Alexander's main focus as an artist is on music and performance. He is the lead singer and founder of two bands. The first one is vanGoy, an indie pop band that has been around for almost ten years, and the second one, Goy&Künstler, is a new German-language project he started one year ago with a friend. “In both projects, I consider myself as a storyteller in a broader sense, effectively through singing and making music, but also working with a certain degree of visibility. It's quite important to us to also send our artistic messages through our looks and stage performance.”
The lyrics Alexander writes are about small observations and stories. “The way I work – writing and composing – is heavily influenced by the way I am moved by the life stories of the people around me. It's always about life and some kind of struggle that they have. For example, about someone struggling with addiction. In that particular situation, I felt completely helpless, tried to put myself in their shoes and tried to help them. At first I had the feeling that I had failed them, but then I realized: No, I can't do anything else but process everything with my music.” Queer issues also find a place in Alexander’s music: “My latest single ‘Light Of This World’ is about the unfulfilled desire to have children that I used to feel and about what this topic means for the queer society in general.”
Alexander has been living in Munich for 15 years. “I love Munich and I never expected that because, back then, I just wanted to get away from the small town I grew up in.” Moving to Munich was feasible for him because he couldn't afford anything else at that time, and he still appreciates the short distance to his hometown friends and family. Alexander and his band vanGoy have performed twice at Munich Gay Pride in the past. He wants to give back to the LGBTQIA+ community and show: “Yes, I’m also a part of this. And there are four other people in my band who might not be queer, but that doesn't matter.”
For Alexander, being queer means standing up for yourself. “When I was in my early and mid-20s, I made experiences that shaped me and made me think about how I want to present myself. For example, when someone from the audience who didn't know us personally came up to me after the show and said: ‘Dude, the way you sing, your voice and your performance is super cool, but the way you talk…’” Today, Alexander can laugh about it. “I don't want to be that type of artist who has a scripted show. I want to interact with the audience and I want to do everything so that it feels true to the way I am.” Alexander is working on new songs with both of his bands and hopes that live concerts with an audience will be possible again after a longer break due to the pandemic.