Q:How long have you been making music?
A:I have been making music for 14 years. I started taking piano lessons at age 7 and grew up around a musical family before that as well.
Q: What do you take away from music?
A: Music feeds the soul! I literally can’t explain what music gives me. It’s medicine and healing and fun all in one and brings so many people together!
Q: Where do you see yourself career wise in the music world?
A: I see myself taking music all the way. My goal is connect with and inspire others to do what they love and in doing that it would be a plus to make a living as well! I plan to tour and travel and share music with others around the world.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in San Diego county, born and raised.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I’m inspired by everything around me whether it be: people, the weather, love, adventure, art, God, a really tough day, or a phrase I read on a T shirt while shopping at Ross. I try to see life as art and that way its always beautiful!
Q: What are some of your limitations/obstacles do you have with your music? How are you overcoming these limitations?
Q: Some limitations that I have are finishing music. I tend to get distracted with “idea overload” and it takes me a bit longer than it should to get in and out of the studio. As Da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”. It’s just kind of hard to walk away!
Q: Are you involved with your community? If so, how?
A: Does playing shows and supporting other artists around SD count?? ;p
8: What are some of your major accomplishments you have acquired in you career?
A; I’d say some major accomplishments I have acquired in my career are playing at Warped Tour, being on the radio and inspiring my fans. Playing Warped was probably actually one of my favorite days ever and hearing my music over the air is so weirdly awesome. It’s such a great feeling to work hard for something and actually accomplish a goal. And on the other hand, simply moving my audience is part of the reason I want to make music so hearing that it has a positive influence a person is an achievement for me in itself!
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: I don’t think Ive ever really given my greatest fear much thought. Maybe watching Pretty Little Liars while home alone with the lights off. Pretty scary.
Q: Whats your favorite thing to do with your time off from life?
A: My favorite thing to do with my time off, aside from song writing, is probably going to the beach with friends or painting. I really enjoy anything creative or involving nature.
Q: If you could perform at any festival or venue, where would that be?
A: I would LOVE to perform at Coachella. I’ve never actually been so to perform there would be an incredible experience.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would that be?
A: I love traveling. Its hard to pick one place but if I could travel anywhere in the world I would either go to the city of Petra in Jordan and then to the Dead Sea, or to Greece, or Spain.. Maybe Costa Rica. Too many cool places in the world.
Q: If you could have coffee with one celebrity who would that be? and why?
A: If I could have coffee with one celebrity, the first person that pops into my mind is Robert Plant. He is such an inspiration to me. I’m pretty much in love with all of Led Zeppelin’s music and would love to learn from him.
Q: What trend would you like to set or have set?
A: I would love to bring back some rock n roll. I try not to think about genres too much because I love all types of music and don’t want to limit myself but nothing beats some good ol’ fashioned rock n roll. But then again, funk is pretty awesome.. hmm..
Q: Who are your role models?
15. My role models range from Michael Jackson, to Plant, to Jessie J, to Gaga. Musically, these artists are great influences for me but even just as a person I see Jessie J as a role model. She seems so down to earth and humble but also just super confident and fun!
Q: Have you always felt comfortable on a stage?
A: I’d say I’ve always felt a certain ease on stage, probably because I grew up watching my family perform. I don’t remember ever thinking too hard about it, however; it has been a growing process. Starting out, it was definitely more difficult and nerve-racking than it is now (even though I still get butterflies at times).
Q: Why do you want to make music?
A: I don’t just want to make music.. It’s who I am. I pretty much have to for my sanity. Its my passion and one of the only things that remedies my troubles. Even if I wasn’t pursuing music as a living, I think I would still play everyday.
Q: What do you do to stay fit and healthy?
A: I try to eat fruits and vegetables, and run a couple times a week. Although, somehow ice cream takes over my fridge.
Q: What do you do to stay calm and focused?
A: To stay calm and focused I say a prayer, or write lyrics. Somehow getting everything on paper and out of my head is soothing!
Q: What are you limitations?
A: My limitations include myself at times as I tend to over think things, and also probably Netflix.. I can’t turn it off sometimes!
To hear Alexa Vllia check out her Soundcloud
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