ALEX K. MASSE
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Alex Masse, AKA Fairything, is a 21-year-old writer and musician residing in what is colonially known as Surrey, BC. They’re a writer, musician, omnichordist, and more. The arts are a longtime love of theirs, and their work has revelled in quiet success both online and in the local scene. Their writing has been everywhere from the Scholastic Writing Awards, to Vancouver Fringe Festival, to their self-published webnovel, FREAKSPOTTERS. Their music, meanwhile, has thrived at open mics, in self-released EPs, and in collaboration with various notable entities. Most recently, they performed their words and melodies at Vancouver Pride.
When not writing or making music, Alex is probably either reading, studying, or pressing flowers. They’re also a neurodivergent nonbinary lesbian, which greatly affects their process.
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Introductions aside, this website exists as an archive of my work, and a means of contact. Feel free to reach out, whether to commission, collaborate, or just say hello! I'm open to both casual and business-related inquiries.
Alex is best reached through either their email ([email protected]) or instagram (@itsfairything).
Feel free to reach out with any queries, be that collaboration or just to say hello.
Alex is an accomplished writer, with awards and publications on both the local and international scale.
Alongside accolades from the Scholastic Writing Awards and publications in various local outlets, Alex has been a Staff Writer on their school paper, The Peak, and is currently writing a web novel, FREAKSPOTTERS, which is free to read on Tapas! A novel taking place in the same universe was also featured in #TeenPit 2018, a youth author mentorship program.
Alex has also brought their written work to the stage at a number of festivals, most recently the IGNITE! Youth Festival and Vancouver Pride.
Below are some select samples of prose, poetry, plays, and journalism.
International Scholastic Writing Awards: Two Gold Keys (Poetry and Fantasy) (2018)
International Scholastic Writing Awards: Silver Key (Overall transcript) (2018)
#TeenPit: Semi-Finalist (2018)
Care Collective Zine (2021)
We Were Here Zine (2021)
WMN Zine (2021)
The Peak (various articles) (2020-2021)
FORM Storybook (2021)
Gateway Theatre (2021)
Cotyledon Poetry Collection (2021)
Flaming Balloon Press (2020)
Train River Publishing: Summer 2020 Poetry Anthology (2020)
Polar Expressions (2018)
Vancouver is Awesome (2018)
UBC Pride Picnic (2021)
Vancouver Pride (2021)
IGNITE! Youth Festival (2021)
Paprika Festival (2021)
Fringe Festival x Alley Theatre's Judith Fair (2020)
Vines Art Festival (2020)
IGNITE! Digital Showcase x Frank Theatre's Telling it Bent program (2020)
UBC Slam Poetry Instagram Showcase (2020)
Silouan Hainsworth's Delicacy & Defiance (2019)
Infectious Love: Writer (Webseries, 2020)
Additionally, Alex has begun a journey in playwriting, which is being pursued through local mentorship. Alex is an alumnus of the following programs:
LEAP Playwriting Cohort Level 1Telling it Bent, Poetry and PlaywritingGateway Theatre, Creating in New Spaces~
Alex is an accomplished producer, composer, lyricist, songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, and general musical performer. They recently made their live singing debut at Vancouver Pride, in July 2021!
"Lost Lunar Levels" is Alex's second EP, a collection of instrumental tunes created as a spiritual successor to their first release, "A Year, Moonbound."
"A Year, Moonbound" has received radio play on both CJSF and KVRX, and "Lost Lunar Levels" also charted on the former.
Alex creates music under the name FAIRYTHING, and is always open to commissions and collaborations; it's good for the soul. Their music varies from instrumental electronic compositions to dreamy, reflective bedroom pop.
Some major collaborators include Penelope Scott, Leauxend, Ambynt, and more.
Alex also did some music for the Averno franchise, an indie multimedia movement associated with Broadway Records. On this team, Alex was a producer, sound designer, performer, and composer.
While Alex no longer associates with Averno, they used it as a learning experience and a chance to connect with other young artists.
When it comes to Alex's songwriting journey, their reflective, poetic lyrics are often accompanied by their faithful QChord, lovingly named "Tecna," (yes, after the Winx Club character), or Omnichord, "Marceline" (yes, after the Adventure Time character).
Alex has brought Tecna to live performances at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Vancouver Pride, where its dreamy, retro sound set them apart.
Additionally, Alex loves to mix their writing and music together. Below is "Pretty (Colour and Key)", a mix of dreamy instrumentals and introspective lyrics about Alex's experiences with gender.
Last but not least, Alex has been a flutist for 8 years. This has taken her plenty of places, including but not limited to the UBC Apple Festival, the Canadian Anaheim Music Festival, and Cuba!
It's been an adventure, one destined to continue.
Alex is an eager photographer, with experience in event photography as well as some personal work.
In 2018, they played "paparazzi" to MINTAGE, a local vintage clothing chain that was celebrating the opening of its second store.
While those photos are currently inaccessible, one of their more recent projects, "VIOLET WANDERINGS," is here on display. A couple shots of the set were also published in Soul Talk Magazine!
In general, they're fond of how slightly altering a lens can completely change one's perception of things. Here's another example of that.
They also enjoy the intentionally vague.
Similarly enjoyable themes are nature, familiarity, and joy, whether that comes from admiring plants that'd broken concrete or from being in the center of a moshpit.
In 2020, Alex had the honour of working with local theatre company The Only Animal in Arts of Resistance, a protest art workshop for youth. While the COVID-19 pandemic meant extremely limited resources, Alex persevered and saw the film through. Below is "CONTRAST," the finished product, a commentary on the climate crisis.
Alex created the backing track, all visuals, and the costumes.
In 2021, almost a full year after its completion, "CONTRAST" was featured in WITHIN TENSIONS, a not-for-profit digital arts magazine.
"The Gift of Spacetime" is a short film featuring a poem and some musical accompaniment. It was created as part of the Vines Emerging Artists program.
Don’t let the format fool you: at its core, “Spacetime” is a poem, simply a poem with musical and visual aids in getting its message across.
This piece is meant to be an oasis: a place to reflect and relax and be reassured that better things are around the corner.
"Writerly Activities 101" was put together for FORM FAIR, a fundraiser slash festival all about sharing art and art education. Alex was chosen personally to talk about the habits that make them such a productive and successful creative in the written word.
FORM FAIR was put on by ArtByFORM, an online creative collective and charity group, best known for their "All Nighter" 24-hour production competitions, the most recent of which received a shoutout by musician Porter Robinson.
In summer 2021, Alex participated in FORM FAIR again, creating "Musical Poetry with Alex Fairything," which can also be viewed below.
Recently, Alex has taken on design. They've attended multiple workshops for UI/UX, and is hoping to further pursue design through a minor in university. Despite being new to the practice, they've proven to be a quick learner.
Alex is familiar with Figma, Canva, Over, as well as some Adobe software, and they're always eager to learn more! Below is some of their work. Click to view the images in their full size!
In the summer of 2021, Alex took on their first university work-study at a local nonprofit called posAbilities. While there, they created graphics for the organization's social media and newsletters. Below are a couple of examples of that work.
In 2020, Alex recently took an extracurricular course in UI/UX, on top of their preexisting courseload. Here, Alex made "StimGarden," an app design meant to evoke stim toys and fidget objects.
Alex also spent spring 2021 on the Graphics Team of QSpeak, an LGBT youth outreach organization. Below is some of that work.
Alex also does promotional graphics for their school's Poetry Club, as seen below.
And this is from a 3-person SFU UI/UX Collaborative Figma Workshop, as well as some miscellaneous work!
Hey! You wanna commission me? Great!! Details coming soon. :) In the meantime, check out my previous commissioned work at my other portfolio site!
UBC Pride Picnic (2021)
Vancouver Pride (2021)
IGNITE! Youth Festival (Performer) (2021)
Paprika Festival (Performer) (2021)
Fringe Festival (Performer) (2020)
Vines Art Festival (Filmmaker) (2020)
IGNITE! Youth Festival (Performer) (2020)
Delicacy & Defiance (Model and Performer) (2019)
DigitaLENS Film Festival (Filmmaker) (2019)
UBC Apple Festival (Performer) (2018)
Mintage (Photographer) (2018)
BIOS AND PHOTOS:
WRITING-FOCUSED ~50 WORDS:
Alex Masse is a writer of fiction, poetry, and articles. Their words have been everywhere from the Vancouver Fringe Festival, to the Scholastic Writing Awards, to Vancouver Pride. They're also a neurodivergent nonbinary lesbian, which greatly affects their work. When not writing, they're probably daydreaming about their stories.
MUSIC-FOCUSED ~50 WORDS
Alex Masse is a performer, songwriter, and producer. They've been gigging since 2013, everything from folk, to jazz, to musical poetry. Alex has also collaborated with a number of notable entities, from Ambynt to Penelope Scott. Since self-releasing their first EP in 2020, they've revelled in a steady growth, most recently bringing their music to Vancouver Pride.
VISUAL-FOCUSED ~50 WORDS:
Alex Masse is a predominantly self-taught designer with experience in Figma, some Adobe products, and freeware such as Canva and Over. Alex is a graphic designer for their school's Poetry Club, making graphics for meets and contests, and has done graphic design for local and national nonprofits, such as posAbilities and QSpeak.
FILMMAKING-FOCUSED ~50 WORDS:
Alex Masse is a self-taught filmmaker. Inspired by stumbling onto film sets all their life due to living in Vancouver, Alex's short films have been featured at Vines Art Festival and as products of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Digital Storytelling Program and the Art of Resistance mentorship program by the Only Animal Theatre.
POETRY-FOCUSED ~50 WORDS:
Alex Masse is a poet who's taken the scene by storm, performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vines Art Festival, and IGNITE Youth Festival, alongside holding a Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key in poetry. They're a neurodivergent nonbinary lesbian, which greatly affects their work. When not writing, they're making music, and vice versa.
PLAYWRITING FOCUSED ~50 WORDS:
Alex Masse is an emerging playwright who's taken the scene by storm. So far, they've released works with Gateway Theatre and The Arts Club. Alex also has some experience in musical theatre, creating tracks for Broadway Records associates, and being a principal member of the Future Perfect Project Performing Arts Intensive, where they were mentored by Tony nominee Caitlin Kinnunen alongside other iconic talents.