We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Van Keulen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It came from my first encounter with real struggle a few years ago. Upon graduating college and starting a new job, I was very alone, and did not have the same support system I had previously. My best friend growing up, Austin, and I decided to voice our struggles and take them head on by writing songs, hoping that this process would help us work through the difficulties, as well as help others who eventually come across them. As our skill as musicians developed, our lives have developed accordingly. We are both married and living in a much more content state of being that when we first started creating. But we still have plenty to write about. Life is always a challenge, it just matters how you handle it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Glass Cases is my band that I started with my best friend, Austin Seifert, in 2016. It has been a long road, I never thought being in a band would be such a multi-faceted thing. It has not been easy… from conquering stage fright to creating and an entire album just to start over again, it’s been a long road. And it is still going, but what I love about it is that is so incredibly dynamic. I’ve learned so many skills, from audio production, video production, graphic design, marketing…. Not to mention learning to become a better singer, performer, songwriter. I’ve overcome each challenge with grit and many nights lying awake at night… But again, it’s all been worth it. I want the world, each individual person, to know that I understand what they might be going through, and they are not alone.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Grand Junction and Moab areas. Colorado National Monument is a little known gem on the western slope of Colorado, and we would hike and mountain bike, and then hang out in downtown Grand Junction. Then we would head over to Moab, get food and drinks at the famous Moab Brewery, and explore Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is to Chris Bruski, an old neighbor of mine. He was the first person I ever performed in front of, and he helped me build the initial confidence I needed to begin as a singer and musician. Without him, I probably wouldn’t still be writing songs and playing shows. It’s amazing that it only takes one person to start the fire… Thanks Chris!
Other: ‘Chemicals’ Music Video –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Photos with live audience: Casey Jack Photography All other photos (except glass cases logo): Brandon Harwell Photography