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Check Out Alexander Hill’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Hill.

Hi Alexander, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My love of music began when I was very young, but my passion for creating it didn’t begin until I was 10 years old. It was Christmas Day, and my mom had decided to buy me both a guitar and a copy of the original “Guitar Hero”. It occurred to me after a while that none of the girls at school would be particularly impressed by my video game virtuosity, so I begged my mom to enroll me in guitar lessons at the local music shop. I played in a few bands throughout high school but nothing really stuck; by the time I had reached college I knew that the best path forward was as a solo artist. I’m still finding my sound- equal parts rock, and hip hop, with the occasional splash of acoustic or folk- and I’m always searching for new ways to express myself in a way that feels unique.

I’m also currently a 4th year medical student. I often joke with people that becoming a physician is my “backup plan” in case a record deal never comes through, but I really do love the field of medicine. It allows me to work in a challenging environment while helping the people who need it most. I will complete my M.D. in May of 2022 and afterwards will continue on to residency training.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I won’t lie, there have been plenty of obstacles over the past several years. Doctoral training is fundamentally rigorous, and free time can be hard to come by. I also have a family, so balancing work life with home life while also trying to stay active in the music community has been challenging to say the least. However, I am a firm believer that any goal can be accomplished with enough dedication and caffeine. Staying focused and taking things day-by-day is the key to success in my eyes.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I like to think that my music stands out in its variety. I come from a background of many influences- my mother was really into classic rock and opera, while my father was an old school R&B fan. Growing up I found myself bouncing between genres like metal, hip hop, solo piano, and lo-fi. As Everett The Grey, I try to create music that always keeps the listener wondering what they’ll hear next, but also sounds natural and flows well. I think the best example of this is my song “Pillowcases”, which initially features spacey guitars over a heavy 808 bass and electronic drums, but ends with a big 80’s inspired rock chorus and guitar solo. I have other tracks that are acoustic, and some that are closer to lo-fi hip hop- but my goal is always to be as versatile as possible while retaining a cohesive, quality sound.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Although it’s by no means a secret, I usually don’t talk much about my medical training. On social media I prefer to only focus on my musical activities, aside from the occasional post while I’m in the hospital or something.

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