Inside Out Interviews Episode 06: Lex
Alex tell us a bit about yourself and your music background. What was the music you grew up with?
My music background comes mainly from the music my father was listening to when i was a kid. Pink Floyd, Dire Straights, Leonard Cohen, Mike Olfied, Demy rousos, a bit of French and Italian music and loads of classical music were just some of them. Apart of that i grew up with lots of 80s hip hop and some of the 90s new wave; although there were some confused and dark (laughs) periods of my life that i was listening even to thrash and metal.
Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself this is what I want to do?
There is no any particular artist that made me think that this is what i want to do. Actually there are many so its hard for me to choose one. My first memories of electronic music come from legendary club Alsos in Athens somewhere in the early golden 90s, but even though i got really passionated with it and my life totally changed after that, i decided to pursue it seriously in 2002 when i started my own record shop Radical Soundz.
How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
I would say that i am pretty much self taught although there are lots of people that have helped me and actually still helping me. I think that this is an endless lesson! At every single session in the studio i am still learning something new.
What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
All parts can be difficult or easy. I think it pretty much depends on the time and the inspiration you may have and also what kind of track you produce on that moment. Every track is a different story for me, not only the musical part but also the way i approach it so there’s nothing particular i do when i hit a creative block except keep on working, but at the same time being focused on the original idea.
You have a new EP that came out on Inside Out Records. Tell us how you approached writing the tracks, how the relationship with Inside Out Records began and what’s coming later this year from you?
As i read somewhere recently there’s a grey area in life between comedy and drama. I think this is what i was thinking more or less when i was composing these tracks. I guess this is the darker me
As for my relationship with Inside Records, everything started at a gig i had at the famous club Dybbuk in Athens. This is where i met the boss of the label Stevie R. Immediately there was a very nice contact with him that is going on until now!
Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to? and do these genres or artists have a direct effect on your own productions?
I am still listening to lots of Hip Hop music. Also some Disco and Funk stuff and of course lots of Pink Floyd! And i think that everything that is happening in your life have an effect on your productions. So i guess its normal that these genres are effecting my productions!
What was the first and last physical piece of music you bought?
I really can’t recall the first record i have ever bought, but if i am not mistaken it should be some thrash metal shit.. maybe Slayer or Sepultura
The last one is: The Allen Brotherhood Ensemble – Yoruba Road
12’’ vinyl released on 2000 on Comet Records