A Sit Down With DJ Alex Kenji

10:55 May/29/2018

lessandro Bacci aka Alex Kenji, is an internationally renowned and respected DJ/producer with over 10 years experience of producing, DJ’ing, and performing. As well as ‘Alex Kenji’, he has released records under host of pseudonyms including: Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar, HouseLovers, D.L.D., Orange Love, Kaiko, Itchy Bit and many others.


 "I’ve never imagined one day my passion for music and that it would become a real job. I still think the best is yet to come."


Alex Kenji is just one of your pseudonyms that you have recorded under, Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar…how many in total was it the last time you counted?

I have no idea haha! For instance, myself and Manuel have just made a new project called ‘Chuva Speaks Arab’ where we make chill-out, we  have just released a track on Beatport called ‘Airplanes’. It was long time ago that I was not using an alias, those names you mentioned I used a long time ago, there is always a new name around the corner!

When did you realise that music was a passion of yours?

I think when I was 14 years old…  Since then I started learning how to play drums and the synthesizer. I wanted to be part of a band because in 1994 all the recording devices were really expensive and computers were as expensive as cars. However it didn’t work out with bands, so in 1997  I switched to Hard Disk recordings.

Where do you get inspiration from when producing music?

Well as a studio owner sometimes it comes when I just switch on all the gear I have in my studio! I own an Arp 2600, Minimoog, EMS Synthi Aks, RSF Kobol and many other vintages and modern synths.

Tell us about your studio setup?

My studio setup is quite large. I have 2 DAWs but I mostly use one of them which is composed by Mac Pro with Logic pro,MOTU soundcard, UAD dspcard, TC electronics dspcard,  tons of plugins,  analog and modular synthesizers.
There is nothing happening in your life that makes you proud?

The thing that makes me proud is when I stop working as a graphic designer and decide to become a DJ. There was a time when I really wanted to get into the world of music and I wanted to leave my job back then and that's what I did. I am proud of my own success, at first I had time to doubt where I should go but after I quit my job, then I work hard here (music) and the result is like now where everyone knows about my music.

What do you think are your greatest qualities as a producer?

I’m good at copying and pasting layers on my sequencer. I don’t know really…I think that people should be able to judge my qualities , not me.

If you could teach your younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?

Actually nothing. All the songs you listen la younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?belled under my name are 100% my products. I write, compose, edit, mix and master all the music I make. I’ve spent many sleepless nights in the past years understanding how to produce, mix and master music. I love the journey and the experience.


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