“Not only do I represent my home state of Oklahoma, but I also represent the K-pop community” – escYOUnited
Although the first episode of the American Song Contest is only days away, we were able to connect with Oklahoma-born, South Korean KPop Idol AleXa ahead of Monday’s broadcast. Learn more about her background in dance and choir, the Kpop group that inspired her career, and what she likes best about being a KPop idol. All this and more in our interview below!
Hello Alexa – I’m super excited to sit down with you to talk about your work and the American Song Contest! For our readers who might know you for the first time, why not quickly introduce us to who you are?
Thank you very much for having me! My name is Alexa, a K-pop artist who was born and raised in Oklahoma for 21 years. I have been living and working as a K-pop artist in South Korea for four years.
Now you’ve been announced as representing Oklahoma, which, as fellow Okie, makes me super excited! How has life been for you since the casting announcement was announced?
I can’t lie, it was really fun and interesting! It’s so heartwarming to see my fellow Okies supporting me, but also the K-pop community getting ready to cheer me on!
Every artist has their origin story as a musician, that moment when they realized they had the passion and potential for a career in music. When did you realize you had a love for music, and when did that turn into a career?
Well, for starters, I started dancing when I was two years old. Throughout elementary school, middle school, high school, and even university, I had a love for the performing arts. I first discovered K-pop in 2008, and the rest is history~
I know you have a background in pom (a version of cheerleading meets dance here in the US), choir and acting from your time in Oklahoma. How do you think your experience in these areas has helped your career today?
Without a doubt, my background in pom has helped me a lot with my flexibility, strength and memory skills. The choir helped me learn the technical aspects of singing and the theater taught me how to express myself on stage.
In a perfect world where you’re going to choose any artist to open or collaborate with, who would you choose and why?
There are so many to choose from, but if I had to name my two best, it would be Doja Cat and Slipknot. Doja has become such an icon, and I would love nothing more than to collaborate with her on stage. As a metalhead myself, I’ve been listening to Slipknot for years, so a collaboration would be awesome. And of course, on the K-pop side of the spectrum, I would love to collaborate with HyunA!!
As you know, K-Pop music has become a global phenomenon recently. For our readers who may not know much about KPop artists, who would you recommend checking out and why?
I highly recommend the group that inspired me to pursue a career in K-pop – and it’s none other than: SHINee! They are a group of five boys. They’ve had so many iconic songs, choreographies, stage outfits, overall, they’re absolute legends.
Speaking of which, I’ve never met a Kpop idol before, so I guess I should ask – what’s your favorite thing about being an idol in the KPop industry? What are some of the hardest things about being an idol that people don’t think about or know about?
My favorite thing about being a K-pop artist is the performance aspect. As an extrovert, I am someone who feeds on the energy of others. Admittedly, due to the pandemic, live ratings have been rare or non-existent; however, now as a participant in the American Song Contest, I’m so excited to have an audience to perform for! As for the most difficult aspect, every job has its pros and cons. If I were to be frank, I think having a wobbly sleep schedule is the only major downside~
Now back to the American Song Contest, because I want to know more about your motivation to participate this year. What made you decide to apply for the competition and specifically represent your state of birth, Oklahoma?
When we were contacted for this opportunity, we knew we absolutely had to go. I’m lucky to have a Swedish-born staff member on my team, and as an avid Eurovision fan myself, we were excited to give it a shot! Being born and raised in Oklahoma for 21 years, I thought now was the time to make my state proud!
And of course, we don’t know much about your song “Wonderland”, but I suspect it will be an amazing KPop number. What can you tell us about the process of writing your song and will it be mainly in Korean, English or mixed language?
“Wonderland” itself was a great collaborative effort by many talented songwriters within the industry. Not only do I represent my home state of Oklahoma, but I also represent the K-pop community, so we really wanted to include some Korean lyrics~
Based on your TikTok video, you promised us an “amazing, spectacular, spectacular, never seen before AH stage” for ASC this year. Without telling us too much, can you develop this statement a little more?
I can’t say too much, but I hope to take the audience on a journey with me to my wonderland~
For our readers who want to get in touch with you before or after the contest, where can they find you and your music?
If you want to know a little more about me, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterYouTube and TikTok.
Alright, one last question for you – is there any last message you would like to share with our readers?
Whether you just found me or have been with me for years, thank you so much for the endless love and support! I hope to continue to be an artist that inspires you ~ Stay safe and stay healthy!
Well AleXa, I want to thank you again for your time today and we wish you the best of luck for the future of the American Song Contest!
Remember #YOU can catch Alexa during the first episode of the American Song Contest on Monday night, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central. #YOU You can also participate in CSA discussions on social media @ESCUnited, on our discord or on our forum page!