is bettering myself daily, which leads to better music.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I get a strong idea in my head and my mind flourishes on the concept. When the time is right and the thoughts come together, a full song is usually completed within 5-10 minutes along with the chord progressions. I have found those moments to be some of the strongest delivery of my skill. I'm nothing but a translator or messenger of the word...I have no set process, I've found that ruins my creativity and freedom. You can't force a great song, you have to write endlessly until the song forces you to write it.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media an absolute must. Thank God I no longer manage mine as I now have a team taking care of that for me. When managing Social Media myself, I completely lost my passion for writing and producing. It's a double-edged sword...it can change your musical career literally overnight, yet at the same time destroy it just as quickly. All I would tell any up and coming artists is to not get lost in the Social Media game - hire someone. People love to hide behind the concept of Social Media. That doesn't work either, you've gotta be completely transparent with yourself and your fans. Derrick Commodore deserves major applause for my Media Management as well as saving my musical career.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Good question. I don't listen to modern radio and haven't for years. I find most of my music on YouTube and then purchase it for my phone to listen from there. Machine Gun Kelly's "Bloom" is an amazing album. Yelawolf's "Love Story" is insanely great. I have everything from Springsteen to the Smashing Pumpkins, to Dylan and David Bowie on my iTunes Playlist.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I work as an Architect during the day and then from 6pm till 3am commit to my music. It's definitely a challenge creatively to keep the energy up. I have to chase large goals daily and continually raise the bar. I can remember back to when I was 3 years old rapping into a cassette player in our attic. My mother got me into piano lessons from age 7-15. Thanks to the theory I learned during those endless years on piano, I've found I can self teach myself about any instrument with commitment. That's exactly how I learned to play guitar.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You have to take on music as your number one obsession in life. Fail, learn, fall down, rise again, re-create yourself and sound...endlessly. Put yourself and music out there to the masses, take critiques with a grain of salt but truism, continue to push yourself into places unknown until you break, then rebuild again. We all know the numbers aren't on our side, so the goal should be forgetting that and simply making what you consider great music. Your first demo of a song is rarely your best version of that song. Never stop working or believing, submit your soul.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Everything. We're all aware that A&R Reps are dying quickly, as are Promoters. Live shows, unless selectively aligned, end up as an overall loss...especially independently. Allowing everyone access to create music through DAWs is great, but we need to return to the guts of music. Artists who can sit at a piano or pick up a guitar and simply make the magic happen need to return to the forefront of creation. That concept right away will separate the garbage from the great. We are also in dire need of excellent new producers, I can count but 2-3 in Seattle that I would be willing to pay for their skills. We need to roll the clock back to about 1969.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is all I know. Originality is all one truly has. Almost any decently talented artist can sit around cover other's songs. As a learning process, I believe learning to play others songs is great. Sooner or later though, you have to become your own musician and put all of that aside. Without originality, real music would never exist. Study your progressions, play fast then play slow, continue to destroy your self barriers. If you can continue to evolve with basic rules with the awareness to also break those rules, originality will come naturally. Be yourself.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Absolutely, I feel absolutely blessed. Whether it be this interview opportunity, my God given musical talent, or my daily life...it's been an amazing roller coaster ride. Live and love every moment of your time to the fullest. Right now is all one has, count your lucky stars. I'm just another man dream chasing. Don't stop dreaming or believing in you. The day you do is the day the music dies. Thanks a lot for this interview.
Websites or Social Media Pages:
Record Label Website: http://anthonyalanrecords.com
Facebook Personal: https://www.facebook.com/anthony.a.krueger
Facebook Artist Page: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyAlanOfficial