Updated: Aug 26, 2021
Written and published by X
Is it just me or do some of the most talented artists come from the DMV? Washington DC has been home to innovators and proficient artists in the electronic music industry for years. I think we’re seeing a massive wave in new artists and music this year! I don’t know about you, but it’s exciting for me to see people grow into their niche. Today I’m going to be talking about an artist who’s been dedicated to his work for a long time. Alex Bochel started studying at Virginia Tech to pursue computer science, but after a friends attempted suicide his senior year, decided he wanted to do something that made life worthwhile. As Malaa once said, “House music is a healer when you don’t feel good inside.” But what else inspired his “pop and folk” kind of music?
“I got into EDM after hearing ‘Faded by Alan Walker’ for the first time.” If that isn’t relatable enough, Alex conveys a deep love for music, as he’s been producing songs electronically for two years, and had been writing songs for eight. It’s great to see artists who have an actual musical background. Sometimes you see people start producing just for the money or fame, and it’s obvious to me that that’s not the case here. He enjoys making the music and how it’s perceived by others. If I took anything out of speaking to Alex, I’d say that his music comes from his heart. In terms of growth as an artist, he said the biggest way he’s grown is by knowing what people want out of his songs. “People who want bass music want a lot of groove and heavy bass lines, while people who like future bass tend to want euphoric drops. I’ve grown to like simpler songs where I can focus on a few key elements like vocal chops, drum patterns, and a catchy chorus and drop.”
So why is it that some artists get so caught up in their ego? Is it because of social media? Why can’t all artists have this kind of deep love for music? I truly think that the reason is because of all the competition. It can be hard not to get mixed up in it all when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. But take it from us, it’s not going to work out if you don’t keep things genuine or original. There’s a difference between having inspiration and straight up copying others. There’s a difference between advertising your music and forcing it down peoples throats. Lastly there’s a difference between making music for fame and making music from your heart. If you make music from your heart, you’ll make it there, trust me. It was refreshing listening to music so pure and upbeat. I’ll be on the look out for more genuine artists in the DMV.
If you’re looking for songs that are typically shorter than most house tracks, but structured like a pop song, this is your kind of music. Not only will you feel a nostalgic kind of magic while listening, you’ll also be reminded that music is a healer. Whether it’s to get past a certain point in your life, lift others up, or simply do it for yourself, music will always be there. Don’t forget to click the link below to stream Alex Bochels music. -X