Meeting DJ and producer Alex Bailey
Alex Bailey, from Campbellsville, KY, is a DJ and producer, specializing in future bass and dubstep genres. He has made a splash DJing in the country scene, opening up for the likes of Frank Ray and Randall King, while also throwing after parties for acts just as Koe Wetzel, Trace Adkins, and others. Alex Bailey has recently begun producing his own music, utilizing his many artistic influences to create tracks ranging from head-banging dubstep to melodic futuristic tracks. 1 In Music meets the American DJ and producer for an exclusive and candid interview and the reveal of his next release.
What is unique about Alex Bailey and the music you produce?
Alex Bailey [AB]: Being able to DJ so many genres in many different locations and venues gives me the ability to take my favorite parts from each genre and combine them into something special in my tracks. My influences are many and vary dramatically. I believe that what makes me unique is my ability to break down music in the different genres I DJ and to manipulate that into what I think can tell the best story. My imagination and creativity has no boundaries or limits, and that will make each project I create unpredictable; telling a story in my music and performances, with its highs and lows, is something I take pride in.
What or who shaped your music and who supports you?
AB: I have many influences to how I share my music. From Excision and Kayzo, to Seven Lions and Krewella. I just enjoy listening to great music, picking it apart, and hearing everything that makes that song so great to listen to. Even with artists from other genres that I don’t make music for, like HARDY, or Beartooth, or i Prevail, I am a fan of good music and love to just break it all down.
My friends and family are some of my biggest supporters. I always keep my family updated on my music, and the friends I made in college especially support everything I do. The DJs that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the last 4 years, and those connections that have lasted this long, have greatly supported me and taken many chances on me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
AB: Honestly, not until maybe 5 or 6 months ago. I didn’t start learning how to DJ until I was 21, and getting better at my technical skills on the DJ board was the most important thing on my mind for so long. The more redress and remixes I was beginning to discover and play in my sets, the more I was really intrigued on making custom edits. I did a few, and realized that I could definitely take this a step further and make some music with my own name on it, and recently that’s what I’ve started doing.
What type of music do you listen to?
Alex Bailey [AB]: I am a big Alternative Rock fan.
There’s just something about Rock in general that just makes me want to run through a brick wall and can get my mind going like nothing else.
I do listen to a wide variety of music, I have to keep my sanity in a way. Country, Hip-Hop, EDM, even Latin songs are always playing in my car to and from gigs.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
AB: “The Home Team” is a Rock band from Seattle, Washington. They have so many great tracks out and I am a huge fan of theirs. They’re slowly becoming more popular, but they are definitely worth a good listen to (“She’s Quiet” is a good place to start).
How do you prepare for your performances?
AB: Definitely relaxing as much as I can before I have to hit the road is crucial. On the way to the venue, I will typically listen to podcasts or something other than music to clear my mind, and so that I don’t burn out on music before I get to the venue and start playing. When there’s probably 20 minutes or so left in the drive, I’ll start listening to music and get mentally ready to put on an amazing show.
1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
AB: Football is my life-saver during the week to help me get my mind off music for a little bit. I am a huge Baltimore Ravens fan, but I love watching football and other sports during the week as much as I can. When the Kentucky Wildcats are playing, I’m usually locked into their games as well.
Success to you is…?
Alex Bailey [AB]:
[Success to me is] Being where YOU want to be at in your own mind.
I feel like a lot of people tend to base success on other people’s opinions or compare themselves to other people, and I don’t think that is what should determine your success. 10 years ago I would never have imagined myself doing what I am doing as a career, so in my eyes, I am successful. However, just because you have success doesn’t mean you should stop chasing more of it. I think once you can understand that, you can do whatever it is you want without the stress of chasing other people.
What would help anyone who starts out and that you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
To start as early as you can and to work as hard as you can starting out.
There were times starting out where I wouldn’t work on anything new, would take weeks off at a time, and treat this as a hobby, and I believe I wasted some valuable time by doing that. Going all in on something you love and not stopping is what I wish I had been told starting out, because if I had heard and believed that, who knows how my career would have been different from where I am at now.
Any upcoming projects?
AB: My newest single, “Heart of Stone“, drops November 24th on all streaming platforms. I have some more projects upcoming early in 2023 with some additional visuals dropping as well, so be sure to stay updated on my socials to see what’s next in store.
Thank you so much for meeting with us. Where do we find your music?
AB: You can find my music on all streaming platforms, my name is Alex Bailey. You can also find links to my music and more content on my Instagram. Just click the link in my bio and it’ll take you all of my content and releases!
Alex Bailey on Instagram at https://instagram.com/alexdbailey/