Alexander Stewart talks blame's on me, his first headline tour and his love of the UK
Alexander Stewart is a name you're going to want to get used to.
One of the world's most promising pop talents, 23-year-old Canadian export Alexander has already caught the attention of BBC Radio 1's Future Pop Show, with his latest track blame's on me clocking up over 30 million streams on Spotify alone.
This week, Alexander kicks off his first-ever headline tour in London. So, ahead of his first night at The Courtyard Theatre on February 21, we caught up with him to find out what 2023 holds.
"I’m so excited," Alexander beams when asked about his upcoming shows. "My whole life I’ve wanted to do a headline tour. With this last song, it felt like a really positive time to go ahead with it. It’s a nine-city hop around Europe and North America, and I couldn’t be more excited to start it in London.
"I love it in the UK. Maybe I'll move here!"
Chatting about his latest track - the heart-wrenching blame's on me - Alexander explains: "It feels so good to finally have it out there. It’s funny, because with that situation I was timid when it came to writing about it."
It's hardly surprising, given the track's vulnerable lyricism and real life origins.
"I didn’t write about that relationship for a long time after the break-up," he elaborates. "I had such delayed heartbreak before I thought ‘this sucks.’ Then, I had an introspective moment where I was like ‘it was my fault!’
"Finally, I sat down in the studio and explained how I was feeling. We wrote about that story, and as soon as I got it back I listened to it on my car speakers. I was driving and I cried. I was just so happy I’d managed to tell the story exactly as I’d wanted to."
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Asked what 2023 has in store for him, Alex says: "I’m so unbelievably excited for this year. I think I just want to elevate everything. I’m at a place now where I can talk about the things I really want to talk about; things that maybe I wasn’t able to before.
"The music is exactly what I want it to be. I have nobody in my ear telling me what it should or shouldn’t be. I couldn’t be more excited to see how people relate to these songs and interpret them. It’s art, everybody takes something different from it. One the songs are out there, they're no longer just mine - they're everybody's!"
Alexander Stewart's blame's on me is out now.