Today we’d like to introduce you to Alec Hutson.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Music has been a part of my life since before I was forming memories. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that put a lot of value in the arts. Their support from an early age was crucial to my development as a musician. After noticing my engagement in singing from an early age, my ever-patient mother got me started with classical piano and was the sole driver for getting me through the first handful of years where I refused to practice. In fourth grade, I picked up the alto saxophone and studied with a crazy Russian instructor who insisted that playing jazz in the Soviet Union could get you and your family murdered. (That didn’t sway me from trying it out anyways.)
Sophomore year of high school came around, and my dad taught me some open chords on his old acoustic guitar, which happened to be around the time I started experimenting with writing my own music.
From there, I started to really feel the pull of the musician life. I joined an acapella group and a funk band in college and played with countless projects in western MA and Boston. At my peak involvement in 2017 I was involved with five active original music projects, as well as performing solo and in a wedding band. This unsustainably exhilarating period of my life ended like a flash of light as my little microcosm of a music community eroded and fell apart in a cloud of miscommunication and tangled emotions.
Having spent some time separated from my passion in order to reevaluate my goals, I am currently focused on creating my second full-length studio album, slated for release in late 2018.
Please tell us about your art.
I create intellectual music from the heart; music that you can both dance to and sit and listen to.
My goal is to make honest content revolving around my truest experiences. I don’t often stick to traditional formulas or structures, opting instead for what feels and sounds right to me. I believe that music is a universal language, so I don’t try very hard to constrain myself to a fixed genre. My goal is to make music that is all about exploration, accessibility, and insight. Everyone in the audience should be engaged in movement and flow as well as walk away having learned or experienced something new.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success for me is bringing music into the lives of people who could benefit from it. It’s being able to play to consistently full audiences. It’s being able to continue experiencing new things and constantly learning, and then taking what I’ve learned and translating it into music. It’s being able to sustain a comfortable lifestyle without sacrificing the integrity of my work. It’s continuing to grow as a musician, collaborator, individual, and inhabitant of this world.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The easiest way for anyone to support my work would be to follow me on Instagram (@alechutson), Facebook (alec. hutson. music), and purchase my previous album, Thunder and Lightning, through www.alechutson.bandcamp.com.
My website, www.alechutson.com contains most of my recent videos and recordings. As my album release date draws closer I will start posting single releases and Boston show dates, but until then you can find my previous album on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Band camp.
- Website: www.alechutson.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @alechutson
- Facebook: facebook.com/alec.hutson.music
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