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20 Questions With Alexis Lynn

The Vancouver pop singer-songwriter tries to relate to my inane inquiries.

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Photo by Lindsey Blane.

Alexis Lynn shared her latest single I Can’t Relate with me a couple of weeks ago. Today, the Vancouver pop singer and songwriter shares a little more of herself by trying to relate to my inane inquiries. Check out what she had to say:

 


 

Introduce yourself: Name, age (feel free to lie), home base, other details you’d like to share (height, weight, identifying marks, astrology sign, your choice).
What’s up, my name’s Alexis Lynn, I’m a Capricorn and a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Vancouver! I’ve got lots of tattoos and a head full of curls.

What is your musical origin story?
I’ve been singing since I can remember, along to car radios and eventually in singing lessons. I started writing when I was 16 and I think that’s where my artistry really started. Being able to articulate my experiences and feelings in my own songs was a game changer for me!

What do we need to know about your latest project?
My latest single I Can’t Relate is about looking in on a friend’s toxic relationship, and reflecting what I might do in that situation while also trying to help them see they’re worth more. It walks the line of comedy and tough love. I wanted to write something that I would say or have said to my friend, and something that would also empower other women who might be dealing with similar types of men.

What truly sets you apart from other artists?
I think I’m an artist who is willing to reveal my truth and speak to all sides of relationships. I write about romantic and intimate love, but I also address and call out relationship issues and BS in a real and meaningful way. Not This Time, Polite and I Can’t Relate all address behaviours that I’m not willing to accept and they’re not exactly sugar coated lyrically. I try to address it all head on with no time for excuses.

What will I learn or how will my life improve by listening to your music?
I think you’ll learn a lot about my life and experiences, but also not to put up with anything that is less than what you deserve. It might make you reflect on your own self worth and standing up for what you want and deserve.

Tell us about the first song you wrote and / or the first gig you played and what you got paid.
The first song I wrote was in high school, about an unrequited love! I remember I was folding my laundry and this melody and lyric just popped in my head, the song ended up being called Weak. I think a lot of songs happen like that. I don’t remember my exact first gig but I’m sure I did it for free!

What is the best / worst / strangest / most memorable performance you gave?
One of the best I can remember was in 2018 playing at Venue in Vancouver. I opened for a band called New City from Toronto, and I just remember the energy being so high. One of the strangest was definitely a bar show I played last winter where the bar was basically empty. I know we artists always “play every show like it’s a packed arena” but it can definitely be challenging when there are only five people standing in front of you.

What is the best / worst / strangest / most memorable performance you’ve seen another artist give?
One of the worst was unfortunately Lauryn Hill, but it was NOT her fault. The sound was so terrible you could hardly understand her!

What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
Hopefully touring and recording!

What living or dead artists would you collaborate with if you could?
Dead: Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.
Living: Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Pharrell, and of course queen B, Beyoncé.

What artist or style of music do you love that would surprise people?
I’m not sure if it would surprise people or not, but besides Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop, I really like Alternative. I love The 1975, The Lumineers and The Black Keys.

What are your favourite songs / albums / artists right now?
I’m currently loving Megan Thee Stallion, Coffee by Kelly Rowland, Sunday Best by Surfaces, Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, Jack Harlow and Sasha Sloan to name a few!

How about some other favourites: Authors, movies, painters, you name it.
Movies: Harry Potter (books & movies), Kill Bill, The Grand Budapest Hotel,
TV Shows: Shameless (US), Sons of Anarchy, The Office, Mindhunter, Queer Eye,
Colour: Red.

Who would you be starstruck to meet?
Beyoncé. I would probably lose my s***.

What do you drive and why?
I drive a 2006 Toyota Corolla, who is lovingly named Yung Money. Why? Because Yung Money is cheap and reliable and I’ve had him since high school.

What superpower do you want and how would you use it?
Invisibility! I’m lowkey super nosey. It would be so useful to see what people are up to or to sneak out of parties you don’t want to be at.

What skills — useful or useless — do you have outside of music?
I’m a decent painter and somewhat decent digital artist! I used to be really good at math in high school, but I think the lack of everyday practice has taken a toll on that! My pinkies are also double jointed. Not a skill, nor is it useful, but just in case you wanted to know.

If I had a potluck, what would you bring?
I love baking so probably a cake of some sort, or I make a mean spicy peanut tofu dish.

Tell us about your current and/or former pets.
I have one family dog who is a nine-year-old boxer named Titan, and I recently got two new kittens! Sirius Black and Draco Meowfoy.

If you could have any other job besides music, what would it be and why?
I would probably pursue a career in some sort of avenue of social work or activism. I’ve always been passionate about helping others and fighting for what’s right so I think I’d love a career in that direction.

Check out I Can’t Relate above, listen to more of her music below, and keep up with Alexis Lynn on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.