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INTERVIEW: Alex Lopez

How would you classify your music?

We fall in that genre one would classify as modern blues rock though we can stray closer to the rock side now and then…

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Always a hard one to pin down but unquestionably: Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, probably followed by the Police.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Emotion. Music should move people and somehow connect with them lyrically and musically. At the end of the day I want to make a small positive difference in each fans life whether it’s a moment of fun or a deep connection to a songs content.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

There is some meaningful blues talent in my market but not enough great venues. I think its always tough to be an original band in genre that’s not mainstream. But you just go out and work hard as you can making one fan at a time.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Well I remember going to see Queen live – that was amazing and to this day despite seeing hundreds of concerts it stands out the most. I love feeding off the energy of a good audience and literally giving all you have back to them and work them into a frenzy. Leaving a stage completely exhausted, dehydrated but hearing the audience appreciate you is the best feeling in the world.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Always a loaded question because I really love them all, but if I had to pick one it would be Stolen or I Love you Blues because of the deep personal connection I have to their story. Both are completely true and about loss. Stolen about someone being stolen away by drugs and the other about having someone die on you before you say goodbye – powerful stuff.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I have matured as a vocalist through just gigging so frequently and as a songwriter I am more conscious of the message in a song as well as its groove.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

John Lennon unquestionably – his songwriting and ability to be real is something I admire so much.

What’s next for you? 

Well promoting the album is a full time job right now but my future plans include putting a regional tour together, Get over to Europe for a small tour as they have expressed real interest and then to get on the festival circuit. I am also already mapping out my next studio efforts including a new album for some time next spring. But one thing at a time.

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