Listen to anything
by Calixto Alix Alvarez and you get the feeling that
hes been making hit records for years. Yet, at the tender
age of 23, this producer, songwriter and re-mixer boasts credits
appearing in the liner notes of albums by artists including Arnold
Jarvis, Willy Washington, Osunlade and on record labels such as
Black Vinyl, Hipbone, Central Park and Shelter. Essence Records
released his first single, The Nu Breed E.P. in fall 2001, comprising
the tracks Flute Juice and Still Risin.
Flute Juice recently made the Obsessive Records compilation
Latin _ alongside tracks produced and remixed by Francois
Kervorkian, MAW, Afro Medusa and Mambana.
Born and raised
in the Bronx to Olga Garcia and Calixto Alvarez Jr. in 1979, Alix
was surrounded by a variety of music as a youth from Latin to Hip
Hop to House. His father, Calixto Jr., introduced Alix to the timbales,
while his brother Richie, a D.J. at the forefront of the hip hop
revolution, exposed Alix to rap music and hip hop culture. From
his cousin Eric, Alix studied house music and acquired DJ skills.
By the early age of 12, Alix began DJing at house parties and making
mix tapes for neighborhood friends.
his understanding of underground music, Alix embarked on three important
explorations: music retailing, music education and nightlife culture.
Upon completing studies in audio engineering, Alix parlayed his
training to an internship and finally to a full time position as
Assistant Engineer with Masters At Work, the DJ / Producer / Remixer
duo renowned the world over for their remixes and original productions
for everyone from Michael Jackson and Jamiroquai to Roy Ayers and
Gloria Estefan. Alix continued to further his understanding of the
music world through a position as a retailer at Vinylmania, one
of New Yorks oldest and most respected underground dance music
record stores, serving DJs since THE LOFT and the Paradise
Garage for over 20 years.
At the Shelter
and now defunct Legends, two societal underground house music clubs,
Alix took part in and contributed to the evolution of house music.
These two underground institutions would play a pivotal role shaping
his DJ and production style. Today, his creations are described
as elegant, sensual and hot. The power of his productions lies in
their subtlety. RISING INTO JOY, an original production which appears
on Arnold Jarviss first solo album, THE COLLECTION, excellently
showcases Alixs ability.
industry contacts with his DJing ability, Alix has DJed at
"Bang the Party" in Brooklyn; Club Rimel in Mexico City;
Baktun, Divas, Filter 14 and "Deep See" in New York City.
On Saturdays, Alix and co-founder BC hold court at BEGINNINGS a
residency showcasing the best in quality underground house music.
With many soon to be released projects and remixes to follow, Alix
will have plenty of material to keep people wondering, what else
might the future hold for this young, up and coming producer? If
the past is any indication, the future holds bright for Alix. And
this is only the beginning!.