The moment I first picked the AMBIKA Tenor Mouthpiece, I knew I would never have to try another mouthpiece in my life. It allowed me to tap into an extra level of expression that I didn't even know that I possessed. I knew it wouldn't stop there, either. Each and every one of Theo's mouthpieces are incredible. It was perhaps the GAIA Soprano Mouthpiece that had the most profound impact on me. I've never been able to push a soprano that hard! It gives you so many unique tools and textures to use. You can really feel the love and attention that Theo put into each one of these mouthpieces, and I think that's what makes them unique. Every time you play one, the sound is so uniquely you that they're hard to ever put down again. These are truly ground-breaking tools for saxophonists.
Alex Milsted is a young tenor saxophonist from Portland, Oregon currently living in the Nashville, Tennessee area. He is known as an extremely versatile musician. He showcases his ability to play many different styles of music as well as many different instruments while still letting his creative and mature sound shine.
Milsted's debut album, "Kaleidoscope," is now available on iTunes, CD Baby and other popular formats. Kaleidoscope features a variety of talented Portland-based musicians performing several of Alex Milsted's own compositions. It was released in June of 2013 on Farnell Newton's progressive independent label, FNMUSICWEB.
Alex Milsted exclusively plays P Mauriat saxophones and Theo Wanne mouthpieces.
You can follow Alex Milsted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alexmilsted), Twitter (@ALEXMILSTED) or athttp://www.alexmilsted.com/.
Why did you choose to become a musician?
I really just fell into it. Both of my parents are musicians and I grew up wanting to play. By the time I was 8 I was begging for a saxophone.
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
I feel like I'm a part of something powerful. It's a kind of swagger, I guess. It's like I'm controlled by a very basic human emotion in the core of all of us, as if being used by a higher power.
What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
I feel absent. As if it's someone else on stage- a ghost of myself.
What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
I believe in a collective energy amongst all people. When I'm improvising, I think I can access that energy to my highest ability.
Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
A lot of my composition comes from starting with a simple idea and letting my ADHD do the talking. I love finding creative ways to take the music in new directions- modulations, tempo changes, time signature changes, etc. But, the most important thing in all of that in melody. The melody is the tool you have to use to get you there.