Catching up with Alexander Teller

Alexander Teller’s newest single I Got Free is the latest and last release to fall before his highly anticipated Album titled ‘Alexander Teller Is A Snake Oil Seller’. The record reflects on some sobering and mournful narratives that are spun into compellingly artful indie-rock offerings, yet this particular single displays greater optimism. We caught up with Alexander about this release, and beyond:

Hey Alexander, how are you doing?

I slow-cooked a thai red curry, so I’m experiencing feelings of excitement as dinner approaches. I’m hoping the cauliflower rice will make me sexually attractive.

Tell us about ‘I Got Free’:

I Got Free is supposed to be a kind of triumphant rebirth. People have asked me what it’s about before and I’ve given the kind of lazy answer that artists give when their work doesn’t make any sense; “If I told you what it’s about it would ruin it”.

However that is probably true. Maybe I like it so much because I’m not entirely sure what i’m talking about (although I have a decent idea). At the risk of sounding sincere (a millennial crime), I think it’s about becoming yourself. Although it’s not clear whether killing “the romantic man” in one’s self is a good thing… Perhaps you can have too much freedom.

What inspired the release? 

I think I’m obsessed with freedom. I don’t know what it is, and I don’t know if I should be allowed to have it. It’s something I wanted to write about. I had the song title written in my notes, and there’s a few other lyrics that make an appearance peppered around it. I can never really remember how I make songs, although I can see in my computer that basically the whole thing happened in one day in a garage that we had in our old house. I also remember thinking it was bad, until I sent it to Sam Jordan (a great musician). He told me it was good, and now I believe him.

As for the release, I thought it seemed spicy to put out a song of liberation when everyone is in quarantine. Maybe freedom isn’t entirely to do with the ability to go shopping and drink at pubs?

Who do you look up to in life and in music?

This is a hard question. Gotta be careful with heroes, lest you end up in a cult drinking some distinctly ‘kool’ tasting aid.

I’m going to pick Leonard Cohen, because he writes the best lyrics. I also love the 80s midi sounding backing tracks.

I’m not interested in having a life hero. I’d rather have friends.

If you could have written any song what would it have been?

My favourite song in the world is “Waiting For A Star To Fall” by Boy Meets Girl. It’s an absolute banger, although I don’t have the voice for it, so i’m glad they wrote it first.

Where do you see yourself this time next year?

If I ever know the answer to that, then I’ve given up.

Listen to ‘I Got Free‘ now on Spotify