By Raven, Rock At Night Columnist
Welcome to The Ravens Nest! Today we are featuring 13-year-old phenomenal drummer Alexey Poblete from North Hills, California. Alexey is the current drummer for the all female band Moxy and The Influence, a rock band based out of Los Angeles, and the heavy metal thrash band Antitrust, which is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. She formerly drummed with AC Generation and House of Domini.
Alexey was born in Singapore since her father’s employment was based there. Her parents are both from Philippines and she is the youngest child in the family, which moved to the US before her first birthday. Alexey had her first drum lessons when she was 18 months old in 2009–and drums have been her passion ever since!
Alexey is a young star with many awards including the Next Great Drummer Competition (Beginner Category) held in Las Vegas, Nevada. When she won she had only been playing for six months. She later won an award in a contest held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Los Angeles. In 2011 ALEXEY won a drum competition held in Las Vegas but this time she was placed in the Intermediate Category, She won First Prize for the Next Great Drummer contest promoted on YouTube in February 2012 and was a Finalist for the Air Drumming Contest held on the Drum Channel. She performed on the stage with Miss Patti LaBelle at the Long Beach Jazz Festival with The Next Great Drummer All Star Band. Additionally, she has been performing on stage with her brother, who plays piano in local charity events (www,WonderChild.org). Last but not least, Alexey is the Ex drummer of AC Generation and House of Domini.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexey and learning a little bit more about this young powerhouse.
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Ravyn: When did you first start playing the drums and who was your musical inspiration?
Alexey: I first started playing drums at 6 years and 10 months old. My musical inspirations were Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Rush.
Ravyn: What did your family do to encourage you?
Alexey: When I first wanted to play drums, my parents weren’t really on board because I was very young,i was very tiny, it was loud and expensive, and I was a girl; but they are very supportive about my career.
Ravyn: Who else in your family is a musician?
Alexey: My brother. He plays piano, bass, guitar, bass clarinet, and tuba What kind of music do you listen to today?
Ravyn: What kind of music do you listen to today?
Alexey: I listen to classic rock and heavy metal mostly but I like all genres and music
Ravyn: What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Alexey: Probably my collection of vocaloid music haha (Hatsune Miku, Rin kagamine, etc.)
Ravyn: Where would you most like to perform?
Alexey: Would love to perform at the Royal Albert Hall!
Ravyn: Who would you most like to open for?
Alexey: I would love to open for Kiss, Black Sabbath, Queen , Five Finger Death Punch and Led Zeppelin.
Ravyn: Alexey, tell us some famous artists or bands you have shared the stage with?
Alexey: I’ve shared big stage with Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Arnel Pineda, Wolfgang, Sandwich, Jerome Abalos.
Ravyn: Alexey, if you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?
Alexey: If I weren’t a musician, I’d probably be a doctor.
Ravyn: I know you love and play rock, but If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Alexey: I love all genres of music but if I were into another genre more than rock than it would be metal.
Ravyn: What hidden talents do you have?
Alexey: I’m pretty good at drawing manga.
Ravyn: Do you enjoy writing music and or lyrics?
Alexey: Yes, I do ! I love that I get to express myself and my emotions through music and lyrics.
Ravyn: Alexey, at your age now, what advice would you give young musicians that want to break into the Music Industry?
Alexey: Just keep pursuing your dreams and never give up! Since you’re young, you can still learn a lot. Be dedicated.
Follow your heart.
Ravyn: Ok Alexey these are some non-music questions so your fans know a bit more about Alexey Poblete. Here’s an easy one Alexey, whats your favorite movie?
Alexey: My favorite movie is South Park – Bigger, longer, and uncut and Ed, Edd, n Eddy’s The Big Picture Show
Ravyn: What is your favorite food? and do you like to cook or just eat? lol
Alexey: My favorite food is noodles. Any kind of noodles. And I like to eat rather than cook haha
Ravyn: Do you like sports and if so do you play any?
Alexey: I like golf! I don’t really play sports because I have to be extra careful with my limbs and such since they’re very important for drumming.
Ravyn: Last one, What does Miss Alexey Poblete like to do to relax like hobbies or something?
Alexey: I really like drawing. Its my favorite hobby. To relax, I like to watch my favorite tv shows like South Park, Ed, Edd, n Eddy, watch some Anime, etc. I also like to use my phone and mindlessly browse. I also listen to music while laying down doing nothing, haha.
Ravyn: Final Question Lexii. You don’t have to answer this if you don’t want to but it would be nice..lol, how do you feel about this guy Raven promoting you???
Alexey: I’m happy that he supports me and I greatly appreciate what he does for me!
Ravyn: Thank You, Alexey very much it has been an honor and a pleasure.
Alexey: Thank you for all the support and for featuring me!
I'm Ravyn, Musicologist and maker of peace. I love Music and writing about all the Great Artist that are out there, A HUGE Thank You and Much Respect to Chyrisse for giving me the opportunity to write for a great music magazine that is ROCK AT NIGHT.
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