American Idol alum Antonella Barba discusses her new band LA-eX
Former American Idol contestant Antonella Barba, who appeared on the sixth season of the show back in 2007, is set to release some brand new material with her new group LA-eX. Antonella, who admits that she would love to do a duet with Drake, was kind enough to talk to FansShare about her time on American Idol, those controversial photos that appeared on the internet and her future with her new group LA-eX.
FS. It has been five years since you appeared on American Idol. What have you been up to since then?
AB. Wow! It's been five years? It feels like five months... After Idol, I went back to school in DC and finished up. Then I moved back to Jersey and started working on music. I released a bunch of solo stuff like Jersey Girl and Out For Blood, but I was ready for something new... I'd dreamed about living in LA for years, so in 2010, I finally did it.
FS. Your new group LA-eX is made up of you and two others. What can you tell us about the other two?
AB.Epic and SQRL are both former members of Crazy Town, and they run a production company called The Pharmacy. As a production duo, they really push the envelope with their music. They produce, and the three of us write everything together. The sound we've come up with is really unique. LA-eX is its own genre. It’s electronic music, but the way it is produced is really original and fuses together a lot of styles. Epic and SQRL create a such a revolutionary sound together. The marriage of their production with my vocals, as diverse as they are, is something no one has ever heard before.
FS. How long have you all known each other?
AB. We were introduced as soon as I moved out to LA in November 2010. They were some of the first producers I met when I moved here, and we were working together before I even found a place to live out here.
FS. You have a new single coming out soon. What can you tell us about the track?
AB. Our new single is a really cool electronic track with some Latin rhythm in the beat and a really melodic hook. I sing the hook and deliver the verses with a mixture of something between rapping, talking, and singing. It’s a huge song that makes you wanna dance.
FS. You also have an EP coming out this year. What is it called and when can we get our hands on it?
AB. Not sure what we're calling it yet, but we will be releasing it within the next few months...
FS. What can we expect from the EP?
AB. Well it’s not music that you can stand around to. Every song makes you dance and uncovers a different world in the electronic universe. It’s really edgy and it’s meant to make you feel good and strip away the smoke and mirrors.
FS. You were involved in a photo scandal during your time on American Idol. How did you feel when those photos surfaced?
AB. It wasn’t easy. I felt really exposed, but worse than anything, I felt betrayed by the people who leaked them. The people who love and care about me the most were really hurt in seeing me go through that. They couldn’t even turn on the daytime news without seeing me. As a performer, I know what I am signing up for, so to scrutinize me is a little more fair than to put my family through a lot of pain. They didn’t ask for that.
FS. Does LA-eX have any tour dates planned for this year?
AB. We are starting to book dates now. So far, we’ve been in creative mode, putting together the EP, writing a lot of songs, and playing some underground shows in LA.
FS. Who would you say have been your musical influences as an individual?
AB. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey
FS. Who would you say has influenced the sound of LA-eX?
AB. Diplo, WuTang and Aphex Twin.
FS. Do you still watch American Idol?
AB. I have actually missed most of this season so far, but once it starts getting closer to the finals, I usually get together with a bunch of my American Idol friends to watch it. Each year, Blake Lewis has an Idol-watching party, and a bunch of alums from all seasons would get together at his house to watch the show. It’s a nice excuse to have some chill time with old friends.
FS. Would you ever consider auditioning for a reality television show again?
AB. Well, I did Fear Factor, which aired in January. Why, I’m not exactly sure...seemed like fun. I have my own reality show in development, based around my singing telegram company, The Jingle Belles, and I would prefer to have my own show than to be auditioning for a competitive show again.
FS. What advice would you give to anybody trying to make it in the music industry?
AB. It’s not easy, and it’s not supposed to be, so if it sucks and it’s hard, you’re good! The most important thing to know is that the only person who can stand in your way ultimately is yourself. What a lot of people don’t understand is that if you want something, just do it. Don’t wait on anybody else. Do it yourself.
Antonella Barba is clearly a very talented artist, as well as being a beautiful lady to match, and is sure to make an impact on the music scene with her new group LA-eX. Having previously covered a hit track, Antonella is not sure who LA-eX will cover in the future. She said, “Well, we already covered Donna Summer's I Feel Love, so I'm not sure what we might tear into next...” Check out www.LAeXmusic.com for more information on the group or alternatively go to www.Facebook.com/LAeXmusic or www.YouTube.com/LAeXmusic. For now though, check out the video for LA-eX – We Give No Fuks, below.