Tonight is the Season Premiere of MTV’s The Alectrix. We sat down with Heather Naylor – the leader of the pop-group “The Alectrix”. The show airs tonight on MTV at 11pm/10c
The group will be taking over the @MTVSoundtrack twitter account at 11pm sharp. Be sure to follow all the action!
ST: Explain what Alectrix embodies?
Heather: 5 incredible singers that are all very different vocally and personality wise.
ST: Who were your biggest music influences growing up? How do those influences bleed through with the music you write today?
Heather: I loved Blondie, No Doubt & Garbage. Pretty much all female fronted groups because I think girls are so rad and fun to watch. I also loved the spice girls, the Alectrix would never have come to be a group if It weren’t for the spice girls. That’s the group I looked to the most when creating the Alectrix
ST: You’re obviously the brains behind Alectrix. Were there specific expectations you looked for when you assembled the group? What were those expectations?
Heather: I looked for very strong voices coupled with Dancing ability and girls that really had strong identities and huge personalities. I wanted to create a super group of 5 insanely talented girls that I would wanna work an hang out with!
ST: How have Alectrix embraced Social Media? How important is it to the group and why?
Heather: Social media is everything ….we need to work on it wayyyy more… but we are getting there!
ST: Name one current Guilty Pleasure (could be music, food, fashion etc)
Heather: Vanilla ice blended coffee drinks from coffee bean
ST: If you told you’d be stranded on a deserted island, what single album would you take with you and why?
Heather: Depeche Mode ‘Violator’. I love them & Dave Gahan’s voice always makes me happy
ST: What can we expect from Season 2 that we didn’t see in Season 1 ?
Heather: A lot of crying and me no longer able to work with some of my best friends. Very real conversations between me and Joe, this could be the most realistic look at what it’s really like to work in the music biz…most of the time while we were shooting i was either crying, laughing or biting my nails off because this whole thing was so real it stressed me out like crazy… after we finished shooting the show I slept for 37 hours straight!
ST: What kind of ‘look’ are you channeling for the Alectrix? Where does the inspiration come from?
Heather: I love using colors and pull a lot of inspiration from a cartoon called Jem and the Holograms that I remember watching as a kid
ST: So, we have to ask – was the pressure on having someone like Joe Simpson as a mentor and manager?
Heather: It’s was a challenge because I self managed the group before and
Had a hard time dealing with losing control and someone taking over. Joe and I are both very strong personalities and hard headed at times so it wasn’t easy. We are an incredible team though because we challenge and respect one another a great deal.
++ WATCH: The Trailer for The Alectrix ++