EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ali Spagnola, musician, drinker


LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2014 — Ali Spagnola is a musician from Pittsburgh, Pa. She is probably best known for her live drinking game called, The Power Hour. Ali recently took a break from working on her new record to speak with Wells On Music regarding the various things she is working on.

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Kevin Wells: Who influenced you to become the performer that you are today?

Ali Spagnola: It was a lot of people. The musicians I listen to, my parents, my dance teacher. I don’t know, it’s a various number of things. It wasn’t like I was influenced by just one person.

KW: Which did you start doing first, drinking or playing guitar?

AS: Playing guitar. I didn’t even drink in high school. My dad owned a beer distributor, although I was a teetotaler in high school and then I didn’t start [drinking] until college.

KW: Would you consider yourself more of a drinker or more of a musician these days?

AS: Well, if you ask the internet, I seem [like] more of a drinker, but, honestly, I’m a hard worker and mostly a musician.

KW: For those who do not know, can you explain the Power Hour?

AS: I perform 60 songs that are all one minute long. Every time I change the music, the audience all cheers and drinks together. So, it’s an interactive live show drinking game.

KW: What’s the worst thing that has happened during or immediately after a Power Hour performance?

AS: There has actually not been anything horrible. I’ve never had anyone throw up or any sort of fights or get kicked out or anything. It’s actually been pretty great, surprisingly. A great thing that happened, I was playing a private party at a ski chalet. We were outside. It was like weirdly warm, but snowy out. This one guy jumped off a railing because we were playing on a balcony. He put his beer in his mouth and did a backflip off of the balcony into the snow while drinking his beer. He finished his beer when he landed. It was in the middle of my set.

KW: Are there any tours booked that are coming up?

AS: Nothing coming up yet. I’m still sort of working it out. I was hoping for something maybe in April, but we’ll see.

KW: Do you have plans to record another drinking game?

AS: No drinking games. I’m working on an album that’s not necessarily a drinking game, although there will probably be partying themes. I’m actually working on it right now. I have Logic open as you called me.

KW: Do you feel kind of pigeon-holed by the drinking game now?

AS: If I were to do my next album to be a drinking game, I think I would sort of limit myself. So, I’m gonna branch out. I’ve had three other albums before this that were non-alcoholic. This one will be along the same vein. I’m hoping people will accept it the way they have with The Power Hour. We’ll have to find out.

KW: When you do start touring again, will you still do The Power Hour?

AS: That all depends on the reception I get with the new album. If this one takes off like the other, then of course I will be playing the new stuff, which I would love, but I’m certainly not going to neglect the drinking game because it’s so fun live. That’s why I developed it, to make my live show a party. It’s a super blast to play that, so I don’t think I will ever stop or give up on that.

KW: Is there anything else you would like people to know either about you or anything you are working on?

AS: I’m doing a web series now once a week. I create a song called, The Most Googled Song. I’ll take something from a trending topic on Google and I just right a one minute jam about it and make a video. That’s what I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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