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Alec “CYGZ” Cyganowski is an American singer / performer / poet from Chicago, Il. Born of midwest blood, in between a brother and a sister, his early life was shaped by the status quo, a feeling he would desperately try to push against. At 19, he dropped out of college to pursue a career as a singer in a band. After one record, the band decided to move in a different musical direction and Alec parted ways. 

After moving to Los Angeles in his early 20’s, he got involved with immersive musical theater (American Idiot, Almost FamousDevil Wears Prada, etc) performing in, as well as maintaining a nine to five job as a theatrical carpenter, which inspired him to begin writing poetry and songs, depicting young life in Hollywood. This cultivated a perspective that would eventually lead him to the creation of his project. “It took some time, but once I learned how soulful Los Angeles is, suddenly the dirt and the slime of the city didn’t seem so bad, and the lights began to glow like they do in the movies,” explains CYGZ.

Fed up with the stereotypical life of the Hollywood hierarchy, he set out to destroy the construct entrenched in his own mind. It was at this point when CYGZ crossed paths with renowned producer James Michael (Alanis Morissette, Motley Crüe, Sixx:AM, Kelly Clarkson) and they embarked on what would be a 2-year journey in creating his debut album. The first single, “Eternity” is a powerful alternative-rock anthem dropping at the end of October 2019, with the full album out January 2020. Says CYGZ, “At its core, Eternity is about the struggle of good versus evil, light versus darkness-Life is forged by this dichotomy, and the only thing we know is that even though our time may be a flash in the grand scheme, it’s an eternal gesture that will live on forever. Or maybe it’s just another silly love song!”

Combining influences of legendary rock bands like Queen and ELO,  with the poetic rawness of The Smashing Pumpkins, what was born was a modern perspective, infusing substance back into the pop-rock genre. Adds CYGZ, “This album is a slice of real life, and how I personally, and we as a collective humanity, have become entrenched in this idea of presenting your best self at all times, for people to see on social media platforms. This has had a negative psychological affect on our consciousness, as we strive for an unrealistic perfection.” As a concept album, it tackles subjects like mental health, depression, love and loss and the importance of staying true to who you are, in essence, real life. 

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