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INTERVIEW: Songwriter and guitarist Alexa Dark

Hi Alexa, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m good, happy to be here!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nothing More”?

“Nothing More” is a single off my upcoming EP Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts. It’s one of my favorite songs off the EP. It’s sort of an anti-love song, about loving but in an untraditional sense.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song isn’t necessarily based on a specific event – it’s more of a culmination of various experiences and people I knew.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Definitely. You can expect that soon!

The single comes off your new EP Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts – what’s the story behind the title?

The title Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts is taken from a lyric in the song “Empty Drinks”, also on the EP. I instantly knew that should be the title, as it encapsulates the entire feeling of the EP, which is a sober sort of reflection on that post-party emptiness.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was really fun and collaborative. I had written the song and performed it in London with my band there, so we aimed to translate what my band and I had created onto the record and build upon that. All the songs were recorded with live instrumentation so every song would retain that raw feeling.

What was it like to work with Angelo “Doc” Velasquez and how did that relationship develop?

Doc was introduced to me through a friend of mine from London. It was really great to work with him – he’s a talented producer. He and the whole team were very in tune with my opinions on what I wanted the ultimate sound to be.

How much did he influence the album?

Everybody involved in the recording process influenced the final sound. Even though I came to the recording sessions with the lyrics and compositions finalized, so much can evolve and so much more can be discovered in the recording process, with the inclusion of everyone’s individual passions and ideas.

What role does London and NYC play in your writing?

My writing is based on my experiences, and London and NYC have a great role in the formation of those experiences. In these two cities, I’ve been exposed people and a culture that plays a huge role in my writing.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I find inspiration in everything and anything – in the people I meet, in the places I visit, in the music I hear, in the Spanish singer/songwriters my mother used to play in our kitchen. I’d say that my songs and lyrics are a recount of my experiences and me trying to decipher my feelings about certain situations.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m planning some live shows in and around the New York City area for this winter, and will be looking to book a tour in the late spring.

What else is happening next in Alexa Dark’s world?

I’ll be playing some live shows soon and am going to start recording some new songs soon!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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