Hi Alexander, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Things are good! Busy… always writing… settling back into fall. leaves turning, etc.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mount Rushmore”?
I wanted to write a song that as a bit tongue and cheek, but also not conjured up out of thin air (as sometimes happens in pop). Mount Rushmore was based on a few nights out in a certain Las Vegas gambling town, and thought it’d be fun to detail the exploits (or a version of them lol) in song form.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, definitely! The tagline… down your shots/stone face/Mount Rushmore, comes from trying to keep a straight face with your buddies after a shot at god knows what time in the morning. We certainly looked distinguished…very presidential.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Hmm… not at the moment. Possibly a live performance video!
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing MR had a unique process. It’s one of the few narrative tunes I’ve written…in that it follows the singer around from point a to b to c etc, vs tackling a specific emotion or relationship. Also, given the subject matter… it was a BLAST to write. I don’t often get to write about stealing a bite of room service leaving a Vegas hotel room…
On the recording side, my producer (t Wonderberg) and I wanted to give this a funky, slightly retro feel, that would match the tone of the lyrics. Getting to throw down some Nile Rogers inspired guitars is always a treat… and it was one of the quicker arrangements to pull together.
What role does NYC plays in your writing?
Well, it keep me writing all the time. I find myself being “that guy” on the subway singing into my iPhone taking notes, or standing under a speaker at the gym or at a store humming over some instrumental track meant to motivate my workout or inspire a purchase of some designer denim etc. You can also find so many different kinds of music in NYC, that I think it motivates you to write across genres..
How does Fashion influence your music and the other way around?
I think I gravitate towards both fields as they both allow you to express yourself aesthetically. They give you the power to dive deeper into however you’re feeling, but also the ability to change and break out of whatever rut you might be in. For me, I’d say that music probably has the upper hand on fashion…that the sound drives how an artist dresses or represents themselves, vs the other way around.
How’s your new album coming along?
Ha dangerous question. Always writing, and planning to keep on releasing singles!
Any tentative release date in mind?
How have your NYC shows been received? Any plans yo hit the road?
The NYC shows are always a ton of fun…and I try to keep them different. Between the standard shows, songwriter sets, and now with the addition of a few jazz nights, I’m really trying to bring a lot of different looks to the table.
What else is happening next in Alexander Howard’s world?
Another dangerous Q! Thinking about some extended time in LA to focus on writing and fishing the batch of tunes from which the record will come!