We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Beane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Have a backup plan.” It’s one thing to bring an extra mic to a gig, but having a backup plan for your larger goals invites failure before you even begin. To succeed in the music business, you have to trust your ability before anyone else will. This mindset will also distort how you measure risk. Before I committed to being a full time musician, I let opportunities pass me by because I had business school to fall back on. When there are millions of people that want the same things, obsession is mandatory. As Yoda says, “no try, only do.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Every artist has challenges, failures, and doubts, but that’s just part of the deal you make with your career. My bandmate and I couldn’t book a gig, so we put on our own mini festival in a field and made a promo. I only took jobs that involved music so I could always be pushing to become the most complete musician possible, and I think that has been my smartest decision to get an edge over the competition. I teach piano and guitar lessons to keep my own playing sharp, and I work as a sound engineer mixing and producing countless artists’ tracks. My biggest lesson came when my lung collapsed and I thought my career was over – I realized that every day living my passion is the ultimate reward, and I’m willing to accept the highs and lows that come with it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Buffalo Bayou is a great outdoor option, and Armando’s is a top restaurant! If you wanna get freaky deaky, Citizen could be the club for you.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to JP at The Kitchen Studios in Dallas. He generously offered his time and wisdom to help nurture me as an artist and engineer, and I’m eternally grateful. Our second album was just recorded, mixed, and mastered there, so check it out on Spotify! (A Trip To The Moon: Carbon Love)
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Other: We’re on Spotify and Apple Music under “Carbon Love” Tik Tok: @love.carbon