This week we’d like to introduce you to singer/songwriter and actress Alexz Johnson. Alexz is currently on her 2023 tour, and last month, she released her much-anticipated fifth studio album titled “Seasons,” which is available now on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube! In addition to her music career, she has also acted in several television shows and films, such as Instant Star, So Weird, Final Destination 3, and Devil’s Diary.
What was the inspiration behind becoming a creator? What do you enjoy most about the creative process?
I feel every person becomes a creator at some point in their lives. We’re born creators! Whether it’s creating art, or creating friendships, meaningful conversations… even your parents created you! Some people focus their energy into things they enjoy creating most, and channel that back into the world. I hope to do that with the music I make. I most enjoy the community that’s formed around my art. I love that I have the ability to create something that brings people together. Whether at a live show, or in my Patreon community.
Can you talk through your creative process? How long does it take? Does everything you produce make money?
My creative process changes constantly, but I welcome that, as I love the freedom it gives me. Being a musician, and running a label, I do try to maintain my deadline goals though, which pushes me to show up for myself as I would any major label. I think there’s a successful balance between the creative freedoms matched with a strong business model. Not everything I produce is with the goal of a quick financial return. I’ve found sometimes, it’s more valuable to invest in a longer term vision for your brand. A build toward a strong creative foundation of work has worked very well for my business.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about your line of work?
That it’s always a great time. Musicians are selling a dream. It doesn’t mean we’re always living it. It takes an incredible amount of dedication, discipline, and healing to overcome the rejection and disappointments that come with any creative endeavour.
What did you first become aware of copyright, and why?
When I knew I wanted to release my music independently. As an independent artist, it’s very important to have all my song information registered with my respective affiliations. The ownership of my masters and my material, is what has allowed me to financially sustain my business. Copyright protects my rights over my creations, and I’m happy I learned this at a young age.
Have you experienced copyright infringement and, if so, how has it affected you personally and financially?
I have experienced copyright infringement, and it’s horrible. I’ve had songs stolen from me and posted online, and with the nature of the internet, these things are bound to happen. That’s why it’s very important to protect your repertoire, and get informed about copyright law.
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