Alexander Talks Fusionhouse

Posted on September 1, 2015

Words: Lena Jochetkova
Images: Tamara Sini

This summer a new event series arrived in the beautiful Tox club, situated in the basement of Destino hotel. Fusionhouse parties are taking place on Tuesdays, treating the guests to all the numerous shades of house music, intricately blended together by the hands of most skilful DJs, with the renowned Kurd Maverick and the up-and-coming Alexxander on weekly resident duties. There are not so many Fusionhouse events left ahead: the next one will take place on September 1 with Bakermat (live), Tapesh, Bryan Kessler and Anna Tur on the bill, and the closing will occur on September 8 with Steve Paris and a surprise guest. We had a chance to talk with Alexxander just after his warm-up set was over at around 2am. Sitting in the lobby of the gorgeous Destino hotel, we discussed so many important things that the promising artist has on his agenda now: the art of opening a party with a properly built set, his new artist album that is expected to see light by the end of the year, the process of him turning from rock’n’roll to electronic music and, of course, the concept of Fusionhouse parties. Later on we came down to the basement to see with our own eyes how amazing it was there and how diverse and exciting the selection of music was.

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What time and how long do you normally play?
I’m always playing the opening set that lasts for about two hours or maybe two and a half, depends. Normally it is from 11pm till 1.30am.

It’s a responsible task, no? You have to prepare the dancefloor…
When I started spinning, I was always playing as a warm-up DJ, which is, as you said, a very hard task. But I was able to really learn it when I started playing, I sort of mastered that skill. As a warm-up DJ you have basically to lure the crowd in the club, that’s what this art is about.

How has your approach to warming up changed since you have become more experienced?
I can say that in the beginning I was very nervous a couple of times, as I was pretty young too. Now I’m 21 years old, and when I started I was probably 15-16 years old. Earlier, when I was 9 years old, I started playing in front of a crowd of maybe 200 people. In the 5th grade I made my own band, and we used to perform for about 500 people. So it’s not about being nervous in front of people, it’s more about being nervous of taking up the responsibility. With time it has changed, I managed to kind of befriend myself with the task.

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You said you started playing at the age of 9. Where did your first gig take place?
When I received my first guitar, I became able to quickly and easily generate music that I liked. I think the first gig that I had – if you can call it a gig – was… At that time I had a girlfriend, she loved music and I said: “Let me play something for you!” It was a one-to-one gig and probably the most nervous experience of my life. I call it a show, because for me it was something romantic, playing guitar in front of a girl!

How did you switch from playing a guitar to being a DJ?
You have to understand, I was in a band since I was in the 5th grade. I was always playing rock’n’roll, punk rock, everything… The pathway to electronic music was a very slow procedure. I was able to see that electronic music would give me a lot more opportunities than just rock’n’roll or another one genre. With electronic music you can incorporate everything that you love. Approximately when I was 16, I really developed a feeling for that, and that’s when I started DJing.

What was that DJ set that attracted you to electronic music?
My brother was the first person who actually introduced me to electronic music. One of the first DJs I listened to was Kurd Maverick, who now plays together with me. Then I started listening to Eric Prydz. And I think, one of the best DJ sets that I ever heard in my entire life was 1 hour 30 minutes long set by Eric Prydz at Ultra festival in Miami in 2014. It was something that actually proved it to me that I like doing what I do.

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So before you were not quite confident?
No. I was one of the only people at the time who was pursuing the dream. The actual shows that I played were in high school in front of 14 year-old children. I was just getting started, everyone at school was laughing at me, but I didn’t care. And of course I was not sure then, but I believed in myself.

You are staying in Ibiza all summer, right?
Yes, I live here all the season. When not playing, I produce music here. I released a single two years ago, now I’m working on my second album, which is going to be released some time around Christmas. The rest of the time when I’m here, when I’m not playing, I’m going to parties, producing music and composing.

How inspirational is Ibiza for you?
It’s a hard question. Ibiza has so many faces. It depends on where you compose music physically, where you are. I’m staying at a very organic natural place in the middle of nowhere, where there are only farmers, and goats, and chickens around the property, and it’s very very clean. I don’t hear any sounds, any parties, any music, I’m basically in my own solitude, in my mindset, it’s where I can concentrate. I’m there by myself and I get my freedom. But if I were in town, with the music playing around all the time, I would have disruptions from the outside.

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What about parties? How often do you go out to listen other DJs play?
I’ve been here in Ibiza for a while. In the beginning I went out to check every single party just to see how it goes, but I’m over the time of going out to parties now. For me it’s important actually to realise and see why people come to the party, why they listen to music, why do they dance and what’s the material behind it. I don’t go out and drink a lot or take drugs. Instead, I try to observe as much as I can and make a complex analysis.

Apart from the party that you are playing for, what are the other events in Ibiza that inspire and impress you the most?
I get influences and impressions from a lot of diverse parties, and then I put them together. The name of my party, Fusionhouse, comes from the word “fusion”, which means different things put together so that they collide and fuse. If I liked only one party, it couldn’t have been like that. I need to have multiple influences to experience and put together.

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