#ASCAPProud: Stefan Alexander
Stefan Alexander is an NYC-based queer pop singer-songwriter. He released his first single “Skeleton” in 2016 to critical acclaim. After features on New Music Friday and Apple Music’s Best of the Week, the track gained steam on Spotify, with over 1M streams to date. After a three year medical hiatus, 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Stefan Alexander, releasing "Don't Speak," "Thunderclap," and his most recent Pride Month single "Barricade." Watch for new releases coming out through the beginning of 2020.
Q. Where or when do you feel most authentically yourself?
A. I feel most myself when I'm singing, ideally with bold makeup on and painted nails, wearing loud colors or patterns. In those moments, I'm doing my favorite thing and showing my truest self. I can't think of a time when I feel more comfortable.
Q. How does creating music fit into your identity?
A. I try to distill my deepest thoughts and feelings into my lyrics, so people can really know who I am. I hope I can be as vulnerable as possible through my music and that people will connect to that. Living out and proud, I finally feel comfortable singing love songs with male pronouns. So now when I sing those songs into a microphone, either in the studio or on stage, it also reaffirms who I am.
Q. What would be the elements of your fantasy pride parade? The sky is the limit, NO RULES.
A. My fantasy Pride Parade would be as inclusive as possible. All too often, Pride festivities are centered around white, male, muscly bodies. The most vulnerable members of our community should be the focus, creating a space where they can feel truly safe and celebrated. Other than that, I'm a big fan of sequins, rhinestones, and glitter, so there'd obviously be plenty of that. Maybe all the floats would be on boats and then there would be synchronized swimmers and water skiers in between. The wetter the better!
Q. What is your wish for the next generation of queer creators?
A. My only hope is that they feel empowered and safe enough to make whatever art they want. Whether that challenges the status quo or just tells an authentic story, that's the work I hope to continue seeing.
Q. What’s been your proudest moment so far?
A. My proudest moment was getting back on stage at the beginning of 2019. For 3 years, I dealt with a mysterious health condition that prevented me from performing or singing much at all, so being able to overcome that will always be one of the biggest achievements of my life.