Photo by Kirsten Barnett
Alex Slay is a self-taught singer, songwriter, and producer originally from Ocala, Florida. As we go through life, people tell us to follow our dreams, but we often limit ourselves to what is easy and attainable. Alex doesn’t follow the crowd; instead, he creates his own musical universe.
While Deep End has an 80s vibe, there are some interesting modern additions that keep it fresh. The sound never fails to surprise me. I really like the funky groove and soothing melody, for example. Alex sings with strength and conviction, bringing soulfulness to his performances.
In regards to the track, Alex says: “I wrote Deep End after I began to emerge out of this really guarded, cautious emotional state. It’s about me jumping back into dating and letting myself fall in love again after a long time. I wanted to create something that just felt good and effortless, to capture this feeling of floating. I wanted it to feel chill and smooth while still being danceable. What I love most is that the song is reminiscent of this retro timeless sound I’ve always loved. It allowed me to incorporate my love for live music and live instrumentation into my artistry which, for me, really made the song feel alive. With that, I think this song signals the beginning of my rebrand. I really took my time with it and ended up making three revisions of the track, starting from scratch every time. I was looking for a specific sound and knew it wouldn’t feel right until I found it. All the time and effort it took was definitely worth it because I couldn’t be prouder of the finished product.”
Check out Deep End below!