Alex Banks is a producer with a clear intention – to create music with a soul that people connect with on a deep, personal level. Each one of his productions is unmistakably laced with emotion and shaped by experience. He has carefully curated each layer, taking his time to painstakingly perfect every element – from the talented vocalists to the cutting-edge equipment that contours his sound.
Alex has proven himself to be a master behind the decks and in the studio. The Brighton-based producer and DJ previously acquired the title of ‘Mix of the Year’ at Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel as well as working on remixes for the likes of Bonobo and Crystal Fighters. His rework of ‘The Keeper’ back in 2012 has now racked up almost five and a half million views on Spotify, a testament to his ability to take a track and make it his own. Every one of his unique remixes has further informed his personal productions. His powerful live sets have led him to take the stage at the revered Melt festival in Germany, tour Europe with one of electronica’s powerhouses, Moderat, and collaborate with the legendary Max Cooper.
More recently he has been exchanging creative notions with Simon Brambell, the man responsible for the lyrics on Moderat’s critical hit ‘Bad Kingdom’, as well as one of Iceland’s most prolific vocalists Ásgeir, who features on the forthcoming single ‘Chasms’. His past work has included the ethereal tones of Gazelle Twin’s Elizabeth Bernholz, producing tracks like ‘All you could do’ with an otherworldly quality – deeply affecting, and if it wasn’t for Alex’s signature warmth in his sound, almost eerie.
Alex’s first release ‘Illuminate’ on Monkeytown Records is an album that defies genres and pushes the boundaries of electronic music. Illuminate received widespread critical acclaim, described by Mixmag as having “Breathtaking ambition’. An integral part of the album’s charm is its erraticism, pulling together the many influences that have inspired his art.
On his latest release Alex surpasses his former self. ‘Beneath the Surface’ is an eloquent, cohesive collection of tracks, showcasing his unwavering ability to manipulate music. Between the two albums, Alex’s sound has undoubtedly matured.
As a skilled musician with the ability to play multiple instruments, Alex has successfully brought in elements of live performance, more free-flowing and unpredictable, and seamlessly fused them with forward-thinking technical production. ‘Beneath the Surface’ is a culmination of his experiences as a DJ, live performer and producer. His track ‘In the Silence’ encapsulates a defining moment in his tour with Moderat where the crowd fell silent during a breakdown. As he built the tension, he could feel the intensity in the room and the audience responding to each sound he created. Back in the studio, he recalls moments like this that inspired the huge, sparse bass line that gives the listener a moment to reflect with its stripped back simplicity.
The concept for ‘Beneath the Surface’ is one that developed over time. Walking along the volatile Brighton coast daily, working with other like-minded artists, upgrading his studio – all these factors shaped the album in ways that Alex hadn’t anticipated they could. Upon completion, it’s clear that every step of the way his surroundings influenced his sound. And if you scratch beneath the surface, there is a wealth of inspiration that propelled his creativity. With such distinct progression since his last album, we can only anticipate great things for the future of Alex Banks.