Getting her start in the music industry as the keyboardist of internationally known death core band Winds of Plague, Pittsburgh native Alaena puts her own spin on pop music – a mixture of eerie innocence over heart-pounding tracks. She mixes an effortless 90’s vibe with her naturally dark edge captivating a viewer’s eye, heart, and soul with her euphoric presence. Alaena had to grow up fast touring the world so she moved to Los Angeles right out of high school to pursue her career, where she then met producer Khris Lorenz. They worked closely developing her sound and in 2016 they unleashed her first single entitled “Bad.” As “Bad” gained momentum, so did Alaena’s fan base. She has received interest from highly notable Magazines, DJs, songwriters and blogs all over the spectrum. Alaena is currently recording her debut ep and Dark Beauty had the chance to get a one on one with her…
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Where were you born and where do you reside now?
I was born in Pittsburgh PA and grew up there but I now live in Los Angeles.
Describe what being a musical artist means to you:
I have been playing music since I was a kid. It took some time to really figure out who I was as an artist. As soon as I let go of the perceptions and standards and just let what I wanted to make, out of me, I found myself the happiest. I think being a musical artist is finding that happiness in your creation. Are you really an artist if you hate what you create? Artists have to put 110% love into their work or else… well.. its dull.
When you wake up what are your first thoughts and goals for the day?
Wow I honestly have 1 million thoughts and goals when I wake up, but strangely I wake up at 6 am to my dog smacking me in the face with her paw repeatedly because somehow I have gotten her on a feeding schedule that early.
Your new track LOSER is meant to have a personal strong story and message. Being no stranger to growing up differently than everyone else by being singled out and your metal fans unwillingness to accept your change as a pop princess, this song seems very fitting. Can you go more into this for our readers:
Ever since I was younger I was the odd one out trying to fit in with the kids who just “got it”. I never seemed to do so. I was showing up to cheer practice in my black baggy band t-shirts and colored hair with an I don’t care attitude but still wanted to secretly be invited to the captain’s sleepover party. Little did I know that this would carry on past school, even in my bands I still tried to fit the molds of what everyone saw as “the one”. Once I started embracing myself as a pop artist I completely settled into EXACTLY where I was supposed to be.. from growing into my body, to my look, to my art.. everything seemed right.. and guess what? It’s not the picture perfect pop girl you would expect to see. It was me, the odd girl who finally understands herself. I have had a tough time getting my old metal fans to enjoy what I do now, a few carried over, but the rest write me hate mail or ignore my existence as if being a female musician wasn’t the reason why they liked me in the first place.
We’re also excited for your new music video for LOSER, your play on dark pop is quite wonderful and contagious. You chose to self direct the trailer, nice touch as well. Tell us about your production team and collaboration with Hong Kong based lingerie brand Raven and Rose:
Thank you! I chose to self direct the video because well.. to be completely honest, I am a DIY artist who is doing everything in her power to get her music heard, and in the best ways possible. I knew I couldn’t pay for a music video so I wrote out a rough treatment, drove a few hours away with my roommate and created this video that I knew I could have complete creative control over with the outcome being a strong core message. I have been working with Raven + Rose for a few months now and they have been crazy supportive of my project! They sent me some killer lingerie for the trailer video and damn, I never felt more like a sex goddess. SEE VIDEO BELOW
You have a past as a keyboardist for a heavy metal project, tell us more:
Yes, I played keys for the band Winds of Plague. We toured the world, wrote some records together but ultimately I knew there was something missing in my musical career and I had to seek it out.
How about an empowering message for our female readers:
I have struggled being a victim of cyber bullying, female shaming and sadly rape. It takes a lot to tell the world what you are going through, but know that you are not alone and that we all can get through anything if we stay strong and unite as one voice. We might not always be able to stop people, but we can stop ourselves from feeling the pain with love. No matter what name we are called or what we are classified as, there is nothing more unstoppable than a united front.
What vibe are you going for musically?
It seems that a lot of magazines and blogs have dubbed me grunge pop, so basically if you press play on my song and all of a sudden you see Britney Spears dressed as Courtney Love don’t be surprised.
What is your personal style?
I love wearing no clothes. I wish I could walk around in high waisted underwear, a Raven + Rose bra and a fur coat at the grocery store with some Doc Martins.
What’s in your Spotify playlist?
I love to use Spotify, and Spotify playlists to discover new music, so it is always changing! Gimme pop gimme rap gimme rock
I am obsessed with gummy bears
What is next for Alaena?
I am putting together my EP which is getting pretty close to being finished!
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark Beauty to me finds the beauty in the darkness. We all are a little messed up, damaged or slightly off but thats what makes us beautiful.