Since the inception of his live show and his exciting new style of house music in early 2018, Alex Preston has gone from strength to strength. The Sydney-native utilises his skills as a virtuoso musician as he melds tasteful guitar licks and disco-tinged funky bass lines, with warm, pulsating house beats to create an exciting new style of underground house music. Over the past few months Alex’s music has received support from the likes of Sonny Fodera,
Sam Divine, Low Steppa, Tube & Berger, Fisher, Idris Elba, Fatboy Slim, Kideko, Tuff London, Kryder, DJ PP & The Aston Shuffle; with artists playing his tunes at Defected events in Croatia, Ibiza & ADE. While his live show is setting dancefloors alight all over Australia with an innovative blend of live guitar licks and mixing. Recently signing with Sonny Fodera’s, Solotoko imprint, Alex finished off the year with a huge remix of Sonny’s single, Somebody New, which smashed its way up the Traxsource charts. January sees Alex Preston kick off 2019 in style with the release of his Ain’t Gonna Cry EP on Solotoko. Brimming with musicality and vitality, Ain’t Gonna Cry marks an exciting new direction for Alex Preston’s ever-evolving sound and the stat of an extremely successful 2019.
For how many years have you been DJing and producing?
I’ve been DJing for about 10 years now. I got a Fostex 8 track recording machine when I was 15. I was able to record about a 2 min song so I used to have a drum machine and I would record songs on my guitars. So, I guess you could say I’ve been producing music for about 17 years.
Tell us about your musical background, how did you get into electronic music?
I started music when I was 8 years old playing in the school band, then as I got older when I got to high school I decided to play guitar because I thought it was cooler. I was fortunate enough to play guitar right through school with some really talented people so I learnt a bunch of different instruments like drums & keyboards. Then when I was about 19, a mate of mine asked me to play percussion with him while he DJ’d at a local club near where I live in Manly, Sydney. The DJ playing straight after us that night was Tommy Trash and he was like “Do you want to keep playing percussion with my set too?” and so I had this awesome first experience with electro music. This sort of triggered my love for electronic music and I got into it as sort of being a percussionist that played with DJs.
When your first record came out, what were you using to make music?
I was using Ableton at the time. I still do but sometimes I use logic for certain things as well. I think they both have their pro’s and con’s, you just need to make the most out them.
If you could describe your music in 12,5 words, what would those words be?
Thought provoking, futuristic house music for the modern dance music enthusiast. Enjoy.
Have you ever tested your tracks in clubs before finishing them?
I do this all the time. I try and make music for my sets, it’s a great way of seeing what works and what doesn’t. It’s an awesome rush creating something in the studio and then being able to road test it the same day.
Why did you decide to start your own record label “Preston Recordings”?
I just love making dance music so I thought it was good idea to run my own label!