Hi Alexandra, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been, great, thanks! And yourself?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mama Said”?
‘Mama Said’ is a song I wrote about listening to your mother’s instincts! It’s my most experimental track yet, and I drew from Charlie Puth’s iconic production techniques to put this one together.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was inspired by some friends’ relationships that my mum predicted would end. She always told me that she knew their relationships wouldn’t last and gave me the whole “I told you so” speech when they ended, haha.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Potentially! I have a few things planned for the track visually, as well as another track off my EP — stay tuned!
The single comes off your new album Head Held High – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is inspired by the line in the track ‘Scores’ that says, “I will leave here with my head held high”. This song pretty much sums up the story of heartbreak throughout the EP, and is that reassurance that through anything I can come out on top and keep my chin up.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was super simple and stripped back; I wrote everything either at my piano or on my guitar. The recording process is where we fleshed everything out, arranged the tracks, and sometimes, re-wrote parts! I think recording a single, let alone an entire EP, is pretty stressful. You’re constantly having to listen back to everything a million times and be super critical of yourself. Though, the reward of having an epic body of work at the end is always worth it!
What role does Sydney play in your music?
I was born and raised in Sydney, and it’s where my parents have called home since they moved to Australia from Lebanon in the 70s. Sydney has a really big Lebanese community and culture, so it allowed me to still be able to stay in tune with traditions and cultural aspects I don’t think I would otherwise know. My dad is a musician as well, and he plays and sings Arabic music, so having an environment that encouraged that really impacted and supported my love for music.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I pretty much started to write about a particular relationship of mine that had fallen apart and was a treacherous mess, hahaha. My friends also all tend to come to me for relationship advice, so their stories really contributed and I began writing about all our stories combined!
Any plans to hit the road?
Fingers crossed for later this year!!
What else is happening next in Alexandra Younes’ world?
I’ve recently moved half-way across the world to the US, and I’m working on the next big body of work! Plans for some visuals, putting together a really cool show concept, and hopefully just having more and more people listen to my work!