“I wrote ‘Mount Rushmore’ because I wanted to write a song about having fun…which is actually easier said than done! Songwriting comes pretty naturally when you’re in an introspective mood or just having one of those days, but when you’re out having a good time with you friends you’re usually much too busy having fun to take a minute and write! That said, ‘Mount Rushmore’ was about as much fun as I’ve had writing and recording a song. The tune loosely follows our escapades on a given night in a certain Nevada gambling town, with the title coming from us all trying to keep a “stone face” for a squad photo right after downing some $3 shots of nameless whiskey. Not my strong suit…pretty sure I winced If this song comes on in a bar and gets people to have a drink/take an embarrassing photo with their friends, then my work here is done…”
The inspiration behind Alexander Howard’s solo debut came out of a songwriting trip to Los Angeles. During a late night Hollywood session, the singer and multi-instrumentalist dialed in on writing artful Pop, crafting guitars, synth, and soulful hooks.
Returning to his hometown of New York, he immediately set to work honing his voice and sound that would become his first solo efforts with Robopop, the masterminds behind Lana Del Ray’s “Video Games” and Maroon 5’s “Payphone.”
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, his thematic songwriting and a sense of style all is own, this diverse offering is one of the most relevant NYC pop debuts in the current landscape.
Off-stage and outside the recording studio, Howard is a highly involved in New York’s fashion community and has been featured in various society and editorial features in the New York Times and notable fashion blogs.