DROKU: At what age did you start singing and writing music?
ALFA G: 13. But I started music at 5.
DROKU: How did you start as an artist?
I just stumbled into it. I wanted to learn songs by my favorite
artists and bands, and then realized I couldn’t sound like them. So I
decided to try writing my own songs and to just sound like myself.
DROKU: Who encouraged you to start singing and who has been your biggest inspiration as a singer, songwriter?
I don’t know if anyone necessarily encouraged me to start singing. I
was always more of an instrumentalist as a child. It just came to me,
and my family members were my first supporters.
DROKU: How would you describe your music to your listeners?
A friend of mine once coined the term “hydraulics for the heart” to
describe my music. That’s fairly accurate. Another is “floetry” – a term
I used a long time ago. I think it’s kind of cheesy now, but it comes
from me writing songs based [on] the poetry I’d write.
DROKU: Who do you wish to collaborate in the future?
Melissa Polinar – who’s become a good friend in the last year – and I
have talked about doing a collab, but we’ve never been able to be in the
same place long enough.
You participated in Kollaboration Acoustic 3. What was it like
performing on the same stage as AJ Rafael, Megan Lee, Mike Isberto, Gabe
Bondoc and others?
At the time, it was such a new experience for me. I hadn’t been out to
L.A. too many times yet, and it was the first time meeting people like
AJ, Mike, Gerald [Ko], Jinah and Megan (I think I met Gabe back in MN in
2008), so it was just fun to hang out with cool, talented new friends.
DROKU: At Kollaboration Acoustic 3, you won the grand prize with Mike Isberto. How did it feel?
ALFA: Very awesome.
DROKU: You and Mike Isberto entered Kollaboration 10 as a duo – how did you decide to enter together?
I think they had told us we either had to compete for the spot or go in
together. We thought going in together would be a fun challenge. Plus
we wouldn’t have to fight over who got to go.
What was some difficulty you faced while practicing with Mike and also
how did it feel performing with somebody else instead of a solo?
The distance was the biggest challenge; Skype and iChat both have
delays on their signal. But luckily, I was in LA doing another show just
two weeks before Kollab 10, so we spent hours working on our original
DROKU: Have you participated in any major auditions?
ALFA: Yes. American Idol and The Voice.
DROKU: Are you working on anything at the moment?
ALFA: Yes, I’m writing right now.
DROKU: What is your favorite song you have ever written?
ALFA: I can’t even choose! I think of them all as my children who I love equally.
DROKU: What has been your favorite performance and why?
I’ve had a lot of really fun performances – it’s hard to pick. I guess
since we’ve been mentioning Kollab, I will say that KNY 2010 was a lot
of fun. I played at the Highline Ballroom and it was just me and my
bassist on his upright bass. We played “Isabelle,” which is a
French-English song. And everything just vibed great with the audience
(and we won 2nd).
DROKU: Do you do music full time?
Right now it’s full time. I had been working as a journalist for about
three years in NJ, and I just moved to LA a few weeks ago.
DROKU: What do you want to accomplish in your music career?
I want it to become a sustainable career. I’m fairly realistic; I
know not everyone can become a big “star,” but I think the fulfillment
doesn’t lie in trying to be the next Lady Gaga. It’s in molding a career
that can last and lets you stay true to yourself. I think that goes for
any career. Not just music. And of course, I’m a Libra, so I’m all
about balance, balance, balance!
Made by Lynnette Wu (interviewed by Marina Kamel)