R&R Hero of the Week - Alexx Calise

by Charles Willis on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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Alexx Calise

Another definition of a hero is someone who chases their dream no matter what and that is exactly what this weeks' R&R Hero of the Week is doing. Alexx Calise, a Fort Laurderdale native, is in LA chasing her dream to be a rockstar. Alexx started at an early age writing songs and playing guitar. She has had her eye on her dream for a long time. What an inspiration. What a hero. I was able to ask her a few questions so we could get to know more about this week's hero, Alexx Calise.

CW: So Alexx, what inspired you to become a rockstar?

AC: My father. He'd always play for my brother and I when we were little kids, and I thought it was just about the coolest thing in the entire world. I wanted to be just like him, so I picked up the guitar at age 11 and I haven't put it down since.

CW: What are some of your musical influences?

AC: I've always been a huge fan of grunge and blues. I grew up listening to Silverchair, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Johnny Lang. I'd hole myself up in my room for hours as a kid and jam out on silverchair and SRV riffs. That's really where I developed my guitar and vocal chops.

CW: When and Where was your first show?

AC: It's hard to say because I've played so many over the years, but I think it may have been my seventh grade talent show at Pompano Beach Middle School. I did a cover of Silverchair's "Suicidal Dream" and I succeeded in scaring the hell out of all the students and teachers. I knew I wanted to instill that kind of fear into people on a daily basis, so that's when I knew I wanted to be a career musician.

CW: With the tendencies of being a "Cookie Cutter" industry, how hard is it to keep writing your original sound?

AC: I believe you should always write with your original sound, because at the end of the day, that may be the only thing you ever have. If you write what you think people want to hear and they don't buy it, then you're stuck with a vacuous product that neither you or anyone else likes...

I always write creatively first, and then worry about my songs' marketability later. However, I always write with melody in mind. If you don't have a good melody, then you don't have a good song, bottom line.

CW: What is the inspiration behind In Avanti?

AC: In Avanti, if you couldn't tell, is a bit of an angst-y record, ha ha! It rebuts the poor treatment I received from a certain individual who always made me feel like I wasn't good enough (fun fact: it's also the title of one of my songs). However, I'm not bitter, and I'm not one to hold grudges. I'm glad things worked out the way they did because now I know what not to do.

CW: Alexx, what is one thing you would change about this world?

AC: Well, I wish people would come together more so on social and political issues. Without getting too genre-specific, we're so divided these days, and everyone on all sides is quick to point the finger at everyone else instead of accepting responsibility for his or her actions or offering to help fix the problem. If everyone had a dialogue with each other instead of a monologue, they'd probably see that most everyone is somewhat on the same page, and they have even have similar ideals.

CW: If this was the last interview you were ever going to give, what would you say to the world?

AC: "My baby takes the morning train, he works from nine till five and then he takes another home again to find me waitin' for him...do do do do..."

OK, now time for the fun questions?

CW: Who is the one person you would love to have dinner with?

AC: Calista Flockhart. The girl looks like she could use a good meal.

CW: Where is your favorite place to eat?

AC: I know it isn't the fanciest of places, but I am a complete and utter El Pollo Loco fanatic. I don't know what they inject their chicken with, but damn is it good!


CW: What song would I hear if I hit play on your iPOD

AC: Lady Gaga's "Speechless". It reminds me of a Queen song.


Alexx has a really cool original sound. She is a perfect balance of rock and pop. Think lady GaGa meets Christina Aguilera in a blender and this is what you get. With her pop grooves and edgy guitar rifts, Alexx is letting the world know that we should never stop chasing our dreams.



3 R&R Engage comments to “R&R Hero of the Week - Alexx Calise”

  1. Daniel Says:
    Alexx Calise ROCKS!!!
  2. Bon Qui Qui Says:
    I'd say more Alanis than Christina, but damn good nonetheless...
  3. Bear Says:
    Hayell YYeaaAAAHHH!!!

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