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Scout Alexandria's beguiling music is a mix of indie folk and sparse pop that immediately brings to mind a sunnier take on "Moon Pix"-era Cat Power. Released in February, her first album, Scout and the Snaggles, rewards multiple listens. She will perform on May 6 at Mills Record Company as part of the Middle of the Map 2017. We are excited to share an interview with Scout Alexandria on Listen Local.
Please introduce yourself. Where do you live and work?
I'm Scout I live in Kansas City (born and raised)! I work at Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters and KC Wineworks. Both located in the Crossroads.
Talk about the making of your wonderful debut album, Scout and the Snaggles. What was the recording process like? What did you learn that you’ll take to future projects?
I started playing guitar and writing music a year and a half ago. The recording process was very natural, since it was my first album I was wanting it to take time as I write the songs. I learned a ton of things for recording in the future. One of those things is just practicing every day has changed a lot of things for me..
How much of an editor are you of your work? What’s one song on the album that gave you the most trouble?
I am a huge editor of my work! There's a lot that I would change but that's the thing of always growing as an artist, knowing your songs don't have to be a finished product after you have recorded it. The song I would change is "Hamms." I play it full band now and prefer it so much more
How long have you been a songwriter? Who are your biggest influences?
I've been a singer-songwriter since I first started singing, I was always humming and making my own tunes. My biggest influences would be Leonard Cohen, The Everly Brothers, Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen.
What inspires you the most about the Kansas City music community?
Kansas City inspires me because of all the collaborations here and trade and everyone is so freaaaaking nice!!
Scout's recommendations from the Johnson County Library catalog:
1. Just Kids by Patti Smith
2. M Train by Patti Smith
3. How Music Works by David Byrne
4. Revolution by Russell Brand
5. Joan Baez
6. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America by Jonathan Tasini
7. You Must Change Your Life by Rachel Corbett
8. Poems and Songs by Leonard Cohen
9. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Legendary Patsy Cline by Patsy Cline