Alex Peace – “I have musical A.D.D”
Alex Peace is among a select few in the changing electronic dance music realm that is accepted as not only an artist, but as an entertainer. In addition to working as a DJ, producer, MC and radio personality, AP has been performing for more than 10 years. This well-rounded and extremely talented musician has dabbled in radio jingles, commercial voiceovers and MCing on tracks. Alex’s resume consists of working alongside world renowned DJs such Bad Boy Bill, Hatiras, CZR, DJ Bam Bam, Steve Smooth & JJ Flores to name a few.
Alex is a cornerstone within the Chicago house scene, with an established local following through numerous Chicago DJ residencies. He has had the opportunity to DJ in over 10 countries and countless cities worldwide. Alex Peace’s worldwide status has expanded and continues to grow as he continues to tour with the #1 house DJ in the world, Bad Boy Bill. Alex’s self-described ability to “wear all the hats” will ensure a growing fan base for years to come. “I really don’t think I’ve hit the peak of my career yet, I think there’s more, a lot more, in store for me.”
Q&A with S&S
S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it?
I’ve never been diagnosed by a doctor but I’m pretty sure I have musical A.D.D. I love Music in all its forms. Especially anything related to House Music.
S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music?
Chicago. It’s been ground zero for my inspiration. This city has cultured some of the most gifted and inspiring artists. Producers, vocalists, mix tape kings, nightlife dreamers and radio risk takers. Everything I’ve seen, heard and felt since 1985 has helped influenced my DNA.
S&S: What drives you creatively?
The want and need to be different. Staying ahead of the trends and breaking free from the norm.
S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection?
The audience is everything! In a live setting, they dictate the flow by how they react.
S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?
I listen to it all. I always have music on. I try to absorb everything.
S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family?
I have quite a few but the one my family likes to bring up all the time is when I was about 4 or 5 years old. “Apparently” I would stand on our coffee table in my underwear. My sisters would dim the lights and use flashlights like spotlights and I would sing as If I was putting on a show.
S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
I cry a lot. It runs in the family. I’m told I’m one of those people that feels things more than most. For example, I still tear up just watching a Walter Payton highlight reel.
S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about?
I don’t work with any charities on the regular but I’ve done some organized some events in Chicago, IL. & San Antonio, TX. in support of Feeding The Homeless and Toys For Tots. I think with all that House Music has given us, we should use it to help the greater good.
S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you?
I wish people would ask me to come play their parties.
S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using?
There is a particular question that I don’t being asked, however It’s the manner in which people go about asking it. People think it’s ok to just yelling in my ear, “Can you play . . .?” Seriously?! Mark my words, I’m gonna make a video of me interrupting people as they work at various jobs while acting oblivious to the fact they are busy and I’m just gonna interrupt them expecting their complete attention.
S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with?
Brian Boncher. We share a common interest in making music that doesn’t sound like everything else. Every session in the studio is productive and in the past 2 years, I feel as If I’ve made the best music in my career.
S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration?
S&S: What can we look forward to next from you?
As some of you know may or may not know, I have created a new artist profile called Martin EZ. Everything in the past 2 years has been a production under this alias or whatever you wanna call it. I wanted to separate the “Alex Peace” perception from my new focus as a house music artist. Moving forward you can expect more Chicago Jack Music from Martin EZ and my label, Tru Musica.
S&S: What legacy would you like to leave?
I want to be remembered as an House Music soldier that did more then just contribute to the advancement of Chicago House Music. God Bless!
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