Raised in Santa Fe, Argentina, Alejo Gonzalez was only 12 years old when he got his first taste of the music that would transform his life. Influenced by artists like Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Martin Garcia, and Hernan Cattaneo, Alejo spent years developing his own skills to become a notable figure himself in the country’s thriving electronic music scene. Appearing at major Argentinean festivals like Southfest and Creamfields Buenos Aires (where he’s played for the last 10 years), Alejo has also spent countless hours behind the decks at the country’s best underground clubs. Sharing the booth with some of the industry’s biggest names such as Sasha, Nick Warren, Paul Oakenfold and Above & Beyond among many others, he was even able to come full circle to play with his early influencers Martin Garcia and Hernan Cattaneo.
Today Alejo continues pushing the music forward in Argentina and beyond with his mix of underground genres, creating emotional moments by blending the energetic and melancholic, and taking listeners on a journey whether they are on the dance floor or in their home. With many guest mixes and his popular Artist of the Week set introducing him to the FRISKY audience, he is now launching his own show: Subsound. Get to know Alejo before the premiere:
How did you first get involved with Underground Electronic Music? Was there a particular set or album which hooked you in?
I started very young, listening to local djs, in the early 90s there was not much information, much less the internet. You had to go out and listen to clubs and radios to learn more.
Argentina has been the starting point for so much Progressive talent and a favorite destination of top Progressive DJs for many years – what do you think makes it such fertile ground for this sound?
Without a doubt, Argentina is one of the places where the Progressive House is very strong worldwide. We have many very good producers and DJs that influence and leave their mark worldwide. Added to the public it is very energetic.
Clubs like Pacha, State and massive festivals like Creamfields, Moonpark have set the scene.
How would you describe your own sound? Do you have a particular energy or feeling you aim to transmit? What would you like to be known for as an artist?
My sets are very eclectic, if I like a track, I don’t care much about what genre it is, I use it.
When I play early I really like the dark and the melancholic melodies, but when it comes to a main set, I try to be quite energetic and also generate more emotional moments.
What has been one of the most exciting moments in your career?
Without a doubt playing alongside Hernan Cattaneo at Forja.
But there have been many moments that I remember as incredible, sharing a cabin with Martin Garcia in Pacha, or the 10 years in a row at Creamfields were incredible.
I played warm up several times for Sasha and they were amazing experiences too.
From all of them I could learn a lot, I am left with great teachings of those moments.
Who are some producers that are currently getting frequent rotation in your mixes?
I try not to close in on known producers, or names in particular, there are many new producers that surprise me and logically the usual ones too. I follow a lot of labels that new artists push and I really like them.
It would be unfair if I put one as a favorite, but Muui always surprises me.
How about yourself – what is your favorite track that you’ve produced?
In all these years I have been working a lot as a producer, sharing projects with many friends and DJs that I like. I think the last production we did together with Mariano Favre is without a doubt the best that we achieved. We are very happy with the result.
What is something that you love to hear in music? Any particular instruments, sounds, or styles?
Without a doubt the groove of the percussions and a good melody that generates emotion.
What is your goal with your show Subsound? What are you looking forward to about having a show on FRISKY?
I am very excited about the show. In 1 hour I am going to show a little of the new music that I make and my favorite new tracks. It would be very similar to listening to a set of mine live. It will be a way to get to other places where I haven’t played live yet.