by Kimberly Shires
Alexia Christian, from Rockville, MD is our own Rocker chick in residence. The 25-year-old grew up in Rockville and has played on the local circuit up until all venue performances came to a screeching halt due to COVID-19. Like many other local musicians, Alexia has also taken to social media to stream her tunes and continue to build an audience. To date, Alexia has released two albums, “Shadows Turn To Reality” and “Nothing 2 Lose”. She also just released a new single titled ‘100’ on April 30. Check it out:
Alexia says she is excited about the new single because, it is a fun and upbeat rock tune: “This song is about standing up for what you believe in and empowering others to do so. This song is about respect and maintaining high standards for yourself. 100 is also a feel good and statement song. I hope my audience will be able to connect to this track.”
Currently, Alexia is planning a five track EP which she has been recording at Hit and Run Studios in Rockville. Alexia has been keeping it all very home grown. We can expect her new EP by the end of summer.
Now that live streaming has become the new normal, Alexia notes that this current platform gives her access to a broader audience that she did not have before. She can reach more people who could not otherwise come to live shows. She recently participated in a Songwriter’s Showcase Online Performance hosted by local drummer John Trupp. She still finds the current paradigm to be a little cryptic. Alexia performs Facebook live shows every week, but really misses the in-person interaction. “It’s like dead silence. I miss hearing the applause and engagement.”
Alexia wants people to know her as a strong rocker chick. She draws a lot of influence from Classic Rock, although she loves performing modern songs such as Ex’s and Oh’s by Ellie King. Alexia looks to strong female leads such as Pat Benatar as a role model. As a matter of fact, Avril Lavigne is one of her earliest and most influential role models. While Alexia mostly identifies with Rock, she loves an upbeat Pop tune. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are her guilty pleasures.
Along with her solo projects, Alexia is one of the lead singers in a band called the Roxonics. The Roxonics are a Pop, Rock and Original band. They are currently working on a new original album. For sneak previews, follow the Roxonics on Instagram.
Alexia started writing songs when she was 10 years old. Alexia says she has grown as a songwriter since she hit her 20s and considers herself a lyric and melody artist. Inspiration comes from her real-life experiences. “Out My Window” from her second album, was one of the first songs she wrote after living on her own as she experienced the harsh realities of life. Alexia may also turn images from an unhealthy relationship into lyrics. She does this not only to help her get through a difficult time, but also as a light to others who have similar emotions around their own experiences. She also gains inspiration whenever she travels to new destinations, such as her most recent trip to Greece. Alexia’s family is from the island of Crete.
Outside of writing and performing, Alexia is also a music teacher at Gigs Academy in Kensington. She teaches voice, guitar, ukulele, and piano. Since the pandemic hit, she has been teaching lessons over Skype. She finds teaching inspirational and often sees herself in her young students. She tells us that teaching is such a privilege to shape students and help them find their voice.
There are plenty of opportunities to check out Alexia online while we all wait for the next live venue performance. Follow Alexia’s Facebook page to track her weekly Facebook Live streams and her YouTube channel.
Kimberly Shires is a producer and owner of Hear Me Roar Studio. She is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who is passionate about empowering women to express themselves through music. Outside of music she enjoys hiking, biking and snuggling with her dog. Kimberly has called the DMV home her whole life.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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