Interview – Alex Bent

By: Jenna Melanson

Alex Bent is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His debut single, “Song For Selena” is a humorous love ballad for the pop superstar Selena Gomez. The single has brought him lots of attention from many media outlets, and the video has gained over 15,500 views on YouTube in less than a month!

I had the chance to do an email interview with Alex, so keep reading to learn more:

When did you decide you wanted to be a musician?

AB: My parents say they knew I wanted to be a musician when I was 18 months old. For as long as I can remember it’s always been something I’ve dreamed about doing. I really started disciplining myself, however, when I joined my first band at the age of 12.

I read that you have been in over 6 bands in all different positions, how many instruments do you play?

AB: I play drums, piano and I sing. I played drums in all of my previous bands, and as I got older and more comfortable, I started contributing more with piano, vocals and songwriting.

What do you find the biggest difference when being in a band compared to doing your solo work?

AB: It’s easier to get things done the way you want them to when being a solo artist. Your vision is the only thing that drives the project so it’s easier to make things happen and make sure that the final result is exactly how you intended it.

Your debut single, “Song For Selena” has brought you a lot of attention, what has been the highlight?

AB: It was really cool being featured on the cover of my local newspaper, The Star Phoenix. A lot of people ended up seeing it and they all gave me a lot of positive feedback. It was really cool.

Since we’re on the subject of Selena Gomez, are you a fan of her singing or her acting career?

AB: I first heard of her because of her acting, but I feel like she made more of an impact on me with her music. I think “Stars Dance” is an awesome record actually.

The song is really good and the video is hilarious, can your fans expect more songs like this?

AB: Thank you! I don’t really plan on making too many silly celebrity targeted love songs again, but the music style of this song is very much what I’m sticking with. The subject matter will just be a little different and a tad more serious.

The video gained over 15,000 views on YouTube, how does that feel?

AB: It feels pretty amazing. I’ve had music videos on YouTube with my previous bands before but I never reached this number, especially in this short amount of time. It keeps me very motivated.

You have announced your new project, a one man band called “The Emptiness”. What can we expect from this project?

AB: Big things. I’m dropping a new single and music video in October this year and I plan to have The Emptiness’ debut album released in spring 2014. I really want to play as many places as I can and make sure that as many people as possible hear my music. I want to get the word out about this new project because I feel like I really have something to offer people and I want everyone to see that.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your favorite Canadian artists/ bands?

AB: I’ve always been a big Loverboy fan honestly. They were my favorite band starting when I was 5 years old and they definitely are responsible for me still having that drive to be a musician today.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

AB: Thanks so much for your support thus far. I know I have a long road ahead of me and all of the positive feedback that I get now really makes a huge difference.

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