Aidan Alexander is ready to share his vulnerabilities and creative sensibility with his first single “I Don’t Love You,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Sept. 18).
The 18-year-old Los Angelite might be new to the music industry, but has already carved a place in the acting world, starring alongside Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton in the film Red Wing and in roles on the television shows Baby Doll Records and Play by Play.
Alexander, whose musical influences range from Fleetwood Mac to Frank Sinatra, first found his love for music after hearing Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache.” Since then, pursuing a musical career has been a top priority.
“I was tired of hearing hollow love songs on the radio and that kind of inspired me to toy with the title ‘I Don’t Love You.’ I wrote it about someone that I actually did love very much, just not in THAT way,” the singer tells Billboard of his debut song. “I remember being so heartbroken and feeling so guilty, like it was my fault for not requiting these feelings. It made me feel terrible thinking I made someone feel a feeling I am all too familiar with, and would never intentionally inflict on anyone,” he adds.
Alexander believes the experience allowed him to face feelings he wasn’t comfortable with at first, and although he initially considered “I Don’t Love You” a sad song, he now sees it as a battle cry.
“I Don’t Love You” is an atmospheric electro-pop ballad that highlights Alexander’s dreamy vocals floating against a lush backdrop. Reflecting on a past relationship and his inability to dive deeper into it, Alexander admits, “I don’t love you/All the right things still feel wrong/Still feel wrong/You need someone I can’t become.”
The singer is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut EP, set for release later this year.