October 9th, 2017
While summer starts to dwindle down, all the fairs start to come to life! Extensions of harvest festivals is one thing these fairs all have in common: live music. Alex Ryder has been just killing it this season on the fair circuit. I first heard she was performing at the Navan Fair and checked out her work on YouTube and was blown away! A phenomenal Classic Rocker! Her music reminds me of the Classic Rock female fronted bands of the past. If you thought Rock was dead, Alex Ryder is here to show you otherwise!
Where are you from?
I’m Canadian, originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but now reside in Ottawa, Ontario.
How did you get started on your musical journey?
I’ve always been a huge fan of music, many different genres, but Rock always had its place in my heart, music has always been a huge part of our household, but I actually started singing and started my career after winning a singing competition.
What artists inspire you?
I am a rocker through and through, and I love Classic Rock; that's where my heart and soul is, and the women who have paved the way for artists like me are the greats like Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, and Heart just to name a few….
How would you describe your music?
I’d like to think I have that Classic Rock sound with a bit of the alt, edgy rock music of today mixed in, so bringing the “then to the now”.
How has social media changed the culture of music?
Social Media is an awesome tool; it allows people around the world to hear and see your music instantly! It’s been a very important factor for my music and reaching fans and connecting with other musicians worldwide.
If you weren't a musician what job would you have?
A police officer
Where is your favourite place to perform?
My favourite place to perform are the outdoor concerts and stadiums; people are standing up and just rocking out the whole night with you….
What's your most memorable performance so far, and why?
I just got back from doing two outdoor concerts with Honeymoon Suite and April Wine, and the crowd at both events was electric, they didn’t want the night to end, that’s a pretty awesome feeling, it’s a high you can’t replicate and there’s no feeling better than that…..your adrenaline is just a pumping…LOL
Do you have a story of your most memorable experience so far?
As lame as it sounds I've got so many great experiences from each concert in different ways lol, but I'll have to say that my most recent concert at The Shawville Fair (Sept 1/17) with April Wine, was pretty incredible! It was probably the most electric, energetic, hyped, pumped crowd I've ever played in front of...it was an amazing feeling! The crowds are always awesome but this crowd was on fire...🔥😜
What is your ritual before a performance?
I usually just chill and stay calm and hang out in my trailer or green room, just getting myself geared up mentally before I walk out on the stage.
What five items could you not live without?
Coke Cola, chocolate, chips, baseball hats and my boot collection.
How has rock music evolved over the years?
Rock has evolved over the years in the sense there are so many different genres of what’s considered rock nowadays, but the greats like Bon Jovi, Guns’N’Roses, AC/DC, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith to name a few, and bands like that, is that they have had careers for multiple decades and stayed true to their craft and sound, who they are and their style of Rock music and they are still kicking ass 20, 30 years later. There is always going to be new sounds and new music which is what’s fantastic about creating music/art, you can put your own twist on music, there’s no limitations, and there’s room out there for everyone.
What is the Rock and Roll lifestyle to you?
Volume at 11, ripped jeans, lots of leather and all nighters….LOL And fans that last a lifetime!
If you could tour with anyone or any band living or deceased who/which would it be and where would your biggest show take place?
I would love to tour or play with Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and Melissa Etheridge and play with them anywhere, it would be an awesome concert no matter where it would be, it wouldn’t get much better than that….
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies? Or are you partial to some other cookie?
If I had to pick between those two, it would be Fudgee-O cookies, but my all-time favourite cookies are Pirate Peanut Butter.
mp3 of Alex Ryder's first single off of TaKe Me Down called ROCK
Photographer: Rick Arbuckle Photography
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