Alyx Ander is certainly one of the young rising talents under our radar lately, already supported by the biggest names in the scene, he has been so nice to sit with us for a chat about his life and career!! 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.”
TBA: Hi Alyx,how are you doing lately?
AA: Hi!! I’m doing really great. I’ve been traveling a ton recently
between Miami, LA, and NYC. It has been nice, but it’s also a bit tiring.
The upside is I’m earning a lot airline miles!
TBA: Your single Wake Up For The Night is really doing amazingly good and got the support of all the big names in the scene, did you expect such a huge success?
AA: Thanks!! I’m actually really blown away by all the support Wake Up has received. Since release, it seems like every other week, another artist that I have huge respect for has supported it. This has led to some amazing morning dance parties and over caffeinated afternoons 🙂
TBA: Can you tell us something about the creative process of this tune?
AA: Originally, I remixed Caroline’s rendition of ” Follow the Sun ” and
fell in love with her voice. I hit her up on Twitter and we became fast
online friends. After going back and forth sending funny GIF’s and Meme’s, our friendship blossomed and we decided to collaborate. Initially, our song was going to be a singing duet (I went to high school and college for vocal performance), but the track naturally evolved into what Wake up is now. A few hundred hours later and voila…here you have it 🙂
TBA: What’s your favorite track ever?
AA: Beat It by Michael Jackson. Van Halen’s guitar solo is absolutely
iconic and Michael’s vocals are legendary.
TBA: Who is your biggest inspiration? Who influenced you the most in making music?
AA: My family; grandmother, father and brother. My father is an amazing musician who plays 7 instruments, yet never pursued music professionally. My grandmother was a great singer who was offered a recording contract by a major label in the 40s at the age of 16. She used to sing ” I Only Have Eyes for You ” to me every night when I was a baby. She passed away last year, but I can still hear her voice when I think about her. My father exposed me to opera, jazz, and rock, and my brother shared the magical world of hip-hop – specifically Nas, Wu-Tang, and Black Star. They all had a hand in molding me musically.
TBA: When and how did it all start for you?
AA: When I was in college, I was DJ’ing for fun at different house
parties, when a big promoter saw me one night, and offered me my first
headlining gig at Mansion on South Beach. I started spinning 3 – 4 nights a week, which was amazing for the first year. Eventually, it became frustratingly monotonous because I didn’t get to play the music I wanted, and I felt like a glorified juke box. I made the decision to cut all my gigs and focus solely on production. A few years later, I sent ” Close Enough ” to my eventual manager Jared, which is how it all started.
TBA: What do you have in store for us next?
AA: I can’t give all my secrets away…however I can say that I have a
remix coming out for Junior Sanchez. I’ve respected him for such a long
time, and it’s an honor that he asked me to do a remix for him.
TBA: ell talking about secrets…share at least one of yours with us:
AA: I’m Pescatarian, but I sometimes crave chicken tenders and hot dogs.
TBA: What are you singing under the shower?
AA: I’ve been humming Hans Zimmer’s ” One Day ” non stop. It’s one of
the theme’s from Pirates of The Carribean. Hans is such an amazing composer, and the emotion in the piece really inspires me.
TBA: Your top 5 picks this month?
AA: Nobody Like You (Sun Soaked Mix) – Kaskade
. Chasing Marrakech – Zhu
. Collard Greens – School Boy Q
. Humble – Kendrick Lamar
. Rick James (Chus & Ceballos remix) – ZDS
TBA: Thanks a lot Alyx, it’s all for the moment, hope to catch up with you very soon!
Let’s grab ‘Wake Up For The Night’ The Remixes
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About Alyx Ander:
Alyx Ander’s 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.”
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,” he
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
With his latest release, “Wake Up for the Night” Alyx again plays to his strengths as a producercomplimenting
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.