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Interview: Alex Winston

Alex Winston

The NJ Underground recently caught up with Alex Winston, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan. Winston is playing Maxwells in Hoboken this evening, North Star Bar in Philly tomorrow evening, and cruising down to SXSW to play four different showcases, The Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on St. Patrick's Day among others. Alex will play one last show in New York at Mercury Lounge on April 5th before touring Europe. Coverage of her show this evening is forthcoming, interview below.

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Has your traditionally training in opera helped you in your current musical endeavors? i guess it has, but not in an obvious way.  

I think it comes out in my singing a bit, but I never consciously.  I think its just ingrained in me.

Who are you biggest musical influences?

 I'm a huge fan of early rock and roll like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis.  I grew up in Detroit, so Motown was always a favorite and constantly being played. I steal a lot of ideas from the Supremes.

And what are some of your non- musical influences?  

I guess you could say my surroundings. Leaving Detroit, moving to New York.  

If you could collaborate with any current musician or group: who would it be and why?

I'd love to collaborate with PJ Harvey.  She is one of my favorite artists.  Her songs are amazing and her voice is incredible.  I saw her last week in London and was pretty blown away by the performance.

What are some of your goals for 2011? Lots of touring and lots of writing.

I'm working on a full length album right now, which should be out in September.

Free Association:

New Jersey: I'm in you right now...

Favorite Artist: three way tie between Sam Cooke/Little Richard/Chuck Berry

Favorite Album: The Great Twenty-Eight - Chuck Berry

Favorite Venue: The Fillmore 

Favorite Drink: Godfather

Favorite Jersey Shore Character: the tan one.