Interview: Aleena Loren
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My whole family sings,writes or plays an instrument. My mom had a christian pop album in her 20s and my dad went around canada singing and playing guitar so I was pretty much surrounded by music 24/7. I started singing covers on instagram when i turned 14 then started singing at my parents church and now am making music and am a part of the Lakewood Nextgen worship team.
If I didn't go into music I'd probably go into artist management,marketing,fashion or owning a business.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
My brother is a personal trainer so I love lifting and working out but other than that I love learning about marketing,how to run a business and am also very interested in fashion.
How long has music been your career?
I started taking it seriously a year and a half ago.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based out of Houston,Texas. Serving at Lakewood church has given me lots of experience with stage presence and being around people who really believe in you. Since Houston is a pretty large city I come across people with the same passion for music and are pursuing the same thing which has inspired and motivated me even more.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
Due to just starting out and covid unfortunately I have not played any shows.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
The goal is to perform at the toyota center or madison square garden but as far as smaller more intimate shows id love to perform at the white oak music hall.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Easy comes with a cost, nothing is easy until you've been able to master your craft enough to become easy.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Stop stressing out and beating yourself up over age goals!!!! When the time is right it will come on its own.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Out of the few I have out right now I'd have to say ‘the same’ because it was the first song I REALLY put my deep emotions into. I'm not the most emotional person, so talking about emotions is hard for me.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
It's different every time, sometime I come up with a melody and the overall idea then set up a co write and we will go based off of that or sometimes it’ll be like a therapy session where I have an idea of what I want the song to sound like and then just spill my heart out to a co writer.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
That someone else relates! A Lot of times I personally feel alone or that no one actually understands me but when I hear certain music I'm able to feel understood and that someone else relates.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Of course! It happens! I try to meet in the middle, understand their ideas and stay open to changing my mind. I try not to stay attached to my version of the song.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I am currently working on a 5 track ep, hoping to go on tour, maybe open up for someone after that gets released!
Social Media links:
Stream ‘the same’ ! smarturl.it/koxmh6