Student of the art-forms associated with the culture of underground dance music and DJ culture. I am a dancer. A DJ. A producer. A writer, and I lift heavy.
Peace be unto you.
A DJ since 93. A Producer since 98. A true student of the music/culture. Amir founded Vanguard Sound in Chicago during February 2006 to chart his own musical evolution and expression. His is a drive to raise the bar after every set, determined to fully express himself and to connect directly with the floor.
After making his presence felt in the Chicago club scene via a meteoric rise culminating in a DJ watch feature in Chicago’s 5 magazine, he completely disappeared and went beneath the underground to focus solely on advancing his production skills. Soon after linking up with G. Marcell and Hakim Murphy he began to release gritty tracks that began to be charted and played by underground DJ’s worldwide. His fourth release was the sleeper classic “Experience EP” a 4 tracker with Amir on side a, and G. Marcell on side b.
Encouraged by the feedback, Amir then submitted tracks to New York city’s Plan B Recordings. The rest is history as they say.
Bridging the Atlantic between 2012 – 2013, Amir has been steadily gaining attention for his numerous and well received EP’s on record labels from Chicago, New York, London, and Frankfurt with releases such The Gutter Flex EP on Steve Mizek’s Argot, Outsider Music on Sascha Dive’s Deep Vibes Recordings, the Everybody’s Beautiful EP on HYPE LTD, Don’t Go on secretsundaze and back home with the likes of Finalé Sessions.
His own label Vanguard Sound is home to the producers that he has drawn close to him, sharing a common bond with the likes of Chris Mitchell, with whom he plays a jam orientated live when the pair’s schedules can meet. Away from his own EPs, producers to receive the Amir Alexander remix treatment include De Sleuv Vos and Beesmunt Soundsystem.
With productions reaching the ears and turntables of many dancers and DJs across the world, the ever self starting Amir soon put his first tour together in September 2012. After blowing away a series of top clubs, his first few tours of Europe included Panorama Bar – Berlin, Rex, Concrete – Paris, Arma 17 – Moscow and secretsundaze – London. 2013 saw debuts in New York as well as a tour of Australia.
In both the studio and behind the decks this cat strives to bring a raw and gritty modern spin on classic Detroit, Chicago, and New York underground sounds.
Selected discography Amir Alexander
Twilight EP (3xFile, WAV, EP) Bearatonerecordings 2008
White Rhino EP (4xFile, WAV, EP) Bearatonerecordings 2008
Future Of Mankind (4xFile, WAV, EP) Bearatonerecordings 2009
Amir Alexander / G. Marcell - The Experience (12") Bearatonerecordings 2009
Sonic Subversion EP (4xFile, WAV, EP) Plan B Recordings 2010
Various - Various 02 (12", Mar) Plan B Recordings 2010
Black Ops Amir Alexander / Dakini9 - Various - Vanguard Sound Vol. 1 (12", Mar) Machining Dreams 2011
Interdimensional Transit EP (12", EP) Machining Dreams 2011
Violence - Various - Vanguard Sound Vol. 3 (12", EP) Vanguard Sound 2012
Wolfsbane - CD Compilation 2012, Episode 01 (CD Album , Track #7) Plan B Recordings 2012
Gutter Flex EP - (12' ,EP) Argot Music 2012
Woozy! - Various - Love's All Right (12", TP, W/Lbl) Altered Moods Recordings 2012
Woozy! - Various - Love's All Right (12") Altered Moods Recordings 2012
Outsider Music EP (12", EP) Deep Vibes Recordings 2012
Amir Alexander / Hakim Murphy - New Roots - Finale Sessions 2012
Amir Alexander / Hakim Murphy - Finale Sessions 10 (12", W/Lbl, Promo, Sta) Finale Sessions 2012
Everybody's Beautiful EP (12", EP) Hype_LTD 2012
Idiot Savant Masterpieces EP (12", EP) Vanguard Sound!, VS003, 2012
Various - EP (12", EP, Ltd, Cle) Courtesy Of Balance Recordings COB#3 2013
Introduction (12", TP, Ltd) Anunnaki Cartel AC001 2013
Introduction (12", Ltd) Anunnaki Cartel AC001 2013
Idiot Savant Masterpieces (12", EP, W/Lbl, RP, Ltd) Vanguard Sound! VS003 - 2013
Scuzzelbutt! / Between Us (10", EP, Ltd, Sil) Monochromatic MNC 002 2013
Various - Vanguard Sound! Vol. 4 (12", W/Lbl, Ltd, Comp, Han) Anunnaki Cartel, AC003 2013
Various - Vanguard Sound! Vol. 4 (12") Anunnaki Cartel, AC003 2013
The Moment Of Truth! (as Amir Alexandar)
Various - The 7th Argument EP (12", EP) Argumento Music Group AMG007 2013
Don't Go EP (12", EP) Secretsundaze SECRET012 2013
Stardust Kisses (12") Vanguard Sound! VS005 2014
The Lands Beyond! EP (12", EP) Plan B Recordings PBR036 2014
The Ghost EP (12", EP) Finale Sessions FS-020 2014
Enjoyment Of Servitude
Various - Subwax Record Store Day Series 2014 (12", Ltd) Subwax Bcn SUBWAX RSD 2014 2014
Slaves To The Ancients
DJ Spider (6) - Remix Project 2011 (CDr, Album) Sublevel Sounds SS001CD 2011
Worker Ants (Amir Alexander Remix)
Chris Mitchell (6) - 84 (12") Plan B Recordings PBR019 2011
Could Be Anybody (Amir Alexander's Deep Dive Remix)
Liviu Groza & Kennedy Smith (2) - Could Be Anybody 3 versions REKIDS 2012
Semiplan (Amir Alexander Catacomb Remix)
Klaina* - Semiplan (12", EP) Cinematic Recordings CIN12014 2012
O.G Anthem (Amir Alexander's Guerilla Soul Re-Werk)
De Sluwe Vos - Lost Bank Cards & Frank Rijkaard's (12") Albion Records (4) ALB002 2013
Traject (Amir Alexander's Chromatic Stripdown Rework)
Bobby O'Donnell, Drummond (3), Amir Alexander - Traject / Sketching (12") Mora Music MORAMUSIC001 2013
Windtalkers (Amir Alexander's Dark Whisper)
Jef K & Chris Carrier - Windtalkers EP (12", EP) Vitalik VIT022 2014
Known By None (Amir Alexander Uprising Remix)
Peter JD, Andrew Soul - Known By None EP (12") Popcorn Records Limited PRL002 2014