Aleix Morreres is a singer-songwriter, composer, music producer and music publisher with more than 25 years of experience in the music industry. He has participated in several projects among them: being the music supervisor for plays, producing music for several short films and video producer. He has also been vocal coach and stage expression coach.
Ana: First, thank you for taking for letting me interviewing you today. I know how busy you are.
Aleix, what drew you to the music industry? What first got you into music?
Music has always attracted me since I was very little. I remember that I used to sing along with my favorite childhood heroes. I used to characterize myself as my favorite clown with facial cream to emulate white makeup and I used a big hairbrush as a microphone.
My mother says that she remembers when I was very little that when I listened the firsts notes of Superman theme my face shimmered with a big smile and excitement.
But if I have to say that something really touches me and moved me to embrace music was Star Wars’ soundtrack. That really awakened me the need to learn how to produce music.
Ana: Who are you inspired by?
People around me inspires me. Listen to the people is a great source of inspiration.
Ana: Tell us about your creative process. Do you have any rituals around creative process?
First, I start a relaxation process that I learned in a camp for actors. I discovered that an excellent way to tap your inner thoughts and feelings is through relaxation. After that I raise my arms like if I were entering to the finish line smiling for two minutes while I’m listening to some energetic music. That’s the way I start my creative process.
Ana: What inspires you to be creative?
Feelings, emotions, experiences of my own and sometimes someone else’s stories. These are my drivers to write a song. Now that I’m thinking about it, there was a time that fear was a strong driver to produce music. The fear of being rejected by a girl made me wrote some love songs. The irony was that this girl was also afraid of being rejected by me. After I sang in front of her both of us laugh because was like: “yeah we both feel the same way”.
Ana: What kind of music you create, play or sing?
I’m not really attached to any particular genere. I consider myself as an eclectic music lover. As an example, I recently finished the soundtrack of a short film in which I used symphonic orchestration, Jazz, and Heavy Metal.
Ana: Can you see your finished product before you start?
That’s a good question that I’ve never asked myself before. It all depends on the project, if it’s a soundtrack I usually imaging the general idea. For instance, what kind of instruments I’m going to use.
When I write songs, I start with my guitar and the process is a little bit in the opposite direction. I mean when the song is finished then I start to experiment with different instruments. But sometimes, yes, I have a clear idea about how the song should sound before I’ve ever started to play or sing any note.
Ana: Is there anything special you do to get into a creative mindset?
I start to play random riffs (chord progressions) and hum some notes until I find something that makes me say: “I really like this…” But some days are better than others.
Somebody once told me that if you want to be a good composer / songwriter you need to practice and the only way to do that is to write songs as many times as you can.
Perhaps you need to write 500 songs before you write that amazing and epic song of the decade. Or perhaps you can achieve it at the third try but the only way to figure it out is to practice as much as you can.
Ana: What message, if any, do you try to put into your work?
I think of my work as an ally for people to help them express their emotions wether a happy music that makes you dance and sing along or a sad song that helps you to cry and let go any unpleasant felling.
Ana: Did you ever find yourself unable to express your creativity to the fullest?
Yes, sometimes It happens. For instance, I remember when I was trying to write a song that was supposed to have an eighties sound and I was totally blocked.
I think what happened is that I had so many ideas that all of them collapsed and I went totally blank. So, at the end I never finished that project.
Ana: What kind of things inhibit you?
Something that inhibited me was the need to achieve perfection. But one day I learned that perfection is the sum of imperfections made with the heart.
Ana: Who or what is your greatest influence?
Certainly, I have many different people who inspired me but I can say that John Williams (film music composer), Bono from U2, Robert Smith from The Cure and finally but not least James Hetfield from Metallica were people that contribute to my love for music. I think that the common driver in all of these amazing human beings is their passion in what they do. Literally, you can feel the energy that flows from their performance.
Ana: If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, what would your alternative career have been?
An actor or a filmmaker.
Ana: What do you think about applying music in education? Could music inspire and motive students in their process of learning?
Definitely, it’s been proved that music can enhance cognitive process.
Also, I read that same brain areas are turned on either when performing mathematical operations either when playing a music instrument. So why not exploit a better cognitive process with music aid.
Ana: What would a perfect day for you involve?
When everything flows in a smooth way and I’m able to make smile the people around me. It doesn’t matter if they are known or unknown people.
Ana: Imagine you have two teleportation devices to travel through time, where will you place them and why?
I have always speculated on what the life of the future will be like. It will be that one day we have all this wonderful technology that we see in science fiction. If so, I would like to jump several hundred years into the future and look at what humanity has been able to achieve.
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Ana: Which of the elements -time, family or work- would you be the most difficult to deal with?
Fortunately, most of the time I was able to achieve a balance between work and family with which I feel very grateful. Nevertheless, it is true that there are times that I would like have more time to do everything I imagine (musically speaking).
Ana: And finally, what are you working on now?
Currently I have started a company that place music in different scenarios like: Films, video games, TV series, advertising and from time to time live performances.
Above all, I would like to add that I really love what I do and I’m very grateful to the music for that constant personal self-discovery.
Ana: Thank you, Allan, for this amazing interview.
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