Alexx Mack May Be A Pop Princess, But This Bombshell Was Born To Be Bad
There’s a lot of R.M. Drake poems on Instagram, but this one seems tailor made for Alexx Mack, who released her debut EP Like We’re Famous earlier this morning. “She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.”
So much of pop music prowess is determined by a singer’s ability to not only project an air of confidence that can’t be touched, but also to come off like somebody you’d want to be friends with. But Alexx Mack isn’t just the kind of girl you want to be friends with, she’s the kind of girl you want to party with.
If Alexx Mack had a middle name, it would probably be fun, and overall her music hits you like a robust wine that’s been infused with tequila – not only does it get better with time, but it makes you want to get f-cked up and dance. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “why’s it feel so good to be bad,” prepare to look into the eyes of your new spirit animal. Just because you’re a pop star doesn’t mean you can’t still be a card carrying member of the Bad Girls Club.
I’m sure you get this all the time, but is Alexx Mack the name you were born with, or are you just a really big fan of ‘The Secret World Of Alex Mack’?
Oh my God, okay so really quickly, it’s not my first name. I was actually too young when that show was on, so I never watched it. But my name is a running joke with me and my friends. It all started when I was out with some friends and they would always joke that I was macking on some honeys, because I always call guys, honey, so they’re like oh my god, Alex is going to throw her mack down and then that was just who I became when I was just being sassy and sexy.
So, just to get an idea of who you really were growing up, I’m gonna have to ask you a few questions – I apologize in advance if things get a little too personal. *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys?
Britney or Christina?
Spice Girls or Destiny’s Child?
Oh, fuck. [laughs] Damn, I have to do Spice Girls because I wanted to be Baby Spice so bad.
I think as baby teenagers ourselves, that’s who we all wanted to be.
Yeah, I would fight with my friends over it, it got pretty brutal.
Alright, now this is the big one: “Thong Song” or “What’s Your Fantasy?”
Oh God, I have to say “Thong Song.” I remember being way too young to even really grasp that idea – and what was the one performance that he did, where he had the thongs and everyone was on stage – I feel like it was an MTV performance or something, like Spring Break, and I just remember my mom being like, “Oh My God!” [she laughs] I knew all the words!
Who were your biggest influences growing up?
I would have to say Cher, the All American Rejects, The Beatles, Celine Dion…those were really the major ones. My dad was a big Beatles fan, my mom was a big Cher fan, the All American Rejects kind of inspired me to write my feelings, figure out who I was and what I wanted to talk about.
When did you move to LA?
I moved to LA about…it’ll be four years ago in February.
LA is pretty famous for its parties, do you remember your first?
I do, actually. I had just moved out here from Florida and I made a friend, and it was my first fun fashion friend, and we went to a house warming party for an agent I had met – I don’t know, it was my first time being in the scene, or whatever, and I was getting really fucked up and everyone there was drunk and we snuck into this jacoozi and went skinny dipping and it was amazing and definitely my first crazy experience.
That’s a really great base level to start your partying form. Right?
I was like damn, it can only get better from here, and it has.
What was the craziest thing you’ve ever seen happen?
I mean, to me the craziest thing is when I see these people pop these expensive ass bottles of champagne, and I’m just like, “Oh My God, that was my rent.” Like, what’s happening? That’s always crazy. But my favorite party trick is to just get naked and jump in some sort of body of water, that always seems to happen, so yeah, that’s about as crazy as it gets for me.
So you’ve got an album coming out next week called Like We’re Famous, if you had to pick one word to describe it, what would it be?
Oh man, one word! I mean, what word really describes me more than fun? That’s what I think of when people ask me to describe my music, because it’s something that everybody can turn on and dance to and have a great f*cking time. That’s why it’s called Like We’re Famous because it’s like, “f*ck it, let’s pretend we’re fucking famous” and have a great time.
What’s your favorite song on the EP?
I think, you know, oh boy, that’s really difficult. It would have to be between “Bad” and “Retro Romance” because “Bad” was the first song I’d written in so long that I was just like, “this is me – this is my heart, this is my soul, this is everything that expresses what I’m about.” So that one, and then I loved the fact that I was able to write a love song, because I hadn’t written something, or put something like that out ever.
Really? Was that just something you were avoiding, or just not feeling?
I wouldn’t say I was avoiding it, I just wasn’t in that mindset. I wasn’t as focused on those emotions. And then I wrote that song with this girl named Fan and this guy named Chris Bernard, and er got into the room and I was like, “guys, I’m feeling a little more mushy.” And they kind of looked at me like, “what the fuck is going on,” and you know, Chris started with this chord progression and I was just like, “fuck, I feel something from this”. And that’s how it was written.
Out of everybody in the world who would you want to write your next song with?
Who do people compare you to the most?
You know I get a really awesome mix. People are like, “you’re kind of a mix between Betty Who and Charli XCX and Katy Perry,” and I will take all of those comparisons because they are incredibly beautiful, talented musicians and it’s an honor to be compared to any, or all of them.
Other than everything off your new album obviously, what songs can you just not get enough or right now?
I am obsessed with “Downtown” by Macklemore and what’s his name, Eric ____, I think that’s his name. Like, holy shit, everytme i hear that I can’t stop dancing, and I love that feeling. What else have I been listening to?
I’m like the type of person who hears one song and then I put it on repeat for two weeks and then I’m like, “Okay, that was a good run.” So currently it’s that song and, let’s see…I mean, I’m so obsessed with the All American Rejects, it’s kind of scary. They’re always my go-to when I’m in the car. I always put them on repeat. And everybody’s like, we’ve heard this song 50 million times, like you don’t need to play their albums all the time.
What’s next for you?
I have a couple performances coming up that I’m so incredibly excited about. My debut performance, really. We’re making a couple of new music videos that I’m so excited about and then after that, try to play more shows.
And last but not least, what is your favorite cliche fall accessory, pumpkin spice lattes or scented candles?
Scented candles. All the way.
Buy Alexx Mack’s debut EP Like We’re Famous here.
All photos courtesy of the artist.