Hi guys, it’s Morgan and I got to interview Lexi from Eclipses for eyes. This is really exciting since I really love their style. It was really great interviewing her and she didn’t give any answers that seemed half thought out. I hope you all like this…
Me: When did you guys first get together as a band?
Lexi: I met Allen and Cameron about 5 years ago
Me: I’m the kind of person who reads comments and there are a lot of comments talking about looks as opposed to your music, do you ever get upset about that?
Lexi: That’s an unfortunate reality of being a woman in the music industry but I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt. While there are a lot of people talking about the way I look, there are also a lot of people who are moved by our music and I think the happiness I get from sharing my stories with people outweighs the frustration I get from the image focused comments.
Me: Your music style is really unique, who are some of your inspirations?
Lexi: Growing up my parents listened to a lot of classic rock like Fleetwood Mac which definitely influenced me. As I got older I had an obsession with hiphop/pop artists like Destiny’s Child, TLC, and Christina Aguilera. I’ve always loved heavy music and hardcore, so artists like Thrice, Circa Survive, A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon. I’m currently obsessed with Ellie Goulding, Balance and Composure and Bright eyes. Just an enormous range of music and I think that caused something unique to come out of my brain!
Me: Your lyrics are something that caught my heart, I actually covered Sharks when I was 14ish. Do you white specifically to create an emotion, or do you use your emotion to for the lyrics? Sorry if that’s a confusing question.
Lexi: Emotions definitely create my lyrics! I write because I have a hard time talking about the things that I’m going through and it really helps me cope and understand my emotions. One of the main reasons I write music is to help others and I think lyrics are an amazing way to connect with people.
Me: Letters is my favorite song by you guys, what inspired it, and what inspired your video?
Lexi: I wrote Letters when I was struggling after losing my younger brother to suicide. I didn’t know how to deal with the emotions I was experiencing and I tried so many things (some healthy, some not) to help me deal with such an enormous loss. One of those was writing letters to him when I missed him. The song is about the ongoing struggle of the loss of a loved one. For the video, I wanted something simple and beautiful so we went to Payson Arizona. The mirrors are a sort of representation of the inner struggle.
Me: What was your favorite music video to make?
Lexi: ‘Left Of You’ was definitely my favorite video to make because of how involved I was. ‘Left Of You’ is about having nightmares and so I wanted to create a creepy, dream like world which was so so much fun for me. The video turned out better than I imagined and it was such a fun and rewarding experience
Me: Do you have any favorite songs to play live?
Lexi: Our song ‘Shir Khan’ is so much fun to play live because its upbeat and so much fun to sing. I really enjoy the way people react to it as well. It’s a party of a song.
Me: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a musician?
Lexi: I’ve been singing for as long as I remember and this has always been what I wanted to do! Somewhere my mom has a drawing I did at 6 years old of me singing on stage with people throwing roses at me and it says “When I grow up I want to be a singer” Manifestation is real.
Me: I never realized how hard writing music was until I myself sat down to write music, what is the hardest thing about writing music for you guys?
Lexi: For many musicians, I think the hardest part of songwriting is letting the song be finished. You could tweak a song a million times before you walk away and call it done and that can be quite counterproductive. Simplicity isn’t a bad thing!
Me: Do you have any funny stories about the band?
Lexi: Well one time we played a gymnastics tournament and it was kind of awkward but the ladies were all really into it so it was cool! Performing in front of a lot of talented ladies doing flips was pretty interesting.
Me: Do you have any advice for fellow musicians?
Lexi: I’m going to be cliché and tell everyone to never stop learning and practicing. The only way you are going to grow is if you continue challenging yourself. Even just learning new songs can be an amazing way to become a better musician!