Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Lilly.
Alex, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I moved to LA after college because my high school pal seemed to be having a great time out here, touring and playing music. We always had a half-serious plan to write music for pornos. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. I started a band and joined up with the bird and the bee soon after. Since then I’ve released records as Obi Best, Touché and with The Living Sisters along with my solo stuff and I’ve toured a bit with Lorde and a lot with Beck. I’m about to go on the road again but this time with my own project and the bird and the bee. It’s been a surprising road with many a bump.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
This latest record feels like emotional paintball. After you’re done listening, I hope you feel covered in color and slightly tenderized! Why do I do this? It’s better than therapy and it’s better than drinking all the time. When I stop doing it, things get worse. It’s really surprising when strangers connect to such specific esoteric stories and thoughts. That’s a thrilling feeling and I don’t know how else to be or what else to do. I just love coming up with new ways to say the same thing.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
The key to feeling successful is being flexible with how you define success. I know people who I assume have it made in the shade and they feel like failures. One day, a couple of years ago, I just decided to feel good about my life and I define that as success. At least for the time being…
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’ll be performing live at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, August 2nd, opening for the bird and the bee. Oh and no biggie but Dave Grohl will be on drums! My latest record and the previous Paranoid Times EP are on Spotify and all the platforms. In addition, grandphony.com has physical copies of records and shirts for the die-hards.
Toothpaste Drawing by Dorian Wood, Donut photo by Nora Colie, Additional photos by David Black