During this time, he developed Edward Sharpe, his alter ego.
"I don't want to put too much weight on it, because in some ways it's just a name that I came up with.
But I guess if I look deeper, I do feel like I had lost my identity in general.
I really didn't know what was going on or who I was anymore.
On most recent album, Person A, Ebert tried to evolve, stating, "In a lot of ways this album does things that are missing." He went on to discuss why the name Edward Sharpe is crossed out on the cover, saying, "There was no character to begin with, so why not kill him? If anything, and at most, Edward Sharpe was a vehicle for me to get to slough off whatever I had become up until that point, and to get back to or sort of allow my pure self to come forth into sort of a clean slate." In 2011, Alex released his first solo album, Alexander.
He appeared on Conan on September 12, 2011 to promote his solo album.
His grandfather Carl Ebert had been Intendant of Deutsche Oper, Berlin; he also was a famous actor trained by Max Reinhardt.
On one such trip, his mother shot footage of his father chanting in the desert, cradling Alex's baby sister Gabi, which would one day become a part of the video for the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song "Desert Song".
On January 12, 2014, Ebert won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for his musical score to the film All Is Lost (2013).
Ebert was born in Los Angeles in 1978, the son of a psychotherapist, Michael Ebert, and actress Lisa Richards.
He attributes the revival of his interest in professional music to his childhood friends and excessive drug usage during that period of his life.
After Ebert's band The Lucky 13's broke up, Ima Robot was formed in 1997 and it became successful in the early 2000s, signing with Virgin Records.