Alexander Sands is a classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist who taught himself the guitar as a more "portable" art form. He began writing songs in his late teens before starting college at DePaul University, Chicago, in 2002. Sneaking into bars and clubs, it was here that he began developing his talent for writing folk and Americana ballads, which would later influence his paintings. Sands sought to create an organic and colorful "art" sound with his recording, recruiting a variety of musicians that he would meet at college, at bars, and in the streets. In 2004, his experiments with downtuning guitars led to what he considers his first two "breakthrough" songs, 'Finally, For You', and 'Red Blue and Brown'. Eventually Sands would begin recording social justice and darker folk songs, and his later recordings are marked by an absence of other musicians and are more purely "singer/songwriter." Due to his generally lonesome nature and patterns of self-loathing, many of his songs were never released or the recordings lost over time. He still performs on occasion and is planning a new album due in 2024, with "lost" bonus tracks.