- Words Lucy O'Brien
We caught up with Alix Page to get to know her biggest pet peeves, current obsession, pinch-me moments and goals for 2022.
About to embark on a supporting tour with Gracie Abrams following the upcoming release of her new EP ‘Old News’, 20 year-old alt-pop artist Alix Page was the quintessential girl-next-door turned up and coming pop obsession.
Raised in Southern California, Page traces her first musical interests back to age three, reminiscing how she would recite songs to just about anyone and anything with ears. As she aged, she developed a knack for storytelling through her self-written music, with her recent singles ‘25’, ‘Radiohead’, and ‘True + Honest’ all brave reflections of her own emotional experiences as a young woman.
Between her vulnerable lyrics, her soft, stripped back sound, and the warm instrumentalism that surrounds her tracks, Page instantly transforms into that best friend you would stay up chatting to until the early hours.
Her highly anticipated upcoming EP is a vulnerable collection of coming-of-age narratives produced by the renowned Half•Alives, Brett Kramer and Dave Cooley, who have also worked with huge names like Tame Impala and Wolf Alice. ‘Old News’ precedes Page’s upcoming support act for Gracie Abrams’ tour beginning in February 2022.
Starting the new year with massive strides into her music career, there’s no doubt that Alix Page is one to keep your eye on in 2022. And in recognition of her work alongside award-winning producers such as Picky Montgomery, Mazie, Claud and Waxahatchee this early in her journey, it seems she’ll have no trouble establishing herself as a rising star in the industry.
We sat down with Alix to ask the questions that we really wanted to know.
If you were transported back to 2019, what’s the first thing you’d do?
Find 17 year-old me, let her know where we end up in 3 years, and tell her to enjoy senior year as much as possible. It got cut short because of the pandemic, and I always look back and think I should have gone out of my way to get to know more people and do things outside my comfort zone.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People watching videos on their phone with the sound on in public settings.
What are you currently obsessed with?
My mom hahaha. I took a break from school this semester and moved back home so we’ve been spending a lot more time together and she’s just the best. Even if she wasn’t my mom, I would think she was so cool and want to hang out with her all the time. She’s been the biggest constant in my life, and with so much happening and changing this year I’ve appreciated it more than ever.
What has been your biggest pinch-me moment so far?
Honestly getting the call from my manager saying we got the Gracie tour. Usually with big opportunities like this, I’m in the loop and aware that I’m “being considered” for something but this one was completely out of the blue for all of us. I’ve been a fan of Gracie’s since I was 16, back when she was posting originals on Instagram and didn’t have anything released, so it is a really crazy full circle moment for me. I’ve looked up to her for a very long time so I just feel super fortunate.
Finish the sentence: I feel happiest when…
Do you believe in aliens?
Yes? I think so? I will say, though, I think less about space than I do about the ocean and the fact that 80% of it is unexplored/unobserved… That’s way scarier to me.
Which celebrity would you love to be best friends with?
Wildest thing that’s happened to you lately?
Fell in love?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
An arugula salad, a pasta (probably fettuccine with some kind of ~ragu~), and finish it all with a slice of red velvet cake from The Ivy. It’s all about balance.
Biggest goal for 2022?
I’d love to get in the room with more writers. Everything I’ve put out so far has been written solely by me and I think it’d be super beneficial for me to see how other people’s brains work and what they’re drawn to because everyone’s process is different. More collaborations in general; I don’t get to sing with people as much anymore and that was a big part of what I loved about doing music at my high school, so I’d love to sneak onto somebody’s track and figure out some cool harmonies or something. I also want to start playing a bigger role in the creative direction of my visuals, whether that’s directing or shooting and editing; that whole world is really exciting to me.