ALEX FX / ECHOMENTAL


Alex Fernandes is a Porto born and raised musician, producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist who has been connected to the electronic music scene for more than 30 years now, twenty of those being directly associated to his most well known and versatile alter-ego: Alex FX.

His first live set in a club (as Alex FX) was back in 1993. The next year he was on the second edition of Barcelona’s finest Sonar Festival, sharing the stage with Orbital and Scorn.

His first releases on 12” started in 1995. Two years later, his groundbreaking debut album “Underdub - A Soundtrack by Alex FX” proved he was far beyond the average dance music producers and recordings around that time, having melted genres like Techno, Breakbeat, Ambient, Experimental or even Drum’n’Bass on a single recording of original tracks, which granted him the Nomination for Best National Artist at the Blitz Awards 97. By 1998, Alex played three full 2-hour live sets on the 3 opening nights from the Expo’98 World Exposition in Lisbon.

He has co-produced and remixed the international likes of Depeche Mode, Recoil, Radiohead, Lamb, Olivia Louvel, Emiliana Torrini and Polaroid Kiss, amongst others. Major Portuguese artists are featured on his list of remix or production duties, such as Repórter Estrábico, Blasted Mechanism, Mão Morta, Da Weasel, Silence 4, Cool Hipnoise, Hipnótica, Belle Chase Hotel, Linha da Frente, Tambor and Bizarra Locomotiva, to name a few. New Portuguese talents such as Miguel Torga, Tiago Fragateiro, Ka§par, Umbra, Expeão, Sagaz, DJ Wild, Malcontent, Fadomorse, Plaza, Mourah or Bueno.Sair.Es have received remix/ production work from him.

Alex FX has also written soundtracks for short and feature films. One of his most acclaimed ones was for a film concert commissioned by the European Capital of Culture - Porto 2001, where a full 2-hour soundtrack was performed live over Fritz Lang’s fully restored masterpiece “Metropolis”. Most recently, he has scored the music for “Porto Electronica 1985-2005” - the first documentary film about the history of Electronic Music in his native Porto town. Alex is one of the people interviewed there. Another big documentary film (“Tecla Tónica”, still in the making), this time about the history of Electronic Music in Portugal will feature in-depth interviews and stories with all of the historical people related to synths and electronica in general (and in Portugal) since the early 60’s to the present days. Alex will be appearing there.

He’s also connected to Audio Production as a Teacher and Lecturer for quite a long time now, being one of the most requested ones on Masterclasses and all which is related to Electronic Music in Portugal.

At the very beginning of 2015, his surprise live set at Lux Frágil in Lisbon, for the Red Bull Music Academy Takeover which was world streamed by Boiler Room was a big success, re-opening the doors to him for the younger generations.

All these years of commitment to music research and the huge diversity of artists and bands with whom he has worked along prove one thing right: Alex FX has an immense palette of musical approaches, with which he may use to colour from the most detailed drum programming to the most darkest and obscurely textured instrumentation. From tempo-less to derailed beats, sometimes to dare crossing the orchestration and experimental field approach - But there’s always a sort of uniqueness to it - it’s safe to say that Alex FX puts his “Sound Signature” on whatever he does.

Alex is currently finishing material for his new concept album and label, both called Echomental. This will also be presented live with a multimedia show/tour called Echomental Live Experience which is promised to be a mind and sight trip on sound and custom film projections. Its hashtags pretty much state that - #darkisamerebeginning #extendedandamplified

Bookings Worldwide: gustavo@fautsection.com

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Alex Fernandes is a Porto born and raised musician, producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist who has been connected to the electronic music scene for more than 30 years now, twenty of those being directly associated to his most well known and versatile alter-ego: Alex FX.

His first live set in a club (as Alex FX) was back in 1993. The next year he was on the second edition of Barcelona’s finest Sonar Festival, sharing the stage with Orbital and Scorn.

His first releases on 12” started in 1995. Two years later, his groundbreaking debut album “Underdub - A Soundtrack by Alex FX” proved he was far beyond the average dance music producers and recordings around that time, having melted genres like Techno, Breakbeat, Ambient, Experimental or even Drum’n’Bass on a single recording of original tracks, which granted him the Nomination for Best National Artist at the Blitz Awards 97. By 1998, Alex played three full 2-hour live sets on the 3 opening nights from the Expo’98 World Exposition in Lisbon.

He has co-produced and remixed the international likes of Depeche Mode, Recoil, Radiohead, Lamb, Olivia Louvel, Emiliana Torrini and Polaroid Kiss, amongst others. Major Portuguese artists are featured on his list of remix or production duties, such as Repórter Estrábico, Blasted Mechanism, Mão Morta, Da Weasel, Silence 4, Cool Hipnoise, Hipnótica, Belle Chase Hotel, Linha da Frente, Tambor and Bizarra Locomotiva, to name a few. New Portuguese talents such as Miguel Torga, Tiago Fragateiro, Ka§par, Umbra, Expeão, Sagaz, DJ Wild, Malcontent, Fadomorse, Plaza, Mourah or Bueno.Sair.Es have received remix/ production work from him.

Alex FX has also written soundtracks for short and feature films. One of his most acclaimed ones was for a film concert commissioned by the European Capital of Culture - Porto 2001, where a full 2-hour soundtrack was performed live over Fritz Lang’s fully restored masterpiece “Metropolis”. Most recently, he has scored the music for “Porto Electronica 1985-2005” - the first documentary film about the history of Electronic Music in his native Porto town. Alex is one of the people interviewed there. Another big documentary film (“Tecla Tónica”, still in the making), this time about the history of Electronic Music in Portugal will feature in-depth interviews and stories with all of the historical people related to synths and electronica in general (and in Portugal) since the early 60’s to the present days. Alex will be appearing there.

He’s also connected to Audio Production as a Teacher and Lecturer for quite a long time now, being one of the most requested ones on Masterclasses and all which is related to Electronic Music in Portugal.

At the very beginning of 2015, his surprise live set at Lux Frágil in Lisbon, for the Red Bull Music Academy Takeover which was world streamed by Boiler Room was a big success, re-opening the doors to him for the younger generations.

All these years of commitment to music research and the huge diversity of artists and bands with whom he has worked along prove one thing right: Alex FX has an immense palette of musical approaches, with which he may use to colour from the most detailed drum programming to the most darkest and obscurely textured instrumentation. From tempo-less to derailed beats, sometimes to dare crossing the orchestration and experimental field approach - But there’s always a sort of uniqueness to it - it’s safe to say that Alex FX puts his “Sound Signature” on whatever he does.

Alex is currently finishing material for his new concept album and label, both called Echomental. This will also be presented live with a multimedia show/tour called Echomental Live Experience which is promised to be a mind and sight trip on sound and custom film projections. Its hashtags pretty much state that - #darkisamerebeginning #extendedandamplified

Bookings Worldwide: gustavo@fautsection.com

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