Alix Cage is a 23-year-old vocalist, singer-songwriter and musician who currently plays the guitar and keyboards. Born on March 16, 1994 as Joshua Gay, he re-branded himself in 2015, taking the performance name ‘Alix Cage’.
In the following Q&A based on an interview with Bajan Vibes, Alix discussed his musical journey so far, his 2018 release ‘Don’t Believe Me!’ and how he has grown in the artiste that he is today.
Q: Your real name is Joshua Gay, so what made you come up with Alix Cage?
A: In 2015, following several discussions with my management at the time and my mother, I decided to create a stage name for myself out of my middle name and my last three initials “C.A.G”. It was just a personal decision.
Q: Who is Alix Cage?
A: I’m a vocalist, musician, writer and entertainer in his early twenties with an extremely deep relationship with music. I’m just trying to share that relationship with the world.
Q: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
A: My love for music started during my childhood [as] I’ve been keen on music for as long as I can remember. However, the prospect for music as a legitimate career became real somewhere between the latter portion of my secondary school life at Harrison College and my tenure at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus completing my double major accounting and finance. From there, it began to transform from a dream into a real pursuit.
Q: How did you become involved with Lavalamp?
A: Lavalamp Media Group is a music production formed by three of my close friends with whom I work frequently: Denzil “Diggz” Bovell, producer and sound engineer for the group, Reyshad “Xavier” Selman, guitarist/head musician of the group and Ch’An, artiste and main writer for the group. From the inception, I believe the intention was to work with them on a regular basis. We were in the studio working on a project one night and we mutually agreed that the song we worked on “Fyah” which featured both Ch’An and myself on vocals, would be the first official release of the group.
Q: Tell us about your journey as a musician?
A: It’s precisely that, a journey and a constant learning experience. I believe I’ve always been involved in and/or surrounded by music to some degree. I have singers and musicians on both sides of my family. I began performing in the St. Matthew’s Primary School Chorale under the tutelage of Mr. Johnny Koeiman and from there, took part in the school choir and gospel band at Harrison College. I made my unofficial solo debut in the Kolij King and Queen Pageant and took part in a number of other competitions such as the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition, the NIFCA Performing Arts Competition and the All for One Caribbean Voice Contest in Martinique to “learn the ropes” of performing.
Throughout my career, I’ve had some really great opportunities to be around and learn from several of the top musicians in the island. I started vocal training under Marisa Lindsay to further develop my craft and my understanding of it and she is still one of my greatest mentors to this day. The late Adrian “Boo” Husbands was another who really pushed and encouraged me to develop as a performer. He called on me frequently to perform on stages with artistes such as John King and Tamara Marshall while I was still very inexperienced. I am truly grateful for that. Through those channels, I was able to meet and connect with several musicians and artistes along the way which ultimately led me to being where I am today. I later got my foot through the door of performing on the restaurant and hotel circuit and have used that as a training ground of sorts to continually develop. I believe that these experiences along with a better understanding of my craft, having completed my Associate Degree in Music at the Barbados Community College, have helped me to develop my sound into what it is currently, and I am still learning and growing every day. I have also been able to perform with the Nicholas Brancker Band and more recently the Arturo Tappin Band which have been some of my most memorable experiences to date.
Music is full of ups and downs. It is an extremely volatile career path to choose. Nothing is guaranteed. It’s for that reason that I always try to remain grateful for what I’ve been able to experience and achieve with music thus far. I hope that I can continue to learn, grow and progress as I have been so far as my journey continues.
Q: Who are your musical inspirations?
A: All the above. I’ve always prided myself on taking inspiration from any style of music that I come into contact with. All music has value and a purpose. However, the artistes who influence my style the most as an artiste would have to be Brian McKnight, Craig David and Jonathan McReynolds and then maybe Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. I am heavily inspired by local musicians such as Nicholas Branker, Arturo Tappin, the late Adrian “Boo” Husbands, Andre Daniel and Lowrey “Leon” Worrell for their extensive musical prowess and extreme passion for the artform. I aspire to have a legacy that rivals theirs one day.
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
A: “I love pineapples”! I’m never good at these questions but if I had to answer, I suppose I’d go with: “Jovial” (I’m a little too playful sometimes), “Passionate” and “Competitive”- Extremely competitive. See? That’s about 37 words!
Q: What are your goals as a singer/ songwriter and vocalist for 2018?
A: The targets I set for 2018 include releasing and marketing more original material and my artistry more heavily and to pursue performance opportunities overseas.
Q: What led you to writing the song Don’t Believe Me which was released this year?
A: Yikes. The lyrics are not made up. A good relationship went sour. I messed up and any chances of the relationship being salvaged dwindled to the point that she no longer “believed in me.” So, I decided to write about it. I teamed up with Jamar Connell (the co-writer) to bring the concept to fruition in the song.
Q: Describe the experience working with Adaeze on the song Love Is Magic.
A: Working with Adaeze was loads of fun. She’s a very cool character and is easy to work with. She brought up the prospect of working on the track for her EP and that was that. One studio session later, the song was done.
Q: Are you working on any new releases for 2018?
A: I’m aiming at several releases this year. At least two have been started. An EP is also on the cards as a main target later on in the year.
Q: How was it working with John Yard and Raphael Saul for Christmas with Mahalia 2017? Describe that experience.
A: The entire experience was a blast. John has been a close friend of mine for a while now and I genuinely admire him both as an artiste and as a person. In some ways, he’s often a “big brother” (I have quite a few of those in the music industry). I had unofficially known Raphael Saul before then and he turned out to be extremely fun-loving like myself and from the first rehearsal to the final performance, it was non-stop excitement. The creativity that we found in working together was absolutely thrilling. The arrangement flowed so seamlessly during the first rehearsal and it continued like that straight until the night of the show. It only helps that the Mahalia’s Corner audience/atmosphere is always such a warm and inviting one. I can’t wait for another chance to perform with them.
Q: What advice would you have to any young persons wanting to pursue music as a career?
A: I think once young persons have set their mind on a career path, nothing should be allowed [to] stop them. People should follow their calling. What I will also suggest is that nothing that’s worthwhile is without great challenges. In whatever you choose to do, seek continuous growth. Everything takes time but anything is possible. Be intelligent, strategic and purposeful in whatever you do.
Q: What does music mean to you?
Alix Cage: Music is a massive part of my existence. I cannot live without it. I’m always listening to it; even when I’m not -songs play in my head; inclusive of every detail in production, arrangement and message. I need it to function so it only makes sense that I try to channel it to function for me also.
Q: Where can persons find you to book you for an event?
A: For business inquires, I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also be found on all major social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter) “@alixcagemusic”