Before I even knew what I was doing, I put myself on the piano at three years old. I was a really expressive and sensitive kid and I tried to show that in every form possible. Music and film influenced me the most. Stevie Wonder was my favorite growing up and even today remains one of the biggest influences in music. I always felt like his words transported me to another planet. with songs like “Visions” and “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer,” I always felt like I was being told a story. I knew when I heard his music for the first time that I wanted to create songs that would make people connect the way I did. But music wasn’t the only thing that made me feel something.
I loved film. next to music, visual art had been my favorite thing to indulge in. I loved the way that the colors on the screen related to the emotions someone in the film felt. I used to stay up till 2AM every night watching films like The Last Unicorn and The Never Ending Story. I got into Anime because of a Japanese animated show called Kimba. Whenever I would watch any kind of film, from horror to fantasy or animation, I felt like there was such an indistinguishable feeling between the characters and myself. They weren’t just characters to me, they were apart of me.
“With my music and art I knew I could make my own Universe, somewhere that was completely magical and fictional, but also somewhere other people could go.”
When I lived in North Hollywood around 2014, the nickname Uni came about. I loved Unicorns and anything magical, so it fit perfectly. My brother, Haze is credited for making the nickname. I felt like with a new name I was a character. People wouldn’t just see me as Alexxis, they would see me as Uni. With my music and art I knew I could make my own Universe, somewhere that was completely magical and fictional, but also somewhere other people could go. The only portal to that universe was music and film.
You could always find me glued to a TV at dawn or drawing sketches while listening to Stevie or Elton John. I think one of the greatest things was having parents with such a versatile music selection. My father was all about rock while my mom listened to mostly hip-hop. I was a completely introverted child, all I wanted was my music and my movies. Without them I didn’t feel like I was connected to anything. There’s nothing more prepossessing than feeling connected to something. It’s even better when that something is fictional. You feel like you’re apart of this separate universe and somehow you fly away from reality for a while.
I’ve always seen life on Earth like a movie. Everything matters but then again nothing matters. There’s a chance that reality is actually a dream. So in my opinion having my head in the clouds was the best option. In your dreams you can be anything you want. You’re in complete control of your reality. In our dreams we’re all the fictional pilots that we see on screen. Uni The Fly Pilot is the name I would have chosen for myself in my dreams. To steer through colored clouds and listen to “Don’t Hang Up” by 10cc without a care in the world is possible in Utopia.
“I love to feel like I’m not on Earth. That feeling sparked my single “Wav” after I had a dream that I was in paradise. I craved so much for that dream to be real but all I could do was create that place in my head and express it through my music.”
I dealt with existentialism for the longest time. The feeling of disconnection from yourself might be the most terrifying thing to feel. That only amplified my affection for film and music. When I see people on screen go on an adventure far away from their land I’m distracted from my reality and placed in a fictional scene. I love to feel like I’m not on Earth. That feeling sparked my single “Wav” after I had a dream that I was in paradise. I craved so much for that dream to be real but all I could do was create that place in my head and express it through my music. After all of the passion I had for the idea of paradise, I decided to name the EP I’m currently working on Utopia.
My biggest goal is to make songs that people can feel connected to. I want them to feel like they’re apart of me, as if I’m the character on their mental TV screen. To feel and connect is to be alive, without the fictional places and fantasies I would’ve never become Uni.