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Up close and personal with Alisa Xayalith

Text: Meg van Eck; Photography: Julie Aarts

October 18, 2017

At Rocking the Daisies 2017 we had the privilege of getting to know the front lady – Alisa Xayalith of the indie electronic band The Naked and Famous all the way from New Zealand. The talented and equally beautiful singer let us in on everything music, relationships and life experiences. Read here to find out what she had to say.Alisa Xayalith

What would you say is your best attribute?

I’m always thinking of other people and taking care of them. I’m such a nurturer and sometimes it might be to my detriment, but it’s just something that comes naturally to me.

Who or what inspires you musically?

I recently watched the Whitney Houston documentary, Can I Be Me, and it made me remember my childhood and my favourite singers growing up. Just seeing other people doing what they love is inspiring for me, and that motivates me. Especially in a creative field. I’ve always wanted to be a singer and I’ve always wanted to play music and the fact that I’m here in South Africa doing what I love, that’s incredible. Just the circumstance of what I’m doing and how I’m doing it is inspiring.

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

I don’t know, I’ve yet to experience it! I like going on adventures, and doing things that I haven’t done before. I also like getting out of town and driving somewhere listening to really great music and just chatting and connecting.

Alisa Xayalith

Do you have any regrets when it comes to past relationships?

I don’t see any relationships as a regret. Being with someone helps you discover yourself in ways you might not have realised, and in the long run it benefits you in growing as a person.

What fills the spot at the top of your dream destination list?

I’d love to go to Italy! I’ve never been there before. The history the food, the architecture and the fashion are just beautiful and breathtaking.

Who is your MCM? Why?

I love Elvis Presley. He’s my dream guy! He’s even my wallpaper.

Alisa Xayalith

What is the one thing you want to do while you’re in SA?

I’ve already done it – go on safari! That was the most unattainable dream I had as a kid. I never thought it would ever happen to me, but it did and I’m so grateful!

Alisa Xayalith

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