ALRIE, has already achieved so much at just the age of 19, and is touring with one of the hottest sounds of electro-house music: SG Lewis.
Her journey started after she went to a music college in Tooting called BIMM for a year and made some great contacts in the industry. Being from Croydon, it’s warming to see another young person from the local area on their path to success.
ALRIE has travelled around the world to places like America and Brazil for her tours and will continue to do so this summer around Asia and Australia. It’s not all singing, as she gets to explore when the band have a free day with no shows. She said: “I often think to myself ‘How am I so lucky?’”
However, according to ALRIE the life of a singer is not as glamorous as people may think.
She sadi: ”I wouldn’t say that I’m properly in the singer life just yet, but based on what I do I think it’s very rewarding. I’m doing what I love and getting paid for it. But everyone only sees the highlights and they’re like ‘Oh my gosh, you’re travelling around the world, doing all these shows!’ but it’s a lot of work. When I went on tour last year, I was travelling every single day. I got really ill what with all the different time zones.
“Like I said it’s very tiring, but I definitely can’t complain. I would do this every day of my life.”
To ALRIE, touring with a celebrity is nothing more than just “hanging out with musicians and performing,” she says. “Sam [SG Lewis] and everyone are really down-to-earth, so it just feels like I’m hanging out with musicians, and performing. It really doesn’t really feel like a ‘celeb’ thing.
However she adds seeing celebrities she has adored since childhood, such as Jessie J and Justin Timberlake, is understandably “really exciting”.
Being only 19, ALRIE was still in Sixth Form to do A-Levels despite her music career. Trying to juggle the two had proven to be a great test of strength.
She said: “It was crazy, I had my biology textbooks out on the tour bus trying to revise,” she continues, “I missed a month of school, but caught up really well. I wouldn’t recommend it as it’s risky and stressful, but I couldn’t pass up this great opportunity.”
Within the next year ALRIE hopes to release some of her own music, now that the exam period is over.
She hopes to write loads of music and define her brand, and establish her sound, having enough supporters to release her own music.
She added: “I feel like I’m not in a rush to release my own music. Sometimes I forget I’m so young and have all the time in the world to figure this out and I don’t want to do it wrong.
“So, I’m going to take my time and hope I’m soon in a position to show my music to the world!?