Is the project finished?
Yes, we are actually shooting videos now.
Now that the project is completed, what is Alus doing? Are you relaxing, are you working on the next thing?
No, always working. I don’t stop working. I’m going to start playing at shows in the Tri-state area and working on opening up for [other artists]. That’s going to be a good opportunity.
So when you’re recording your songs, what exactly do you do? Is there any routine you get into to prepare for recording a song?
I like to drink tea because it loosens up your vocal chords…
I’m a tea lover, what’s your favorite tea?
Oh! TAZO tea from Starbucks (particularly passion fruit). And also, green tea.
YES! I love green tea!
I saw that you performed the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden (MSG), how was that experience?
It was fun! It’s crazy to actually be in a stadium and think ‘That’s my voice in MSG, that’s so cool.’ I look at it like, this is just one step. One day I gotta be doing my own music here. So I just keep working, trying to climb the ladder. But it was awesome. You hear the crowd and it’s just a great experience.
Now this isn’t the first time you’ve sung the National Anthem?
Does it become less nerve wrecking?
I think so. I use to do it in High School. [My school] would have me do it for the basketball games, football games, [and] wrestling matches so I was kind of use to it […] Now, I’m actually at MSG like ‘this is cool.’ Maybe one day I’ll do it for the Super Bowl, who knows?
Hey, put it out there!
Exactly! I’m not as nervous at performing as I was first getting out on stage. Now, it’s kind of more natural and I just go with the flow.