Interview: Grim Pop Maven Allie X talks Tumors, Dating Advice & the letter X
This Toronto born Pop chanteuse is what you would call a strange kind of cool. Allie X, not to be confused with Stacy X from the X-men, is an aesthetically driven pop singer with an avant-garde noir concept. Her music is not for the faint of heart. She’s been causing a stir with the indie music scene with her brand of dark-laden pop tracks from NME, Pitchfork and countless others. She even gained the attention of pop titan Katy Perry. She’s on tour across the country spreading her sick tunes to the masses of other dark and wayward souls. But we were able to put Allie X under the microscope and see what makes her tick:
When did you know that you wanted to be a singer?
Since I can remember.
How did you come up with your name Allie X?
It sounded cool. (Just Kidding!) My transition to Allie X was based on the notion of letting go of the past and replacing it with an ‘X’. Anonymity. Also the recognition that I am missing parts of me, yet to be found. The X represents an unanswered question.
As an artist, what do you represent?
I represent the people who aren’t sure x-actly who they are in the world. I often feel confused at what makes a person “good” or “bad” and where I fit into it. I represent confusion and objectivity about life as a human being on planet earth. I am not a role model. I don’t have enough wisdom to be one.
Who inspires you the most musically?
Arthur Russell, Wendy Carlos, Petula Clark, ABBA to name a few…
Your recent EP CollXtion has a lot of 80s Pop and New Wave influences. How did the overall sound of the EP come about?
It’s hard to say. It evolved as I was creating CATCH, and by that point I had spent so much time on sound design, I knew what sounds I liked.
What is your all time favorite 80s movie? And who is your 80s crush that you still love right now?
Pretty Woman- is that from the 80’s? No crush.
One of my favorite songs from CollXtion was Hello. As I listened to it, I immediately thought of The Breakfast Club. What was the concept of this song?
The delusion of love and the comedy in the idea that you can be rescued by someone. It all seemed ridiculous to me at the time I wrote it. I pictured a bride in a straight jacket white dress.
I know a lot of people can relate to Hello as dating can be brutal. What is the best piece of dating advice you can give someone struggling to find a mate?
Don’t trust anyone.
Another track that stuck out was Tumor. It’s beautiful in a Tim Burton kind of way. What is the story behind this song?
Oh thanx so much.‘Tumor’ compares the relationship between you and another person to that of a grotesque neoplasm that you have been aware of but chosen to ignore. It was inspired by those TV specials on people with 50 pound tumors who, amazingly have chosen not to go to the doctor or get them removed. The fear of malignancy, fear of others opinion of this grotesque part of you, fear of who you will become when the growth is removed…
Have any of the songs you’ve recorded brought back old feelings or emotions that you thought were gone?
Not at all, no. Some of them I feel quite detached. Becoming X allowed me to let go of attachment to a certain type of people that I used to find myself addicted to. The type of people that I reference in several of the songs on CollXtion I.
You’re currently about to embark on a slew of tour dates very soon. How excited are you to be performing live?
Very X-cited. It’s changing how I think about the project, meeting other X’s in the physical form.
What can we expect from your upcoming performances?
X-pect to see a short but potent performance of every song in CollXtion I in order.
Are you working on any new music right now?
Darling, I am always working on new music.
Do you have any major plans for 2016 that you can share with us?
I have so many ideas and plans that sometimes I want to cry because I want them all to happen so badly and so immediately.
From where you started to now, how do you think your music has evolved?
And you can grab some of her tracks on iTunes!