Today we’d like to introduce you to Alfa.
Alfa, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as a musician.
I’ve been a musician for as long as I can remember – I have early memories of making up sounds on the treble end of a piano (the tinkly part) while my sister tried to practice. I was born in the Philippines to a musical family and when I moved to New York as a 6-year-old, I began my classical training in piano, and eventually violin. The idea of playing music was captivating for me from an early age, but when I was 13 everything changed when I discovered writing songs. It felt so much more expressive and more true to me, and I became obsessed. I taught myself guitar because it was easier to get to gigs with a smaller instrument than the keyboard and eventually picked up ukulele too. I started off by playing open mics, then booking gigs in NYC while I was in college. Eventually, I started getting invited to play gigs in other places – Boston, Philly, Hartford. After a few years of gigging and recording music, I decided to move to Los Angeles, and that’s when I really got to focus on my music career.
We’d love to hear more about your music. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your music?
I write songs that speak to the truth of my day-to-day experiences. I try not to get boxed into a genre because to me, the nuts and bolts of songs are the truth-telling and honesty, paired with a melody you can hang your hat on. As humans, we get really caught up in just making it through each day – paying the bills, getting ahead, raising kids – it inevitably leads to a bit of tunnel vision. I totally get that. My job as an artist is to get people thinking outside of themselves, even for just a second, maybe to get at the heart of pain, or a thought, or a heartbreak that’s in their life but that they’ve had to set aside to get through life’s daily demands. Or maybe just to get a smile on their faces. In trying to be as thoughtful about my own life and to translate that to music, I hope that I can connect with people who listen and they can get something meaningful out of my work. I try to do this in my performance too – for many years, I’ve worked at polishing my live show so that I can create this connection in the best possible setting for an audience.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Corporate interests meddling with the medium.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your music? How can people support you and your music?
You can find me on all major platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and Bandcamp, as well as on my website, Instagram, and Facebook.
Links to my latest release:
Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/ca/album/isabelle-remix-single/1483705861
Deezer – https://www.deezer.com/en/album/116823162
Amazon – https://music.amazon.com/albums/B07Z593DTX?trackAsin=B07Z58QKW5
Tidal – https://tidal.com/browse/album/120226683
- Website: www.alfa-music.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: intagram.com/alfa_music
- Facebook: facebook.com/alfamusic
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4xDtjXXp5O4UKKaNoqIlSQ