The website for the artist we’re spotlighting this time has been selling a “Turn up the AC" t-shirt. Where I live in Florida, I hear that phrase almost all the time, but this is definitely not about air conditioning. This is about Alexx Calise, whose music is the kind that’s worth turning up and enjoying.
Based in Los Angeles, by way of New York City’s Staten Island, where she was born, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she was raised, Alexx grew up in a musically-inclined family. Over the years, she has developed a hard-rocking style, while proving herself to be quite an independent artist. So independent that she’s turned down suggestions from industry types that she not be as much of a guitarist as she herself was meant to be.
Alexx has also proven herself to be quite versatile by delivering ballads that, in addition to her rocking material, have won her some soundtrack time on various TV shows as well as a few motion pictures. And, as she explained in this interview I recently conducted with her, Alexx has also extended that versatility into the acting realm by appearing in a few commercials and documentaries.
I also asked Alexx about what inspired her guitar-playing and songwriting, as well as her independence in dealing with not just the music industry, plus other topics like how a hit reality TV show featured some of her songs, and the advantages that such TV play offers.