An exclusive interview with leading musician Lee Alexander
A musician isn’t something you choose to be, it’s a calling and way of life that chooses you. Ask anyone who plays music for a living and they’ll tell you the same. It’s not an easy life but it’s the only life they can lead, something with which San Francisco artist Lee Alexander wholeheartedly agrees.
“I know it sounds strange, but I can still remember the first time I became consciously aware of music as a child,” explained Lee. “I was instantly put under its spell and fell in love with the melody, the rhythm, the tempo, the lyrics, the sense of otherness and magic that all good music conveys. I knew instinctively then as I do now, music would always be my life and my life would always be music.”
Writing songs from an early age, Lee first took to the stage in High School and has since produced music in both the English and Korean languages. He has also co-written a number of commercially successful songs and performed on stages all over the world.
Lee explained, “I’ve always connected with the romance of the wandering minstrel, so the opportunity to travel to far-flung countries and perform my music is like a dream come true. Music is like a religion to me and so I see touring as a chance to spread the word. Of course, I’m also something of an adventurer at heart and I think my nomadic childhood is in part responsible for that.”
As someone who is of Korean and Chinese descent and who has made his home in San Francisco, Lee regards himself as a citizen of the world. As a child, he lived in many different countries and believes that has helped inform his trademark eclectic musical style.
Lee said, “Being exposed to all sorts of cultures, individuals and experiences, definitely informs you as an artist. It helps you see the bigger picture and that deep down we’re not all that different from one another. Music is all about connecting with and unifying others on a very primal and emotional level. You have to take your personal experiences and make them universal. I think understanding others is key to striking a chord with them musically.”