Bass / Drum & Bass / Dubstep, 1985 Music (NZ)
Belgian born Alix Depauw is the face behind production moniker Alix Perez and collaborative duo SHADES (w/ Eprom). Alix released his debut album "1984" to critical acclaim in 2009 which is still talked about now as one of the most accomplished Drum and Bass albums of all time. Since then he has released a sophomore LP, multiple EP’s, launched a record label and has collaborated with the foremost names in dance and electronic music including; Noisia, Foreign Beggars, MachineDrum and many more. Following the release of his 2nd album Chroma Chords in 2013, Alix delivered a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, which was shortlisted for essential mix of the year.
In 2016 Alix launched his own imprint; 1985 Music. Now in it’s 5th year since inception, the label is regarded as one of the most tasteful audio & visual platforms in the electronic realm. Always pushing the envelope, the imprint has released music from artists such as MachineDrum, Ivy Lab, Halogenix, Skeptical, Eprom, Shades, along with building a roster of core artists like Monty, Visages, Submarine (amongst many others). 1985 Music promotes multiple club nights globally. Highlights include festival stages at Outlook and Shambhala. Almost every release on the label has found its way to number 1 in the Beatport charts, and in 2017 the label won ‘Best New Label’ at the Drum and Bass Arena Awards (by public vote).
In 2015 whilst on a trip to LA, Alix first collaborated with Portland artist EPROM and later formed their audio visual project SHADES. They have since released 4 EP’s and their debut album, released on Zed’s Dead’s imprint; Deadbeats. As a duo they have toured globally and continue to receive much critical acclaim across the music industry.
Alix’s high levels of creativity and discipline are the reason he is very much at the forefront of electronic music today. His focus always remains in the art and the music by sticking true to his roots and vision.. He is a true artist and a trailblazer in his own right.