A devout minister of pop, Howard has the gaul to take it in his own direction.
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The inspiration behind Alexander Howard’s solo debut came out of a songwriting trip to Los Angeles, Recording in a sweaty Hollywood studio, the singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist dialed in on writing and recording upbeat, pop rock songs with undeniable melodic and lyrical hooks and he found himself constantly wondering—“Where are the guys playing this breed of pop on the radio?” Returning to his hometown of New York, he immediately set to work honing in on the songs and sound that would become his first solo release with the production team ROBOPOP (the masterminds behind the new Gym Class Heroes x Adam Levine single “Stereohearts”). Written and co-produced by Howard, the songs take inspiration from all walks of pop, ranging from sixties Motown to Top40 indie pop. Woven together by Howard’s pop rock vocals and his visual and thematic songwriting, this diverse offering is one of the most relevant debuts in a time when most male solo pop rock artists are few and far between.
Off-stage and outside the recording studio, Howard is a highly involved in New York’s fashion community—designing clothing for New York based men’s brands as well as writing up collections and profiles for Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol in the late sixties.