Josh Leidy: So, Alexa Gold, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Alexa Gold: Hahaha, yes. Well, first Alexa Gold was a name bestowed upon me by Jaguar Wright. She was my mentor and she gave me that name several years back, and it felt good and stuck. But yes, I’m a Philly jawn born and raised here. After college, I graduated with a Psychology degree, but when I came home I got really into the open mic scene and that really was my passion.
I’ve been a backup singer, the lead singer of a band, but I’ve been most proud of recently being a part of The Graceland Tribute Band. Graceland was the Grammy award-winning album from Paul Simon, his bass player and another musician decided to form a band and perform some of the music from the album live. I was selected to be a background singer for them and was doing that for the last few years. I was in an all-girl trio The Feministics, really so much and it all led me to this, what I’m doing now and releasing my debut album Super Looper Vol. 1 Visions of Gold.
JL: So you have a full artistic background. Were your parents artists?
AG: Well, my father owned an art gallery for a while called Art Noir, in fact, he would hold open mics there and I would perform. He wasn’t really artistic, but was around the arts. In fact, he was the one who told me to go all-in if I was gonna be an artist. But my mother was a natural artist. She’d draw and paint. She’s very vibrant with colors her visual style and design, so she’s definitely been an influence.
JL: Who were your musical influences?
AG: Vocally, Teena Marie and Minnie Riperton; songwriting Teena is there as well as Fiona Apple, Mariah Carey, and Stevie Wonder, I love the way they approach songwriting. Production it’s Pete Rock and Madlib. They’re geniuses. And having musical tastes all over the place I think that fits.
JL: Did you always intend to be an artist?
AG: Noooooo. I always loved music, loved to sing and write. It was natural for me, but when I was younger I wanted to be a doctor or lawyer very practical things. Eventually, I realized my passion was in music, so after college being around a vibrant scene in Philly, I knew it was where my heart was and I wanted to see where I could go as an artist.
JL: You also host a podcast as well correct?
AG: Yes, it’s called The Beat Connection. I host it with my brother, and what we do is take a Hip Hop record and break it down sonically – the samples, all that – and trace it back. It’s really a passion and awesome to be able to do it with my brother. It also blends so much of what I love.