We had the good fortune of connecting with Aline & Wes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aline & Wes, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
“I work a full-time job during the day and the older I get the more and more important a work life balance is to me. I’ve done my best to compartmentalize my efforts. My greatest passion is singing and creating music. I don’t ever want to look back and not have pursued or accepted a music opportunity. Life is passing by, and I still dream of singing,performing, and writing music full time.”
“It seems like the time windows of free time have dwindled, so when free time is presented is has to be utilized effectively and efficiently. “
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“We are often told that no one sounds like us. We got to where we are today by remaining focused and not letting obstacles distract us. It is challenging at times, but I can not imagine a life where I am not singing and creating music. That would not be a life to me. I have learned to choose my battles. There are some things that are worth fighting for and some things that are not worth any energy. I want the world to know that our music is important to us and that our songs are like time capsules to leave stories and perspectives forever.” Aline Vida
“ Aline & Wes’ art is unique in that it’s hard to say we sound like anyone in particular. Our songs range from Roots Rock, Alt-Blues Rock, to piano ballads. It’s not easy, making art consistently takes a lot of work and when you’re an indie artist, getting shows booked, scheduling rehearsals and releases, as well as promotion, gets to feeling overwhelming sometimes. Lessons are always being learned, as being an artist is a big experimental gamble, though it’s worth it and I need it to keep a sense of sanity. “ Wes Speight
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?
“I would take them on a culinary tour which would include different places within Seattle like Din Tai Fung and Dacha Diner. I would also take them on at least one trip to one of the ten nearby islands such as Orcas Island. Maybe go on a whale watching tour. I would ask my friend what kind of music they wanted to hear and take them to Barboza, the Nectar Lounge, the High Dive, Connor Byrne, or the Royal Room depending on their tastes. I would also take them on the Seattle Great wheel downtown.” Aline Vida
“I would take them to dinner and a show at the Royal Room in Columbia City. The Royal Room sounds great and the food and drink are tasty! “ Wes Speight
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 acknowledge all of the fans, friends, family, and mentors who have always been supportive. I have been lucky to always have positive people in my life who have supported the pursuit of a music career. I often think about a vocal coach I had who has since passed, because he was such a positive mentor”
“My wife, Ashley, is very supportive of my endeavors and does the best she can to flex her schedule to accommodate shows, recordings, and rehearsals.”
Hello, The first photo from the Personal Photo page, the photographer is named Ashley Gruber. From the additional photos page, the black and white photo is taken by Jeffrey Martin. The other photo is a screenshot taken from a video recording we did at the Royal Room.