What is your name?
My name is Alex.
Where are you currently based?
I’ve been living in Paris for the last three years.
Please tell us about on your new live performance that you have been working recently:
It’s totally new for me, I’m still looking for right set to play. I’m currently learning how to play my music live because I usually perform as a DJ. Joris Delacroix, who is a great live performer, helps me a lot on this matter. I will probably use a classic set: master keyboard, analog synth, and controller for Live. I would love to add some unexpected instruments in the future, something surprising, something pretty visually.
How do you prepare for each show?
I like to learn a bit more about who will play before and after me when I join a line-up. I see the night as a whole; progression matters for me. I always try to play one or two classics tracks, I have my favourite selection of the moment but always fresh stuff to make people discover new tracks.
What equipment/programs do you use?
I really love Pioneer equipment, so most of the time it’s CDJ 2000 NXS as players and any Pioneer mixing table. Very basic.
You have an upcoming remix for Joris Delacroix, how do you approach remixing and how do you choose which tracks and artists to work with?
I try to offer a real reinterpretation of the original track through my style, but it’s important to preserve its spirit using a maximum of original stems. The only rule to accept a remix is to love the original I guess.
How did you first learn to DJ and remix?
When I was 13 or 14 I began to look after the music in every party organized by my friends or family. You play a lot of weird stuff in these situations but you really learn what « dancefloor » means. That’s a cool experience.
Production is another story, much longer. I started with the piano at a very young age but Computer Music came later, with my first PC when I was 15.
You have 2 new EPs due to be released in 2018, what influenced the sound of these EP’s?
As it is the case for all my tracks, I took great care in joining together the melody and the energy; this is always the base I work from. The first EP’s theme was composed when I arrived in Paris, the second one I started working on when I came back from Ibiza this summer.
Where and when did you record?
I mainly worked at home, in my studio, but there were instances I’d work on the train or plane on my laptop; you wouldn’t believe what can come out of these journeys!
Have you collaborated with anybody on either EP?
Previously, I worked with my friend Sara Zinger on « Closer », which was released on Way Of House. My creative process is quite personal and meticulous, though at the same time I love to exchange and share. So I do have a few collaborations planned for this year.
What can we expect sound/vibe from each EP?
Atmosphere-wise, you can expect to find my trademark melancholic, epic vibe present on each of my EPs. But one EP will have a strong, highlighted theme whereas the other will be more mental and energetic, though equally melodic.
How will you be releasing?
On my label, Way Of House, and I will surely release on other labels as well.
You’ve had some major highlights in the last couple of years..
– February 2016 Remix for Fred Falke “It’s a memory”
– June 2016 signed at Joris Delacroix’s “Way Of House” label
– June 2016 Released debut EP, “Empire” (WoH)
– November 2016 Remix for reputed French music producer Feder, « Lordly »
– December 2016 played at famous Rex Club in Paris
– In 2017: Performed with Claptone, Tube & Berger at Faust Paris. Other notable performances: White Dubai, R2 Marseille, Iboat Bordeaux
– December 15th re-release of his “Empire” EP in Latin America through Universal Music’s Aftercluv imprint
What do you have planned for 2018?
I really aim at developing my Live sets to the max. I also plan on releasing tons of new tracks and remixes. Following the release of “Empire” in Latin America, I intend on touring the region; I’ll be also touring during the year with my friend Joris Delacroix.
Please tell us a little about your latest video that you worked with your brother on, how did the concept come about and how did you come to be working with your brother?
The video was filmed and directed by my brother, who’s a filmmaker. We have been working together since the beginning, and we have both worked at developing my visual identity. “Empire” was shot in a place we hold dear and where we grew up: The Goudes in Marseilles. This district is at the door of the worldwide famous natural site The Massif des Calanques, a wild and rugged terrain stretching alongside the Mediterranean coast. I’ve always wanted to shoot images there; the contrast between the WW2 bunkers scattered on the coast and the area’s natural beauty was a perfect match for what “Empire” visually meant. The idea was to re-create a post-apocalyptic world in which a metaphorical and Manichean, sort-of “Last of the Mohicans” fight could take place. My brother and I know the area perfectly and so we knew where to find the perfect settings to tell our story.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m a huge fan of Stephan Bodzin and Vitalic. I also love KiNK, Reinier Zonneveld, Midas104, Victor Ruiz’s work and many more. I could list ten more artists but I’ll keep it short!
When and where are you playing next?
I’m due to perform at Wanderlust Paris on 20/01 then I’ll be touring France with Joris Delacroix. I’m also working on a tour in Latin America this summer.
Favourite food and place to hang out?
I’ve been spending a lot of time in London these days, and the more I discover it and the more I love it. My favorite area is Camden, without a doubt; the atmosphere is unbelievable. In terms of food, my favorite right after French cuisine (I’m horribly chauvinistic when it comes to this topic) would be Japanese food.