Give us a little bio about you.
My name is Alexa Kishner and I am a pop singer/songwriter and New York native. I have been singing since I was three years old and have been writing music since the age of 10. Now 21, I have taken every minute to continue honing in on the craft of song writing, falling more in love with the art every single day.
What made you go into music?
Music has always been there for me to turn to when I need to understand life’s complexities, and I hope to inspire people in the way that music has inspired me to chase my dreams. I have always had an immense passion for creating. Music has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I am so grateful to be able to make music every day.
Are you signed?
Right now, I am an independent artist.
You released your single ‘Just You and Me’, tell us more about the single.
“Just You and Me” started as a story that I felt needed to be told. I actually brought the idea to my co-writer and we wrote the song fairly quickly. Immediately after finishing the song, I knew that it needed to be shared into the world.
What is the meaning behind ‘Just You and Me’.
“Just You and Me” is a song that encompasses the idea that love is not always perfect, and that is okay. When listening to this song, I hope that listeners understand that they are never alone, and that their feelings are always valid.
Describe the track in two words.
What were the writing and recording process like?
Writing and recording “Just You and Me” was such a fun process. My co-writer and I wrote this song while in Los Angeles. I knew it was special immediately after we finished the last line, so I brought the song into the studio. Working alongside talented producers to allow the song to truly reach its full potential is such a magical process, and I am extremely happy with how the song turned out.
Who did you work with on the Single?
I wrote this song with my good friend and co-writer, Josh Deamer. The song was produced by thevery talented Scott Jacoby.
Do you have any shows coming up?
For the time being, nothing is scheduled, but I do participate in a great deal of virtual live shows on my social media, so make sure to follow my social platforms!
What else can we expect in 2020?
New music, new stories, and new videos!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Not at the moment, but that is definitely something I want to pursue as I continue to create!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
For sure! My contact information is listed in my Instagram bio.
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar and piano.
Who are your influences?
Musically, Taylor Swift has always been a huge inspiration to me. I have always looked up to the way in which she tells her stories in such a real and elegant way. Of course, I am also always influenced by my family and friends.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Inspiration comes in different ways. I am constantly writing about life experiences. I make sure to always have a way to write notes and ideas down, whether through my phone or putting pen to paper. I also tend to make a great deal of voice memos in my phone when inspiration strikes. Sometimes, though, I’ll just pick up a guitar or sit by the piano and start singing melodies. At times, those melodies have lyrics attached to them. The process is different every time and simultaneously magical and inspiring.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years, I see myself continuing to pursue music in all capacities. Hopefully, in five years, I’ll be on some sort of tour, sharing my songs on a stage every day.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
When I’m not doing music, I’m probably with friends, working out, or exploring and seeing new things.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Growing up, I was always inspired by Taylor Swift’s music. Her lyrics, melodies, and stories aided me in realizing that song writing was an actual thing that a girl could pursue.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I have received an insane amount of good advice through my years as a musician. The one thing that has always stuck with me through it all came about before I was about to play my first well-sized gig. Backstage, I heard someone say that when people come to live shows, they don’t come to hear a perfect show. They come to have a real and authentic experience; it’s okay to mess up!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Keep going. Keep creating. Make music even when everyone is telling you “no.” Make music for yourself. We are so lucky to be able to create music, so keep making it.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Not letting things pass you by means understanding what makes you happy and allowing yourself to be happy within those moments.” – Taylor Swift
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Definitely make a trip to central park!
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Home
2/ Who do you see first? My family
3/What do you eat first? Pasta
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar, camera, water, and hopefully not my setlist or lyrics!