We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Ziemba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think most people see risk as a choice. The choice to take risk or the choice of safety. I personally don’t think its as simple as that. I think risk is engrained into life, in the way that essentially everything, every choice, is taking a risk. Even the most fundamental advice of being yourself is taking a risk, because there’s that chance that maybe people won’t accept you for you. Doing anything creative or the process of creating something is taking a risk because there will always be those thoughts of “what if I fail?”, and in all truth, failure is always a possibility. That’s why I think, when it comes to personal creative ventures, risk should be approached with a different perspective. For me, I feel that risk is inherent in everything I do. As a practicing recording artist and clothing designer, everything I create contains risk because really, my work reveals pieces of who I am to the outside and judgmental world. Being an artist is a risk. You engrain parts of yourself into your work, and people aren’t always accepting of that. It’s the process of making yourself vulnerable in certain ways and hoping others will relate or be impacted in some way. So in that way risk is necessary. If you ever want to achieve greatness in anyway, you cannot be afraid of risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Fashion Designer and Recording artist by the name of 9HEADSHAWTY. I started designing and creating clothing in high school and after receiving a degree in design at The University of San Francisco, I am currently still a student and in the process of getting another degree in fashion design. For my senior thesis project at USF, I created a small fashion collection titled, What Are You Afraid Of?, that explores the transition of inner fears and phobias into the physical realm. I am currently in the process of developing a fashion line titled HILLS BLEED that I am very excited about. As a recording artist, I have been making music for a couple of years now. In February 2019 I released my first ep, a alternative underground hip hop album titled Wicker Heights and I am currently working on an alternative hip hop album with recording artist/producer Deadfriend titled Spirits On Film, that will most likely come out later this year. I am also personally working on an indie, folk acoustic inspired album titled You Were Wrong which I am very excited about as it is the first project that I am playing instrumentation alongside vocals. I think what sets me apart from others is that I try to put pieces of myself into my work. I don’t try to be anyone else but myself. More than anything else, I want others to recognize that and be able to relate to me and my experiences and in some way find solace or self inspiration. Everything I create I do for myself as a form of expression and all I can hope for is that in some way it can help other people, and continue channel inspiration.
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?
Well for me, some places I would take a friend for sure to see would be the Santa Monica beach/pier, the Getty Museum, the Melrose & Fairfax strip (because I love fashion and looking through clothes), The Grove mall, Echo park, Downtown LA, the hike to the Hollywood sign, and the Hollywood stars strip. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my brother, he is a recording artist by the name of Deadfriend. He has been a big inspiration and help to me in my creative pursuits. I would also like to shout out my longtime friend and recording artist by the name of Baron Sh!vninski. He too has inspired me in many ways and always supported me and my creative projects.