Interview with Riot Girl: Alejandra "Ale" Robles From Space Lemon And The Menstruators!

Ale Robles
Age: 27

Photo Ale Robles

Ale is the hard-hitting drummer girl of the rock band Space Lemon. She`s a natural talent at what she do , just take a look at her youtube videos of herself playing the drums! Playing the drums must have been what she was destined to do , cause the way she plays them drums makes me think that THIS is what she was born to do. Her style is a mix between punk and her own unique style ,and she wears it well! She`s played with Brody Dalle from the Distillers, she`s an amazing photographer , her drum covers a legendary and she`s a proper Riot Girl !

So fasten your seatbelt , here it is!

Can you remember when your interest for music started?

I can`t recall a moment in my life were music hasn`t been present. So, no. I can`t remember. It`s like an omnipotent force that` always been present.

what made you wanna start playing music/sing?

Brody Dalle inspired me to play guitar which was the first instrument I attempted to play but I`m a natural born drummer.

When/what did/made you decide to start playing/singing music ?

I had a crappy classical guitar in my house, which I assume my parents bought for me when I was a kid, I remember I tried to learn by myself but I couldn`t understand so it sort of just sat there for a long time unti I decided to take guitar lessons. I learned enough so I could start a punk rock band and then I moved on!

What made you choose the instruments you play?

I started playing guitar because it was there available to me but I never really chose it, I`m not a guitarist. I was obsessed with Nirvana and I made it my duty to learn as many Nirvana songs as I could, also, because I knew Brody Dalle had started playing guitar around that age (I was 12 or 13) so I felt like that could be my dream and my life as well. I played guitar in a bunch of bands until I moved to a bigger house with my family and bought my first drum kit. I felt like I finally got to pick my own instrument, or maybe drums picked me. Who knows? It`s like the chicken or the egg.

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

I was self taught for a very long time until I decided to move to LA and go to music school. Being self taught is cool and all but it works better for me when I have some guidance.

Photo Ale Robles

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?

I vividly remember the first song I learned to play on guitar, it was Come As You Are by Nirvana. For drums it was probably City of Angels by The Distillers.

Which musicians has had the most impact on you ?

Brody Dalle, Layne Staley, Eddie Vedder, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain have had the most impact on me. I rarely listen to Nirvana now, I mention Kurt Cobain because of how much he influenced my life when I was a teenager. Nirvana was my introduction to Rock N Roll. I still listen to the previously mentioned 4 almost every single day. I love singers, they are the ones who move me the most.

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

There are a lot of famous musicians that have influenced me and taught me something. The ones I mentioned before have taught me valuable lessons plenty of times but the reality is that I`m surrounded by struggling musicians in my every day life and they are the ones who have taught me the bigger lessons.

What does playing music mean to you?


Photo Ale Robles

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?
And what it meant to you?

It was a orange Casio keyboard. I loved that thing. You could play demos and it had that one Wham! song, Wake Me Up Before You Go. It made my mom happy whenever I played it so it automatically made me happy. Photo: Ale Robles

Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes?

Depends how old old is. I love late 80`s and 90`s rock. Oh, and ABBA. I love ABBA.

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

Being a professional musician has been my dream since I was a little kid but I didn`t really acknowledge how real it was until I came back to Mexico from NYC, where I did a photography internship with a fashion designer. I thought to myself; Ok, I tried that, now onto the biggest thing, which is music, but it was so terrifying and unknown that I sort of tried to avoid it for as long as I could. When my dad died I realized I had no other option but to fight for my dream. I owed it to him and to myself.

How and when did you get your band together?

I started jamming with Nacho (the guitarist) a few months after I moved to LA but it didn`t become Space Lemon until the end of 2014.

Which band have you played in / Are you playing in?

Space Lemon and The Menstruators are my 2 current bands but I have other projects.

Photo Ale Robles

How would you describe your music style to other people?

Space Lemon is alternative rock, The Menstruators is sort of garage punk rock.

I know you have played a lot of gigs , does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?

Every time.

What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?

Work hard and stay humble. Pride always seems to get in the way.

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

I only go to shows of bands I like. I never really go to shows just for the hell of it; can`t afford it.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

Maybe, I don`t really remember.

Photo Ale Robles

As a girl, have you experienced being underestimated musically?

Yes, every single time. When I play with Space Lemon some people are overly excited with me after a show, maybe because I`m the only girl in the band and they generally assume I`m not going to be as good as my bandmates, maybe because they genuinely like me, who knows. People have told me before that they didn`t think I was going to be very good though.

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

My music career is my personal life right now.

What is your best music related memory?

Playing with Brody Dalle and sharing the stage with Babes in Toyland and Le Butcherettes.

Listening to your record (Space Lemon) and watching your drum vids online ,
I can hear and see you have your own sound and technique ,
is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?

No, I`m constantly trying to improve my technique but I wouldn`t say I work as hard as I should on it. As far as my sound goes, I used to worry a lot about that but now I don`t really care as much. I just let if flow and play whatever I feel like.

Photo Ale Robles

As mentioned earlier , you have played with Brody Dalle .
How was that experience for you ?

Nerve wracking. I day dreamed about that moment my entire life and I kind of always thought I was going to feel ready. I learned that I`m never going to feel completely ready for my all-time dream and that`s one thing that motivates me to keep practicing. It was very exciting, though. I loved it.

And last but not least , what goals did/do you wanna reach with your music?

I want to influence people. I want to inspire people but mostly girls who feel inadequate and f eel like there`s no place for them in the music industry. I wish to give back to the world what my idols have given to me, which is meaning. I don`t want to be a voice of a generation; I want to be the voice of those two people who are starting to feel like they don`t have to settle for the life they were given but don`t know which direction to go.

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Thanks to Ale for this interview!


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