KE: Tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from?
AL: I go by Alexandre LeGrand, 21 year old of Haitian and Colombian descendent. I was born in Haiti but throughout my teen years, I had the chance to travel and experience other countries’ culture with my family. Few years later, we decided to move to Long Island, New York where I graduated from my alma mater Westbury High.
After Graduation, I started college at Monroe College located in New Rochelle however only stayed up to my sophomore year. I have always had a passion for music ever since I can remember. It was always there which is why when I stopped school; I decided to focus on that aspect. I actually started my own band practice at a friend’s house and to be honest it was amazing.
Moving on forward to 2014, an opportunity of a lifetime was offered to me, which involved moving to Florida and joining, the youngest Haitian band in the HMI called X-TASSY as their lead singer. Since then, I have been a proud member of the X- tassy family.
KE: How long have you been making music?
AL: Although I have been making music professionally for 3 years now, I used to practice on my own all the time. I always had a passion for it so I would listen to my favorite artists not solely Haitian musicians but all kinds musicians from all over who I have inspired me and I would sing along and improvised my own tricks in the music.
I started first as a hobby when I used to write music in pieces of paper whenever I’d have alone time and I really enjoyed the process of finding ways to connect and create something that makes me feel good and then wanted to make it bigger. I thought to myself, if I can write and make music for me then I could share with other people and make them feel good about themselves.
KE: What influences you in making Music?
AL: Personally for me, music is like an art. It is a precious gift to be able to make music and I am lucky to be one of the people that have mastered that gift. My inspiration in making music comes from a lot of places such as my family, my drive to always continue to be better than I was and also the society.
I play music for the people because in such way I hope to have an unforgettable effect on them on redefining what having a good time is, what letting go fully means. So yeah, I’d say my drive to make music is mostly my fan because they are the ones pushing me to keep on writing.
KE: Describe your music, and what separates you from other?
AL: Being the youngest band in the HMI circle, we have brought a lot of diversities in our music and that’s what so unique about us. Our music is new and no one ever knows where are we going next with our music or what type of sound are we going to use.
We are always trying to find ways to surprise our fans in our next music or album in order to just keep the excitement going. Being able to go over boundaries of what the expectations supposed to be in making music is what sets us apart from others.
KE: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to?
AL: There are so many people to name because I find my inspirations in many of them however I hope years from now I could be compared to Pipo from Klass, Tjo from Kreyòl-la and Reginald Cangé.
These musicians have been my greatest mentors in their music and helping choose music as my career. I can gladly say that I owe it to them and it would be nothing but an honor to be compared to them.
KE: Who would you like to work with in the near future?
AL: If and when the opportunity comes by I would love to work with Richie from Klass, Nickenson PrudHomme from Harmonik and Reginald Cangé.
KE: Production wise, who are your influences?
AL: When in comes to production, we as group influence each other. There are a lot of diversities among us in such ways that we bring different ideas to the table. By sharing different ideas, it brings this whole different energy and phenomenon that makes our music enjoyable and influential.
KE: Who does your production? And who would you like to work with?
AL: So far we have been doing our own production. We however, sometimes reach out to our close musician friends for pointers about the music.
KE: Can you share with us your most embarrassing moment in your music career?
AL: It may sounds unbelievable but I have not yet had my embarrassing moment. However who’s to say, it’s only been 3 years anything can happen.
KE: What’s your favorite sport teams / Car / food / movie or drink?
AL: I love to watch and play basketball. The Cavs have been doing amazing on the court and I am rooting for them till the championships. Europeans’ cars are my favorite; so distinctive from other models. I am foodie guy and enjoy a lot of seafood however I do not see myself as big drinker.
KE: Any current or future projects you are working on or promoting?
AL: I would like to let my fans and everyone know that our newest single “Let’s get down #LGD” is out. Make sure you check us out and show us support. A lot of people have been asking if we are doing a video for the song and all I can say is stay tuned and you won’t be disappointed.
KE: Can you give us a brief description of the creative process of your latest single/album?
AL: Our single speaks of being completely in love with someone and wanting to spend the remaining of your time with that person. Truly, it happens in everyday life where a boy or a girl would choose to do anything for their partner or even choose her/him again in their next lifetime.
This song is for our fans and for the people going through this feeling. We made this music in the hope that it can have a positive effect on them as in they are not the only one and how their feeling is completely normal.
KE: Where can we find your music and info?
AL: You could find us on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, YouTube, iTunes, SoundCloud. Facebook: X-tassy
SoundCloud/ iTunes: Xtassy