Interview with Alan Longo
Written by Amanda Poznyakov
Make room in your Spotify playlist for this new up and coming verified artist, (who let me tell you, is climbing the ladder pretty fast) Alan Longo. The 20 year old singer has given his life to his music, and I mean that in the most literal way. Alan takes every inch of what goes on in his life into his songs which gives listeners a chance to relate to what he’s going through, while being able to sing along. From his music being used by YouTubers with over 8,000,000 subscribers to now having his music signed by SONY, Alan is taking the music world by storm. Fortunately, I got to interview Alan coincidently the day he was signed. Alan talks about his music, how he started out, and his influences throughout his career.
How did you start out in music?
“Well, freshman year I wanted to be a rapper and I told my dad to buy me a microphone. He bought me one and then built me a little studio, like a little booth. And as time went on we built this.”
This: the room where I interviewed Alan which has all of his musical accomplishments, computers where he makes mixes, and of course, some sick strobe lights to go with the musical feel.
“I was a rapper, so I made a couple of tracks with my high pitched voice.”
So, you’ve always wanted to make music?
“Yup, I’ve always wanted to be a music producer. Just producing music for myself, or whoever.”
If Music didn’t work out, what do you think you would have ended up doing?
“Uhh, I don’t know. It’s kind of like I needed to make this work because I’m not trying to do anything else. I’m just trying to be an artist, or a music producer, or a recording engineer.”
How would you describe the music that you make?
“My music is…different. It’s kind of like, R&B, POP, and house music. It’s kind of different. That’s how I would describe it.”
What artists have inspired you during your music career?
“I like Eminem, he inspires me. I like John Bellion, Bieber. I like John Bellion a lot because he does everything by himself, like I do. He produces his own beats, engineers himself. I like him the best.”
What influences you when you write your music?
“Just like, my past experiences and everything that I’ve been through. I like to get drunk and high and write music. Listen to some beats, make my own beats, just let it flow out.”
How do you think your music is different from other artists?
“Well, everyone is trying to be a rapper and everyone is trying to follow a wave. Like ruble rapping or trapping. I’m trying to stay more true to myself. I try to do like pop music and R&B type things. Going back to the question that you asked me before. I’m actually influenced by Chris Brown, I like him a lot. If I’m trying to be like somebody I am definitely trying to be like Chris Brown.”
How do you think that you’ve grown from starting music in 9th grade to now?
“I started off trying to be a rapper. I wanted to spit bars and be a rapper. And then, I got into producing music. I made my first beat on protools. It was back but I started learning how to produce. Then I wanted to actually make music for myself and sing and not rap. So I was like, I might as well get in the booth and just sing and not rap so that is what I did. I just got into the booth one day and just sang a song. I made ‘They’ll Never Know’ on my first album. That was my first song I ever made professionally.”
What’s your favorite song that you’ve written?
“Definitely this new track that’s getting signed by SONY called ‘Too Much’.”
Where do you see yourself in five years? What do you think the future holds for you?
“The future hold a nice Lamborghini waiting for me. A big house. But more of having financial freedom. Making sure my parents and my sister are alright.”
If you could tour with anyone who was dead or alive, who would you tour with?
Where is your dream place to tour?
“Dubai. It’s fancy, everyone is rich and drive Lamborghinis. People got Lamborghinis out there like we got Toyotas. We gotta go out to Dubai.”
From a small town in Jersey, to one day being able to tour Dubai, Alan Longo is someone who’s name is spreading around pretty quickly. Being a kid who dropped out of High School sophomore year, he got an internship at a music studio quickly after. After about a year, that studio got shut down and Alan went to an audio engineering school. At 17, he got his GED and his audio engineering certificate. He’s been making music ever since. Alan is a key example that following your dreams at a young age, can be super beneficial to achieving them. Listeners can find Alan’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, etc. Oh, and don’t forget that Alan’s new single “Too Much” comes out August 4th! Stay tuned for more music releases and tour dates!