Alex Di Leo writes solid pop music. Modern, catchy, and memorable hooks galore. Di Leo is primed for radio success and a long future as a pop music songwriter and performer.
1) Who are your biggest musical influences at the moment?
At the moment my musical influences are kind of all over the place to be honest. I’m into so many things right now that it’s making it harder for me to focus on a specific direction for new material.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to let it happen naturally. In the beginning I was always inspired by bands like ColdPlay, Pheonix, The Killers, & Snow Patrol.
My recent influences would be Flor, Bleachers, Lovely The Band, Barns Courtney, Odesza, & X Ambassadors. They all inspire me in different ways.
2) What is your songwriting process like?
My songwriting process is never the same. Most of the time I don’t grab my guitar or sit at a piano with the Intention to write a song. Usually for me, writing a song starts with a melody that randomly pops in my head and me immediately recording it on my phone.
I could be at the beach or on a flight..it’s always random. I’ve noticed I’m usually inspired when I’m traveling, especially to new places. The whole new experience thing, in general, definitely sparks something. I normally take that idea back home to build from there and typically I work from the piano.
My latest single “Brooklyn Bridge” was re-written 3 times. Four years ago I wrote the original idea. Last year I thought combing it with "Kiss Those Lips," another song I wrote around the same time, would work perfect.
So the day I recorded vocals I went in the studio with that intention. A few minutes before I was going to track the vocals, a couple different melodies popped into my head.
My producer and I sat there for the next couple hour rewriting the whole song except for the chorus. This was probably one of my favorite writing experiences and it made me realize how inspired I become when coming up with things on the spot.
Where do you see your music career in three years?
In three years I’ll be 25..which is kind of scary. I hate how fast life goes. But I hope to accomplish more than I ever have. There are many more songs to be written.
I hope in three years I’ll have established myself as a writer and be able to tour the U.S. and Europe with a significant fan base. I also hope to be charting the Alt charts frequently.