Alix Page’s Spotify bio is just six words: “Ask me about my skort collection.”
“That’s been my Spotify bio since I put ‘Stripes’ out, and I had like 500 monthly listeners,” the 20-year-old singer-songwriter laughed in an interview with The Daily Californian. “I should probably change it soon.”
Now, one EP and more than 50,000 monthly listeners later, Page’s ever-growing vintage skort collection has become the basis of her tour wardrobe. Kicking off 2022 as the opener for Gracie Abrams’ “This Is What It Feels Like” tour in February, Page is thrilled to perform her new music to crowds live for the first time.
Despite being composed of just four songs, the rising artist’s EP Old News is filled with a charismatic sentimentality that’s almost hypnotic. Oscillating between soft and striking timbres with ease, Page’s introspections recall the candor of Holly Humberstone and Phoebe Bridgers — the latter of whom she was even compared to years ago in high school, when she first began writing and performing original songs.
“The director of my conservatory emailed me and was like, ‘Your songs remind me so much of this new artist Phoebe Bridgers, check out her new album that just came out,’ ” Page remembered. “I remember so clearly listening to (Stranger in the Alps) on the drive home from school, and just being obsessed with it immediately.”
Page delicately pays homage to Bridgers on the tender “June Gloom”: “Made a list of all the things I care about/ Think I mentioned ‘Scott Street’/ And Springsteen/ And I wrote your name twice,” she sings placidly. This melancholy track also holds special significance, as its final lyric inspired the EP’s title.
“I say, ‘All I’ve got is old news’ — I just feel like nothing I could say about this person that I’ve already written about so many times could possibly be new or unique,” Page said.
Yet somehow, Page always finds an idiosyncratic angle for her songwriting. She initially found herself struggling for creative inspiration during quarantine, but sometimes, inspiration can strike at the most unexpected moments — for instance, Page woke up with the idea for her downcast single “Radiohead” after having a dream about an ex.
“The friend I was staying with had a Wurlitzer keyboard under their bed,” Page remembered. “I literally went to that keyboard and was playing it super quietly and like, wrote the whole first verse and chorus on that, like at the least volume possible to try to not wake them up.” Page’s love for music has long called to her at night; after being tucked in for bedtime when she was younger, she would get up, wield her Barbie wand like a microphone and sing Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” or “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked.”
While “Radiohead” came to Page in a gentle dream, the shock of reality inspired the catharsis of “25,” in which a missed exit sucks Page into angry, incandescent nostalgia.
“I was running errands for my mom and happened to realize I was in my ex’s old neighborhood,” Page explained. “I ended up kind of writing the whole first verse, like, at red lights on the drive home.”
With red lights now fading in the back of her rearview mirror, Page sets her eyes on the green light ahead of her. Touring still feels surreal — “madness,” she called it, when recalling the moment she heard the news.
“I was shopping on Melrose with my boyfriend, and my manager texted me just, like, my full name. He’s just like: ‘Alix Page.’ Period. And I was like, ‘Huh?,’ ” Page said, emphasizing the text’s cryptic punctuation. “He was like, ‘We just got confirmed for the Gracie Abrams tour.’ I was like, ‘What?’ ”
Page briefly met Abrams last fall in Los Angeles, at an after-party following her future tourmate’s show at The Roxy Theatre.
“ ‘25’ was coming out that night,” Page remembered. “She was like, ‘Is your song out?’ and I was like, ‘Yes!’ and she’s like, ‘I’m gonna go home and listen to it!’ … We were wearing the same eyeshadow, so that was a little bonding moment.”
It’s little moments like these that Page wants to hold onto. With so much to look forward to in 2022, the singer-songwriter plans to fill a journal with mementos — movie tickets, setlists, Polaroids, postcards from each city she visits on tour — to prompt daily writing.
Holding onto the physical helps Page remember the emotional, and her debut EP exhibits this link in every detail, especially with its charming cover artwork paper-clipping together photographs and handwritten notes. This is the beauty of Page’s artistry: Her music isn’t just the creative processing of emotion, but an acknowledgment that its preservation is vital.
Although Old News might dwell on the past, the EP marks the beginning of a bright future for Page. Without a doubt, Page is anything but old news — rather, her natural talent deems her worthy of tomorrow’s front page headline.
Old News is out now, and Page will open for Abrams at San Francisco’s August Hall Mar. 7.