Alex Kelly, a ferociously creative artist, released her debut album
Orange Circle on June 1st 2012. She is an American singer/songwriter
born in Queens New York. Formerly the lead singer of Robby Takacs
(Goo Goo Dolls Amungus). To expand on her sound, Alex collaborated with
pILLOW tHEORYs Kelsey Warren and engineer Justin Rose of GCR Audio.
The sassy dance-rock title track Orange Circle, is the first
single to be released
In celebration of dropping her anthology
of fantastic electric magic, Alex has arranged a launch party at the
Bowery Electric, Monday June 25th @ 8pm.
Lucy: Your band have been quite quiet for the last few months. Are you looking
forward to playing gigs again?
Katie Jane Garside: I think I give very obtuse ans
What's the story behind you Alex Kelly? Well, I was born and then a bunch of stuff happened and now I'm
It's pretty rad here, wherever "here" is?
If I twisted your arm and you agreed to pigeon hole yourselves to
one genre, which one would it be? Electro-Rock
If you had to choose one element of your music that defines your music
as a whole, what would it be and why? One element? FIRE! Haha. Ok, seriously though, I'd have to say that
no matter what we do, we always keep it funky. Whenever I'm putting
a piece together, I like to first establish a groove that makes me want
to move my body.
What made you get into music? Did it tell you that? Because, in all honesty it got into me first,
I swear. I can't remember a time when I wasn't sing. I think if the
love of music is something that is truly inside of your heart, it's
what you do naturally. When I was little, I used to imitate everyone
I'd hear on the radio. In the 80's I feel like there was more diversity
on the radio, which made imitating fun. I could listen to Aerosmith,
George Michael, Salt n'Peppa, and Anita Baker on damn near the same
channel depending on the time of day. One of my earliest memories is
of seeing a Tina Turner performance on television and thinking "Omg,
I want to be this woman!"
What's the story behind 'Orange Circle' the album? I'm going to tell you a very short version of a story that played
out over what felt like a very long time. One day I started seeing the
number 11 a lot! It was actually quite frightening at first, no thanks
to my friends who were all "O.k. sweetie, why don't you lie down".
Anyhow, this repeating 1 pattern just kept showing up. Being the curious
person I am, I started down a road of research that really got my creative
juices going. I read all kinds of interesting books and bits of writings,
from both ancient and modern texts based on the number one.
This story is already headed for nerd-city isn't it? It gets better
So, mostly I based the record on concepts from one book in particular
called "The Law of One". I'm not suggesting that anyone read
this book; it's pretty far out there. In the book, an entity that calls
itself "Ra, the humble messengers of the Law of One" is channeled
by a woman named Carla Rueckert (I told you it gets better). The main
point the book makes is that mankind must learn to love one another.
That thought is so beautiful to me. The title of the album is a reference
to Ra. The single "Orange circle" is about the joy of being
or the joy of existence. Each song expresses a separate concept, and
no two songs sound the same. It's going to be a lot of fun to see how
people respond to the music, especially a song called Splendor Solis.
Over the course of making the album, all kinds of strange events took
place, some of which one day I'll talk about one day, but not in this
interview. Listen to the album.
What sort of reaction have you been getting since it was released? It just came out. So far, so good.
You've got a launch party coming up, what can we expect from it? Well, Kelsey and I will be there, and now we have Howard Alper (drummer)
and DJ Tiger, plus I'm pumped about sharing this music. It came from
our brains! The night of the show I'll be smiling from ear to ear. It's
always a good time. You can expect to be rocked!
What's the most exciting thing happening in the New York music scene
at the moment? Alex Kelly, Duh.
Who's your favorite up and coming artist out there at the moment? I don't know if up and coming is the right phrase, but I like Gary
Clarke Jr. I was meeting a friend at the Highline Ballroom and he was
playing. I was slightly mesmerized.
Who's your ultimate icon and how have they influenced you? Purple Rain was my first record. It probably belonged to my older
cousins or something, but I slept with that thing (ha-ha). Let's Go
Crazy was so addicting. Only Prince can start off a song with an incantation!
I'm not a guitar player, but all I needed to know about how a guitar
should sound, I heard come out of him. I loved watching his performances.
His music was very lively and sexy. I always tell Kelsey "If it's
not sexy, where not doing it!" So enough said.
Are you playing any festivals this year? Not yet, but we would love to. After everything calms down a bit,
for sure. Don't let that stop you from contacting us though (that means
you Burning ManJ).
What was your first ever gig like? My first official gig is not what you'd expect. I was singing in
the young adult choir at St. Paul's Community Church in Riverhead NY.
My family moved to Riverhead when I was about 13 years old. I think
I was 14 at the time of the gig. About 20 adults and at least 20 teenagers
piled into a small bus that had the church's name on the side of it.
We were to sing at Rikers Island prison in New York City for a few hundred
inmates. I remember stepping out front to do a solo and feeling like
peeing my pants. It was terrifying at first, but I managed to eek out
a note or too. Talk about paying your dues!
Is there anyone out there you would love to work with? Musician,
Director, Designer? Musician: Gwen Stefani
Director: Spike Jones
Designer: Morgan Love (My girl)
What are the top 5 tracks we should check out? Whichever 5 tracks floats your boat
Listen to 'Orange Circle' here:
Alex Kelly's new album 'Orange Circle' is out now.