Up and coming K-pop artist AleXa has made her first comeback with “Do or Die“, which may be even more darker and futuristic than “Bomb!“. She has been making waves in Korea despite being an American singer and dancer. AleXa rose to fame through Soompi’s audition event, “Rising Legends,” where she was the most voted contestant and won overall. She eventually gained more traction with her participation in Mnet’s survival show, Produce 48, and made it as one of the 96 contestants out of thousands that had auditioned.
In 2019, AleXa made her K-pop debut with “Bomb,” which received over 10 million views and hit #7 on Billboard’s “World Digital Song Sales” chart. She recently released her first EP, under the name “Do or Die”, which includes new side tracks such as “Kitty Run” as well as her debut track “Bomb!”
Congrats on the release of your 1st comeback, Do or Die! How does this single compare to your debut single, Bomb?
Thank you! “Do or Die” is an evolution, but also a continuation of something seen in “Bomb.”
Were there any memorable or funny moments while filming the music video? What scene was your favorite to film as well?
Everything was memorable. We had more sets, there was a monster, we recorded with a green screen to later have that incredible robot, I think that in general everything was very memorable. But, without a doubt, the sword fight was my favorite. I was very happy practicing with the coach, and I loved how the scene turned out.
Now for the track itself, would you like to explain the lyrics and the meaning behind the song?
“Do Or Die” is a song that encourages us to believe in ourselves, to face our fears, to overcome all the obstacles we have, to make it known that we can count on ourselves
What is a genre of music/concept that you would like to try in the future?
I love rock, so I would like to make a concept like that. I had the opportunity to do a rock version of “Bomb,” but I would like to do a new song of that genre. Rock is a very important genre in the history of music, so I will definitely want to do rock.
Have you considered getting more involved with writing lyrics or maybe choreography, if not already?
At the moment, I am improving my writing. In my free time, I write parts of songs, but I think I need a little more to start getting involved with the songwriting process, as well as with the choreographing. I’d love to start participating much more in those processes.
Do you have any dreams or goals as a singer? For example, performing at a certain music venue or collaborating with another artist?
Yes, I would like to be able to perform at the biggest stadium in my town which is the BOK Center, I think it would be a dream for me and my family. And about the collaborations, I would love to collaborate with Mamamoo, they are such incredible artists that I had the opportunity to meet. I would also like to collaborate with Doja Cat, I think she is doing incredible things, like J Balvin, who is another artist that I love.
A few fan questions from our readers:
From reader Belkiss: What are the difficulties you’re going through in the industry?
It’s very hard not seeing my parents often. But I think these days it is a thing that most of the people deal with. Sometimes I really miss my hometown or mom’s food. But I think we have worked very hard to be here so here we are! Anyway I see my mom almost all the Christmas.
From reader Love: What’s a piece of advice you’ve never forgotten?
Leave everything on the stage – this can be a metaphor for life itself – life without regrets. On my old dance team, our coach always told us to leave everything on the stage when we performed. This meant for us to always do our best.
From reader Akaya: How has the way you view(ed) K-Pop changed from when you were a fan compared to a trainee and debut?
Having experienced the process of becoming a debuted idol, I’ve come to appreciate all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes – not just the artists but all of the incredible crew, staff, and teams. I have so much to be grateful for.
I’d like to thank AleXa for taking the time to answer these questions in detail. Was there something awesome or new that you learned about her first comeback and where would you like her to perform at in the future? Let us know in the comment section below!