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Alex Whalen has been part of DC’ thriving underground dance music scene since 1992, when he packed seminal US clubs Fever and Buzz along with other members of the first generation of US clubbers. Influenced by the progressive sounds of legendary Baltimore/DC DJ and promoter Scott Henry, Alex began DJing in early 1993 and was quickly drawn to ground-breaking labels like Platipus, Eye-Q, Limbo, Guerrilla, Harthouse, and MFS.
Fast forward to 2001. Alex has played events throughout the United States and Europe, including beach-side sets in Hawaii and Ibiza. Not content to only enjoy the music he loves when the sun goes down, he has transitioned from wide-eyed vinyl junkie to industry insider, serving as the General Manager of the Deep Dish Boys’ Yoshitoshi Shop and Yoshitoshi.com. The fourth Friday of every month finds Alex working the crowd into a frenzy at long-running, nationally-renowned venue Buzz along with bill-mate Dave Ralph. And one Saturday each month at D.C.’ Club MCCXXIII, you’ll find Alex in residency holding down the decks with such A-List DJs as John Graham, Cass, Sean Cusik, and Rowan Blades.
Alex’ sets move from the opener’ chunky and funky to the closer’ driving 4-4 to early morning progressive beauty. Current favorite labels and producers in heavy rotation include Blackwatch, Satoshi Tomiie, Cass & Slide, Sander Kleinenberg, Fluid, Baroque, Weekend World, and of course, Yoshitoshi and Deep Dish. He also moonlights as Yoshitoshi.com’ progressive “specialist”, blessing inquisitive vinyl collectors world-wide with his almost encyclopedic knowledge of progressive house and trance. Any obscure progressive record out there, Alex Whalen has bought it, played it, and loved every minute of it. Not too bad for a kid from DC.