Alexander Vlietstra


I'm pretty much in spot where I need to make a separate genre because I don't have any music friends. The music friends I have, have either given up, or aren't really interested in the idea of music for a career, or even a hobby. All I want is someone who can sing with me, and playing guitar or another instrument (anything but the Ukulele) would be awesome. I'm interested in a duo type band with attention towards folk indie, very down to earth acoustic music.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is very common misused powerful form of expression. I have a personal dislike towards Pop music because a lot of the lyrics and the music itself is completely overused, and the lyrics are meaningless. Music is a language, a subliminal communication to your very soul, considering that, Pop music is the junk food of the industry. Music gives me an escape from reality.

What is your music dream?

Essentially, just to play and sing what I have to tell everyone who's listening.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

If the world could be changed, the only thing I'd desire is for everyone to think before they speak, to research before they conclude, and to understand the opposing party before decisively believing everything one's friend has to say about a subject. I'd like a world of philosopher's.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Probably "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

La Dispute, The Classic Crime, Rival Choir, Being As An Ocean, Silent Planet, Sea Wolf, Mat Kerekes, Chevelle, Koji.

What inspires you to make music?

It's complicated, but basically music is something I can express, which I normally can't express, due to my character.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I want to display the fallacious arguments of Pragmatism, Nihilism, Darwinism, and contrast them with the Christian worldview. Aside from philosophy, I want to express a certain type of emotion that is hard to find in music these days.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Exhilarated. The first time I did it, it was nerve racking... But once you start playing and singing, it's a really good feeling, and feels natural.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think there's only three paths a musician can take these days. 1. Ego 2. Money 3. They feel they have something to share A lot of people who go in it for the fame will end up selling out for money in my opinion, and it's hard to find the third option. To improve is simple. Go back to your roots, and remember exactly how powerful music is, and what you're doing with it.

What do you think of Drooble?

Pretty cool, I see some typos here and there, but it's like a Musicians only Facebook, which is cool.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Pop music, anything with Synth instruments, anything that uses auto tune. Can't stand it.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I try to, I go to shows that are hosted in small none-venues. I'll share an artist that I like to my Facebook that deserves more recognition.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I think the biggest thing is to not shut down opportunities, going outside one's comfort zone, and being confident in what you do.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Pretty much all the artists I have listed above are pretty not popular. Mat Kerekes is one of them.