How excited are we................
October the 13th sees the very first appearance from one of NEW YORK CITY'S finest dj's producers and remixers.....
ladies and gentlemen let us introduce to you the first ever appearance exclusively for Lamerica, we are very proud to present ALIX ALVAREZ
This respected talent from New York is blazing a trail for young and exciting producers through his crisp productions and remixes. Alix has worked with some of the industry's top artists and produced stunning musical gems for some of the world's best underground dance labels including MN2S, Vega, Soul Heaven, Defected, Sonar Kollektiv Real Tone, Central Park, Black Vinyl and Essence. From working in the studio with Osunlade on remix projects to collaborating on new material with Lem Springsteen (Mood II Swing), Franck Roger and MR V, this self-taught musician is fast becoming a household name in underground house circles.
Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Alix grew up around a mixture of music; hip-hop, R&B and salsa were a daily consumption of Alix's musical diet. That appetite grew further when Alix was introduced to the turntables at the age of 12. He quickly abandoned sports and other activities so he could spend time blending and cutting up records, though he wouldn't realize the full effect of DJing until being exposed to the club scene in his later teens. One party in particular was The Shelter at Club Vinyl where Timmy Regisford held court every Saturday night. The Shelter was Alix's first taste of underground nightlife and, along with other underground venues, played a vital role in shaping Alixï¿½s sound. Inspired, he began to promote himself by selling his mix tapes on the streets. His determination to make a name for himself as a DJ was the first step in Alixï¿½s musical evolution; the next step would be to create the music he loved.
Alix began school at the Institute of Audio Research in Manhattan to study audio engineering where he graduated as one of the top students in his class. It wasn't long before his hard work in school paid off. His interest in learning about the recording studio eventually led him to an assistant engineer position at MAW Studios owned by ï¿½Littleï¿½ Louie Vega and Kenny ï¿½Dopeï¿½ Gonzales. It was his experience and training at MAW Studios that helped him develop the studio engineering skills that would soon lead to him writing and producing his own deep house gems.
To date, Alix has produced and remixed records for some of the worlds most respected deep house labels. The underground smash ï¿½Rising into Joyï¿½, which he produced and co-wrote with veteran singer Arnold Jarvis, was released on Blackvinyl Records in spring of 2002. It received critical acclaim for its sensual vocals and smooth glistening production, and is just one example of Alix's deep, sultry, jazz-influenced production style. Alongside ï¿½Rising Into Joyï¿½, Alixï¿½s other original production work includes the ï¿½Nu Breed EPï¿½ on Essence and the ï¿½Reflections EPï¿½ on Dancetracks. Some of his remix work includes Tortured Soulï¿½s ï¿½How's Your Life?ï¿½, House Headzï¿½ ï¿½The Anthemï¿½, Lunaï¿½s ï¿½Aloneï¿½, Alma Hortonï¿½s ï¿½Gimmie That Musicï¿½, Santosï¿½ ï¿½Love Made For Twoï¿½ and Mr.Vï¿½s ï¿½Jus' Danceï¿½. He continues to build on an already impressive discography and his sound continues to mature.
While Alix focuses primarily on production, his skills are just as sharp when it comes to DJing. He has rocked crowds all over NYC - including underground hot spots like Bang the Party and Club Cielo ï¿½ and has kept heads bumping in Tokyo, Paris, London, Istanbul and Toronto. Alongside fellow emerging producer/DJ Mr V, Alix established a popular underground dance party in NYC named SOLE Channel. The duo decided to put the party on hold in the summer of 2004 to concentrate on developing another project of their own, SOLE Channel Music. Armed with fresh sounds, new ideas and exciting new collaborations from artists' such as Franck Roger, Siji and Arnold Jarvis, SOLE Channel is set to lead the way in innovative and forward thinking music in the underground dance scene.
As Alix explains, maintaining longevity and credibility through his music are vital to his success. ï¿½My main focus is to keep making music that stands the test of timeï¿½, he says.
Not content with showcasing one DJ we decided to request and secure the services of another, this time one of our own......
From London, but worldwide renowned legend in the house scene since the early 80's the man responsible for countless club tracks remixes and productions soulheaven main man and international club dj
PHIL ASHER - Restless Soul Productions
That's the main room covered so what about the baroom, we have been asked so many times to do a classics night so as its Craig's birthday we have decided to do one
Good friends of ours Russ and Paul otherwise known as KKLASS make their long overdue return to Lamerica (10 years since they graced our hallowed turntables) to play a classics set
K-Klass Intro: One of the more omnipresent remixing teams on the British house scene of the 1990s, K-Klass emerged in the late '80s, founded by Andy Williams and Carl Thomas after the demise of their previous band Interstate (who had played with 808 State on the early house scene). The Welsh duo added Paul Roberts and Russ Morgan, and began recording with 1990's Wildlife EP. Late the following year, K-Klass' single "Rhythm Is a Mystery" reached the Top Five and they began their continual residence in the club charts with later singles "Don't Stop," "Let Me Show You" and "What You're Missing," from their debut album, 1993's Universal. By the mid-'90s, K-Klass had begun to move away from the original blueprint of British house and towards a more mainstream, song-oriented approach - though one which embraced trance, nu-disco and even ambient-house. K-Klass remixes of Whitney Houston, Blondie, Frankie Knuckles, M People, Lulu, Bizarre Inc. and Bobby Brown became sizeable dancefloor hits. The 1996 K-Klass LP Remix and Additional Production displayed their allegiance to post-production, perhaps to the detriment of their own recording career.
Expect all those records that have lasted the test of time and then some
focussing from 1987 to present day 20 years of house...
let me show you, rhythm is a mysters, 2 real classic tunes just about to get a new lease of life
not forgetting the lamerica anthem
Rosie Gaines - Dance with me yes the boys did that and what a tune
so what will you expect to hear well you tell us please post your top 10 tracks from the last 20 years.....
nush - you girls, baby wants to ride your love, kickin in the beat, corina, the list is endless
Nows that what we call a line up always bringing the best guests to Cardiff pioneering new djs .............