INTERVIEW: ALEXA LEIGHTON
‘The Female Hustler’ caught up with the face of Dinner Land Alexa Leighton to find out more about her journey so far!
Hi Alexa, thanks for taking the time to speak with ‘The Female Hustler’. We wanted to get to know more about your background first. You are currently based in New York, is that where you are from originally?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY at Kings County Hospital and moved to Florida when I was 7 years old. I grew up in a boring little town called Palm Bay Florida. If we’re talking ethnicity, I grew up under Jamaican culture. My mother’s father is Chinese-Jamaican, her mother is Jamaican, and my father is Jamaican. In fact, I’m in Jamaica as I write this.
Growing up what career path did you want to take and did it have anything to do with what the path you are taking today?
In third grade I got nominated to be a TV news anchor and recite the morning announcements for my entire elementary school. Ever since then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in media.
Your podcast 'The Alexa Leighton Show’ is very popular right now, for those who haven’t listened before can you tell us a bit about it and what people can expect to hear if they listen in. Also what made you to decide to start your own podcast?
I wanted to find a way to spread my views. I love to talk. Lol. I don’t have Oprah money to be able to fund my own TV talk show, so I’m starting with tools that are more accessible. The TV show will come though. Soon.
Podcast’s are becoming more and more popular especially for millennial’s, do you see them eventually overtaking radio in terms of listenership and popularity?
I’m sure radio will always be around, but podcasts offer a more personal element you can’t get from listening to your local fm stations.
Have you ever considered having your own radio show or do you prefer the freedom of being able to talk about whatever you like on a podcast?
There are a lot of rules in radio. Can’t say this, can’t do that, etc etc… Podcasts definitely provide a place for more freedom of expression. Radio can’t play certain songs or just won’t for a number of reasons in regards to music politics. I also can’t curse on radio so I’m sure I wouldn’t last long there.
What are the main topics you tend to discuss on your podcast?
I pride myself on making sure what ever conversation I’m having on my podcast, its one that hasn’t been had before or at least a new take on the subject. I have no problem asking questions that might seem crazy or too “taboo.” Especially in regards to my latest episode in which I interviewed my ex boyfriends “side chick.”
Who would be your dream guest to sit down and have a one on one discussion with for your podcast?
My dream guest would be Oprah, so I could pick her brain about what it took to get where she is today.
What is your long-term goal for 'The Alexa Leighton Show’?
My long term goal for the Alexa Leighton Show is to turn it into a successful talk show such as the Oprah Winfrey show. People don’t watch as much TV as they used to, but I hope to turn my show into something the masses will tune into no matter the platform.
You are also the face of Dinner Land, for those in the UK who may be unfamiliar with the platform can you give an insight into the kind of content Dinner Land produces and what they do?
Dinner Land is a network that produces all original content for and by creative’s. There’s no restriction on what we can and can’t produce. Dinner Land will be a major game changer in the years to come.
You handle Music Mondays for Dinner Land, what do you look for in the submissions you get sent for it to be featured on Dinner Land?
I look for originality, and music that moves me in some way. There is no genre restriction, you don’t have to be the best lyrically, but as long as it makes me move, or feel something I might just put it on the list.
You put on a lot of underground artists, who are some of your favourite underground talents right now?
Chris Watts, Flamm, Connie Diamond, thcBillyb, and more!
There are a lot of amazing albums out right now, what do you have in rotation?
Definitely that new SZA, 4:44, Sounds from the Other Side by Wiz Kid, and a bunch of dancehall mixtapes because I can’t live without dancehall.
You also host events, what has been your most fun event to host so far?
I always enjoy hosting dancehall parties the most, but I hosted Wings in the Trap recently in Brooklyn, put together by Bask NY and it was so lit. It was a trap party so very sweaty, high energy, hood shit which make for some of the best nights!
If you could host an event in any other city / country where would it be? Maybe we can see you in London some time soon?
I’d love to host an event in London! And Jamaica! Those two places would be my top picks because I can relate to those cultures. My mother was born and raised in Birmingham so even though I’ve never been to England I’m familiar with the culture.
Let us know where people can follow you to stay connected and see what you have coming up
Follow me on IG: AlexaLeighton
And Listen to the Show on itunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-alexa-leighton-show/id1193079821?mt=2