We had the opportunity to sit down with Alice The G00n and discuss her latest track, “Who Do You Love.” Alice The G00n creates her art by blending multiple genres. From club classic 90s to NY Hip-Hop and Pop. “Who Do You Love” contains exquisite orchestral and gritty Marshall-stack bass underneath vocals that range from sweet love to raw emotion.
Tell us more about the exquisite track “Who Do You Love” and the inspiration behind it.
I picked this as my first single for a couple of symbolic reasons. On the one hand, I want to be vocal about what we should ask ourselves whenever we go through hell. A reminder of who we’re doing it all for: those we love the most, who get us through dark times. ”Who Do You Love?” serves as a reminder to remember who makes it all worth it. On the other hand, the song’s theme is about leaping. I wanted to capture that feeling of “putting yourself out there.” That limbo of uncertainty can be so intimidating.
When you decide who you want to be or express your affection to someone, there’s a point where you’re holding your breath and waiting for the response to your call. It can be terrifying. Just summoning the courage to move toward your hopes and ambition can be its own battle, but regardless of the outcome, it is necessary.
How did you choose your stage name “Alice The G00n” and is there an interesting story behind it?
I’ve trained in combative, stunt-fighting, and stuff like that for decades. You pick up nicknames in those communities. I’ve earned a few, and this was one of them. When I realized I was ready to start releasing my music, I wanted to choose a nom de guerre that still stuck with me. So, “Alice the g00n.”
What do you want listeners to take away from the single?
There is magic in taking that leap of faith, whether it is in love or life. Conforming or staying locked inside the person you’re expected to be who leaves no room to grow. Sure, there’s risk out there; there’s rejection and embarrassment. We tell ourselves all sorts of things to avoid forging a new character. But it isn’t worth shrinking down to dodge experiences that might scare you. It doesn’t matter how much you crouch; you still have to leap.
Who are your biggest musical influences? Would you say you’re at all like them?
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, Whitney, Prince, The Prodigy—people who spoke to my soul, blazed trails, or invented whole genres.
Am I at all like them? In audacity, at least.
What event or experience in your life made you want to commit to making music?
Music has gotten me through the best and worst of times, and it might take a Dickensian novel to explain why. There are a few reasons I’ve decided this is my path. Of all of the reasons, one experience back in ‘19 stands out. It was a ‘divergency’ that made me choose this time to venture into the world and release my music.
I was performing a low-key set at the Hard Rock. After the show, I went to the restroom, only to be intercepted by a sharply-dressed woman. She had been in the audience and had a few words for me. I was in a post-performance-haze when she started praising me for my work—so I reflexively passed the credit elsewhere—to which she forcefully replied, “No, YOU are incredible. You HAVE to keep doing this.” Her eyes were so intense; I was shaken. I don’t know why, but I never expected a stranger to be so adamant about my abilities. Now and then, that memory alone gives me a shove in the right direction.
With all these artists out and about, how do you make sure that your sound is different and unique?
If I sound different and unique, it’s because I’m making music that speaks to my own experience and comes directly from the source. The music is all me, from concept to completion. I’m not a committee or a focus-tested product. Yes, I’ve been inspired by many different times and fields; but I blend them my way, to create something that could only have come from me.
What are your desired milestones as a musician?
I aim to share my experiences through the music I make while holding up a mirror to realities often ignored. Love, hate, violence, redemption, forgiveness, revenge—I have so much written (and so much to write about)—and I’ll be releasing new music every few weeks. I’m looking forward to collaborations with people who inspire me while I continue creating and performing for listeners who connect with my messages and music.