Interview with Aaalyssa DeBoer

Genesis, the debut album for rising star Aaalyssa DeBoer is set to release on the 27th of August. A combination of electronic house and experimental, Aaalyssa worked hard to find her sound and perfect it for her new album. Earlier this week, Aaalyssa was kind enough to answer a few of my questions on music, life and Genesis. 

1. For readers who may be new to your music, how would you characterise your sound?
I don’t want to label it but my music can generally be put into the category of minimal house. It can also be classified as experimental. I put a lot of classical vibes into my music though.

2. Your new album Genesis comes out late this month, what was the inspiration behind the work?
My inspiration would have to be my imagination. It’s like what if you were sneaking amidst a revolution? What if you’re wandering through the forest and you catch a glimpse of a faerie? My imagination is that of a child and I use that to my advantage.

3. Do you have a favourite track on the album? Or maybe a particular track that you’re excited for everyone to hear?
That’s a hard decision! The one I can listen to forever would have to be This is Not Reality. I usually listen to the same song for hours on end until I get bored of it. This one never loses its appeal for me and it just suites any situation no matter your mood.

4. What enticed you to take on a career in music? Was it something you always wanted to do, or was there a moment in your life where you realised the music life was for you?
I always had trouble finding music I liked. I would think I found a genre that I could listen to and then it would turn out it was only a few songs. That is what really drove me to it. The world needed more amazing music in it.

5. As I understand it, you had to put some things on hold in order to find your sound. Do you have any advice for struggling musicians trying to find their way?
Yes I did. I had to deal with so many people wondering why my music didn’t sound like dubstep or house to the point I started to not like anything I made. If people are negative and tell you that you aren’t going to make it, you need to cut them out of your life. You’ll make it, it’s just a matter of whether you’ll give up before it happens. The best piece of advice I can give is to not give up.

Check out my review of the EP here

For more information on Aaalyssa check out her website