“Networking is one of the best ways I’ve found to promote and advertise my music. Getting out and about to meet new people, other artists, and DJs has helped give me a good start.”

Check out the interview with Alexei Shaun exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online. Photo By: Alexy Irving

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Alexei Shaun:
In 2010 I began putting out music on Reverbnation and YouTube under the name Alexis Skyii. A couple of years ago I decided it was best to only keep an intro song and 1 remix available on Reverbnation, as well as taking down the 1st YouTube page. I’ve made a fresh new start going by the name Alexei Shaun and through having my 1st co-produced single “90’s Type” released on June 22, 2016.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I’m not quite a seasoned artist yet. I definitely have tons more to accomplish, but the advice I would give young kids out there is to stay true to yourself and trust your process. Take action, truly learn your craft, and always hold tight to your vision.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My schedule varies a great deal with working as a flight attendant. Keeping balance between family, music, and day-to-day life can be a challenge. Another key factor that presents a challenge is how I currently manage everything towards my path in music. Thankfully, I have a few awesome people I can count on to guide me along the way.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Networking is one of the best ways I’ve found to promote and advertise my music. Getting out and about to meet new people, other artists, and DJs has helped give me a good start. My goal is to get performances under my belt in the near future which in return will also help promote my music better.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The music scene in Saint Louis is interesting. Over the last few years I’ve noticed a slight shift of more cohesiveness between the artists and the fans which is always nice to see. Getting a bit more into the fans, it seems Saint Louis fans will certainly support artists whom they’ve grown to know and have a great feel for musically.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself having my 1st major project finished or at least in the final stages of being completed. Performing at numerous music venues in Saint Louis and in a few other cities is also something I can see happening. Other than this I truly do enjoy writing, so it would be great to get a blog site started for my poetry.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations growing up were Aaliyah, Brandy, and Janet Jackson. These 3 women will always be an inspiration. The main artists I look up to now are Kehlani, Tori Kelly, and Justin Nozuka. Between the 3 of them they could light up the world with their vibrant energy and of course their incredible vocals.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today is awesome and there’s loads of music for all walks of life. For the most part I enjoy the music I hear on the radio and online. It’s always nice to come across slightly or completely forward thinking music like Alina Baraz, FKA Twigs, and Odiseas Georgiadis.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Bandcamp: www.alexeishaun.bandcamp.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC4WVuOf8aOK83wIerXUmsWg
Facebook: AlexeiShaunMusic
Instagram: AlexeiShaun