From Alia Lorae
Alia Lorae, the Electro Empress is a twisted lovechild of Kate Bush and Bassnectar. She produces EDM that will make you both dance and think – dark, theatrical, and never without a sense of humor. A born performer, she has been singing ever since she could walk and talk. Given an early musical start, she attended the Suzuki Music School as a young child, then went on to join the Harmonaires - a nationally recognized, award-winning singing group with whom she performed at such venues as Shea Stadium and Carnegie Hall. Her early-years vocal recordings can also be found on Blake Rowe's "Circle of Life," a well-reviewed children's album released in 1994. Alia started playing with a small electric keyboard at age ten, and then graduated to a larger Yamaha keyboard on which she could record entire 16-track songs. From Elementary School through High School graduation, she excelled in the theater and arts programs, while at the same time churning out songs, visual art, and written fiction. Throughout college, first an undergrad at Sarah Lawrence, then a grad student at Westchester Community, Alia studied electronic music production.
During her college years, Alia honed her skills as a producer and performer. In 2007, she began performing as a back-up singer for Electro-Pop band The Velvet Code. They debuted new material at one of Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny's dance party extravaganzas at the New York City club 'Area', to an audience of 3000+. After the band's founding member took the project to London, Alia began focusing on her first solo album. The music video for her first single, "Modern Monsters," hit the scene in October of 2010, and "The Mad and the Beautiful," a 9-song LP, was released later that December. Both the album and the video were met with glowing reviews, describing her sound as, "A much needed shot in the arm [for modern music]" (Vents Magazine), and "NIN meets Lady Gaga" (All What's Rock).
Alia spent the next two years performing at venues and events throughout the New York area. She has performed at "Trash," DJ Jess Marquis's famous weekly bash in the Studio at Webster Hall, and has become a recurring act at the Macabre Faire Events run by Twitch Twitch Productions. During that time, Alia also took acting roles in horror and sci-fi films such as "Lasporum," (Forte Films Entertainment, 2013), "B.R.O.O.D." (Vortex Cinema, 2013), and "The Turnpike Killer," (New York Horror Film Productions, 2012) - the last of which won her the award for Best Actress in a Feature Film at the Macabre Faire Film Festival, 2012.
In August of 2013, following a year of heavy production work, Alia Lorae released "Powertripper," a high energy EP of five songs entirely written, produced, recorded and mixed by Alia herself. With "Powertripper," Alia presents a more driven, dance-y and experimental sound then before, packed with pumping bass drums and quirky synths. Ever since the EP's release, the Electro Empress has remained steadily within the top 10 NYC Electronica artists on the Reverbnation Charts.
A year later, in 2015, she founded her production company Electro Empress Entertainment. Through the company, she produced and released “Rumors,” an energetic and highly original music video to accompany her single of the same name. Alia edited the video, and her long-time boyfriend Max Moyet wrote and directed it. She plans to release her new EP, “Rumors” early this coming Fall, 2015.
Alia Lorae's ultimate goal is to create music that makes you want to dance, while at the same time being inventive, complex and personal. By combining the styles of today's EDM music with her own eerie chords and meaningful lyrics, she creates a unique sound that has been described as, "A truly wild ride", and "Teetering on the brink of artistry and madness." With her powerful vocals, fresh electronic beats and dynamic stage presence, Alia Lorae the Electro Empress is definitely an artist to watch.