interview with Alley

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, Memo (lead guitarrist) have been in many other bands most of them playing covers like ACDC, Guns n' Roses, Led Zeppelin and many classic rock legends, and another band of alternative rock with original music.Cin (lead vocal) have also been on many other bands that played covers, also playing classic rock covers, and a tribute to Santana band.Al a duet we also had another project that was called 7th Room, our original music was in english, but we where a little too young. But now we returned with thisproject stronger than ever: Alley.

How is it that you started playing music? We are brothers (forgot to mention it before) and our father one day decided to buy a guitar, we didn't knew my father was a musician, and he woke up the pasion in both of us for music, He started with Memo, teaching him some chords on the guitar, he fell in love with it and started his first band, one day recording a songon his bedroom Cin tried to record the vocals and the magic happened, they started making music together.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Memo: lead guitarrist, choruses ,28Cin: lead vocalist, second guitar, 25
Have you had other previous members? We tried another guitarrist so we could be a trio, but the man just dissapeard hahaha 
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, our first song written together was at 15 and 18
Where are you from?

Memo: Tabasco, MexicoCin: Puebla, Mexico
What year did the band form?
March 2017, it's our first year
What's your style of genre? Pop - Folk with some accents of country 
What inspires you? Everything, our songs go from feeling there's something more on life than just live, to a break up, to saying all you needed to say, to telling a story of when our family had a break up, and else, We feel that when we are ready to writte a song about something, we are already over it. We also want to hear some stories from our fans and make songs about them 

How often and where do you reherse? we reherse in our living room, or wherever we feel like as long as our mom don't tell us to stop hahaha, we reherse a lot when we have some special event and we also reherse individually, so we can bring new things to the project in a personal way. We get together to writte new songs as much as we can :D
How have you developed since you started with the music? We have developed in so many ways, professional, personal, artistical, that we couldn't really tell how much we have learned by now. But what we can tell you is that there are times when we feel like we reached a goal and feel incredible for that, and then realize that it was just a tiny thing we made, and feel like the stairs we are trying to scale it's so long, but still feel pretty inspired to keep on it
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Yes, a record label, we have been on a long trip to sucess and we'd love to help a lot of musicians to make their dreams come true, and to be the kind of person who does what loves, and inspire more people to become and live their passion


Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, we think that a lot of people have different interests and passions and if they can make their dreams come true and at the same time become part of our team, that's amazing!! we think it's awesome that people can work together and be benefited


Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? A label no, at least not at a traditional way. We are in love of being independent musicians, to respect and create our art as our fans deserve. But maybe a distribution contract could be on the table :)
What made you decide to make this music? Because if our hearts played a song, it would sound like the genres we play. It is not beacuse we do it, it because we go with the beat of it 
What are your songs about? love, break ups, sexy moments in the dark (hahaha we all have some of that), hard moments with the family, the look for sucess, and many more things 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Memo: composing and lyrics Cin: Lyrics and some musical arrangement
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? it can come in boht ways haha sometimes the lyrics come first with a melody, and sometimes a musical idea comes first and then we decide what the song will be about
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Usually on a calm enviroment, but sometimes we have great ideas on the car while driving, or in the shower hahaha when it happens, it happens
Have you done any covers live? yes, have you heard Selena Quintanilla? we are fans! we play one cover of her and many of other artist that are our influence, like Carla Morrison, Natalia Lafourcade

What language do you sing in? Spanish and English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? People who like pop and intimate concerts, people who like to be close to their artists, many couples and also romantic people
What ages are most of your concert attendants? from 15 to 40 or more
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? we try to vary, we also have the plan of having 3 kind of shows, the acoustic intimate, the acoustic band show and the full band show, on each one we'll have different arragements  of the songs, some significant covers and a different energy on each
Do you have a regular place you play live often? no, we are trying to be pretty selective on the places we play, and also with the other artists we play with
What was your first gig like? hahaha, it felt awesome at the moment but we are pretty sure it wasn't that amazing for the audience hahaha, buuuut many people are fans from tht first gig

What was your latest gig? last month, it was greaaaaaaat
Have you had to cancel a gig? no, and hopefully it won't happen any time soon
Where have you played live this year? no yet, but next week
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? In Sala Forum, it's  a medium size auditorium in our city, and it would be a big step on our career to sold it out
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We want to start this year, with our first album, some cute accesories (from our videos), some t shirts and maybe some special products made by Cin 
Where can people buy your merchandise? it would be on our facebook store, in our official page, in our shows, and with us personally
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
we think that the music indistry has come to a place where the musician should be doing what they love the most; playing live, get out of their houses, put on a guitar and sing out loud, to really give the audience something good to pay for. Depending on selling your music shouldn't be the principal goal, and in our opinion if more people can hear and like our music by downloading it, please be welcome hahaha
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It had made the work of a musician a little more intense, we have to work more, not just on our music, but also in our marketing strategies, advertising, today, you don't only have to be a good musician, you have to have something special to show 
What do you think of my work?
i think it's great!, your work help us and other artists to get out of the shadows, and give more art to the people and not only the art that big companies decide to put out there. 
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? we think it could help us to take our music to another places, even a little of our culture, and to find those hearts that can feel a little more comforted with our music
Do you have any role models or idols?
of course! We love John Mayer, Caitlyn Smith, Toby Lightman, Brandi Carlile, and many more
Why do you think that they exist? because they followed their dreams, and persisted, tryed different ways till they got with the one that worked better, they worked, and worked for what they wanted
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
Any kind of inspiration for our path in the music, it's amazing inspiration, what we have learned it's that there's no one way that fits everyone, so we try different combinations of what some artists have made and put them in practice
What have been your biggest obstacles? some massive media ignore us hahahaha, because for them we are no one, some other artists don't like to share stage, some friends and even family don't believe in us, neighboors telling us to shut up hahaha, in one of our lasts shows, the sound engineer told us we had everything to make it, but we need it better equipment, hahaha he loved us, but also the money sometimes it's an obstacle (a defisable one though)

What advice would you give other bands or artists? to search for the opportunities your project needs, sometimes it's better to play for 20 people that like your genre, to play for 100 people who would never listen to your genre on a choice. To not be scared when asking for a chance, you want people and media to listen to your music, so speak up! ask for what you want :D you'll be surprised of how many other people wants to help you make your dreams come true if they see you commited 
How do you get psyched for a gig? We like to get a little while alone, away from the noise, to breathe and think on possitive things, like "we are gonna rock this out!!" "this is our night", get relaxed, put on a super happy mood and jumo into the stage 
Do you have any new material?
Yes!, next week we'll be releasing new video with the new single "Desconocido" unknown in english, it talks about the danger you feel when you are on a relationship but fell in love with someone else haha
What are your web sites?
official page:

Facebook: Alleyoficial

Instagram: Alleyoficial



How can people reach you? Through any of our pages :D, we are always checking them 
What are your plans for the future? to take our music throuhg all our country, be on tour, have a lot of sold outs a keep making music to till the end of our lives please
Do you have something to add? Sure! we love making music and we hope we find some people who can love it too. be sure to find a pair of passionate musicians who will give themselves on every show 

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