We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Oren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The most important habit to success right now is consistency. Growing the grounds for a good fanbase is just that simple. I find people tend to overthink it so much and its a big downfall for a lot of artists but at the end of the day it just comes out to putting out dope shit. I like to think in rules of threes, so if an artist drops three fire songs I’m a fan its really as simple as that. Secondly you need to have persistence, your gonna find that most great opportunities rarely pan out, so take everyone as a shot but don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to focus on my art in very particular ways to set me apart. I do tend to focus on lyrics, but I mainly put emphasis on my melodies (vocals & chords), however one of my main factors has always been sonics. I wan’t you to really hear the complexity of each sound I want there to be energy in parts where there shouldn’t be and push boundaries.
I would accredit where I am currently to my obsession with producing and understanding the way that changes in a song give a listener a clear path emotionally. I want to have a distinct sound while also being unpredictable, and I’d like to think thats why people might gravitate toward me,
Things I’ve learned along the way is the importance of persistence and execution, success is not achieved through waiting, success is achieved through painstaking effort and waiting for the world to finally pay attention to your consistency. A lot of times you will find its not easy but thats what I think makes it fun, if it was easy I wouldn’t be as passionate in my opinion. In the bigger picture the best tool to overcome these hardships in persistence.
My mission statement is to stop people from feeling alone and hopefully explaining the pains that I’ve been through in my life to help kids get through theirs. Sometimes my music doesn’t have a message, but when I have something I want to convey I let it be clear without being too specific. In music you want to get your message across exactly while keeping it vague enough to apply to large groups of people
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
St. Louis has a lot of cool spots. I am a huge foodie so I love really amazing restaurants across the city. My favorite places here would be BLK Market Eats where you can get sushi burritos that are out of this world. My favorite spot in the whole city is a little taco stand off of Cherokee street on the corner of a Mexican grocery store which has the most amazing tacos you will ever have. One of the coolest must go to place in the whole city is the City Museum. The city museum is basically a cross between an abandoned junkyard and an adult playground, its hard to explain, but if you ever get the chance you have to go. In terms of people in St. Louis its a very tight knit city so if you meet a good group of people here you can really meet everyone. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely accredit a lot of my success to other people for two main reasons. 1 I tend to be very self conscious of my own art so if people I look up to are telling me my art is dope that keeps me pushing, I always try to listen to criticism and try it.2. I can get too caught up in the creative side that I lose vision for things like rollout and execution. Recently some people that have been keeping me up to date are my fellow St.Louis artists and collaborators, Jared F, Badtripsmusic, Jack Spear, Nikee turbo, Keaton Jones, Dawson Holter, and Stephen Garnett. The rest of my collaborations are with LA & NYC talent such as my manager Ben Schafner, and Producers Jae Lee, and Olson music. I’m extremely grateful to have these visionaries on my side helping me execute and rollout my music coming up.
Dawson Holter, Sam Mcgrath