Alyse Vellturo, originally hailing from Boston, is a one woman band who creates a unique indie alternative sound similar to that of Day Wave and the Lagoons. She is a self proclaimed “emo kid” who does not use a band to keep the story singular and organic. Her solo strategy is working well with her first EP, There’s no one new around you. which has received critical acclaim and a feature on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. It reflects upon the aging of a relationship starting off as infatuation for another person and those feelings developing into resentment. The EP combines layered lo-fi guitar with undisputedly unique and complex lyrics to tell this deeply personal yet relatable story.
Your first EP, ‘There’s no one new around you.’ is really a masterpiece. Your lyrics tell a really personal story that also really resonates well with listeners. What is your writing process like, and was it difficult for you to tell your story?
The writing process was very quick. I would say I wrote the EP in about a weeks time. I was going through a really hard time in my life and working on music was the only thing that was making me feel better. I would come home from work, have a couple drinks, fumble around on the guitar, and when it came time to write the lyrics hang out in my backyard with a couple of cigarettes. It all came pouring out quickly and easily. It wasn’t difficult to tell the story, the big reason I made this was so I could tell one.
You write your music primarily alone, since it helps you hone in your work. However, if you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
I’m not sure honestly. Perhaps The Japanese House or Matty from The 1975, but I am also a big believer in never meeting your heroes haha. I got to collaborate with a lot of cool indie artists on my rework EP, Use Passport to choose a new location. That scratched off a lot of bucket list artists honestly.
What is the best show you have ever attended and why?
Not sure, I have been to so many! I saw Chance the Rapper at Firefly this past June and that was life changing. His energy and passion is insane. I also saw Julien Baker open up for Elliott Brood at Mercury Lounge right after her first LP came out. That was very special, everyone was silent and their eyes glued to her.
How has going to school at Berklee and growing up in Boston influenced your music?
The Berklee community has inspired me in too many ways to count. Many of the people I met there will be lifelong friends. Most have moved to NYC as well and I still see them weekly, not to mention a lot of my band is from Berklee.
What are the 5 essential stops you make before a show in Brooklyn?
Well I guess work! Haha, The Orchard on E4th Street in Noho, Swift across the street for a beer, Vanessa’s Dumplings in Williamsburg for some food, maybe OTB for another *fancy* cocktail, and then I will usually end up at Baby’s All Right, it is my favorite venue so I am super excited to be playing there 🙂
Interview by Giovanni Roca