Amps: Ok, first of all, I was NOT expecting you to bring up Dave Meniketti and Y & T!! That’s from a time when musicians really worked their asses off to put on a great show.
Alexx: I think we’re finally getting back to that because in the industry, people who are getting signed, know that in order to make any money, they have to have a really awesome live show, because that is one of the few arenas left to make a living as a musician. Still, nothing compares to the days of yore. I mean, even some of the great 90’s bands, like Soundgarden and Primus, were just incredible, insane fucking live musicians, and you know, I just don’t see insane shit anymore.
Amps: So when you’re not working, licensing, etc, what do you do to relax?
Alexx: I do a lot of reading and research. I love to read about other successful people. You know, the thing they all have in common is that fire in their gut, and even when they’re NOT working, they’re working. And I’m the same way, and it’s cost me relationships because I’m so driven. I take my work with me everywhere and I never stop thinking about music, and writing, and business, and commerce.
In addition to that I own a kids party company, and I have a staff of about 23 people with over 70 costumes, so I never ever stop working. I dispatch my staff to different kids parties, like Snow White, or Sleeping Beauty, and it’s a really fun company. I just brought in a partner, which has been great, because it affords me more time to work on the music.
Amps: Alexx, are you capable of going on vacation, like to an island, and just turning the brain off, or no?
Alexx: (Laughing) Um, it’s verrry difficult. I can maybe do it for a day or two, but I usually find myself getting bored very quickly.
Amps: You’ve been pretty successful, what with your music and running your own business. What would you say has been the key to your success so far?
Alexx: Ridiculous drive, which I get from my father. I have a great set of parents. My father went to medical school in Mexico, because it was cheaper, and he busted his ass. He learned the language, and had to learn everything in Spanish, and then translate it over into English, just so he could become a doctor. That’s what his love was, so I think I get that from him. The Calise side of the family is all overachievers. I work my ass off, I never stop looking at my phone. It’s probably fucked up a lot of my relationships, but at the end of the day, that’s who I am.
Amps: Do we have any tour plans at this point?
Alexx: Right now I am on a little bit of a break from live playing, but for the odd show here and there. I’ve been asked to do some writing for a TV show, and my licensing agency is putting a lot of my music in shows, too. My focus right now is on new material.
Amps: Is the plan to do a full-length, or another EP?
Alexx: I’ll probably go the EP route again. I find you can get a little more life out of them.
Amps: So what’s next for Alexx Calise? What do the next couple of years hold?
Alexx: My main goal is to be a performing songwriter on a much grander scale. I’m kind of a gypsy in that I don’t like to stay in one place for too long, so I’d love to be doing some major touring, and maybe some acting in the future. Like a musician, or a badass secret agent chick!
Amps: What advice do you have for young women who want to do what you do? And by that I mean, not just get into the industry, but pick up a guitar and rock the fuck out.
Alexx: Well, first of all, good on you for wanting to do something like this, especially being a woman. The market is wide open for something like this right now. I don’t think there’s been anybody since Joan Jett that’s really trailblazed, so good on you for taking that first step.
Next, because there’s very little money to be made, you HAVE to be in it for the love of the music and that is it. There may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you can take pride in knowing that you did what you loved, and that’s the way I look at it. You have to, because this is an industry of constant rejection, and you have to let it roll off. And above all you else, PRACTICE. There’s always gonna be someone out there better than you, so you have to keep bettering yourself.
Amps: Alexx, this has been such a great conversation, thank you so much for spending time with me. You really are a great person, a great role model, with kickass taste in music, and I just wanna thank you again.
Alexx: Oh, absolutely. Thank you for letting me talk about music with you today.
As you can see, Alexx Calise is a pretty cool rockin’ girl. Get to know her, and do it quickly.