Alex amped about music career
AMPFEST 2015 finalist Alex Brittan started his pop music education at six years old, watching back-toback episodes of Rage, CheezTV and VideoHits.
The 24-year-old said he would sit glued to the television as his idols confidently danced and sang to the camera, and think: ‘I’m going to be like that one day.’
Since returning home from Melbourne in January, Brittan has wasted no time jumping back into the arts world and forming a band with drummer Steve D’Angelo and percussionist/ vocalist Mary Soudi.
“People really tried to scare me when I first decided I wanted to be a professional musician,” he said.
“They said, ‘Oh my god, you are going to suffer, all you’ll be able to afford is Coles’ $1 white bread.’
“It is scary at the start, but after you’ve done a couple of performances it just gets easier and easier. The greatest thing is when people come up to you after the show as if they know you, which is perfect for me because I am quite introverted. It takes the pressure off.”
Brittan and his band will perform the single ThirstyBird off their latest EP for AmpFest at the Llama Bar on April 26. “My song writing has only come into its own as I got older and started living my life,” he said.
“I struggled for a few years because I really wanted to write these incredible songs, but I didn’t have anything to write about.
“This single is about when I downloaded Tinder for the first time. I used to have an ancient phone, so getting a new one this year was like ‘Woohoo, I’m finally joining the modern dating world.’ I gave it a whirl for a few weeks before I realised I hated it. So I wrote ThirstyBird based around the jungle concept of Tinder, with all the animals coming to the river to drink in a drought.”
Although his musical tastes have evolved from his classically trained roots in piano to folk and now synthpop, Brittan said he would always have a soft spot for catchy pop songs.
“I think the best songs are an amazing melody that you can’t forget, plus great lyrics,” he said.
“It has to be a mix of substance and style. I hope I am getting there.”
Each AmpFest performing artist will receive $500, a West Australian Music band membership and rehearsal studio time at Hen House Rehearsal Studios.