Getting To Know... Ale Campillo

Having garnered a huge amount of praise for their work over the last few years, emerging artist Ale Campillo has now delivered their latest vibrant effort 'Pues'.

Channelling a wonderfully bold and sweeping alt-pop direction from start to finish, 'Pues' makes for a fresh and exciting listen. With its glittering production, bouncing hooks, and soaring vocals throughout, we can't wait to see where this journey takes them next.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with Ale to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I had a brief cello era when I was a kid, I can’t really play anymore but it’s definitely my favourite instrument still.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

When I say I was obsessed with Lorde, I mean I was seriously obsessed with Lorde. I loved her anti-establishment political edge mixed with minimalist alternative pop beats so much so that I even ran a Lorde fan account for about a year on Instagram. I definitely have always had an affinity for feminine alternative pop such as Lorde, Lana Del Rey, and Abra.

What was the first album you remember owning?

The first album I vividly remember my mom bought for me was Leona Lewis’s debut album Spirit when I was in elementary school—my favourite song is still the sleeper hit “Angel”. That said, I definitely also found my hands on Shakira’s Laundry Service and Janet Jackson’s All for You many years earlier—how a three-year gained possession of this more risqué content I have no idea, ask my parents!

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

100% it would be “Perfect Places” by Lorde. It’s a song my friends and I return to time and time again that beautifully bottles up all the frustrations and beautiful feelings that come with teenage coming of age. It's ceremonial to end a night out by playing this song for sure.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I wish I could say I had a regimented ritual but honestly, I feel like every song comes from a very different process that is completely unpredictable.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

These past few months I have been super into Rina Sawayama, Empress Of, and Raissa. They all feel like they are carrying the torch of the previous generation of Alternative Pop but doing it in their own ways.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I would be honoured and privileged to open a show for Lorde, she is one of the few artists I have actually gotten to see live in concert and it would be magical and serendipitous to be able to share the stage with her.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

I find song writing to be very cathartic, it’s a way to almost compartmentalize and bottle up a specific feeling from a specific time. I don’t journal, but I feel like producing music is the closest thing I can do to traditional journaling. Sometimes listening to some of my older songs helps me reflect back on an earlier era in my life.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The time it takes lol! Sometimes it takes more than two years between when a song is first conceived to when it is released—as was the case with my most recent single “Pues”. While it’s frustrating how much time and energy is required to release music that I feel proud of, I think that a song’s incubation period is helpful to give it time to develop between when the original idea is formed to when it's finalised.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Run your own race. It’s definitely a crowded field to be an emerging musician during the times of streaming platforms, but as long as I stay focused on my track, even if it's arduous, it's uniquely mine.


Ale Campillo's new single 'Pues' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it in the player below.