We had the chance to ask rapper Alex Rubin a few questions, who is wrapping up his full-length album, recorded at Gravity.
How long have you been rapping?
I started as a senior at Evanston Township High School, banging on the lunch tables to make a beat and battling about my classmates’ attire and their moms.
What inspires you most?
The struggle of the every day hard worker in America is my inspiration. We all go through things, and my job is to let people know that they’re not alone.
What did you work on at Gravity?
When I moved back to Chicago, I had an album worth of tracked out material, but the mixes were nowhere near radio quality. So I hadMike Penny re-tweak the mixes and Doug McBride do the final mastering.
What did you enjoy most about your experience at Gravity?
I really enjoyed the personalized experience at Gravity. They respect my attention to detail, whereas other engineers often just want to get through the work without ensuring that each sound sits properly within the mix. I was invited to sit in on every mixing session to make sure my music was going in the proper direction.
What does the future hold for you?
For now, I’m on the open mic circuit. I just placed in the top 5 of the Jack Daniels Jack N’ For Beats competition, which was a months-long artist showcase that culminated with a final live performance event at the Shrine Nightclub hosted by Power92.
Alex Rubin plans on releasing his music soon, so keep an eye out for it. For now, check out the video below of his performance in the competition!