Aleah Fitzwater is a Classically trained flutist studio and instrumentalist, music blogger, arranger, and songwriter from the greater Toledo area.

Interview with Aleah Fitzwater

Tell us about yourself, who are you and where do you come from?

Hey there! My name is Aleah and I am a freelance journalist and small business owner with a passion for making popular rock and pop songs “flutified”. I am currently based in Southern Michigan, about an hour south of Detroit.

How was your passion for music born? Who are your idols?

My passion for music was born at a very young age when I first stole my mom’s Irish Whistle. When Christmas came around, I found myself with a (much more complex) C flute. I took that and ran with it, and actually ended up majoring in instrumental music education, where I picked other instruments, like the piano. As far as musical idols go, I have many, such as flutist William Bennett (who I had the honor of meeting in a University workshop in 2018) all the way to Panic! At the Disco, and The Ronettes.

What kind of music do you do?

I am mainly focusing on arranging and recording classical-style flute and piano covers at the moment. That being said, I do have some original lyrics/ sketches of songs for uke and guitar that I hope to release someday.

What is the most important song for you? What message do you want to convey to the listener?

For right now, I’m really stuck on The Ronettes “Be My Baby”. The pervasive drum beat, and the rich harmonic language of those older songs, just pluck on my heartstrings and get stuck in my head. I want my music to feel like that.

Why should a listener who doesn’t know you listen to your music?

They should listen because these custom flute arrangements take hours and hours to make! (I kid…mostly :D).

What are your future projects? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

In 5 years from now (or perhaps closer to 1!) I hope to have an album of Pop-Pop/Emo covers for flute, as well as an original or two released.

Tell our readers a funny episode that happened in your career as an artist.

The first time I ever performed on a stage, a spring popped in my instrument. For the entire performance my pianist and I exchanged horrified glances- My fingers were right, but every single note was wrong!! I don’t know why, but that’s just so funny to me that my instrument would break the first time I set foot on stage. Everyone in the audience was really nice about it afterwards, though.