Alexi Delano 2005
For Alexi Delano, producing sweet sultry house music comes naturally.
He has released his fathoms-deep music on numerous high-end house labels such as Earthtones, Wave music, Poker Flat, Svek, Turbo Recordings, F-com, Plastic City, Super Bra, Blank Ltd, Raw Elements, Court Square recordings, TrueSoul and of course his own labels Test 542, Corner Shots, Random Dynamics and AD limited.
With a production style that sits neatly between house and techno, Mr. Delano has collaborated with some of the biggest names on the scene, including Jesper Dahlback, Cari Lekebusch, John Selway, Vincenzo Ragone, Adam Beyer, Jori Hulkkonen, Darshan Jesrani, Lucas Rodenbusch and Casey Hogan.
Born in Chile and raised in Sweden, Delano took to the turntables in the early 80s, playing a combination of hip-hop, funk, and soul. At a mere 15 years of age he had his own radio show, based in a suburb of Stockholm. At 17 he became the resident Dj at Stockholmâs first after hours club where he played continues 9 hour sets and then head on to school in time for the days first class.
Delano discovered electronic music on a trip to Spain in the late 80s at a time when acid house ruled the airwaves. Upon his return to Stockholm, he wasted no time in teaming up with his old friend and the cityâs Premier producer, Cari Lekebusch, with whom he co-produced âLife On The Other Sideâ, released on the Stockholm-based Loop imprint.
His debut release was well received by the underground dance fraternity, spurring him on to produce further recordings for Loop and for its sister label Plump House.
In the mid 90s Delano relocated to New York where he spent his time developing new monikers like ADNY for his deeper house music and G.O.L. and LEIVA for the techier. He also found the time to start two new labels, Corner Shots and Test 542 which went on to become two of the most respected deep house labels of the circuit. Delano and Mr. Cari Lekebusch also got together in New York City to produce a string of techno EPâs on labels such as Missile, Hybrid, Primevil, Primemate and Jericho including a full length album for the Swedish Grammy nominated house label SVEK.
After releasing successful full-length projects for Svek, Earthtones and Plastic City, Delano was approached (year 2000) by Tiga with his Montreal-based Turbo Recordings imprint to produce an artist album. The result âSelections 97-2000â is an incredibly rich collection of both percussive and jazz inspired vocal house music that stimulates the mind as much as it moves the body.
Now, in 2005, Mr. Delano keeps searching for new inspirations and ideas to re-shape the music that he loves. He has started two new labels, Random Dynamics, which will focus on the harder sound of electronic music and AD-LIMITED where he will tend to release a collection of his previously unreleased material in alternation with his new ones.
He is also finishing up his âElectro Caribbean Fusion Jazzâ full-length album and his more electronica based album âSTORIES OF AN ALIEN BROTHERâ which will spur him into new genres he is not commonly known for.
Itâs all in a days work for Mr. Delano though.
Heâs a man who seems to be made of music.