Q: I love the vibe of “Antisocial Person”! I admire how you blended elements of indie pop and alternative rock, yet your unique & raspy vocals bring an almost folk feel to the song as well. What was your favorite part in creating this track?
ALEX KINSEY: Thank you! It’s cool that you mention all of that, because mixing genres and sounds and vibes is what makes me the happiest. Honestly, my favorite part of working on Antisocial Person was realizing that it was going to the be the first single I’d put out in 3 years. It’s been a fun song to figure out acoustically as well, most of my friends heard it at shows prior to hearing it recorded, so getting a good response before anyone heard the full production was really fun as well!
Q: Not only is “Antisocial Person” your first single released since 2019, but an entire global pandemic happened in between those years as well. How did the Covid-19 pandemic affect the way you created music?
ALEX: It has been far too long since the last EP, and the pandemic made it really easy for me to not realize that. All of a sudden, we’d been locked down for 2 years, and I didn’t know what to focus on. The pandemic really has altered how I create though… I’m a lot more open to the opportunities that come my way and the thought of putting out what I create, so many songs die on hard drives, and I don’t want to be a part of that tradition anymore haha.
Q: Going from being in a musical duo to your band BoTalks, what has taking the solo route done for you artistically?
ALEX: Well, I started making music solo, I played music professionally around Florida for 5+ years prior to X factor… so the transition from Duo, to band, to solo act has been super natural for me! I genuinely just LOVE making music, so if there is an opportunity for me to be able to do it in a fresh exciting capacity, I take it! And being in different styles of musical acts has taught me so much about what I like, what I don’t, and what suits me best for making music for myself.
Q: Speaking of Covid-19, did being forced to alone make you antisocial, or is this something you’ve always dealt with?
ALEX: I got lucky during covid and had a few solid roommates and a girlfriend that I can’t get enough of. So I didn’t really have to spend a lot of time alone… however, it did make me even less inclined to go to clubs/bars/parties… or really leave my house unnecessarily, I like my house. It’s safe and cozy there … I need to snap out of that huh? Haha
Q: Being skyrocketed into fame, forming a band, and now going solo is something really admiring, and I’m sure you’ve created amazing memories along your journey. What has been one of the highlights of your music career so far?
ALEX: to put it succinctly, 14-year-old me would think me today is the coolest dude on the planet. I’ve gotten to do some things that I only dreamed of doing when I started playing music, I’ve written a few songs and played a few shows with Jason Mraz, performed at Radio City Music Hall with Train, toured with some of the musicians that helped me mold who I am as an artist. I’m very very lucky, and can’t wait to see what else I get to be a part of in the future!
Q: I love the genre-fusing feel of “Antisocial Person”; it is one of those songs that everyone will like, with its undeniable energy and your truly captivating vocals. In your own words, how would you describe the music that you typically create?
ALEX: That’s actually a fairly tough question for me to answer. I’ve realized how much I enjoy making all different types of music. I never lose interest in the creative process because I’m constantly working with different artists in different genres, styles, and vibes, and it keeps me on my toes.
Q: What would you like to tell your supporters out there?
ALEX: I really appreciate that I get to do what I do, and I’m very fortunate that my music has a place to live. Being able to connect with people all over the world just because I do what I love to do is pretty special.
Q: Thank you so much for talking with me! Tell everyone what’s next for you; any shows or projects in the works?
ALEX: I have an EP coming out at the end of August, a European tour planned for September, and more music ready to be released! Just keep an eye out, and let me know what you think of what I’m up to!
Interviewed by Melissa Cusano
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