We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Coba and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alex, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was mostly out of necessity. I was starting to tour a lot more and as dates were added there was a need to figure out how to maintain a steady source of income while also following a calling. I had worked directly with many high level entrepreneurs and felt I was ready to set aside fear and doubt, use the skills I had honed and take the leap of faith.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started writing songs late in life. I had always played music but the decision to start a career in songwriting came after many years in a corporate setting and feeling unfulfilled. I think what sets me apart is starting so late in life I dont chase trends in music. I knew what I could do with my skill set and the work it would take to take what I could do and make it into something I felt was uniquely me. There have many miles and hours invested in putting in the time to immerse myself in the songwriting world. It hasn’t been easy. There have been many sacrifices made including a large investment of time and money to work on the craft. I’ve learned that you cant do everything and be everywhere without getting close to burning out so being more selective is a must. I’d say that I would want people to know that whatever it is that’s inside you telling you to do something you know would make you happy is there for a reason. Listen to it!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are some very historic songwriting venues in the area so planning a trip to see music nightly would be a must. Anderson Fair / The Mucky Duck / The Old Quarter. So many restaurants come to mind but I would say visiting the various cultural pockets in Houston to eat at some of the more traditional restaurants would be on the agenda. Houston has a lot of gems as well that I would like to explore.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say my parents deserve all the credit. Their life lessons and support have given me the confidence to pursue an entrepreneurial career path with faith and dedication. I would like to thank Bill Small who produced my first record. Bill has a way of pulling me out of my own head and has me seeing songwriting and composing in a different way. Without his mentorship and help I wouldnt have had the confidence to take on a full record for my first project. My business partners and investors are a great group of seasoned entrepreneurs who have been instrumental in guiding me through my first large project. I would also like to thank my record label TXM Records and my Booking/Management Agency Ginger House Music for taking my career to a level I could not have on my own.

Website: www.alexcoba.com
Instagram: @alexcobamusic
Facebook: @alexcobamusic

Image Credits
Valerie Fremin Photography (Photo 1) Deni Soto (Photos 2-3)

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