Hey all! Hope you had a great Halloween weekend. Today, we are bringing you our first Artist of the Week for the month of November, and we couldn't be any more excited to bring back for the second time, Alyx Ander.
Alyx Ander’s sophisticated, emotional brand of dance music has garnered serious accolades
around the world from the moment he dropped his debut breakout single “Close Enough.” But, his success hasn’t exactly come overnight.
Hailing from Queens, New York from a family comprised of multiple generations of artists and musicians that played plenty of jazz, classical and The Beatles, Alyx was born into a life of music. He began training for it early on, leading theatrical productions at Manhattan’s prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, otherwise known as the school that inspired multiple Fame films and television series, and later moving to Florida to attend the University of Miami’s Frost music business program.
“I have to tell you that [the Fame movie] was exactly how high school was,” he laughs. “I remember we would be at lunch and would be playing spades, which is a card game, and out of nowhere, somebody would start drumming, someone would pick up their violin, singers would start singing, dancers would start dancing. It happened all the time! There was so much collaboration; I would play the piano for dancers in between classes. Everyone was there for art and music and it was just such a beautiful experience.” – ALyx ander
His high school years were focused on classical music and theatre, but he knew turntables were going to be in his true path by the time he decided to study in Miami. While still in New York, his flirtations with clubs like Exit and Sound Factory led him to hear DJs like Danny Tenaglia, Jonathan Peters and Tiësto.
“Seeing them really opened my eyes to what was out there,” – alyx ander
When Alyx Ander released his first song ever, he earned an unexpected endorsement from an industry icon, Pete Tong, who chose to premiere the song on BBC Radio 1. What followed was an avalanche of support from press, DJs, and specialist radio. DJs like Tiesto, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt, and many others have featured Alyx Ander’s tracks in their syndicated podcasts. Esteemed editorial outlets like Billboard, TIME Magazine, Mixmag, and DJMag have highlighted his releases with flattering reviews. And each of Alyx Ander’s original releases were placed into regular rotation on SiriusXM radio – reaching a national audience across the United States.
With his latest release, “Wake Up for the Night” Alyx again plays to his strengths as a producer complimenting strong song-writing with bright melodies. This approach has become somewhat of a specialty for this burgeoning producer whose music offers a depth and sincerity not often found in club music. A seemingly lifetime in music is just the beginning for the rising talent whose path has taken him from the theatrical stage to the producer’s chair and now to behind the decks.