In The A.M. – Interview
Interview with Alex Shimp of In The A.M. and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Alex: At heart, I’m a rock artist. It’s in my soul. But I also have some influence from modern Rap that effects my writing which is a nice touch.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Alex: I’ve been through a lot over the years. There have been weeks in the last 5 years where I didn’t eat every day, just to make sure that I would have the money to record. It’s been a real struggle to make this music a reality and that’s not something people often see or know about. Over the last 3-4 years, I’ve been writing, developing my craft, and it really shows on this EP “What Have I Become”.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Alex: My non-musical influences for the most part include my ex-girlfriend Paige, and people in my life who have screwed me over. I really am inspired by my own misery and people who have hurt me.
Musical influences include, Three Days Grace, Matchbox Twenty (Rob Thomas), Third Eye Blind, Falling In Reverse. All of those bands consist of songwriters who have moved the needle in the rock industry.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Alex: My dreams have always been the same over the years. I have done my best to stay true to myself. I just want to make music. I’ll never be a Rockstar, no matter how big this music gets. Just refer to me as a professional songwriter because that’s really what I’ve worked at becoming.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Alex: I write my songs. My music is about my misery. Even the happy stuff. I just relate well to my own pain. I think we all do. And I think people will resonate with that.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Alex: Instagram has been big for us. To be honest, I freaking hate Facebook. I have made it an effort recently to use it more frequently. But, I hate it.
Personal messaging to fans, friends, family has been awesome traction boost for the turnouts we’ve had over the last two years.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Alex: If you’re referring to streaming, I think it’s a double-edged sword. It’s cool that people can access your music any time any where for free. But, it has really taken away from the ability to make money. Albums are expensive to fund/record if you don’t want to put out trash music.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Alex: Wow. That’s a big question. My all time favorite song is probably Unwell by Matchbox Twenty. It must be awesome to have a crowd to sing that back to you every night. So, probably that one.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Alex: Overly opinionated individuals who think their opinion on any topic is more important than yours. People who don’t take time to listen. People who don’t do anything to better themselves. Mostly just people. People suck.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Alex: Every time I release new music, it becomes my proudest moment in music. Because each time, the growth is noticeable from the song writing perspective. I think that is always something to be proud of.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Alex: A lot. My life and mind are like a constantly revolving door. Currently, I’m working on new cover ideas for a cover EP that I’m going to put out titled, “Renditions”. I’m also working on a couple new original tracks, and I spend a lot of time focusing on marketing visuals and materials. I think the next six months or so will be dedicated mostly to learning more about the online marketing landscape.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Alex: New music is available on most large digital streaming platforms. You can consume the music on Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc. Just be sure when you search for our name you include the dots in the name, In The A.M.
Thank you for the opportunity to interview with you and the guys at Pete’s Rock News and Views. It means the world to me and I appreciate the opportunity. Stay true to you. -Alex