American Idol Season 10
Top 40 Contestant
Alex: It’s great to be here! Thanks so much.
Jessica: How have things been going for you since your Idol journey? What are you doing now?
Alex: Surprisingly, things have been crazier than ever. I expected everything to slow down after I got back, but with my Twitter and YouTube accounts really thriving, I’ve had quite a bit on my plate. Right now I’m just doing all I can with what little publicity I got from the show. I’m posting a video blog as well as covers and I’m even in the midst of recording some original work that I’ll put out once the time is right.
Jessica: What inspired you to get into music and dance? I know that you were into dancing before singing. When did you start dancing? And singing? What type of training have you had?
Alex: Ever since I was a kid I was always really into performing, whether I was playing a piano recital or just jumping on a table and dancing like an idiot – it was always in my blood. In fourth grade I finally put that energy to good use when I joined my school’s hip hop dance group. I still remember the feeling of being on stage for the first time, and it feels just as right now as it did then. Surprisingly, I didn’t get really serious about my singing until I was about fourteen, I took lessons here and there but I wasn’t totally sure it was what I wanted until I started playing shows and taking lessons. I got a new voice teacher just before my initial audition for this season’s Idol and I’ve been with him since, he’s been a huge part of my success throughout this whole process.
Alex: Well, it’s a very long process waiting in the stadium and having to go through the various rounds. I’m not sure how much detail I can give about the earlier rounds, but it’s a very fun process despite the long wait. I’d encourage everyone to go out and try.
Jessica: What was the Hollywood week and Vegas experience like for you? And what things did you learn from your whole experience?
Alex: Hollywood week was absolutely insane. I have never been that stressed out in my life, but I’ve also never been as motivated to succeed. Although Fox tends to only show the stressful and drama-filled aspects of the experience, I had an amazing group for group night, and we had a ton of fun late into the night. I couldn’t really explain just what it feels like to stand there on stage and know that you could be cut just like that. Vegas was a lot better in that respect – we had a lot of rehearsal time, and it was so much fun to hang around and talk to everyone. We all got very close because we were the top forty for so long before the top twenty four was announced, so the friends that I made there are going to stay my friends for a long time. Idol turned out to be more of a learning experience for me than I expected; with each performance I learned about my strengths, my weaknesses and how I react to stress, which there was no shortage of.
Alex: When I was cut, it was Randy who talked to me mostly and honestly he didn’t give me much advice. He did tell me that he saw me as more of a “band guy,” which still confuses me because I have always considered myself a better solo musician. I have been asked that more than any other question since I got cut, and right now I really don’t know know if I’ll be auditioning for Idol again next season. I definitely see it in my future, but I’ll only know if the time is right once it comes.
Jessica: For people out there who are thinking of auditioning for AI, what advice would you give out to them?
Alex: My greatest advice is to DO IT! The toughest part about trying something new is starting it. Once people get into the swing of it, and it make take a few tries, I think they’ll really love what the show has to offer. As far as the actual audition goes, my greatest advice is to stand out. You don’t need to be the best singer there, not by far. You need to be the best artist and performer that you can be. If you try to be someone else, you’ll never be satisfied. Basically, stay true to yourself and your talent, and you’ll do fine.
Jessica: Who are some musicians you admire and look up to?
Alex: I have most greatly respected and admired Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails for a few years now; his boundless talent and individualism consistently inspires and drives me to push harder and question everything. I also love The Killers, their style is amazing and I love the way they helped bring my favorite eighties new wave and synth pop sound back to the airwaves.
Alex: That’s a tough question, a really tough question. I honestly don’t think I’d deserve that type of power, so I’d give it to someone who really knew what to do with it, and I hope they’d make this world a better place.
Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
Alex: Wow, there are too many to even count, but the last phrase or line that I can remember really hitting me was the line “I’m on my way to believing.” from Paramore’s “The Only Exception.” It’s such a simple line but it says so much, and speaks differently to everyone who hears it. I truly feel that lately I’ve been on my way to believing, in myself, in my abilities, in this world and where we’re headed. It’s a very powerful message.
Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you?
Alex: Thanks for asking, I have a really active presence online which has helped me get my music and my voice heard. Readers can find my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/AlexRyanMusic.
Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/alexryanmusic
Jessica: Thanks again for this opportunity to interview you. I wish you the very best of luck with everything, and know we will be seeing more of you in the future.
Alex: Thanks so much for having me, I’m really glad you took the time to talk to me. I can guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot of me in the future.