Alex Bent + the Emptiness

Bio

Alex Bent + the Emptiness is the alternative rock/pop solo project of Canadian
artist Alex Bent. Best described as a mix in sound between The Smashing
Pumpkins and Tyler, the Creator, Bent applies his own twist of alt-rock nostalgia to
the current trends of the pop and hip-hop genre.

His debut album, Baby, has been streamed over 120,000 times on Spotify and
Apple Music and has received significant press, having premiered on Exclaim in
August 2019 and being voted #7 on SaskMusic’s Best Saskatchewan Albums of
2019
List. The album features contributions from Brockhampton affiliates
singer-songwriter Jack Larsen and producer Connor Barkhouse.

Bent’s upcoming single, Cancer, arrives in November 2022 and acts as a taste of
what’s to come from his upcoming sophomore visual album. Made in isolation,
Bent wrote and recorded much of the song at The Store, a community-run
underground recording studio located in an undisclosed location in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan. The single is one of many new pieces of music coming from
Saskatchewan alternative hip-hop and R&B artists who have been utilizing this
isolated recording space.

Bent has also worked as a producer and songwriter with other up-and-coming
artists. Aside from his work as a solo artist, Bent has worked with Jack Larsen,
Samurai Champs, Mileshigh and 6M. Bent’s production on Jack Larsen’s 2018
single “Ugly” received a feature on Apple’s Beats1 Live Radio and has been
streamed over 190,000 times on Spotify.

Alex Bent + the Emptiness has shared the stage with Phantogram and Close
Talker
, as well as slots at Canadian music festivals NXNE and M for Montreal.
Since 2021, Bent has been spending time recording his sophomore visual album
for release in spring 2023.

Social Media Links:
facebook.com/iamalexbent
twitter.com/iamalexbent
instagram.com/iamalexbent

Official Website:
iamalexbent.com

Official Store:
iamalexbent.com/store

Interview

Our exclusive interview with Alex Bent

  1. At what age did you first start playing music and which instrument(s) do you play?
    I started playing piano when I was 5 and slowly transitioned to playing drums and singing as I got a little bit older.

  2. Do you come from a musical family?
    My grandpa was very musical. He was a trumpet player and he’s the reason I started pursuing music. He saw something in me and set me up with lessons and encouraged me along the way.

  3. What’s the story behind your band name/stage name?
    Around 10 years ago or so, I was releasing music as “The Emptiness” and I had planned to release things anonymously. I ended up changing my mind and just adding my name to the mix. I thought Alex Bent + the Emptiness kind of fit what I was hoping to do because at the time I was performing and recording comsolo. It seemed to sum up pretty well the fact that I was the only member of this “band”.

  4. Who are your biggest influences?
    Slipknot is my favourite band. I love Kanye. I was a huge KISS fan growing up. I feel like those three have really stood the test of time for me. Most of what inspires me comes from my experiences as a fan of those artists.

  5. What’s your favourite and least favourite part of being a musician?
    My favourite part is the feeling I get from completing a song or performing. My least favourite part is how little money that makes me haha.

  6. What is your favourite song to perform?
    “Vanilla Blue” is my favourite song to perform. Seeing people sing along and seeing their reaction is what I enjoy the most.

  7. What would you consider your biggest accomplishment so far?
    This new album I’m making is probably my biggest accomplishment thus far. Even if it never comes out, the fact that I can listen to it and enjoy it as a fan forever, really is what I’ve always wanted from my music. I think I’ve been chasing the feeling of genuinely loving my own music for a long time and got distracted trying to prove to everyone else that I had something to offer. Focusing on making music for myself has been the biggest breakthrough I’ve ever had.

  8. Can you give us a glimpse inside your creative process?
    My process is fairly random. It really depends on the moment. I feel like most of my ideas come to me at a time when I’m not looking for them. I might be busy at work or doing something completely unrelated to music, and an idea will come.

  9. Do you ever get nervous while performing? How do you deal with it?
    I still do. I usually just need some down time before I play to focus on the show. Having space and time to just chill and clear my head before playing is the only thing I’ve found to help.

  10. What keeps you motivated?
    I am mostly motivated by the thought of making something that I can enjoy for myself. I’m most interested in creating things that I will be proud of and can stand behind for years to come.

  11. Tell us about your most memorable gig.
    I did a release show at Louis’ Pub in Saskatoon in May of 2018 and that was the first time I noticed people really singing my songs back to me and enjoying themselves. It was kind of a life changing experience to see people actually enjoy the music I’d been working so hard on. Since then, that moment has really motivated me to keep going and follow that feeling.

  12. What does success mean to you?
    Success means that I can wake up every day and do what I feel inspired to do and not whatever someone else pays me to do. I feel like my greatest gift that I can offer to people is my ideas and if I can find myself in a position where I can live off of these ideas even on a modest scale, I’ll be happy.

  13. If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say to them?
    Just be you and don’t worry about what others like or what others want from you.

  14. What is the funniest or weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?
    Too many moments come to mind. I used to work retail.

  15. Outside of music, what are your hobbies / interests?
    I used to be a lot more active and have always enjoyed playing football and jogging. I’ve definitely regressed and have been less and less active over the last several years. Now I mainly enjoy eating food and working on creative projects haha. Once my album is complete, I hope to take some time to get back into the things I feel like I’ve been missing though.

  16. What’s the last book that you read in one sitting?
    “Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr.

  17. Which song do you never get tired of hearing?
    “People = Shit” by Slipknot.

  18. What’s your best piece of advice for someone looking to get into music?
    Focus on what you love about making music and never let other people’s opinions on you distract you from what you love.

  19. What do you think the future of the music industry looks like?
    Flying cars and jet packs. And hopefully better systems in place so artists can be properly paid for their work.

  20. What can we look forward to hearing from you in the next little while?
    I have a new album coming out in the spring. Working to release things from that now. Can’t wait to share!