BE DIFFERENT WITH ALEX BUTLER
Singer/ Songwriter Alex Butler lends advice to aspiring artists!
How are you living your best life right now?
Great question! I live my life by one motto “tomorrow is not promised, so live for today.” So I always try to make my days filled with the most positive outlook I can, just in case it is my last, well it wasn’t that bad of a last day. Getting to travel on the road again and meet new people and listen to their stories is always inspiring and puts a smile on my face. I feel like I have the best job in the world because it feels as though I’m on vacation every time I hit the road to a new place because I just love what I do. Always got to learn to slow down and smell the roses every now and then to actually be a part of the experience. I’ve learned that over the years, just cause first times only come once and that the feeling you get really only happens once as well.
What music should new fans be listening to?
I’ve been on a kick of listening to a lot of independent artists lately. I do love my mainstream artists and my favorites right now are obviously: Hardy, whose every song he writes or puts out is straight gold, Eric Church and his triple album he just released had so many good songs on it. And last but not least Ray Fulcher and he’s prolly the one I listen to the most, his songs are just very catchy and down to earth. Then we flip the coin and talk about the independent artists I listen to all the time. First is my guy Pj North and I feel like he either puts out a single or album every month which my favorite song of his is “B-sides”. Next we’ve got Carly Rogers who has been blazing one hell of a trail on her rise to the top of country music, and my favorite of hers right now is “These Walls”. And rounding out the end would have to be my guy Matt Bennett, who I’ve had the pleasure to run into multiple times on the road and my favorite song of his is “This Old Guitar”. And I mean I feel like I’d have to plug my album that I just put out last year as well. “Crazy town” has a little bit of everything for everyone on this album. I put a lot of heart and soul into it. It’s something I feel like I’ve been writing my whole life and it takes experiences from different parts of it.
Any challenges that you got through while recording?
Oh wow, Well the whole pandemic while trying to release my first album “Crazy Town” really put a damper on the whole album making process. It really wasn’t the same, you had to do every single thing on separate days and never really got to meet and converse with the musicians that are playing on your songs.
Any advice you can give to artists out of experience?
Be different, you won’t stand out if you sound like, write like, sing like, and look like everyone else. Carve your own path and make your own style. Also the biggest thing I can tell someone is to not put a time frame on your success. If you do that you’ve already lost because you have that date in the back of your mind.
Who are you most inspired by in this industry?
Good question. I'm inspired a lot by my buddies the Swon Brothers and Ray Fulcher. Both were not household names for a while but their drive and dedication to the music is a sight to behold. I met the Swon Brothers before they were on the Voice and just to see where they started and where they’re at now writing the title track of Blake Shelton's newest album is something special. Same with Ray Fulcher, I feel like I’ve been listening to him for a long time and it seems finally he’s getting his due and time in the spotlight cause he deserves it.