Alex amped about mu­sic ca­reer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - By ROSANNA CANDLER

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.

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