ACORN - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
As I was growing up, I started to have a more difficult time with my parents divorce. It took me a long time to fully come to terms with it, because I didn’t see a lot of broken families in my small town (New Hartford, NY.) Making music was sort of my escape. It allowed me to put my feelings into a different way than if I were to speak with someone. I was extremely shy, so as it was, it was hard for me to express how I truly felt.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I feel like every day something crazy happens! I have a lot of embarrassing moments, but this one in particular I will never forget. I was used to sing the National Anthem for many, many professional sport teams. This one night, I was performing at my first hockey game. It was a sold out hockey arena, so already, I was naturally nervous. As they were introducing me, I was suppose to step out onto the ice and walk down so that I was near the players. I took my first few steps, and as soon as I made it onto the spotlight, I swiped out completely. In front of thousands of people! Thank God, I wasn’t hurt but I have never been more embarrassed. I struggled to get up, while there wasn’t anyone near me to help me up. A player skated from his position on the line and grabbed me to pull me up. And to think from that, I had to sing now! But I got through it!
What has been the high point of your music path?
I enjoy playing festivals. I’ve always considered myself more of a festival performer. When I got the news I was going to open for Blake Shelton at Country Fest in Wisconsin, I completely lost my mind! Not only has he been one of my favorite country singers, but I’ve also heard that he is one of the coolest people to be around. I really enjoy playing with musicians who love what they do, and who have continued to stay humble through their success. It’s the people like that, who keep inspiring me.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It's very different with every song. I find inspiration in my own life events, or someone's current situation. I could be just sitting at my kitchen table having coffee, or having a drink with a friend. I really listen to people when they speak, so I will grab a lot of titles out of what people are telling me. I think being a good listener is one of the most major keys to becoming a songwriter.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? budget. Indie musicians are funding their ENTIRE career. We don't have backing from major labels, or management. Everything we do, comes out of our own pocket. I think that is the biggest challenge for Indie artists. There are so many talented musicians who can't catch a break because they break even with what they make, with what they have to spend for new photos, distribution, marketing, releasing, planning a tour, etc.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Recently, I have been a huge Miley Cyrus fan. Everything from her stage presence to her physical appearance, she is killing it right now. To be able to share the stage with someone that confident, would be a dream of mine. Especially being a female, I love to show my support to my fellow female musicians. We need to stick together.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Generally, I group together my cover songs and my originals, I always plan a 45 minute set. Depending on if I am playing a festival type show or a smaller music venue. Rehearsals work where I give the musicians my song list and charts weeks in advance so they can learn them on their own. Then, we come into the studio and put them all together and work out the kinks.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I wrote a song called “sad when it’s sunny.” Personally, it’s a deep song. I challenged myself to really write how I was feeling that time in my life. And I wrote a lot about my depression and my struggle with the music industry nowadays. It’s a real song, and I truly believe a lot of people can relate to it even though they may not come out and talk about their feelings.
What's coming up in the future?
Plenty more songs, and shows. I am really excited to get back out on the road with a brand new set of songs.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Stream it on Spotify!
Alexandria Corn was up for three nominations for The California Country Music Awards that took place December 16th (Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Best Song of the Year.) Recently moving to Nashville, she is working her way in very quickly. Her debut Country single “Same Tattoo” has taken off at over 110,000 streams in under 3 months and has landed her on some of Spotifys most played Country playlists.
During quarantine, Alexandria decided she wanted to take a different approach on her musical career. She has spent countless hours transforming her look, and sound into a full pop project: ACORN. Her first single off the pop project, “Bitch,” reached 100,000 streams in the first month and has put her on the Nashville Pop radar. She is currently writing and releasing one song a month for this project. She also just accepted a sponsorship with Bang energy drink.
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