AlienBlaze is a 19 year old mad as hell singer/songwriter and lead guitarist from the UK. Known for her empowering lyrics, gritty, distorted instrumentation and fierce, energetic delivery, she injects her sound with a healthy dose of badass invigoration. Exploring a realm of different genres, the result is a fascinating hybrid of everything from goth, grunge and emo, to rock and more electronic elements. Her dominating presence emits an angsty appeal, encouraging a sense of self-empowerment through a pleasingly chaotic lens.
Finding influence from bands such as The Cure and Bring Me The Horizon, AlienBlaze has crafted a sound that embodies the spirit of music that has inspired her through the decades, tuning into a frequency that caught the mood of the times. Covering topics such as the everyday experiences of a young adult, to more poetic themes including pathetic fallacy and imagery from nature, AlienBlaze delivers her message in a way that allows listeners from all walks of life to interpret it.
How did you get to where you are now?
I started by just playing lead electric guitar because I wanted to play in a band. However, it was difficult to find people who would commit so I decided to do everything on my own. I have been so fortunate to have the support of Spotify, who promoted my song ‘Hate Me’ by putting it on three editorial playlists, which got the ball rolling and gave me attention from other bigger artists like Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon and Grimes. They both acknowledged my track on Twitter, which was a huge compliment and breakthrough. Since then, my song ‘Romantically Dead’ has been put on the massive editorial playlist ‘Walk Like A Badass’ with huge established bands such as Twenty One Pilots, Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Bring Me The Horizon.
How would you describe being an artist?
The highs for me have been the appreciation of fans, who have consistently supported me, including creating amazing artwork of me and doing videos to my tracks. Many of them have said how my music has inspired them, which means so much to me. Other high points have been the appreciation of other artists for my music, as I mentioned above. Working with Dan Lancaster on this recent track ‘Broken Hearted Or What?’ was particularly important to me, because he produced my favourite album of all time ‘That’s The Spirit’ by Bring Me The Horizon, which is one of the reasons I started playing guitar and doing music in the first place.
What’s a musical guilty pleasure of yours?
I listen to a massive amount of music and many different genres, but I particularly love grunge, such as Alice In Chains and Nirvana.
What are some sources of inspiration for you?
I can get inspiration from many different sources, including art and literature, however sometimes just something someone will say to me can spark an idea for a song, which is how the title ‘Broken Hearted Or What?’ came about.
Who is an artist that you look up to more than others today?
Obviously Oli Sykes, but I admire other artists who write their own material like I do, such as the formidable team of Billie Eilish and Finneas and also Ashnikko.
What do you do to relax?
Playing really heavy rock really loud on my Schecter Avenged Sevenfold guitar, like Royal Blood and Rage Against The Machine. Also, swimming in the sea, which helps ground me again with nature.
Tell us about your latest release and how it came about
I wanted to write a genre fluid follow up track to my song ‘Hate Me’, and as I said earlier, the inspiration for it came just by what someone said to me which made the chorus fall into place. I wrote the whole song on my guitar in 5 minutes, which was the same with Hate Me. Other songs take me a lot longer to create.
How do you fuel your creativity?
Reading music autobiographies / biographies by other artists and watching comedy films.
What’s the future looking like for you?
I try to live in the moment as much as possible, which is becoming increasingly difficult with the 24 hour daylight of social media, but I hope that people will just appreciate my music as they have done so far.
How do you approach your visuals, music videos etc?
I’m very inspired by 70s fashion and combining pieces that were popular then, for example an afghan coat, and pairing it with more modern pieces. I make a lot of DIY pieces. In my video for ‘Broken Hearted Or What?’ I’m wearing a top inspired by something Joan Jett wore, which I made out of a plastic bag and some safety pins.
What is the most embarrassing memory and most proud moment of your career so far?
I can’t say I have any particularly embarrassing memories as yet! Proudest moments are really what I’ve already said with praise from Oli Sykes and being put on huge editorial playlists as a smaller artist.
What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Something that resonated with me was when someone said ‘everyone has their own timeline to where they’re going’.
Where do you think the music and entertainment industry is headed after this past year?
The landscape is constantly changing and continues to change, it’s hard to predict what will happen next, but I hope that authenticity as an artist will always count for something.