Alex Du Buclet is in my opinion easily one of the most slept on singers from Chicago. She truly has some of the most beautiful vocals in the city, and I predict that you will get to know her very well in the next few years. Although she tends to stay on the singing side of things, one of her overlooked talents is that she is extremely good at crossing genres, mixing her great vocals with talented rappers to make ear pleasing jams. Learn a thing or two about her below, then be sure to give her a follow on Twitter here!
EM: Before we get started, give our readers that may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.
AB: Hi! My name is Alex du Buclet, I’m 18 years old living in the downtown Chicago area. I’m a singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist.
EM: When did you first start creating music?
AB: I started writing my own music probably as early as age 5. I remember ending my piano lessons about 15 minutes early to use the remainder of the lesson to write songs about anything from bunny rabbits to pretending like I understood what it was like to be in love.
EM: How would you describe your music to someone who has never listened before?
AB: When it’s just me and the piano, or me and the guitar, it’s very soulful and almost a jazzy type coffee shop sound, but when singing along with a produced track it would be more of a soul trap sound. It’s kind of hard to pin point my sound to one thing. I think my voice can be extremely versatile. It can have a lot of power and depth to it when needed, but it can also be very delicate and quiet depending on the vibe of the song.
EM: Who are your top five biggest influences musically?
AB: Hmm.. Nina Simone – Ella Fitzgerald – Whitney Houston – Lauryn Hill – Beyoncé
EM: What was the first album/piece of music you ever bought?
AB: Hahaha probably a Disney album. When I was younger I always wanted to be on Disney and have my own musical TV show!
EM: Haha that’s awesome! So you’re from Chicago, how much has the city influenced you & your music?
AB: I think Chicago is filled with so many incredible talented and hidden artists. Being in such a social city has forced me to try and appeal to as many different groups of people as possible. Chicago is also unfortunately one of the most violence cities in America which sometimes hits too close to home. A lot of my music stems from my activism in wanting to give back and help change the dynamics of the city the outsider’s perspective. I think some people who do an amazing job at creating good and meaningful music are Chance and Vic. They use their clout to the best of their abilities and in previously working with Chance, I’ve learned so many different ways to incorporate that sense of drive and passion.
EM: Speaking of your activism, can you further explain some of the things you help do/put together in Chicago?
AB: I’ve sang at fundraising events for State Representative Camille Lily in creating awareness for unprivileged and struggling neighborhoods. Two friends and I wrote a song in response to Black Lives Matter about the city’s gun violence which was recorded live on National Public Radio’s Morning Shift series. I’ve attended many city protests, and although I wasn’t singing, I was learning the importance of having your voice heard in a positive light. I’ve also helped to spread diversity awareness and social justice issues within organizations like Chicago Children’s Choir and even in different city wide schools.
EM: You mentioned the Chicago Children’s Choir, can you speak on that a little more. When did you first start, etc?
AB: The Chicago Children’s Choir was founded in 1956 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement by Reverend Christophe Moore. The mission of the choir is to bring all kids of diverse backgrounds together despite race, religion, socioeconomic class and other things that would distinguish one singer from another. This is now my 10th and final year in the choir and although sad, I’m excited to see the next chapter of my life.
EM: What are your top five favorite albums ever?
AB: 1. Bad x Michael Jackson
EM: What is your favorite song you have created so far?
AB: On piano and vocals it’s probably a song I just recently wrote called Lost. It’s very different from my normal writing style and was inspired by f.o.r.e.v.e.r. by James Blake. It’s really delicate and beautiful. With track though, it’d probably be a song I wrote this month called Beautiful Soul (prod. Kaé Harm). I haven’t dropped it yet, but I’ll be performing it at Chi Gal and I’m super excited about it.
EM: I’ve been hearing a lot about Chi Gala, want to speak on that a little more? When is it, where at, who else is performing, etc?
AB: Yeah definitely. Chi Gala is going to be on December 18th at 2600 W 35th street. There are going to be a variety of different artist performing from singers, to poets, rappers and even some dancers I believe. The line up includes artists like Sydny August, Nina Tech, Warhol.ss, LMG, and so many others. There will also be brands there such as Swain, Ivory Kutts, Kim Products, and again, so many others. It’s definitely an in-depth experience and showcase of Chicago’s rising artist of all art mediums. In addition to that, Chi Gala is a platform to show people looking at Chicago from the outside that there is more to our city than what you see on MSNBC.I think it’ll be a pretty dope and creative event.
EM: Sounds like a good time! So who are some of the local Chicago rappers/singers you’ve been listening to/rocking with?
AB: $ike, Wemmy Mo, Sydny August, Franchika, Sakyrah, Free Sole, and LMG definitely are in my top favorites right now.
EM: Who are some of the bigger name Chicago rappers/singers you would like to work with in the future?
AB: It’d definitely be a dream to one day work with Kanye, but I’d also love to collaborate with Noname Gipsy, Jeremih and Mick Jenkins. Although I’ve worked with Chance, Jamila Woods and Vic Mensa in larger group settings, I’d still love to collaborate with them on a more personal level for my individual music career.
EM: If you could collab with one person dead or alive, who would it be?
AB: mmm…Frank Ocean
EM: Great choice, what are your thoughts on Donald Trump?
AB: Hahaha. He’s not my preference. With his upcoming presidency, a lot of my morals are being jeopardized and it’s an uncomfortable thought.
EM: The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?
AB: National Anthem
EM: What can our readers expect from Alex Du Buclet for the rest of 2016 & in 2017?
AB: Definitely some new music. I’m working on some different singles right now to put online and help create a following. It’s my last year in the city before college so I’m really just trying to make a Chicago name for myself before I’m somewhere else doing similar things. So yeah man just new music and hopefully some new collaborations with other Chicago artists in the next year or so.
EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in five years?
AB: Performing, touring, and honestly just making good music. I can’t imagine a life without music so I’m really praying and hoping that everything falls in place and works itself out with hard work and dedication.