INTERVIEW: Alessi’s Ark

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

Hello there! I’m very well thank you – adjusting to the snowfall in London. It’s a rarity!

For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?

The sound has evolved over the years from being more acoustic led and nature-based, to including more electronic layers and universal themes of love, frequency healing and interconnectedness.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “DLD”?

DLD stands for  ‘Door light dream’ and is inspired by the idea of light and connection always being readily available to us, even in the darkness, when one can feel most isolated. The image of light shining through the outline of a door in a pitch black room seems like the clearest symbol to represent this feeling of hope and inspiration always being transmitted to us. If we are ready and willing to see the gifts on offer! 

Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the material?

Waves of challenges over the years, both personal and universal, inspired the material.  My intention is to anchor as much love as possible into every song –  the listener might be riding out similar waves of their own.

How was the recording and writing process?

Although ‘Love is the Currency’ is my fourth album, it was the first for which I collaborated on the writing. I worked with a very gifted musician, also from London, named Will White (BLANc) and we discovered a kind of musical language in the process. A wonderful engineer/producer named Jag Jago worked with us closely and it was new, beautiful terrain to traverse. 

How different is this new single from your previous material?

DLD has some familiar territory; acoustic guitar, present lyrics and vocals but it’s embellished with a lot of layers of synths and horns…it’s a creature in its own right.

What’s it like to tour in the US and Japan as opposed to the UK?

I’ve found both countries to be very welcoming and loving at the shows. Listeners in the US seem to pick up on lyrics very closely, asking wonderful, inquisitive questions about the songs.  In  Japan, I’ve shared quite a lot of time with audiences after the shows and they like to share how the songs make them feel and the different ways they’ve connected with the sound. It’s always beautiful to hear and learn from one another.

What else is happening next in Alessi’s world?

I recently made a new video for the next single, out later this Spring, with wonderful friends/artists The Wild Sisters. We’ve wanted to collaborate for quite some time so it was very special to jump into the water together and get creating. I also work with children in different schools across London… there is always so much to learn and share.



About RJ Frometa

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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