Aloe Blacc's extreme compositions

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 May 2011
Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc knows he's written a good song when it makes him either laugh or cry while he's composing it

Aloe Blacc knows he's got a good song when he's either crying or laughing while composing it.

The 'I Need a Dollar' hitmaker judges everything he produces by the emotions it stirs in him, and when he feels an extreme of one he knows he's onto a winner.

He told Time Out New York magazine: "There are some songs that were hard to write because I was crying when I was writing them. And that's when I know it's a dope song!

"Or there are songs that make me burst out with laughter as I'm writing them. Or I feel like I'm a genius. Of course, it's up to everybody else to have their own opinion, but at least when I'm writing it I feel like it's a hit."

The singer and pianist - who until 2003 had a normal job as an analyst at professional services company Ernst and Young - also feels since he's become a musician full time, he's not felt like he's really working at all.

He said: "Ultimately what I want to accomplish every time I sit down to write a song, is that feeling of bliss. Otherwise it becomes work. I don`t want to work another day in my life.

"So far I haven't had to; I'm just playing. Really, as adults, what playground do we have other than music? We have film and TV, but I think music is the last real thing that we have as adults where we get to be childlike."

Aloe's album 'Good Things' is out now.

Aloe Blacc

American soul vocalist with an old school rhythm'n'blues style who probably doesn't need a dollar anymore.

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