Interview: Alexander Lynch

“Cinematic” alternative R&B artist Alexander Lynch, operating out of a collaborative artist space in Detroit, makes music that is equal parts sultry and electronic. Recently, he released a single–”Wine Drunk”, embedded below–and Indientry had the opportunity to ask a few questions about it. Check out the interview below!

 

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Photo by Evan Zott.

 

Indientry: What kind of music are you listening to right now?

Alexander Lynch: Daniel Caesar, SG Lewis, Sevdaliza, Motown. They all align with how I personally hear things and fall in line with the noise that’s already in my head.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Motown will always be my biggest influence. I was introduced to it at such a young age – it taught me how to understand melody.

If you had to describe your music using three adjectives or phrases, what would you say?

Haunting. Loving. Saddening.

You were performing by the time you were 10 years old; what drove you towards music at a young age? What was your first musical memory?

Music introduced me to creativity in a way that I hadn’t seen before and made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself. Honestly, growing up in such a small town I was bored out of my mind and all everyone did was drink beer. I didn’t really want to drink beer, so I played music.

Performing with my brother in front of my parents was the first time I remember actively creating a song and letting someone else listen to it.

How has the move to Detroit, and especially working with Assemble Sound, influenced your musical style?

Detroit has always been a musical influence for me primarily because of Motown. I feel like I’m surrounded by a creative energy that has been able to show in the writing I’ve produced while I’ve lived here.

Assemble has given me a creative community that reminds me of what Motown worked to create, but in the modern era.

Why did you choose Assemble Sound? How is that “collaborative recording space” different from “traditional” studios?

The collaboration was something I hadn’t experienced prior – feeling like I belonged in a space as a creative. I felt like I had reached a point where I was surrounded by like-minds and people who cared about my art.

It’s different from studios in the way that it’s not just a space where music is simply being recorded by different people. Everyone here is invested in each other’s work and there is a legitimate effort put to see everyone, including Detroit, succeed.

How do you think your sound on “Wine Drunk” compares to your older material, especially “Love Lives”?

It is a better representation of who I am as an artist – it embraces the more abstract parts of myself.

“Love Lives” was a starting point when I hadn’t had much experience in electronic music. So “Wine Drunk” is the culmination of the two years in between the projects – a lot of growth, and learning of the craft. It almost feels like the progression of my own maturing in one song.

Is “Wine Drunk” part of anything bigger that’s coming?

“Wine Drunk” is a stand-alone single, but there will be a new body of working coming later in the year, with a few more singles preceding it.

What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I’m more focused on writing at the moment, but I will be performing in Austin at SXSW this year.

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