We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I feel like the balance is always changing and evolving. In my life I’ve found the key is to always be ok with having a healthy mix of both. The pandemic really showed me what works and what doesn’t when balancing. The older I get, the more importance I put on the healthier side of not taking on more work than I can handle at once. It helps me focus and make whatever I’m currently working on less distracted and I think helps me keep my quality of output higher!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The fun part about having a career in music is that no two journeys are the same. Every experience shapes me and sets me apart from others, even if they are doing the same line of work.
In my path, I’ve been traveling on the road playing for artists for the last decade while also recording on songs for people when I’m not on the road. In the last three years, I’ve been traveling with basically one artist, Ingrid Andress. It’s been such a fun and wild ride! The whole crew are all incredible and talented humans so I’m very happy to be playing with her. It’s been a very busy schedule as her career continues to grow and grow.
Now that I am mostly touring with just her, I’ve been working on a way to still have my guitar used for studio sessions even if I’m out on the road. With that being said, I am launching my own guitar loops and sound FX packs called Shredwards FX & Loops. I’m stoked on them and am excited that all my producer friends will be able to use my guitars even if I’m not physically in the room with them. I’m hoping a lot of new people will use my sounds as well, I’m excited to hear all the music that will be made with my loops! I’ll be putting a lot of my time into that coming up and will be able to do it while I’m on the road.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
oooo I love showing people the city! I like showing off each neighborhood so you can catch a lil’ vibe of all the different areas of town. If it was a week long trip, I’d show off one or two neighborhoods per day. I would for sure start each day at a dope coffee shop, then go exploring the scene of the neighborhood, maybe shop at local stores, then of course we gotta hit happy hour before dinner. I love a solid beach day that rolls into happy hour, so that’s on top of the list! I’d take them to a local show if someone is playing around town, definitely take a couple of hikes all over, and for sure catch a sunset out in Malibu.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We can’t get anywhere without the help of others. Finding a community and people who lift you up and support you is so healthy. I’ve been lucky to meet such great people in my corner of the music industry who aren’t trying to compete with each other but help each other get better. My friends who live in LA and Nashville have helped me get to where I am now without expecting anything in return, and I’m so grateful to do the same for them!