We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Wilke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what makes you happy? Why?
I’m happiest when I’m able to connect with other people on a deeper, more complex level than that of just an acquaintance, colleague, etc. It can be as simple as that rewarding feeling when you buy the perfect gift for someone and their reaction tells you “wow, you really get me.” Or it can be as intricate and crazy as being in a songwriting session and experiencing that moment of weird telepathy with another writer where your vision of that song is the exact same at that moment in time, and with your two minds together, 1+1=3. That next-level human connection can’t be bought. I think it’d be hard for anyone to argue that words of validation and recognition are nice from time to time, but knowing and seeing that you struck a chord with someone on a visceral level is a high that can’t be matched. That’s the greatest feeling.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The most exciting thing about being a producer is the freedom to work with a whole spectrum of different artists. Moving between genres always keeps me on my toes and makes my job that much more interesting while allowing me to tap into all of my creative influences. I pride myself on maintaining lots of interests and not necessarily pigeonholing myself into the “choose one thing, focus all your energy on it, and get really good at it” mindset. And that’s not just within music itself. I’ve always felt as though I can sit down at a bar and strike up a conversation with almost anyone, whether it’s about music, sports, science, tech, TV/film, etc. I really enjoy relating to many different types of people on an intellectual level, having had experience working in or learning about a number of different subject matters. Of course a career in music is challenging, but allowing myself to just naturally follow whatever I’m interested in at the moment has really helped simplify the process.
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.
Oh wow, so many great spots to hit. The list is endless. Honestly, it completely depends on the person. Here’s how I’d break it down:
Outdoorsy – I’m leaning heavily on hikes like Solstice Canyon in Malibu or Fryman Canyon right near my place in Studio City, among many others.
Beach lover – Probably not spending too much time outside of Santa Monica/Palisades/Malibu. Will Rogers and Matador are two of my favorite beaches.
Surfer – Beach Cities. I don’t surf but will gladly sit on the beach with a drink and watch
Sucker for views – Tons. Top of Bienvenida Ave in the Palisades, Hotel Erwin rooftop, Huntley Hotel Penthouse, anywhere on Mulholland, my buddy’s place on the hill in Silver Lake, to name a few
Foodie – Tacos are a must, either Guerrilla in DTLA or any taco truck anywhere in LA. Also Wallflower in Venice is out of this world.
Live music lover – Hollywood Bowl is my favorite venue in LA. Hotel Cafe, Bardot, Madam Siam are great places to catch indie artists. The Roxy, Troubadour, Moroccan Lounge are all chock-full of emerging talent as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve had some incredible music instructors, teachers, mentors, friends, etc. throughout my journey so far, but the clear and obvious answer would be my family. My parents, first and foremost, never wavered in their support and commitment to my success – and by success, I mean finding a lifestyle that is sustainable and truly fulfills me personally. The single greatest gift they gave me was stability, which I’m especially grateful for as someone with a career in music. My brother and his fiancee (who also live in LA) could not be more of a supportive and energizing force in my life, always playing and sharing my music with their friends. Add in the consistent love and encouragement I’ve gotten from my grandparents and extended family, and I have no shortage of fuel to keep me going. I feel insanely lucky to have that kind of support system and to know that it will never run dry.