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Interview - Alex Aureo

Originating from Albano Laziale, Italy, Alex Aureo's dream of breaking into the music business became unattainable over the years, so he pursued tattooing instead of music as a career. After reaching the top of the tattooing business, and tattooing celebrities like Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, and Scooter Braun, Alex Aureo thought, “Why not try music again?” The limitations over time that paused his love for music suddenly vanished. He now releases his first single, ‘Swear to Defend’.

We had a conversation with Alex Aureo regarding the release, his future plans, and the reasons you should listen to his music. Check it out here at IGNITE!

Hey Alex Aureo how are you doing?

Now that I am one step closer to achieving my dream (by sharing my first song ever!) I feel so much better.

Who are your main influences as a band?

I have a lot. Grew up playing punk rock bands like Green Day or Paramore and artists like Lewis Capaldi, and Tom Odell inspire me.

Sum up your music for us in three words?

Honest, Straight to the point, relatable.

What's your biggest highlight so far?

I’ve gained a massive following by going viral on TikTok and Instagram, thanks to my videos singing to my clients. I am a world-renowned tattoo artist as well. In my career, my highlight was working with multiple celebrities like Demi Lovato and The Chainsmokers.

How have friends and family reacted to your journey so far in music?

They have been extremely supportive. Everybody was always pushing me, all my life, to pursue music professionally. They believe in me and I am going to make them even more proud now. Even when I became extremely successful in tattooing, my mom would always say “You are making a mistake, don’t let the music go, that’s your calling”. I thought she was wrong and I pushed forward in my career. What if she was right all along? I will always love tattooing. But I love this too. So why not do both? I know it will be tough but I am ready to work for it. If not for a dream, what should we work extremely hard for?

Congratulations on the release of your debut single 'Swear to Defend'. We're loving it! How did it come about and what’s the meaning and/or message behind the song?

Thank you. I’ve never felt more excited and inspired in my life, honestly. With this said, I thought about love. And why we, as humans, need each other. Why we need love. I think love is what makes us jump over obstacles, and what gives us courage during hard times. It’s what supports us when we fall and helps us stand up again. Stronger than ever. It talks about protecting the love you receive. It’s about swearing to be there for the other person, no matter what. In the song I say, in the end, “When the night falls, over the ones that we love most, and I feel like I cannot go on anymore If you are by my side, then I can.” I believe love is the only power that’s strong enough to get you out of the darkest of times. If you’re not alone,   you can always do it. And this kind of love could be a lover, a family member, or, why not, a puppy. Cause you are never truly alone.

What was the recording and writing process like for this song?

I just had to look into myself and this about my life and how love played such a huge role in my journey. I was writing at night, after work, well into the deepness of the night, 3-4 am. Everybody would be sleeping, I would be writing, Soul searching. This is just the start. I hope one day this song might inspire as many people as possible.

How would you describe this song sonically for our readers?

I started as a tattoo artist. I want to show my listeners and followers that even with just a guitar, which I played, and my voice, I can create an emotional, private, and intimate connection. I think that’s what music is about. I want to make you feel something. And I want to show you I can do it in the most simple way possible. Just me and my guitar. As if I was playing the song to you, in your room. Just me and the listener. I’ll go with more complex musical creations for the next singles. But for now. I want to show you what my project is about. And that is my sound and my message. That’s it.

What are your plans for the rest of 2024? What can fans expect?

I am planning to release multiple singles that will compose an EP. I want to bring them with me during this journey. A journey that proves that if you have a dream, you can always follow it. No matter if you chose a different career path. No matter your age. Things will come eventually. Doesn’t have to be right away. But if you dream and work strongly enough. Things will happen. And dreams can become reality. You just need to believe in yourself. And, if you have loved ones supporting you, it’s even easier, as “swear to defend” teaches you.


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