Congratulations on the release of your new single “Lucky”!
We’ve read that your most representative genre is Rhythm & Dance, could you please describe it for those who are not familiar with it?
Before I was ready to share my music, when I was holed up in my apartment just making tracks, it was apparent to my friends and me that this was an important new phase. I didn’t want to make clearcut Dance or Pop music. I didn’t want to chase the market. I wanted to remain free in my musical experimentation and maintain honesty in my work. The exploratory/creative stuff was all research and development: I love R&B and Soul, I love head-knocking EDM. To me, Rhythm & Dance can feel like a floor-burning remix of an R&B track that you’ve never heard before. It’s rhythmic, enticing, emotional—R&D seemed like the best descriptor for my music.
How personal is your new single “Lucky”? Did you write it following an experience you had?
Extremely personal, and yes… I wrote it after watching someone I thought I knew lose themselves chasing an easy life. They got hooked on the allure of fame. Lucky came from a place of understanding: yeah, life can be truly difficult, but ditching your values and losing yourself is ultimately never worth it. Seeing it first hand was heart wrenching.
In your previous release, “Who Do You Love?,” there is both darkness and light, was this blend of seemingly far apart vibes intended? If so, what made you choose this unpredictable fusion?
Absolutely intended. There’s a lot to the dichotomy of dark and light. Each section of the song echoes the feelings I want to illuminate in that moment.
That unstable/unpredictable fusion is how I experience a lot of things. Seeing multiple layers (or many messages) in the way something is written, or bringing together multiple parts of yourself— emotions are complex, and communicating that through lyrics as well as the instrumentation is important. It’s less of a choice for me, and more about recreating the auditory ‘vision’ I’ve already experienced that I’m trying to convey to the audience.
What is your most memorable moment as an artist?
I have so many, but here is one. It feels like a lifetime ago, but back in ’10 I performed at a venue that the incomparable Robin S. also performed at. Sharing a stage with her was no small feat— I was very inspired by her and listened to her when I was growing up. Backstage in the green room, she gave me the “diva talk”. In short, she told me that I had to take care of myself in this business because ultimately no one else was going to, no matter what they claimed. The fact that she took the time to level with me and give me hope for independence meant so much to me, and I believe it contributes to the music I’m making today.
Besides music, how do you like to spend your time?
Hiking, boxing, video games, and lifting, currently.
What is your favorite song of 2022?
That’s a tough one, because I feel like a lot of artists came out swinging this year. But I have to say “Where Did You Go” MNEK and Jax Jones. It just leaves me in a good mood every time I hear it.
What artists have influenced you the most?
It really is a huge list. Robin S. Is certainly on it, and growing up hearing Aretha, Donna, and Whitney, it’s clear they played a pivotal role in accepting my “big voice”. But the list is longer than a single lifetime. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Martha Wash, Gwen McRae, Chaka… it’s just an unending list of titans. I could go on all day. It doesn’t matter if it’s Disco, Soul, New Wave, Pop, R&B or Dance. If you’ve got a voice or killer track that cuts through the noise, and echoes for all time, I’m there for it.
What’s next for Alice The G00N in 2022?
I’m finishing up my next music release at this very moment and have no intention of slowing down.