Alexkid, Schwa aka Shades of Gray, Ark
Beef records, Arcade night and Chapeau Rouge present:
ALEXKID - for a first time in Prague!
From roots in early nineties Parisian rave culture, this multi instrumentalist, composer, remix artist, DJ and sound engineer has set on a formidable trajectory since Laurent Garnier invited him to put out his debut single, ‘Playground’, in 1997.
Alongside definitive producers like St.Germain and Mr.Oizo, Alexkid spent many years as a flagship artist for Garnier’s F Communications label, playing a pivotal role in sculpting the profile of French electronic music both at home and abroad while developing his own inimitable identity.
Refining his production skills over three critically lauded albums, Alexkid has mastered a kaleidoscopic range of styles from his early experiments with Drum and Bass, Nu Acid and Electro to the sparse House and Dub textures he is best known to weave today.
His 2001 debut album of Funked up House, ‘Bienvenida’, compiled some of the best tracks from earlier single releases, including a collaboration with Austrian downtempo master Dorfmeister. The early success of these diverse and accomplished productions would prove prophetic of what was yet to come.
2003 saw the release of deep electro house single ‘Come With Me’, featuring the vocals of New York artist Liset Alea. A slick and seductive cocktail of stuttering beats and sultry pads, the track made it’s way onto numerous mixes and compilations, also being reinterpreted by Brett Johnson and Canadian electro mogul Tiga in a series of remix EP’s on F Communications.
Leaving no time for dust to settle, his sophomore album ‘Mint’ firmly embedded Alexkid in the electronic landscape. Spearheaded by the singles ‘Come With Me’ and ‘Pick It Up’, the record was unanimously well received by critics and artists alike, and provided ample material for Alex to tour Europe throughout the following years.
An electronic missionary, Alexkid has taken his epic live arrangements and inventive DJ sets to the four corners of the map and everywhere in between, transferring his early infatuation with the live spectacle into moist celebrations of the moment. Connection is key, and Alexkid’s intuitive interpretations of other artist’s music extends far beyond the DJ booth. After ending five years of residency in Berlin's Weekend club, he has finally moved to the German capital where he's now set his base at Water-gate club.
In demand as a remix artist, he has lent remixes to everyone from Damian Lazarus to George Michael, cultivating a collaborative understanding that is no more present than in the minimalist pop leanings of his 2006 album ‘Caracol’.
Alexkid tamed his ecstatic compositions into works of profound balance and precision. Working as much with the absence of sound, punches of silence punctuated slick productions in a body of work that simultaneously complimented both dance floor and kitchen floor.
With a collaboration with Berlin minimal troupe M.A.N.D.Y in the works, as well as forthcoming releases planned on both Cadenza , Rekids and NRK, 2009 looks to be another significant chapter in the ever transforming and enterprising career of Alexkid.