We can’t get enough of recording artist Alexander James Rodriguez. The English teen has just released his third single ‘Up To You’ brimming with feel good vibes. With over half a million combined streams for his first two singles we chatted to him about life in Los Angeles and his latest tune.
From London to Los Angeles. Can you tell us about your background?
Firstly, thank you for this interview. I am always so honored by people’s interest in my work. I was born in Marbella in Spain but am of British descent. I moved to LA when I was almost 4, actually I celebrated my fourth birthday in LA with a Peter Pan party – very British! I have been living in Los Angeles ever since. I am always in England though visiting family and exploring.
Tell us about your move into music.
Well, I started acting officially when I was six, and booked my first film role and voice over gig soon after. Since then I have done a few films, stage productions and TV commercials, voice over gigs etc., but no ‘break out role’. I have always sung and performed on stage; it seemed a natural addition to incorporate music. Last year I started professional voice lessons and thinking about what type of artist I wanted to be – what kind of music I wanted to sing – what I could bring, and how I could make a difference, and it just snowballed from there.
Your latest single Up To You is very inspiring. Can you explain the lyrics?
I always wanted to sing something people could relate to. I want my music to have a purpose and meaning. For example, ‘My Crew’ is young and all about friendships and your first crew that stick with you through thick and thin. ‘Your Smile’ is about a girls smile, innocence and having fun as friends in the summer, and ‘Up To You’ is about being the champion within. That you can do anything you put your mind to. We are all champions – we’ve got this, and we can’t give up. I recorded all three songs in lockdown this May, and I think ‘Up To You’ reflects that the most.
What is one thing you live by?
Wow that’s a hard question. I think I will defer to my lyrics in Up To You as it is how I feel. “Can’t give up now we’re almost there, Gonna change the world I know we can, Gotta look inside it will be there, Coz we were born to win we’re champions!”
Keep moving forward and you will make a positive difference.
‘Up To You’ from Alexander James (AJ) Rodriguez is currently out and available for download on all digital streaming platforms.