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Art & Life with Alina Bea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alina Bea.

Alina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been making things and performing for as long as I can remember. I was born in Venice, CA, and my parents (artists themselves) encouraged me to at least dip my toe into every art form. I particularly loved singing and started playing guitar and writing songs when I was 6. I was also very passionate about dancing and I threw myself into formal training through my teen years.

I started playing in bands in college, gigging locally and touring as a guitarist/singer/keyboardist in several projects for years after that. I finally started my solo project in 2015, drawing inspiration from Bjork and Kate Bush to push me to explore wilder sonic landscapes and more dramatic visual elements than ever before.

Can you give our readers some background on your work?
I am a musician, songwriter, dancer, and multi-instrumentalist. My earliest influences were David Bowie and Joni Mitchell, and they both left their mark on my creative approach in some significant and obvious ways. My lyrics tend to be very intimate, confessional, and self-reflective, like Joni. Bowie, on the other hand, taught me about production value. I like to build an immersive world with my performances, through both visual elements like costumes, makeup, projections, and choreography as well as with the musical arrangements.

The world we live in right now can sometimes feel like a terrifying apocalyptic dystopia. I often feel powerless in the face of it. But there is strength in vulnerability and shared emotional experience. I use my armor-like costume pieces and raw performance style to rage at the void. I hope that the audience feels a cathartic release at my shows like I do.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success is the freedom to make the work that you want to make without constraints (self-imposed or otherwise). A quality that I feel is essential to success is the ability to keep making art in spite of fear and self-doubt.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I regularly perform in Los Angeles, and I’m planning on going on tour a bit this year. My next show will be on February 19th at Hyperion Tavern. You can support my work by coming to my shows and buying my first full-length album, “You Will Learn,” when it comes out this year!

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Image Credit:
Brandon Barnhart, Lilly Cutrono, Echo Seireeni, Noel David Taylor, Erica Weitz, Annette Corsino-Blair

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