Interview: Aloe Blacc Talks Immigration, Big Ambitions and Guest Appearances

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(Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

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By Brian Ives 

Work is never far from Aloe Blacc‘s mind. In fact, it was a lack of work that led him to pursing music full-time.

“I was in business consulting,” he tells Radio.com. “I was helping hospitals improve their service and improve their collections.”

Of course, white-collar jobs like those are not guaranteed career paths, and indeed, his ended unexpectedly. “It just so happened that I got laid off and I had the chance to focus on my hobby full time.”

That led music to become his full-time career, and that career took off in a huge way last year when he sang on Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up,” which became a galactic hit for the EDM producer. Blacc recorded a stripped down version for his own album Lift Your Spirit, and the video was inspired by work as well: more specifically the issue of immigration and immigrant workers. He even collaborated with NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) on the video for the song.

Read more and watch the interview on Radio.com.

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