268 Karangahape Road, Auckland



Friday 27th July


Local support:

  • Matt Drake
  • Cyril Orson
  • Anthony Muirhead
  • Philippa
  • Andy Vann
  • Chaos In The CBD

The Lowdown on Alex Smoke…

Alex Smoke is a new breed of electronic music producer.

While his music may reside on the dance floor along with his renowned live sets, it also resonates so much further than this. With a production style drawn from a myriad of influences that blur the boundaries between electronica, techno, classical and hip hop, Alex Smoke’s music evolves in new directions with every new project he undertakes, musically consistently fulfilling, regardless of the listener’s preferred genre.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alex’s proficiency in multi-faceted electronic-beat-making is founded securely on a lifetime of classical training, nurtured not least by his mother, by profession a music teacher. At a young age, Alex received a coveted scholarship for Durham Cathedral Choir School, where he excelled on the cello, piano and drums. In fact, the very same voice that adorns his techno tracks, was once heard in Durham Cathedral Choir, albeit an octave higher. After a brief glitch, studying marine biology, Alex soon got back on track, wisely using his student loan to buy his first Apple Mac computer and simple software, giving his imagination the necessary tools to begin producing.

It didn’t take long. After his first release in 2002 on local Glasgow label “S.U.D.”, Alex was soon snapped up by the legendary dance music label, Soma Records, on which he released his seminal first album, “Incommunicado” to critical acclaim in 2004. This deeply emotive release utilized cutting edge production techniques to give birth to a beguiling new style, which was lauded throughout the house and techno community. Tracks, such as the anthemic “Chicca Wappa” and his own vocal masterpiece “Don’t See, The Point”, announced the arrival of an already accomplished newcomer amongst the heavyweights in the scene. Upcoming Berlin indie label Vakant immediately recognized this young producer’s extraordinary talent and provided a platform for a series of ep releases that continued to tantalize enthusiasts not only within the techno-driven German capital, until the keenly anticipated arrival in 2006 of album no. 2, “Paradolia”, back on Soma.

Paradolia is defined as the human ability to creatively perceive coherent images in randomness, an unusual word by anyone’s standard, but then Mr Smoke is an artist very far from the ordinary. A Rorschach test this was not, more a sonic experiment that explores the parameters of Alex Smoke’s potent psyche. “Paradolia” is swollen with ingenuity and experimentation perfectly suspended in an intoxicating symmetry of melancholy and melody. This release, like its predecessor, welds the influence of disparate genres into one homogeneous opus. In “Prima Materia” Alex unites for example two early influences in Chicago House and Classical, detonating a symphonic explosion, unlike any before.

2006 also saw Alex join the elite wall of fame of Soma’s mix compilation series, “Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi.”. Following in the footsteps of Ewan Pearson and Luciano, Alex was also given the opportunity to portray influences past, present and future on one release with no prescribed genre-related parameters to his selection. Naturally, the Smoke release is a rich journey through eclectic genres and subgenres, from Burial to Basic Channel through to Model 500.

Throughout his relatively short career Alex has become an in-demand remixer, already with remixes for Steve Reich, Depeche Mode, Mylo, Junior Boys, Funk D’Void, Radio 4, Jay Haze and Envoy under his discography belt, to mention but a few. His dynamic live set has, since the first Soma release, been consistently in demand, leaving almost no country on the world map unvisited, nor unimpressed for that matter.

March 2010 also saw the release of ‘Lux’ , his third album on his own label Hum+Haw, garnering more plaudits along the way. He continues to tour globally with his live set, featuring vocals, drum machine and synth.

In 2008 Alex had the opportunity to fully realise his love of classical music when he was commissioned by Dundee City Council to compose an entirely orchestral work which was performed by the prestigious Scottish Ensemble for their ‘Designs For Life’ project.

2011: ‘Faust’ wass his second foray into classical composition, a full score written to accompany F.W.Murnau’s seminal 1926 silent film of the same name, and again written to be played by the Scottish Ensemble, and premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2011. It is written for string quintet, backed with a large electronic and sound design element, interwoven with hidden references to various Faustian pacts of our times, from our devotion to consumerism to Aleister Crowley to Middle East politics.

2011 will also saw Alex return with a new, more vocal-oriented, synth-led project under the name of ‘Wraetlic’, a project that has so far just seen a few teaser moments on remixes for Sei A and the Lux Remix EP.

Taken from http://alexsmoke.com




$10 before midnight / $15 after.

10.30pm – dawn

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