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From the Basement to Big Stages

Duck is sharing his stories through song

Emma Owen
Blazer News Editor
emmaowen@uab.edu
Emma Owen

 

After humble beginnings of songwriting in his friend’s Alexzander Isaiah Duck sophomore in music technology said music has become a part of his identity. 

 

“I write (all of the band’s) music,” Duck said. “I do all of the lyrics and music and whenever its time to make it into a full song with the (band), I’ll just bring it to everyone and let them add their own (style) to it within the structure that I put in front of them.”

 

Duck said all their songs reflect his life in some way.

 

“One of the main themes in my music is growing up and figuring out who you are as a person and (finding) self-worth,” Duck said. “A lot of the (lyrics) are just personal to where I am in life.”

 

Being a songwriter, Duck said there is a method to creating the band’s content.

 

“The songwriting process for me is a lot of sitting and strumming for a lot of hours and then something sounds good,” Duck said. “It sticks for a little while and then usually I write the guitar parts for it and then I’ll pick from some poetry or prewritten (lyrics).”

 

Duck said there are challenges that arise during the creative process of making music.

 

“Probably the hardest part about making music is staying unique and original,” Duck said. “To really push yourself and actually create unique and dignified music. Also, because I’m not a super organized person, planning shows (and) practices, just running a band takes being (organized)”

 

Duck said music has become part of his identity through the years and keeps him motivated. 

 

“Just believing in what I do and believing in the stuff I make,” Duck said. “It’s kind of like having a kid, you want to cheer on your kid at a football game, same thing in this, you want it to succeed and people to hear it and give praise or not give praise.”

 

Duck said music is a release for him and is reflected in his music.

 

“Whether it be frustrations or viewpoints, my (music) means a lot to me and is most of what I am,” Duck said. “It takes up so much of my time, it’s kind of like my second job, I spend most of my time making music so I would consider it part of (my identity).”

 

Ben Willingham, sophomore in finance, producer and part time drummer for the band, said his favorite part of Duck’s shows is the energy Duck brings to the stage.

 

“It’s interesting to watch him,” Willingham said. “He’s really raw and I appreciate that from the stage and everyone else appreciates that about him too.”

 

Willingham said that while he performs with the band frequently, he still gets stage fright before taking the stage.

 

“I always get nervous performing,” Willingham said. “There are some exceptions, it just depends on the environment. If the setting is more-tight knit, it’s not as bad.”

 

Isabella Snowden, sophomore in elementary education, said Duck has a way with interacting the crowd that makes his concerts unique.

 

“Alex is such an awesome and funny guy,” Snowden said.“(He) makes everyone feel special even while he’s on stage.

 

Snowden said hearing the group’s music inspires her to dance and sing along.

 

“A lot of the people who come to his shows are in our friend group and we’re all familiar with the set list and lyrics,” Snowden said.“His music gives us an opportunity to all meet up and have fun while supporting him.

 

Snowden said she looks forward to hearing Duck’s new releases.

 

“Alex is an extremely talented artist andam so thankful to call him my friend,” Snowden said.“I can’t wait to see where he goes.”