Author | Photos Lauren D. Zbarsky

15 Minutes w/ Alexis Young of Youngblood

Alexis Young is from Youngblood, a dreamy electronic band that just released their first EP, Feel Alright. The EP features five pop songs, including the beautiful single “Feel Alright.” The album was produced and engineered by Juno-nominated DJ, producer and Diplo-collaborator Sleepy Tom.

Youngblood is one of three emerging Canadian musicians who won entrance to the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class – Canada’s annual artist development program. Winners are selected by a super jury made up of JUNO alumni (including Lights, Kardinal Offishall, Max Kerman [Arkells] and others). We caught up with Alexis this week.

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

AY: Black Lives Matter, and how you have the ability to affect how you make other people feel.

What was the last Netflix series you binged on?

Stranger Things – the intro is amazing.

One new thing you learned this year?

It never hurts to ask.

What memory brings a smile to your face?

When I dressed up as Austin Powers last Halloween and my boyfriend as Mrs. Doubtfire. He tried to pick up all the confused boys at the bar with his burnt boobs, and I all the girls with my fake teeth and accent that slowly wandered towards Jack Sparrow territory as the night waned.

How do you recharge your batteries?

Hanging out with the people I love.

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory:

When I took my Uber driver through a Del Taco drive-thru in LA at 3 a.m. after FYF Fest and we had a very loud “Lady Marmalade” sing-a-long.

Best advice you’ve been given?

Show up, show up, show up – and one day the muse will show up too.

What is the best part of being your current age?

I’ve been able to try so many new things and experiences, and there’s so much more to come. Also people have started to take me more seriously. Haha!

What word or phrase should we use more often?

Opia: The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

What’s on your night table?

I have a murphy bed (seriously), so my book (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro) and my phone live on the floor.

What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?

My bike (I would say my cat, but I can’t ride him, so he’s out).

Weirdest thing in your purse right now?

Two bra pads.

What trends are you loving right now?

Mom jeans.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

Aladdin. Yes, I know he’s not real.

What was your reaction when you won the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class award?

Genuinely so surprised. A surprise that led to a fire of excitement burning bright in my belly.

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