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Hey my friends, I'm back!

Well, damn, it's been too long!!!  Things have been up and down here. Still working down here in the trenches. 

A lot has happened since the last time.  A bunch of cool shows, some internal changes, and mostly good things!

Me, personally, good and bad, but as always, hanging in there.  My dad's not so good, so some prayers for him would be great. Business? My, day job, selling floors, well, it's the slow season in this business; times weaker businesses often don't survive in the flooring industry.  We always survive though. Grateful for that!

I'm pretty good at this, so I make it through.  My customers, who I take care of well, keep coming through for me, keep coming back and referring me to friends, and have been keeping me in business, year after year!  Great thanks to all of you!!!

So tonight, laying low here in "The Dungeon."  I actually haven't done this in a while.  Tonight, finishing a song I've been working on, and I think this one is pretty cool.  Musically, it has pretty heavy groove, and it feels good. I finished the lyrics just now, and I'm happy with them. An excerpt of real life. Here they are:

Take Your Medicine Boy

I'm dancing in disaster

I'm still running faster

I know what I'm after

What I came back for

 

I've been there before

Been flat on the floor

The Master Of Disaster

Is still running faster

  

         The truth is the truth

      The lie is the lie

      Your judgment will come

      The day that you die

 

Only two people know

What went down that night

I told the truth

But you had to lie

I took my bullets

I wouldn't deny

You couldn't do that

Only God knows why

 

Staying the high road, after all that

The truth is the truth, and crap is crap

Still looking forward, no need to look back

At you making me the bad guy, by omitting the facts

 

     

      So, take your medicine boy

      Go take your medicine boy

      Yeah, take your medicine boy

      Take that medicine boy

 

Lyrics by Alexx D.

All rights reserved.

Well friends, I have to get back to the song.  Wishing all of you the best Holiday Season ever!

See you soon,

Alexx

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

Sorry I haven't been able to pest here in so long, but we've been really busy.  Everything has been great though. We've been playing a lot of shows, and people have been showing up. Every show has been packed, and the crowd responses have been great.  Thanks to everyone who has been showing up to support us!

The big news today is that our new "9 Life Cat" has joined it's predecessor, "Escaping the Dungeon," with global on-line distribution.  "Escaping the Dungeon" has been available at all the major on-line music distribution sites for quite some time, including iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, and all the rest.

"9 Life Cat," along with "Escaping the Dungeon," are now available for purchase in the form of digital downloads for $9.99 for the cd, or 99 cents per song at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/alexx5.

"9 Life Cat," will also be available at all the other major sites within the next few weeks, depending on each site's distribution schedule.

Please support our music by buying the albums or some of the songs.  For less than the price of a soda or a candy bar, you can purchase a song or two. This will help us keep the music going, and allow us to continue to make new music!

We've now played quite a few shows as the ALEXX band, and the performances have been improving with each and every show. We've been working really hard, and we are now seeing and hearing the fruits of our labor!

Locally, now, pretty much everyone involved in the El Paso Music Scene knows who we are, and we have been getting plenty of local recognition, respect and approval.  We plan to continue playing as many local shows as feasible, without over doing it, before taking the show on the road.  Hopefully we will start touring, with short tours beginning this summer, with the goal of spreading our music as far as we can.

This website continues to grow, with it's number of visits, and our Facebook Artist Page also continues to grow. If you haven't checked out our Facebook Page, you will find it at www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. Please check out our page, and give it a "Like" while you're there!

Another important goal, and one of the main ones we hope to achieve, is to obtain a record deal, and/or license some of our songs to generate some revenue and recognition. It's pretty difficult to do from El Paso, but as we venture out, hopefully our chances will increase. We believe very strongly in our music, and receive many compliments at every performance. Everyone loves the two cd's. 

It's a matter now of getting the music to the right ears, so that something bigger can happen.  Wish us luck on that, because there are so many great bands out there, it's hard to stand out.  Very few bands achieve commercial success. We do, however, feel we have at least a shot, because we believe in the quality of our music, the musicianship and experience of our band members, and our band's chemistry.

So that's where we are today. Let's see what we can make happen. We have a lot more hard work to do to make our musical dreams and aspirations come true.

As always, thanks for visiting, and come back soon.  I will be posting more frequently here now as things progress.

Alexx

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

As the title indicates, things are off to a fair start.  We've played a couple more shows since the last post, to great crowd response. The set is getting better with each show, and people are taking notice and commenting on that fact.

We have only a couple more shows booked for now here in town. We want to play as much as possible to solidify the music and let the new songs evolve, but at the same time, we don't want to over-play here in town. We need to keep leaving them wanting more. Hopefully, we'll head out on a mini-tour in the not so distant future!

This Saturday at 9:00pm, we will perform at The Hydrant Bar on El Paso's Eastside with some friends of ours, a band called Jo Hobo Witness. We've played with them a couple of times already, and it's always a good time for all.

We're also entered in a contest to perform at a local festival, KLAQ Radio's Balloonfest 2014. It's always a very cool event, and they usually bring in some great big-name bands to perform.  This year, they have Five Finger Death Punch, The Pretty Reckless, Sevendust, Aranda as headliners.  Hopefully, I didn't leave anyone out.

Anyway, the contest is to see which local bands will be added to the line-up for the event.  We'd like to perform the event, and know we'd put on a memorable performance and please the crowd, however, the winner will be selected by fan votes, leaving us at a pretty big disadvantage locally, because many of the bands entered have been playing around El Paso for years, and some have good followings. 

We, on the other hand, are relatively unknown in town, and are just rebuilding our following, since we have all been away from the El Paso Music Scene for many years. We are making a return to the scene, and in some ways have to start from the bottom, even though we have more going for us musically than we ever have. Because of our absence from the scene for over a decade, most of those who will vote are relatively unfamiliar with us.

Anyone can vote, so if any of you would like to vote for us, here is the link and the instructions:

This is how you vote for ALEXX to perform at this year's KLAQ BALLOONFEST:

CLICK ON THIS LINK, and then CLOSE THE BOX THAT SAY'S POST TO FACEBOOK. Then CLICK ON VIEW MORE AT THE BOTTOM of the video thumbnails until you see the ALEXX VIDEO THUMBNAIL. CLICK ON THE VOTE BOX TO THE RIGHT OF ALEXX THAT SAYS VOTE! That's it! HERE'S THE LINK: http://woobox.com/j8mg57

Also, I just posted a bunch of new pics in the Photo's section. You may want to check them out!

So, that's about it for now. Thanks for your visit and your continued interest and support. Please vote for us, and don't forget to check out, and "Like" our Facebook Band Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Thanks and have a great week!

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

So, as the title of this post indicates, a lot has happened. We've been rehearsing quite a bit to get the music right for live performance, and have been doing pretty well in that area.

The Live Debut of our new "9 Life Cat" album went extremely well on Friday April 4th. We performed with two other bands at The King's-X Bar in El Paso.  I have frequented this bar many times over the past couple of decades, and I have never seen it as packed as it was for our set. The crowd response was great, and we left them wanting more.

So far, our 9 Life Cat cd has been selling well locally. I've been so busy, I have yet to make it available for purchase at all the major on-line outlets, as is our Escaping the Dungeon cd, however, it should be up before week's end.  Please purchase an album, or both, or at least a 99 cent song or two. Your support helps us keep the music going, and keep making more new music for you!

We're starting to play more shows now, and plan to play around El Paso as much as possible, before beginning some mini-tours around the Southwest and the West Coast.  We want to tighten up the music and the live performances, and let the live versions of the songs evolve, before we begin venturing out. When we can pack the venues around town, which is hard to do in El Paso, we should be able to draw an audience outside of El Paso.

We have two Free Shows this Saturday April 19th, one an All Ages Show at Bethel Force's Blood Drive at 7750 Alabama St. in El Paso at 12:00 Noon. That will be a fun show, because my 10 year old son Alexx Jr. will perform with us on drums.  The kid's quite a drummer and a show stealer, and loves to milk that for all it's worth.  I wonder where he got that, lol!

The second Free Show next Saturday will be at 9:00 pm,  and will be at Mulligans East Shot Bar, 1815 Trawood, also in El Paso, Texas. We will be performing with two other bands at Mulligans, and will play first, so please show up early to get a good seat and to catch our set!

The following Friday will be what we consider our first Big Show, our CD Release Party, for our Brand New 9 Life Cat album. This show will be at Bombardiers Night Club at 109 E. Castellano on El Paso's Westside. There, we will be performing with one of our friend's from KLAQ 95.5 FM El Paso, Ray Monroe, and his band The Third Edge, and another El Paso band, Undying Hate.  We're really looking forward to this one, and it is certain to be one big party!

We have yet to take the time to go out and book shows due to time constraints, but have a couple more shows booked so far, which will be Saturday May 4th at The Hydrant on El Paso's Eastside, and Saturday June 14th at the Lowbrow Palace on El Paso's Westside.

We will begin to book more shows very soon, and should have a pretty full calendar in the coming months.  Hopefully we will begin heading out on some mini-tours sometime this summer.  One step at a time. Right now we're just warming the engines.

I think that's about all I have right now, but I'll be posting here again soon.  If you haven't yet, please check out our Facebook Band Page, which is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. I post on there almost every day, due to it's convenience and quickness. Please give our page a "Like" while you're there, and share it and our music with your friends and family to keep posted on all the details of our journey!

Thanks again for your visit, and your interest and support.  We will hopefully bring our show close to your home in the not so distant future.

Have a great day/night, and please visit again soon!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

Sorry, I haven't posted here in so long. Things have been really busy!

The main thing would be that we finished up the mixing and mastering of the new cd, along with the artwork for the cover, got the duplication, and have the completed 9 Life Cat cd's now in our possession, for local distribution, and to sell at shows. 

In El Paso, you can find our Brand New 9 Life Cat cd, and our Escaping the Dungeon cd at:

Griffin's Independent Music/Txinkslingers, The Headstand, All that music, and at my business Flooring by Alex and Alex

They are also available on-line at all the major music outlets, including iTunes, amazon, rhapsody, cdbaby, and most of the others.  If you don't find 9 Life Cat available yet, check back in a couple of days. Escaping the Dungeon is definitely available at all the sites now, and 9 Life Cat will be available any minute, hour or day, if not already; certainly very soon!

The most recent thing that has happened is probably our interview last Wednesday with our friend Yta Von G of KLAQ 95.5 FM EL PASO, and KLAQ.COM. You can see video of the interview at http://klaq.com/yta-von-g-interviews-local-el-paso-band-alexx-video/?trackback=fbshare or go to klaq.com to watch it.  Much thanks to Yta. We all had a great time!

We've are now beginning to book local shows in El Paso, and have the following, upcoming shows as of this moment:

Friday April 4 @ the Kings-X

Saturday April 19 @ Mulligans East

Saturday May 3 @ The Hydrant

Saturday June 14 @ The Lowbrow Palace

We will be announcing our CD Release Party very soon and will be playing in and around El Paso, before starting to venture out on short tours in the not so distant future.

So basically, the short term plan is to start playing to solidify the music and let the new songs evolve, while at the same time doing the most important thing, which is having fun playing our music, and giving the audiences a good, memorable performance each night.  That is the main objective, always.

I've put a few new pics up lately, in case you haven't seen them, click on Photos at the top of this page.  Well start putting up pics and links to videos from the shows soon also.

That's pretty much it for now.  Thanks very much for checking in here. 

Don't forget to share and like our Facebook Band Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, and can hear both the Escaping the Dungeon album, and our brand new 9 Life Cat album uninterrupted at: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

We are currently the Number 1 Ranked Rock Band from El Paso on Reverbnation.

Thanks again,

Alexx

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

Wow, three days in a row posting here. Short post tonight though, cause we have band rehearsal in an hour and I need to sneak in a cat nap and grab a quick meal.  Drank too much last night, actually, til like 5 am. Now I'm paying for it.  Oh well, happens to most of us at occasionally.

The biggest news is that the newly mastered "9 Life Cat" cd is now available for purchase and FREE STREAMING at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, along with the Escaping the Dungeon" cd.

To hear both cd's click the link to get to our Reverbnation Page and then click on "Play All" at the top of the song list.  You can purchase songs there for $1.29 each, and half of the money goes to a great charity, the Fender Music Foundation.

You can also purchase the Escaping the Dungeon songs on our Facebook Artist Page for 99 cents each, but the new 9 Life Cat cd won't be on there for about 3 weeks. This is the direct link to that page.  Please give it a "Like" while you're there: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

The songs cost about as much as one soda.  Please purchase your favorite songs or the whole cd's.  It really helps keep the music going, and food on the table.  Musicians have many expenses and have to eat and clothe themselves.  It's a great way to support you favorite artists, including us!

Well, I gotta go.  We'll be shaking the walls here shortly.  Thanks for your visit and your continued interest and support.  Have a great day/night!

Alexx

 

Good morning and welcome back to our Official Website!

Not a lot to report since last time, but I figured I'd check in anyway.  I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day!

Currently, I'm in the process of designing the cover for the "9 Life Cat" album.  I really don't think most people realize how much work we have put into this album already. There are just so many facets to producing a professional quality album of music! 

There are so many things involved, and so much work necessary, especially if you really want to create the best musical product within your capabilities, and are willing to put in the extra work, (and money); when good is just not good enough, nor acceptable, by your own personal standards

Well, why set low goals?  To me, 'settling' makes no sense, and is something I refuse to do, especially with our music, and with our songs. I love every one of them, because they are a part of me; my creations!  When I don't love a song I have written, I simply discard it.  I feel very blessed to have a seemingly endless supply of ideas most of the time, so if I song doesn't seem good enough to meet my personal standards, I just move on to the next one.  It's that simple!

So what you will hear on our new "9 Life Cat" cd are ten of the very best songs I've ever written in my life, (and I have been writing songs since I was six years old,) recorded in a top-notch recording studio, and mixed and mastered by a Three Time Grammy Winning Engineer, Mr. Marco A. Ramirez, who has done extensive work with countless major label artists,  among the most notably, in my opinion, the industrial icons Ministry, who in recent years have been based out of El Paso.

The album sounds just like us, and we can totally reproduce it live.  That is what they were able to capture in the studio, and that was what we were looking for when we went in.  Mission accomplished; successful!

In some ways I dislike doing ninety percent of the work and making ninety percent of the sacrifices, when my band puts in the remaining ten percent combined, but some things are just the way they are.  I actually like our work balance, and like being totally hands on, having as much control of the resulting finished product as I feel necessary, and I am also the one willing to take the time necessary to do it right!

It's because I tend to set my standards very high and work extremely hard to achieve them.  Because of my work ethic, I am that puts in the thought and work necessary to make the caliber of album that I think we are looking for. I am also the least likely to 'settle' on anything. I take as much time as necessary to get every little detail as perfect as we are capable of making it, and I am definitely a workaholic and a perfectionist, which seems to make a big difference in the end result.

Although they don't say anything, I think my band thinks I totally exaggerate when I talk about how many hours, and how much work I put in to the songwriting, and the mixing in particular, and all of my personal sacrifices, because they're not around when I do most of my work down in the trenches. I literally put in hundreds of hours into the mixing of the tracks, pouring over every detail. While they play and sleep, I work.  That is my life, with very few regrets, because it gets the results I want.

Hopefully, all the hard work will all pay off eventually, and even if it doesn't pay off commercially or monetarily, we will have an album that we will all be extremely proud of when it's finished. That, I can literally guarantee at this point. People will hopefully be listening to it long after we leave this planet, and it will become part of our legacy.

So, this is where we are my friends.  I'll finish the cover design and wait for the first proofs of the artwork.  The music, the most important part, is done, and yes, I am extremely pleased with the results.  I think you are going to really like it.

Remember that you can purchase songs from our Escaping the Dungeon album on our Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, as well as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, and most of the other major on-line distributors.  It is only 99 cents per song on most of these sites, (less that the price of a single beverage,) or $9.99 for the entire album.

Please sacrifice a beverage and buy a song or two, or, even better, the whole album.  It all adds up, and supports our independent music; it helps keep it going, and yes, musicians have to eat too!

Don't forget to "Like" and "Share" our Facebook Band Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

Thanks for the support, and please check back here soon!

Alexx

 

Hey everybody, welcome back!

Hope you are having a great Valentine's Day and I hope you get some, lol!

Everything's great here.  I got the final, mastered cd from Marco A. Ramirez, the 3-Time Grammy Winning Engineer, that mixed and mastered the songs on our new 9 Life Cat cd, and it sounds AWESOME!

Basically, that means the music for the cd is completely ready.  The goal from day one was to make a better cd than Escaping the Dungeon; to raise the bar, by writing better and much harder rocking songs, delivering the performance in the studio, capturing our sound in a top-notch studio, and to produce a better, overall cd. 

I am elated, and quite proud that we feel we have exceeded all of our goals, expectations and aspirations with our "9 Life Cat" album!  My band, as I have previously stated, nailed their parts in the studio, I recorded everything else, and Marco and I worked long and hard on the mixes, to get them just right in every detail.  Marco did great work, and I did my part.  The results are, in my opinion, fantastic. I am extremely pleased with every song, the music overall, and the overall sound of the album!  It sounds incredible!!!

The current status of the cd, is that we have forwarded the mastered tracks to our duplication partner, and the artwork and cover design is in progress.  I have the same design team working on the cover art and design that did the work on my Escaping the Dungeon cd.  They did an awesome job on that disc, and I expect the same or better results from this amazing team of graphic artists!

So, the deal has been cut with the duplicator, and they are working on the disc as I type this.  It will probably be about three weeks until we have the first order of finished cds, and have all the songs available for purchase through the Major On-Line music distributors, and in local outlets.

There is one major difference this time as compared to when I released the Escaping the Dungeon cd.  With that first disc, I went into the studio with a drummer and recorded all the instrumental and vocal tracks myself, with the exception of the drums, and the tracks layed by Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez, of the major bands Sparta, Sleepercar, and The Jim Ward Project, who played the acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and also bass guitar on three songs.   

The drummer quit the band before he had even finished recording the drums, and I left Clap of Thunder Studio with a finished cd and no band, or musicians to play the stuff live with, which created a huge problem, and a long delay.

I spent almost a year finding the right musicians to play live.  I wound up with two old friends and a great new friend as bandmates, after going through a ton of musicians, mostly flakes, trying to put a solid band together.  I am happy to say that I now have a great band, with some great friends and people.  We need to start working much harder, but other than that, I couldn't be happier with my band.  We all get along well, and make, what I feel, is great music together.  I feel like we have some great musical chemistry!

So, basically, what happened after recording Escaping the Dungeon, was that I spent such a long time getting the right band together, that I never was able to sufficiently market the cd or shop for record labels or licensing deals, and thus not much has happened commercially with that cd.

This time around, obviously, things are quite a bit different, and thus, hopefully we have somewhat better chances of getting a deal, since we can faithfully perform the music live, and since we now have two solid albums of music and twenty solid songs to shop. 

The business, of course is just as competitive as ever, with not enough deals to go around, but as I have always said and believed, it all comes back to the songs; if you have truly great songs, you have a chance at some good deals, if not a record deal, at least some licensing deals for starters.  I believe all twenty songs and both albums are valid and well done, so that gives at least twenty-two shots at a deal, thus increasing our odds for success. 

If we can get just one song to take off, it gives the rest a much better shot. Well, shopping for deals from El Paso, Texas, or getting a break here in town is just not feasible; that is like pissing in the wind!  To have a legitimate shot will require some trips to Los Angeles, California, to shop for agents and deals, and some touring, taking our music on the road to different cities. 

Being a single dad makes this much more difficult, but not impossible with a decent support system, which I have.  Whatever is meant to happen, will happen.  I fully believe this; it's called fate!

More good news, the hits on this page continue to increase, literally daily, our Facebook Band Page is doing fairly well, and the new cd's production is currently on-going.  Our Facebook Page has over 13,000 "Likes," but that is not nearly enough.  I feel like we need at least 100,000 likes to impress the record companies, and the goal is one million "Likes."  We have a very long way to go to get to six-figures in "Likes."

We do have some things most bands around here don't, including at least twenty good songs, a growing global following, our own Official Website, (this one,) a sufficient amount of pro gear, a great rehearsal space, The Dungeon, and a few pretty good contacts in "the biz."  All these things and a whole lot of hard work give us a decent shot.

So, the time has come to start booking local shows again and play as many shows as feasible, to tighten up the band and the songs, and to improve our performances. 

That will be one of our next steps, some serious effort on booking shows.  That is the fun part, playing live, and getting the feedback from the audiences.  This is really what we enjoy most as  musicians, and haven't done steadily in this band.  The good thing, is that performing live is like riding a bicycle; you never forget how!  There is no doubt, we can throw all of these songs down live, and do them justice, and that we can please a crowd!

So, that is where we stand today my friends, and where we hope to go in the relatively near future, and it's certain to be a challenging, but it should be a fun ride.  We hope to eventually take our music around the globe, quite literally, so hopefully we'll eventually make it to your part of the world.  We'd love to see you in the crowd, and to perform our music for you live and in person!

That's about it for now my friends.  We appreciate all of you very much and look forward to seeing you in person some day.  Have a great weekend!

Please, if you haven't yet, go "Like" our Facebook Band Page, where you will get several updates daily along with a fair dose of my twisted humor. PLease share this link with your friends and family, and on your social networking sites.  This helps us a lot!  Here is the direct link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

Thanks, as always for the support!

PEACE

 

Hey friends, welcome!

My apologies again for not posting here in so long. I've just been so busy. Sorry!!!

Anyway, all's well around here. Before I forget, if you haven't yet, please check out our Facebook Band Page. Here is a link to get there: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. I try to post there daily, because it's quick and easy.  Check it out and please give our Page a "Like" while you're there!

Here, I always make longer posts, so I do that when I can.  As soon as I get caught up on everything, I'll be able to post here more frequently.

Also, if you haven't yet, please visit our Reverbnation Page, where you can stream the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd uninterrupted, and FREE, (just click on 'Play All' at the top of the song list.)  You can also DOWNLOAD our song "Communication Deficit Disorder" FREE on there, and I will upload the 9 Life Cat there for FREE STREAMING as soon as it is ready. This is the direct link to get to our page: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

Well, the big news today is that I spoke with Marco A. Ramirez, the 3 Time Grammy Winning Engineer  who has been mixing our cd.  He tells me I will have the final 'mastered' cd by Thursday.  That's only two days away, so we're very excited!

As sweet as that sounds, there is still much work to be done!  I'm currently working on the cover design, and we will be having the artwork done very soon. Once that's done, we'll send it out for duplication, and get it to the major on-line distributors that distribute our Escaping the Dungeon album, for global distribution, and then finally get it to the Local Outlets that we work with. 

That should do it for the cd itself.  Then, we'll get rehearsed up and begin booking shows.  The first CD Release Party should hopefully be a big event at a great local venue.  We hope to see all you locals out at the show.  We should have quite a few great local bands play that show with us.  It's guaranteed to be a good show and a great time for all!  We're really looking forward to it. Dates and venues to be announced soon.  Don't miss it!

I've been juggling so much work, to get this album completed.  Running a full-time business, raising three kids as a sole parent, and working on the music, also basically full-time.  Basically, I'm holding down three full-time jobs to facilitate this music.  It would kill the average man, lol, but I'm pretty used to it by now.  I just do what I have to do.

"9 Life Cat," is turning out to be the album we wanted to make.  With the exception of two older songs, all the songs were written, recorded, mixed and now mastered, over approximately nine months time.  This is my best work ever. Hopefully it will be well received, and get some attention locally and globally.  Early responses have been great!

The recording, mixing and mastering has taken almost four months, but we deliberately took our time, doing what we had to do to make this the best album possible within our resources and capabilities.  The songs themselves are some of the very best I've ever written, and the staff at Sonic Ranch Studio has done an awesome job on the recording and mixing the songs.  They did a great job of capturing our sound. 

No doubt,  9 Life Cat sounds like an Alexx cd, only harder, louder and more guitar driven than Escaping the Dungeon!  It definitely sounds unmistakably like us!

The heavier sound on 9 Life Cat was by design from the beginning, when I began writing the songs.  While all the Neil Young comparisons have been more than flattering, I really love heavy, aggressive Hard Rock and Metal much more (no offense to Neil, who is one of the greatest songwriters in rock history!")  The heavier stuff is just more of an accurate representation of me and what I love, and this album will reflect that loudly and clearly.

On a more personal note, tonight I'll be going to the great El Paso venue Tricky Falls to see Pop Evil and Stone Sour.  Those are two of my favorite new bands, and it's sure to be a great show!

Tricky Falls is sort of a special place for me, because it is owned and managed by Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez and Jim Ward, who also owned Clap of Thunder Studio where I recorded my Escaping the Dungeon cd. I really enjoy going to shows there. Hopefully we'll get to do some shows there at some point. 

Gabe Gonzalez played all the slide and acoustic guitar on Escaping the Dungeon, and even played bass on a few songs.  His work is incredible.  The guy is just so talented, knowledgeable and professional, and also an incredibly nice and down to earth person, as is Jim Ward.  These guys are big time, major label musicians.  It was an honor to work with them, and is always great seeing them.

I'll be posting again soon to update you on the album and some future plans when I have the final master in hand.

Tonight, I get to have some rock and roll fun.  I'm due for a dose of live rock!

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Band Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

PEACE

 

Hey Friends, welcome back!

I haven't been able to post here in a while. I've been really busy working on the new cd, and working to keep things going financially, while we await the release of "9 Life Cat!"  The life of a musician is not that easy, especially when you have the overhead I do!

As far as the new cd, it's coming out great, as expected.  We're all really proud of the ten songs that made the cut for the cd! People who have heard both cd's say my vocals sound much better on this one, and that everything overall sounds really good.  Personally, I am most happy with the songs themselves, and as I always say, the songs are everything!

As we stand at this moment, all the instruments and vocals have been recorded, the edits are complete, and most of the mixing is done.  We have deliberately taken our time on this one, rushing nothing.  The last cd took about 6 weeks to complete.  This one has taken twice as long, and cost twice as much money, but I believe it will be twice as good, and more than worth the wait, and all the effort and costs!

All the tracks sound great, and all that remains is finishing the re-mix of the guitars, and mastering of the final mix.  In the interim, we have done some sporadic rehearsing, and I continue my daily solo jam sessions, to keep my chops up.

Other than that, I don't have much to report, until the mixing is finished.  I do, as always, thank all of you for your support.  Now that I am almost done with the mixing, and am caught up on my work, I will try to post updates here more frequently. 

Hopefully, all of you know that you can scroll down through my blog posts all the way back to the release of the last cd, "Escaping the Dungeon" album.  You can follow the entire process; the good days and the bad, and the joys and the frustrations.  It has not been an easy ride!

Choosing our direction is not that easy either.  We currently hope to somehow obtain a record deal with a good record company, but as any knowledgeable musician will tell you, this is always the biggest longshot in the world.  There are so many great bands out there, including a substantial number of great El Paso bands with out a deal.  Everybody wants one; very few get one.

Hopefully, after the "9 Life Cat" release, we will manage independently to get more airplay on conventional and on-line radio stations, while we shop for a record deal.  That and play a lot of local shows, some regional shows, and eventually a West Coast mini-tour. 

I will also be taking a trip to Los Angeles, California, as soon as budget allows, to shop both albums, and all twenty songs for a label, and/or licensing deals for the songs.  Wish us luck, because we certainly could use it!

One step at a time; we must crawl before we walk, and walk before we run, but every successful band has gone through a lot before reaching commercial success.  Nothing good is easy, and we still have many, many dues to pay!

So the mission move on, and so do we, however slowly.  We are definitely moving forward and upward!

Your support has been significant.  Please, if you haven't yet, "Like" our Facebook Band Page in support, and also to get the daily band updates, and many examples of our twisted humor.  Please share the link on your social networking sites, and with your friends and family!  Here is the link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

As you probably know, you can hear our Escaping the Dungeon cd, and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. I will post the new songs there also as soon as they are mastered.

Thanks again for all your interest and support. Keep rockin!

Alexx

 

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Welcome back and thanks for your visit.  I hope all of you are having a very pleasant Holiday Season!

This website continues to blow up with well over one thousand daily hits from around the world.  Thanks for supporting and sharing our site and music. It is making a huge difference!

Our Holiday Season has been great so far for us, and personally, I find myself really looking forward to 2014.  We're hoping we can make some great things happen in the coming year.

Of course, one of the most important things that will happen for us will be the release of our new "9 Life Cat" cd.  Marco Ramirez is currently working on the re-mix of the cd, with the additional guitar tracks I laid down after the original tracks were recorded.  After that, as I mentioned previously, I will study the re-mix to decide any other changes to be done in the final mix, before working with Marco on the final mix.  Once the final mix is complete, Marco will master the disc. 

Once we have the finished master, it will be sent it off for artwork and duplication, so that we can release the music for sale, both on-line, in brick and mortar outlets, and at our shows.

We've been really patient waiting for the mix, so that Marco can take his time and do his best work.  The guy's a Master Engineer, so we're quite blessed to be working with him.  Sonic Ranch, where the work is being done, is the best facility, with the best equipment and staff within hundreds of miles of El Paso.  Yes, we have been quite fortunate thus far!

Things are quite a bit different this time around, as opposed to when I released my Escaping the Dungeon cd.  When I recorded that cd, I was completely solo, and on my own, with no band.  I had a drummer lay the drum tracks, and I did the rest.  When I left the studio with that cd, I was a solo artist without a band.  This became a problem, as I spent the majority of the next year putting together a band, rather than shopping for a record deal.  

To this day, I have not been able to make the time to shop for deals, so now, I actually have two albums and twenty songs to market, and to shop for deals with.  The plan is to get to Los Angeles to shop for record and licensing deals in early 2014.  Being a West Coast boy, it will be a business trip mixed with a lot of pleasure; I may as well enjoy the trip(s!)

Honestly, it's getting pretty old waiting for the disc to be completed, but it only makes sense to take our time, and produce the best album possible.  This takes time.  This album was expensive to make, by our standards, costing about twice as much as was spent on the Escaping the Dungeon cd.  The bar was set with the quality of music, and the sound on that first cd.  We had no choice but to surpass that in all respects. 

We have been quite successful with that to this point, and the final product will be much, much better than the early mixes we're currently listening to.  At this point, only Marco and I have a good idea how the final mix will sound.  My band currently has no idea.  Wait until they hear the final mix.  They well be elated, I'm sure.  I am totally confident of that.

So, right now, it is just a waiting game; and exercise in discipline and patience.  Once it is ready, you will know about it right away!

Thanks as always for your interest and support.  Enjoy the rest of your holidays, and have a very happy, successful and fulfilling 2014! 

Don't forget to "Like" and share our Facebook Artist/Fan Page with your friends.  We need the numbers!

Here's the link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

PEACE

 

Hey friends, welcome back! 

In case you haven't looked around this site, please do.  I've been adding more content when I can, including pictures, etc.  When the new cd is done, the lyrics and music will also go up here, along with more content.

I'm feeling good today.  I had a good time last night, and today, I'm taking some more Alexx time, but I figured I'd make a blog post.

First, and foremost, thanks to all of you for your interest and support!  I made this site to promote our music, of course, but I also made it for you guys, to keep you informed, as well as entertained and amused when I can.  I will be improving this site and adding more content as time goes along.

Today, I will be hanging out here in The Dungeon, listening to and playing music.  It's been a very relaxed morning, and I'll spend the afternoon relaxing with music, both listening and playing.

I'm still studying the most recent mix of our new cd, and coming up with more ideas, and subtle changes to hopefully, make it the best cd possible under the circumstances.  When I say I'm trying to create my masterpiece, I'm 100 % serious.  None of us are guaranteed another day on this planet, so I'm taking it as if this could, for all I know, be my final album. All the details are so important.  That's why I spend so much time studying and planning.

I think the new songs themselves are some of the very best songs I have  ever written, and also some of the best I am capable of writing.  I know my songwriting continues to evolve, and has improved greatly since I wrote my first complete song at the ripe, old age of 6 years!  New songs come easier to me, and they're better.

I believe the songs themselves are the most important part of music.  That's why we listen to music.  Not to hear great playing or musicianship, but rather to listen to good songs.  I have always said, and will always continue to believe, that it is all about the songs!  In order to deliver the songs to the listener in the most valid, and hopefully moving way, it's all about the details.

So throughout this process, from writing the songs for this cd, to the recording process, and the mixing, I am finally, for the first time in my life, learning to be patient.  Very, very patient. I am overcoming my own tendency to just jump in and do it; to get it done.  Not this time folks.  We are going the extra miles, and spending the extra money to do this one right.  You will hear the difference from the first note, through the final note on the cd.  I know you will be pleasantly surprised!

Will commercial success follow?  Only if we can make it happen.  No one is going to give us anything.  That is reality, and this is the toughest, most competitive business on the planet.  But if people enjoy my music; if it moves and changes peoples thoughts, and hopefully actions, in positive, meaningful ways, my music will have served it's true purpose in today's world, and hopefully continue serve into the future.  Good songs can, and do, withstand the test of time!

Anyway, I'm gonna get to my Alexx time.  Have a beautiful Sunday, and please make a positive difference, somewhere, somehow today.  Make every day count!

Don't forget to "Like" and share our Facebook Artist Page. Here's the link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic .

PEACE 

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

Well, from the title of this blog post, you have figured out that I've been very busy!  Business has been pretty busy, and I've also been focusing on deciding and planning what I want to do in the final mix of our new "9 Life Cat" cd. 

Three time Grammy Winner Marco Ramirez is still working on the re-mix, mixing in the new tracks, and making the adjustments we asked him to do. Marco has won 3 Grammys for his engineering, so obviously he's very good at what he does.  He's taking his time to get us the best possible sound and mix, so we're happy about that and being patient, while he does his thing.  So far it's sounding good, but by the time we're done with the final mix, it should sound great!

The re-mix should be finished soon, hopefully next week.  It's all the details that take so much time, but they're also very important to the overall sound.  Once I have the next mix in my hand, I'll evaluate everything, and prepare for the final mixing session with Marco.

When the final mix is done, Marco will master the disc, and we will move on to artwork and duplication.  I have a general idea what I want the cd cover to look like.  It should be pretty cool!

That's about it for now.  Playing the waiting game.  Once the cd is sent off for duplication we'll start planning a release party/show.  You're all invited.  If you can't make it in person, you'll be with us in spirit!

Thanks for your continued interest and support.  Have a great weekend!

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist/Fan Page and share the link with your friends.  Here's the link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Talk to you later.

PEACE

 

Hey friends, I'm back. Thanks for visiting again!

My apologies for not being able to post on here in a while. Things have been really busy for me.

Anyway, as you know, if you've kept up with this blog, is that we recorded the initial tracks for our new cd, "9 Life Cat" cd at the World Famous Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas. I went back a few weeks later and recorded some additional guitar parts that were needed.  The recording of all the tracks have now been completed. 

We are currently waiting for the re-mix, with the additional tracks.  The final step, then, will be the final mixing session, where I will sit in with Marco Ramirez, the 3 Time Grammy Winning Engineer, and complete the final mixing and mastering process. That should be really fun exciting!

I'm very exited about the new music.  I set out to write better songs, that were harder rocking than Escaping the Dungeon. It has a lot more guitar and is considerably more aggressive overall, yet still quite diverse. 

I'm really happy with the way the vocals sound as well, very aggressive on most of the songs, with some nice variations of the vocal approach on others.  It's pretty hard to describe, but I can definitely assure you it will be very hard rocking, and still very much Alexx music.

I'm really happy so far, and the best is yet to come, by the time the mixing and mastering are complete.

Yes, it has taken longer than expected, but there are no regrets.  It's working out the way it was meant to be.  Marcos is taking his time, and has put huge amounts of time and energy, not to mention his genius and talent into the project.  I'm very grateful for that.

So, we played another "tune-up" show yesterday, on a Sunday afternoon.  It was a Toy Drive Benefit Run organized by some El Paso bikers, at the local biker bar, the Iron Horse Saloon, which is a few blocks from my house. We had fun and helped a good cause, needy children.  Hopefully we helped make some kids have a better Christmas

Bikers get such a bad rap, but the locals are always stepping up and doing great things for some really good causes.  I salute them all for that!

Right now the focus is getting the new cd finished, rehearsing some more to tighten things up, and memorize our parts on all the songs.  For me, memorizing all the lyrics is always the hardest part.  By the time I have that, things tend to be pretty tight.  We'll get to work here and get it done before our next shows.

So that's basically it for now.  That's where we are.

Thanks as always for visiting.  I hope some really good things happen for you.

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist/Fan Page and share it with some friends. www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

Keep checking in; I'll start posting more frequently again.

PEACE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Alexx

Hey friends, welcome back to our website!

It's been a busy week.  I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great holiday, and I hope the rest of you have also had a good week.

Spending time with my dad in the hospital has kept me from playing much music, but I have been playing some, and have been spending a great deal of time studying the current mix of the new cd, "9 Life Cat," and planning which guitar tracks I will lay on four of the ten songs. The rest of the songs are either finished, or need some changes to the mix.

I have also been studying the mix for edits needed and changes in the mix, and a small change in the structure of our new song "Business As Usual."  I just have the mindset that I need to make the cd the best it can possibly be, which is what necessitates all the attention to all the details and requiring these changes. 

I feel I owe it to the songs themselves, and have been studying every aspect of each song, which is actually quite a lot, even though it's only ten songs.  This is because every song has an infinite number of possibilities, from the tracking to the mixing.  For this reason, I have been studying each and every song like a professor studies his or her subject matter.  In great detail.

Music is actually quite complex in that way.  Many bands might have been satisfied with few or no changes to the preliminary mix, but I can not settle like that.  When it is mastered, it will basically be set in stone, so I believe my approach to the entire process is warranted, because, again, I feel I owe it to the songs.  Every one is very personal to me, and came from deep within my heart and soul.  They are like children to me!

So, at this point, after studying the songs, and listening to each one literally hundreds of times, I feel I now know what each song needs.  Some of them are actually finished, but the majority of them needs subtle, and in some cases not so subtle changes. 

When I finally sign off on these songs, I think we will have one hell of an album with some commercial potential, if I can lisence them to the right person(s,) or get them in the hands of people in the industry that can make something happen with them.  As I said, gaining the interest and support from these types of people is not easy, and is the biggest challenge before us, and the biggest longshot we face.  This is not unique to us, as almost all relatively unknown, unsigned bands face similar challenges.

If we can gain label support from a good label, or if I can license one or more songs to the right person(s,) we will be off and running. It's obviously difficult or impossible to do this from El Paso, so hopefully, I can get to L.A. soon with my salesman's hat on, and find some interest from someone in the industry that can help us.  I will certainly give it my best shot.

So this is where we stand today.  Monday I will meet again with the 3 Time Grammy Winner, Marcos A. Ramirez, who is mixing our album, and hopefully book a day in Studio A at Sonic Ranch to lay the final tracks.  Then, it will be ready for the next mix, so that I can review it, and either approve it for mastering, or determine what changes the final mix will require.

So, we're nearing the end of the music making process.  After that, we will have the artwork done for the album cover, and have the first run of cds pressed.  When the cd's are ready, we will release them on all the major on-line outlets, and have one or more cd release parties here in El Paso

After that, I will begin saving money and planning a trip to Los Angeles to beat the bushes.  I never had time after recording the first cd, "Escaping the Dungeon," but I will make the time and raise the money to go this time around.  It's a gamble I need to take.

So that's it for now my friends.  Thanks again for your interest and support, and please visit again soon.

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Have a great weekend!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

Hope all is good with you.  Everything is ok here. My Dad is doing somewhat better.  He's been stabilized, basically, and has been improving substantially over the past week. Business, the one that pays the bills, is ok.  Could be better or worse, but it's holding fast, considering the circumstances.

I'm  still studying the tracks for the new cd, "9 Life Cat."  I've now listened to the songs probably approaching 200 times each, studying each individual instrument, the vocals, the guitar section, rhythm section, (bass & drums," the overall mix and sound, etc.

The more I listen to the music, the happier I am with all the songs, and the overall mix.  Also, the more I hear it, the less I want to change.  Some things I had considering changing, will be left alone, simply because they're so well and tastefully done.

I am hearing the final mix already in my head, as I listen to the songs.  I was going to re-record the second intro to one of the band favorites, "I Don't Wanna Know," because a couple of notes, although they work, sort of, aren't the correct notes.  I want the exact notes I played when I wrote the song, the ones I will play live.  As the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" 

So the way it looks, I will only be recording about 1 minute 20 seconds of rhythm guitar on the song "Rising From the Ashes," and that will be it.  There are a few bass notes that need to be corrected in the mix, (we should already have the corrects parts recorded,) and a few more minor tweaks of the mix, and the final master can be made, signifying a completed album.

I had also considered removing or lowering in the mix some background guitar that I had recorded behind the vocals, but I have decided to leave those parts as is, also.  Again, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and I think they add a lot to the overall sound.

So to summarize all that, several of the songs are already basically finished, one song needs about one minute twenty seconds of rhythm guitar added and mixed in, and a few minor tweaks of the mix, and it will be finished. 

It really has taken a lot of time to make sure everything is the best it can be. Zach Mauldin and Marco A. Ramirez of Sonic Ranch Studio have done an amazing job with the recording and mixing. I can't wait to hear the final master! 

I still think Escaping the Dungeon  is a great album, comprised of great songs, and was recorded, mixed and mastered properly, by Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzales at Clap of Thunder Studio, who did an amazing job on that album. The goal, however, was to improve the quality of the finished cd in every respect, and I think we have done that with flying colors, from the songs, to the performance, recording, mixing, and eventually mastering. 

Sonic Ranch, is, after all,  World Famous, with the history and the best facilities, equipment and staff within 500 miles of El Paso.  They do a great deal of major record label work and are total pros.  The songs, I believe are as good or better than those on the previous album, and my band did a great job on all their parts.  Last time it was basically just me, so the team effort also made a big difference.

So, anyway, it's almost finished, and you will be pleasantly surprised, and are going to love the new songs. 

I still plan to blog about my trip to Durango, the home of my late Grandfather Don Miguel Angel Gallardo, but once again that will have to wait.

Time to get back to the music.  Band rehearsal  and a final band listening of the cd tonight. Next week, or the following week, I will finish the recording, and have the final mix and mastering done.   Then, my friends, we will have a new cd, "9 Life Cat!"

Thanks, as always for your interest and support.  Check back soon, and have a great weekend!  Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist/Fan Page, if you haven't already: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

 

PEACE,

Alexx 

 

 

 

Welcome back to my blog friends, fans, the curious, and the nosey haters that can't get enough of me, lol!

Well things have been extra busy due to family issues and whatever business I've made time for.  It's time to put in some more work on the music though, and the business.

I've been spending a lot of time listening, and listening and listening to the new cd.  I'm sure I've heard it at least 100 times, studying it. It's really extremely close to being finished.  The more I listen to it, the less I want to change.  Everybody involved this project really stepped up to the plate, and everybody hit a bunch of home runs.  I can't be much happier of how things have gone thus far from the songwriting, to the studio experience. 

The best part for me remains, which is playing live, and that is around the corner.  No sense in rushing anything at this point, and the band is ready to perform at any time.  Finishing the cd remains the main focus though, of course, but we're rehearsing regularly in preparation for shows to come.  We aim to please all the crowds, and keep them all coming back for more!

As far as finishing the cd, I've decided to keep my additional guitar tracks to a minimum.  Basically, the current, but continually evolving plan is to record the second intro of the song "I Don't Wanna Know," the band favorite, myself on acoustic guitar.  You'll get it when you hear the song, as far as the acoustic over electric for that part.  It's the most varied song out of the ten.  Like I say, you'll just have to hear it.  Jose recorded that intro, which is really my part, initially, and while he did a beautiful job on it, he played two notes different than the way I wrote it and play it, and it's driving me a little bit crazy.  I'm gonna play it my way live, so I think it should be the same way on the cd.  That's the way people will be expecting to hear it.  That, and a couple of small rhythm guitar parts that the songs need, and the recording will be completely done.

After the recording is finished, there's just a few bass parts that need to be edited and a couple of changes/adjustments in the mix, and it will be ready to be mastered.  After that,  artwork and duplication, and world wide distribution on the major on-line stores.  Then we can see what kind of stir we can create with it, and hopefully land a record deal and/or some music licensing deals. 

The songs are all valid, lyrically and musically, are well done performance wise, were properly captured in recording, and will be properly mixed and mastered.  I believe they have great value.  Now the task at hand will be getting people to use them, and pay for them.  In other words, selling the songs to the right buyers. I could definitely see these songs fitting into many movie and television soundtracks.  Selling them is the hard part.  Making the right connections in the business.

It is more than a dream, it is now a goal, however one that is not easily attainable.  As I have said so many times, this is the toughest, most highly competitive business in the world, and there are millions of great, talented musicians and bands that never have nor ever will realize any significant amount of commercial success (making money with their music.)

But what I also have said, is that it always comes back to the songs.  There is no way to successfully market crap, or even mediocrity in this business, but if the songs are truly great, you have a chance, and that chance is what you make of it. 

Our big break will never come looking for us.  Breaks must be made.  They never just happen, and taking it on the road is crucial for a band.  It's hard to do that when you have a busy life, but that's what sacrifice is.  Making it happen.  Taking chances while risking everything.  I've always been a gambler.  It's my nature, and I'm not scared to put it all on the line when the odds get reasonable.  I'm down, you guessed it, like a motherfu*ker!

I believe in every song on both of the Alexx albums, and I think my songwriting is still improving, still evolving.  It has come a long way since I wrote my first full-length song with music and lyrics, at the age of six.

Eight of the ten songs on the new album are brand new, and were written within approximately the last six or seven months. One was written about 2 years ago, and was supposed to be included on Escaping the Dungeon, "Rising From the Ashes," and one, the favorite so far, "I Don't Wanna Know," was written about 14 years ago, when I was on my involuntary absence from the music business. 

So most of the songs are brand new, and are some of the very best songs I've ever written.  This makes a good case for the declaration that my songwriting is still improving!

So the time is very close now for the world to hear this stuff, and I will be posting it on here as soon as I can.  That's it for now.  I know I was gonna post about my trip to Durango this time, but that will have to wait until next time. 

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist/Fan Page.  We're at well over 12,000 likes, but the goal is one million, and we're a world away from that number.  Share our pages and links. 

The Artist/Fan Page is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. Please check it out and give us a "Like," if you haven't already. 

Our Reverbnation Page, to hear all our music uninterrupted, is www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  

To see our Live Concert Videos, you can go to www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic 

Thanks for your visit. Have a great week!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, I'm back!

It's been a tough couple of weeks for me personally, with my dad being hospitalized, and then  subsequently contracting pneumonia in the hospital, complicating his problems further. 

What makes that a bit eerie, is that the same thing happened to my mother, in the same hospital, and she didn't survive the pneumonia.  She never came home.

My dad's still really tough though, and is beating the pneumonia, but is still not doing that well overall. He has great family support though, and is a fighter.  We think he'll pull though all this, God willing.  Hoping for the best.

I've been spending a whole lot of time with my dad, helping him as much as I can, over the last four years, but particularly over the last two weeks.  This has had a huge negative financial impact personally, and also on the music venture, but we do what we gotta do.  In the end, I think I will have few regrets.

On the music front, the personal issues have slowed things down for a couple of weeks, but we're getting that back on track. 

 The new "9 Life Cat" cd still needs a few more guitar tracks, and then the final mix and master.  Once the final mix & master are done, the music will be pretty much set in stone, so I need to know it was done to the best of our ability, or it will drive me crazy! 

There are two songs that really need my loud, agressive rhythm guitar, "Mission Unchanged," and "Rising From the Ashes," and they're missing that. 

There's also a third song that could use some acoustic guitar, at least on the 2nd intro, and probably on the rest of the song as well.  That song is called "I Don't Wanna Know." It's a song with kind of an unusual structure, but it seems to be a favorite of many of the people involved in the recording,  including myself. When Zach, our Sonic Ranch Engineer first heard it with vocals, his comment was, "now that's a song!"

I just need to feel we did all the songs justice.  Not until then, will I put my personal stamp of approval on it, so that that it can be mastered.

So, as often in life, it comes down to money.  Money makes things happen, and without it, in many cases, they don't happen.  For me, it all boils down to hard work; to working my ass off to make things happen. This one is almost finished, and it will be finished relatively soon.  It is happening! I'll probably go back into the studio the week after next to finish it up.

As most people, we are probably our own worst critics, and the bar was set pretty high with Escaping the Dungeon, as I have said all along.  The goal was to surpass "ESD" musically, and to make the new album a bit heavier sounding. I believe we were quite successful in both of those areas. It will be louder, heavier, and more in your face rock and roll, with all good songs, and no filler.

We will make all the Alexx fans and supporters very proud with this cd, "9 Life Cat." That is my personal promise. Your support is very much appreciated, and you more than deserve the best music we can possible make for you!

Anyway, the current plan for the cd is for me to go in and record the final tracks, do the final mix with Marco Ramirez, the 3 Time Grammy Winner, and then let Marco do his magic on the mastering.

Once the cd is mastered, we'll be working on the artwork and  cover design, and then finally send it off for duplication.  Then my friends, we will have a finished cd!  After that some serious label shopping will commence.  I never really had the time to do that with the last album, but now we have two albums and at least twenty songs to shop. 

Hopefully I'll be able to take an extended business trip to L.A. to make the proper contacts, and then see if we can get some bites on one or both of the albums, or the songs.

Anyway, time for me to take care of some business so I can play some guitar and sing. Have a great and special weekend my friends. 

On a final note or thought, please remember this: Life is short and precious, and our health is priceless. We only get one body, so we should make some effort to take care of it. Tough times like my dad's going through remind us of that, and also of our own mortality, and of the mortality of those around us.  Face it, we're all gonna die.  Few of us know when, but it can happen in the blink of an eye. Treat people well, and take care of your family. Enjoy every day as much as you can, and live it like it's your last, because you never know, it could be!

Wishing great success, peace, health and happiness to all of you, and we thank you for your interest and support.  Check back soon.  I have a lot more to talk about, but just don't have the time right now. 

I'll do a post on my trip to Durango, Mexico next time, when I went to see my grandfather's monument and statue. His name was Miguel Angel Gallardo. He was a very famous, actually Legendary Singer/Songwriter in Mexico, and all over South America in his time. I'll hopefully post that tomorrow.  Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist/Fan Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Hear our Escaping the Dungeon cd in it's entirety at: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic , where we are currently the Number 1 Ranked Rock Band in El Paso, Texas!

Thanks,

Alexx

 

Hey everybody, thanks for checking in here.  It's been a while since I posted here, so I apologize for that.

Some tough stuff going on in my personal life has been consuming a lot of my time and energy.  My dad has been, and still is very ill, and is hospitalized.  There are just some things we have no control over, and they can take a toll.  We're all hanging in there though.

As far as the new cd, it has been mixed by Marco A. Ramirez, the Three Time Grammy Winning Engineer, but the final mix has yet to be done.  The songs sound really good, but we need a few adjustments on the overall mix.  A few songs may need some more rhythm guitar tracks, and I'll probably lay down some acoustic guitar on two songs that could use it. I think the additional tracks will make the songs sound better.

A big part of the delay has been due to finances.  We'd love to have some record label support, but we really haven't had time to go after a contract.  One man can only do so much, and it all tends to fall on me.  Either I do it personally, or it usually doesn't get done. I'm usually so busy with the music itself, promoting, and band rehearsals, not to mention my flooring business, which has been financing the whole endeavor, that time constraints are inevitable.

The recording of the album wound up costing about twice as much as expected, even though we worked very hard and very efficiently.  When you're striving for the highest quality recording, it gets very expensive.  We should have the recording, mixing and mastering paid off in a couple of weeks, and shortly after that, we should have the final master.  Then we'll get the artwork and duplication, and the cd will go on sale on all the major on-line distributors, including iTunes, cdbaby, and all the rest, and in all the local outlets.

The band and I are really happy with the cd so far.  Everyone did a great job recording their parts, and Zach and Connor did a great job capturing it all.  It was a lot of fun making the album.

It looks like one more day of recording guitars for me, and then the final mix and paying the final studio bill.  We're quite anxious to get the music out there to all of you, and to the rest of the world, and to play some local shows, before eventually taking the show on the road.  We'll never be discovered here in El Paso, so touring is inevitable and necessary.  In due time, it will happen, and when we get proper support, we will hopefully get a chance to tour the world.  We want to bring the show to all of your hometowns!

Things are still pretty tough, being that we are in the most competitive business in the world, but as the cliché goes, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."  My band is beginning to realize this, and will hopefully begin to assist in the promotion aspect of the business.  To be honest, I'm not that good at it, and it takes a whole lot of my time, which is always limited.

It looks like we now have several of the better local rock clubs interested in booking us, so it's a matter of meeting with the booking managers of the clubs and booking some dates.  Hopefully we can enlist a good booking agent in the near future, so that they can handle that aspect of the business for us.  One step at a time, we're putting the puzzle together!

We'll be putting some of the new music on-line soon so you can give it a listen.  If you liked the "Escaping the Dungeon" cd, you're gonna love the new "9 Life Cat" cd! I think the songs are better, and the sound quality should also be even better.  That's what we're paying the big bucks for!

Remember that you can hear the Escaping the Dungeon cd in it's entirety at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, and get a FREE DOWLOAD OF COMMUNICATION DEFICIT DISORDER!

You can watch our LIVE IN CONCERT VIDEOS at www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.

Don't forget to check out and give a "Like" to our Facebook Artist/Fan Page, which is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

I have more to talk about, so I'll post again very soon.  Sorry about my absence, and I will try to get back to posting daily.

Thanks for your interest and support, and please come back soon.  Have a great weekend my friends!

PEACE :)

 

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

It's 9:13 am Sunday in El Paso, Texas.  Just a short post for now cause I really want to play some guitar. 

I'm sitting here in The Dungeon. Turned off the lights, cause the whole front of The Dungeon is glass, so it lets plenty of light in.

It's a beautiful Sunday morning.  I got up early and feel awesome.  Life is tough and beautiful at the same time.  I prefer to focus on the beautiful side.

Happy Birthday to Sammy Hagar.  He's a big inspiration to me, from his Montrose stuff, to his solo music, to his Van Halen stuff.  He came to Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso for a free concert some time back, and the dude has not lost a thing.  He put on an awesome performance.  He's in his 60's but you'd guess more like 30's.  The dude still kills and knows how to enjoy life!  I was in the front row and they were passing shots of his tequila up front.  I got three! :)

So, the update on the cd is that it has been in mixing and mastering for over a week now by Marco Ramirez, the Three Time Grammy Winner.  He's got a lot of tracks to go through, and I'm grateful he's taking his time to thoroughly work his magic.  I can't wait to hear it when it's done!

So, time to get back to the music but I hope to post more today or tomorrow. Please check back. 

Enjoy your day and night my friends, and thanks for visiting!

Don't forget, for short, DAILY UPDATES, check out the Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, for LIVE ALEXX CONCERT VIDEOS go to www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, and to HEAR THE ENTIRE ESCAPING THE DUNGEON album FREE & UNINTERUPTED go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

PEACE

 

 

Hi my friends and welcome back. 

It's been a while since I've had the time to post here. I thought I would be able to post daily updates during the recording of the new cd, but there was just no time.

Everybody worked very hard for and during the sessions, but as always, the bulk of the work falls on me.  That's the down side of being a basically in charge.  Everyone looks to me for everything, but I embrace that and do the best I can to fulfill that role.

So as indicated in the title of this blog entry, the recording is complete, and everything went great.  Hats off to both my band mates and the staff at the World Class Sonic Ranch Recording Studio.  Everybody worked so hard!

My band mates came in well prepared and ready to bust ass and they did.  The best part is that everybody nailed their parts.  Jose did a great job as second guitarist.  Moises and Richard just came in and nailed their parts.  They worked so hard!  Moises said something about his fingers were killing him by the time he was finishing up his parts, but that did not stop him or even slow him down.  He got it done!

The whole Sonic Ranch experience was just amazing!  The staff there is so professional and worked so hard.  They actually put in some 18 hour days with me, which I thought was incredible.  No one else would do that, I don't think.  I have never seen such professionalism and dedication.  They went extra miles to make this the best experience possible and to help produce the best product possible.  It was just great, and I am forever indebted to them. 

Tony Rancich, Marco Ramirez, Zach Mauldin, and Connor Siediel from Canada, and the rest of the staff just totally rocked!  They made us feel right at home, and we were like kids in musical Disneyland. I hated having to leave that place when we were done.  I can't wait to do another album there, and I think it will happen.  Maybe in another year.

So the recording sessions were expensive, but I think we got more than our money's worth, even though we're not done paying for it.  Money seemed to become secondary to Sonic Ranch, for which I am, of course extremely grateful.  Apparently, they liked our music and what we are about.  That is so cool!

So the tracks all went down.  We knocked everything out so fast and efficiently, that we wound up with extra time left.  At that point, Zach, the Session Engineer asked me what I wanted to do with the left over time.  I had all my parts recorded, so I told him I wanted to get stoned and just play guitar.  I have that special place I call "The Zone," which when I arrive there, the guitar playing usually goes through the roof.  Some of the Sonic Ranch staff re-named The Zone the "Stoney La Rue."  I just had to smile every time I heard that term.  Well, if the shoe fits ...............................

So during "The Zone/Stoney La Rue" segment of the sessions we captured some incredible stuff.  This was the first time ever that The Zone has been captured in recording.  Marco will be mixing this entire week, and sorting through all that Zone stuff is probably a big reason why it will take so long, but they're willing to take the time to do it.  How big of a blessing is that?

So the mixing and mastering should be finished by the end of the week.  I can't wait to hear it!  My band has no idea what we captured and put together because they were all finished and gone by Wednesday, and I did all the vocals and my guitar parts on Thursday and Friday.  Wait til they hear it.  They are going to love it!!!

I brought two guitars that I was considering using on the recordings, but I have  always loved Gibson Explorers, so I asked Zach if they had any I could use.  He told me to wait, and then came back with the coolest guitar I've ever seen in my life, a Gibson Futura, which is basically an Explorer, with a V-Shaped headstock.  What made it so much cooler, is that it is a guitar given to Tony Rancich by none other than Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top!  Can you imagine that?

Well to me that guitar was magical.  After playing it for about one minute, all thoughts of using my own guitars went out the window, and never came to mind again.  I did all my initial work on the Futura, and it honestly felt magical.  I felt Billy's spirit, and when I thanked Tony for letting me play it and told him about that, he just smiled.  He just knew and understood!

So that was a highlight, the Futura, and I think it elevated my playing.  I am totally happy with all the work we did and anxiously await the final mix.

Alexx Live Shows coming very soon.  Let's see what we can do with this music.  Commercial success is the goal, but so unlikely and difficult to attain.  The main thing is it is time to go out and play live.  That is the fun part, and the thing I believe I do best.

Thanks again for visiting, and for your interest and support.  I'll keep you updated here.

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Have a great week my friends!

PEACE

 

Hey friends, I just made what I consider a pretty major decision regarding the upcoming cd. I have changed the working title to "9 Life Cat."

A title change can obviously inspire or dictate certain thematic changes, such as cover art and video concepts.  I had considered  naming the CD after the songs "My Way," or "Business As Usual," which is my favorite new song, but have settled on another song to be the Title Track, "9 Live Cat," This song is basically another autobiographical tune, as is "Don't Do The Crime." Don't Do the Crime is basically about the days of my youth; what I consider my 'Past Life.' 9 Life Cat is a more current chapter, basically written present tense.

You can see some recent live videos of most of the songs that will be on the cd on our Youtube Channel: www.alexxdmusic.com.

Check them out.  I think you will enjoy them. Like the Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Alexx out,

PEACE :)

 

Hey friends, welcome back!

Tomorrow's a big day for us and we're ready for it.  We begin recording the new album at Sonic Ranch Recording Studio.  Why is this so exciting? 

Well, I've probably said this before, but this is a World Class, World Famous recording studio, and the best studio within about 500 miles of El Paso!  People literally come from all over the world to record there, and it's right in our back yard.  It's like  Disneyland for recording artists!

We're all rehearsed and ready to go.  I have new strings on the guitars I'm bringing, and the equipment I'll be taking is ready to go.  All I have left to do today is to rewrite all the lyrics so they're more legible and chart the song structures.  This isn't my first rodeo, it's my second, lol! 

So this time I have some experience after laying down the tracks and co-producing my Escaping the Dungeon cd at Clap of Thunder Studio with Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez.  I know what I want to accomplish, and basically how I want to go about it, but we'll be working with a Three-Time Grammy Winning Engineer, so, we'll basically follow their lead. 

Like at Clap of Thunder, I have a great deal of respect and trust for the people we'll be working with.  That gives me piece of mind, and makes decision making much easier.  This is going to be fun!

I'll have a beer now here in The Dungeon, and then head home.  Tomorrow it's on.  I'll keep you updated on everything here throughout the process, and post shorter updates on our Facebook Artist Page.

Don't forget to "Like" and "Share" our Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

Thanks, as always for your interest and support. Have a great week!

PEACE

 

 

 

Good morning my friends. Welcome back and thanks for visiting again!

Everything is great, and I'm hoping that truck doesn't hit me on the way out to Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo!  We have our final rehearsal tonight, but the work doesn't end there, obviously.

All the songs and musicians are about ready now.  Today I have to change strings on a guitar, and make a final decision of what equipment I will be taking.  So far, I will be taking my favorite Les Paul "Sunny," my Black Stratocaster with the humbucker pickup in the bridge position, my Vintage 1981 Fifty Watt Marshall JCM 800 Lead Series Amp Head, my modern day mini 4 x 12 Celestian Loaded Marshall Speaker Cabinet, my pedal board, extra guitar strings, and a few cables. 

I think that will be about it.  I'm expecting to use a combination of amps and guitars out of Sonic Ranch's Vintage Collection, combined with my own live set-up, so I will get the best of both worlds sound-wise, and still be able to simulate the studio sound at our live shows.

Tomorrow, I'll chart the songs for reference in the studio, and then I'll be ready.  I am very excited about this.  It should be a great experience, and bring great results!

Well, time for lunch with my drummer son, nine year old Alexx Jr., and then take care of some flooring business before starting on changing guitar strings, etc. I need to make money now!

I'll keep you guys posted daily on our progress in the studio.  Have a great weekend my friends and thank you for your interest and support.

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Thanks for your continued support!

PEACE :)

 

 

Hey friends, welcome back.

Just a quick update for you. It's 11:45 pm Friday. We had band rehearsal tonight.  It was good, but short. Richard, our drummer had a little problem, so we cut it short.  Everything felt good tonight. We have one more rehearsal tomorrow night, and then Monday morning at 9am, we begin recording at the World Class Sonic Ranch Studio, in Tornillo, Texas

It's like an hour drive from here in The Dungeon to Sonic Ranch, and is the best studio within hundreds of miles of El Paso.  We are very blessed and fortunate for the opportunity to record there, and hope to make the most of the sessions.

So it's on, and the whole band's pretty excited about it. It's definitely going to be fun, and I think we'll be able to accomplish our goals for the cd, which are basically to just do the best job that we can, to do all the songs justice, and to produce the best cd possible.

I'm a little tired and don't have much else to say right now. I'll probably get in some more guitar playing tonight, and then wind it down listening to some great rock music over the PA From Hell.

Have a great weekend, and I'll be updating you soon.  Thanks for your interest and support.  Don't forget to "Like" and "Share," our Facebook Artist Page which is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

PEACE :)

 

 

Hey my friends, welcome back to our Official Website! We appreciate you visiting!

Wow, it's been 14 months, since the release of Escaping the Dungeon! It seems like 14 years, lol!

I've been working my butt off, writing, arranging and rehearsing the songs long before we record the album, and it's been a lot of hard work.

Many of you know that I basically recorded Escaping the Dungeon basically by myself with a lot of help from Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez.  I put the cart before the horse, in the sense that I wrote and recorded the songs without a band.

I went into the studio with a drummer I had been rehearsing the songs with. We recorded drums first.  Before he had finished laying his drum tracks he quit the project, over a disagreement over responsibility of a microphone he damaged with his drumstick. 

We continued on with the recording, and completed Escaping the Dungeon. Gabe Gonzalez went extra miles, with not only recording, mixing and mastering the cd, but also playing Acoustic guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, and  bass guitar on some of the tracks.  

Everything Gabe did was amazing. It was an awesome experience, and I was blessed to have landed in their studio. I am very grateful to both Gabe and his partner, the very great Jim Ward, one of El Paso's true rock stars. I will always be grateful for all they did for me.

So, after recording the cd, of course, I had to get the cover art done and duplication. That done, I started trying to put together a band to play the stuff live. That proved to be extremely difficult, since I had been absent from the scene for a very long time.

I went through countless line-ups, with non of them jelling, until I finally put together the band we have today.

So now, after approximately five months of playing together, we enter the studio. The band has been working hard, and I've been working even harder. As far as the music and the finished cd, I'm extremely proud of every song on Escaping the Dungeon, and the complete cd.

So the bar is set with ESD, and we will surpass it musically.  This is going to be fun.  I will keep you updated on everything as it happens.

I've run through the set once tonight. Time to do it again. It's 1:30 am, so time to get back to it.

Thanks for visiting and for your interest and support.  Don't forget to like and share our Facebook Artist Page, which is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

It's already Friday.  Have a great weekend my friends!

PEACE :)

 

Hey my friends, thanks for checking in here and WELCOME BACK!

Everything is great here. Hanging out here in The Dungeon working on the new songs for our upcoming cd, Alexx, "9 Life Cat."

Naturally I'm very excited about going back into the studio, particularly Sonic Ranch!  Honestly, it is literally a dream coming true!!!

We begin Monday, recording my follow-up cd to Escaping the Dungeon, at the World Famous, World Class Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas, which is about an hours drive from The Dungeon.

It's funny, because in some ways, a lot has happened since I released Escaping the Dungeon, as a solo artist, July 6, 2012 , and in some ways, not much has happened.  It has been about fourteen months since that release.

My dream, like many other artist's was and still is to be signed  by a decent record label, and tour the world.  That has yet to happen, and there are many reasons why.  For one, the entertainment business, specifically the music business is one of the most competitive businesses in the world, with tens, or maybe even hundreds of thousands of bands looking that big break. Unfortunately, only a tiny fraction of these bands will  ever achieve any level of commercial success. Hopefully we'll be one of the very few!

What has made it even harder for me is that I, like many others have to work to sustain a decent lifestyle, which limits my time available to work on music and music related business.  What is even more significant, is that I basically did it backwards last time, in that I wrote the songs and recorded the cd before putting together a band. It took almost a year to find the right musicians, and I went through so many line-up changes during that time.

The good thing this time around is that I now have a great band of great musicians, friends and people!

So I'm rehearsing solo tonight, and am on my first break.  It's 11:50 pm, and I will likely rehearse until the wee hours.  Four days left after tonight to get in whatever rehearsals we can.  Personally, I'm on every night until then.  I have lots of work to do.

I love the new songs, and I think we will achieve my personal goal, which is to make a better cd than the last time.  I gained much experience last time around, and plan to utilize that.  The bar is set with Escaping the Dungeon, and I feel that surpassing the quality of both the music and the recording is imperative, and am confident that we will make that happen.

Well, that's all I have time for.  I'm gonna take my break and then get back to work.  Have a great day/night, and thanks for your interest and your visit. 

I hope to post more frequently from here on, so please check in regularly, or at least periodically.  You can always scroll down to read posts you missed.

Don't forget to visit and "Like" our Facebook Artist Page, and to share it on your social network pages and with your friends and family.  That helps further the mission.  That link is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Thanks for the support!

PEACE :)

 

 

 

 

Hey my friends, welcome back!

Long day today, as usual, but really good in many ways.

Band rehearsal was great tonight.  The songs do need work on just tightening everything up a little more, a few structural adjustments, and a few little details.  This is gonna work, well, I believe. The proof will be in the pudding. We're gonna put in all we have, so let's see what comes out.  Overall I feel good about everything.

Museboat Internet Radio's Spotlight Radio with Motor City Mary will be featuring our song Don't Do The Crime again, I believe tomorrow, but I'll post the link and the info up tomorrow.  I'm a bit tired. It's almost 3 am, and I started today at 6:00 am and I've been going ever since.  Nothing new. You sort of get used to it, I guess.

I put up a cool pic tonight on our Facebook Artist Page, which is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.  You might want the check that site. I put a few short updates on there a few times daily.

So, I'll post something else later today. I'll wind down listening to some of my favorite music.

Thanks for visiting and check back soon.  Have a great day/night and week!

PEACE :)

 

Hey friends, hope you are doing great.

Great band rehearsal tonight.  I thought we might have to struggle with a few of the songs, because they're brand new and we haven't played them in over a month. 

Everything went well. We played them all and we'll have to tighten and polish them back up, but that will happen during the week. 

More rehearsals Monday and Tuesday for starters, and then however many we can get in during the week and next weekend.  Monday morning, we'll arrive bright and early at Sonic Ranch for a nice long day full of recording. 

For those who may not know, Sonic Ranch Studio is a World Class and World Famous recording studio complex with four full studios filled with some of the best equipment available world-wide, and we'll be working with a three time Grammy Winner with an additional 3 nominations for working with the band Ministry.

So, yes, it has been a long-time dream of mine to record an album there, and now it is happening, next week no less.  How cool is that?

Thanks for checking in again.  As I said, I'll be updating this blog daily now, sometimes with multiple entries, so stop in often.

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11:55 pm here in El Paso.  I'll post about the Jim Ward concert on his birthday the other night, and tell you about one of El Paso's true Rock Stars, and just one of the coolest people I know.

Listening to great music over the PA From Hell right now in The Dungeon.  I might play through the songs again.  Break time.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friends! Talk to you tomorrow.

PEACE :)

 

Good afternoon my friends and welcome back!  Your interest and support are always very much appreciated.

Things are pretty good right now and very busy.  Business is good, and, while not without problems and challenges, life is good.

As I promised in my last post, I am shifting my attention back to this website and this blog, where it should be.  This site is the center of our musical universe, so this is where I should be spending much of my on-line time.  Please feel free to visit frequently, and you will be treated to new content, much more frequently than in the past! 

I just uploaded a bunch of photos last night, so you may want to check those out on the Photos Page.

The biggest thing going on right now in the Alexx Music World is that we begin recording the follow-up to Escaping the Dungeon at the World Class Sonic Ranch Recording Studio in Tornillo, Texas on September 30. 

It seems we got very lucky again, falling in with the great people that run the studio.  They seem very willing to help us realize our dream of making the second album at their place.  Another blessing comes our way, and we are very grateful for the opportunity!

I stated in my last post that I would tell you guys about my trip to Phoenix Arizona to see one of my favorite bands of all time, Black Sabbath, perform live in concert on my birthday, August 30th.

Well as soon as the new Black Sabbath 13 album was released, I ran out and got my copy of the Deluxe Edition, which comes with a Bonus Disc.  Be sure to buy the album, because it is great, and I highly recommend the Deluxe Edition, because the four songs on the Bonus Disc are some of the best songs on the album.

In an interview before the release of the cd, the band said that before entering the studio, that they all got together and listened to their first album, with the intention of re-creating the sound and feel of that great classic album.  This, I believe, was a very lofty goal, because the band had been separated for so many years, and the album was recorded over 40 years ago!

Well I, as a fan, am quite pleased that they really nailed it, as far as capturing the sound and vibe of that great album.

So, when I heard they were touring, and found out that they would not come to El Paso, but that they would be in Phoenix on my birthday, I set a goal to make it to the show.

As the show approached, the odds began getting slimmer of my attending. Finally, several days before the show, some good things happened, and I thought, well just maybe I will make it.

The day before the show, some money came in and I decided to see if there were any tickets left for the show.  To my surprise, there were still good seats available. I made last minute plans and grabbed some good tickets to the show.  The next morning, by 6 am, on my birthday, we were driving to Phoenix, which is a little over 400 miles away.

We checked to the Phoenix Hilton Hotel, went and got a great steak dinner, and headed to the show.

At the show, we found our seats, which were pretty good, and settled in for a night with one of my favorite bands ever, Black Sabbath.  The show was a long one and it was great.  I video recorded the entire show on my new phone, which surprisingly did not run out of battery or memory.

The band played a really long set of classics dating all the way back to that first album, and a little off each album all the way up to the new album, 13.  Since I was videoing, I was looking at the timer for each song.  The songs were all very long, with the shortest being about eight minutes long, and most being nine to ten minutes each, and averaging over nine minutes.

It was an incredible show.  The whole band was in top form, better than ever, and Ozzy's voice was great.  He even remembered all the words, as far as I could tell, unless he had a teleprompter in on stage.  Either way he did great.  The guy suffers so much criticism, yet is able to continue to write and perform some of the greatest music in rock history.  Long live Ozzy Osborne!

Well that's about it for now, but I'll be back tomorrow to talk about our last show and more.  Have a great weekend and thanks for checking in here!

Don't forget to support our Facebook Artist Page with a like.  You'll find different content on there too!  The link is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Also remember that you can see all the Alexx LIVE in Concert Videos on our Youtube channel, which is www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.

Lastly, remember you can hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon album and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Thanks as always for your support.  Have a beautiful weekend!

PEACE

 

Hey my friends!

Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted in this blog! A lot of good things have happened since my last post, which was the day before my birthday, August 29 (my birthday is August 30.)

I got to see one of my favorite bands of all time, Black Sabbath on my birthday.  We drove about 850 miles round trip, from El Paso to Phoenix Arizona to see the show.  Those guys sound better than ever after all these years! I'll talk more about the show in future posts.

We played a show on November 14. It was a good performance, our first in about four months, and our fourth show with the new line-up. I posted video of the whole set on my Youtube channel, which is www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic. That also will be another future post, discussing that show.

The most significant recent development is that we are about to start recording the follow-up cd to Escaping the Dungeon at the end of this month, which is only nine days away. 

We'll be recording at the World Famous/World Class Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo Texas and will be working with Three Time Grammy Winner (and nominee of three more,) Marco Ramirez.

I have a whole lot to do in preparation for the sessions, and that will constitute many posts and updates on here, and you hopefully will find the process interesting.

I've been saying I'll be posting more frequently, and it has yet to happen.  I've just been spreading myself too thin lately, so I'm cutting back on other things to focus more on this website, and of course the recording sessions, so I can keep you more updated and entertained. 

I'll try to post daily updates on the making of the album and will also be adding more different content, such as photos and videos  to keep this site more interesting. 

Now developing this site is very high priority, and will become a reality, starting today, with many additions and improvements to come very soon.

I have much to talk about, and much more to come, so I'll be posting here at least several times a week for starters, leading  up to a Daily Blog in the immediate future.

Thanks for checking in here. I appreciate all of you!

It's 2:00 am here in El Paso Texas. Hopefully, I'll be back for another post later today. 

Don't forget to check out and "Like" our Facebook Artist Page and share it with your family and friends and on your social media sites. That address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. Have a great Sunday my friends!

PEACE :)

 

Hey friends, welcome back, and thanks for checking in here!

This will be a short entry, because I don't have much time right now. All's very good here on the Alexx front.  Getting ready to head to Phoenix, Arizona to see the band that made me want to be a musician, Black Sabbath.  I really wanted to see them, because this could be their last tour.

The second concert I went to in my life, was when I was 13, and got to see Black Sabbath Live. I was a huge music lover since birth, and maybe even before, but that Sabbath concert was literally a life changing experience. That is when I knew I wanted to play guitar, and to sing, and to be a rock star, lol!

It's a funny story, and if I had time to tell the whole story right now I would, but that will have to wait for later. 

Anyway, tomorrow is my birthday, and I really wanted to see Black Sabbath tomorrow, and it's actually going to happen.  Last minute planning this morning, and Phoenix, Arizona here we come!

Sabbath tomorrow, and then Sublime, for FREE, at Speaking Rock on Saturday.  Life is good!

Have a great weekend my friends.  I'll post from Phoenix if I can. 

Don't forget to follow us and "Like" our Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  Share it with your friends and family.  Help spread the word!

Thanks for the support,

Alexx :)

 

 

Hey friends, welcome back, and thanks for checking in here!

Everything's still great for now.  The music is flowing, and the band is rehearsing more.  We had another great rehearsal tonight, and the music is getting tight.  I've been throwing in some shredding into my solos and it's starting to fit in, as the solo sections of the songs evolve.  I've been working on the shredding and it's gotten really fast.

We're planning to get in at least 5 more rehearsals before the Battle of the Bands, which is Saturday September 14th, at The Percolator, 217 N. Stanton, El Paso, Texas.  If you're in the area, please try to make it.  We will play from 8:00 pm - 8:25. We promise to throw down a really good mini-set, and are putting in the work to make it happen. The set includes two songs from the Escaping the Dungon CD, and four new ones.  Please show up. We and the other bands would appreciate your support of this event!  I think you can expect a really good show.

Tickets for the Battle of the Bands are only $5 and you can get them from any of the bands, including us.  Message me on facebook if you need tickets.  The link is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

I'm listening to the new Black Sabbath cd, 13, over the PA From Hell as I type this.  Such a great album.  It sounds  a lot like their first album, but the songs are fresh and new.  I'm listening to the Bonus CD included in the Deluxe Edition, and it is well worth the extra few dollars you pay.  It has four songs on it, all kick ass!

The PA From Hell finally sounds right now.  We were using an old Fostex mixer designed for recording.  It really wasn't designed for the application we were using it for, live sound, and things just kept going out on it until it was barely functional.  When we hooked up the new mixer, the sound quality and power just hit is in the face.  It sounds clean and powerful, and totally kick ass!  We just need to wire up the compressor and we're set for PA.

Well, it's after 1:20 am here.  I'm tired from the 20 hour day I've had so far, so I better stop here for now.  I'll repost soon though, probably later today or tomorrow.  I have much more to talk about. 

Have a great day and night, and weekend my friends.  Don't forget to check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. (Please like our page while you're there.) 

You can listen to my Escaping the Dungeon cd FREE and GET A FREE SONG DOWNLOAD AT: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic and you can see live videos of us on my Youtube Channel, which is  www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.

Thanks again for your interest, support and visit.  Please check back very soon.  I'll be posting much more frequently now.

PEACE

 

Well, shame on me.  I haven't made a blog post in way too long!

I've decided to start using my time and efforts more effectively by reducing my time on Facebook, which often seems like a waste of precious time, and spending more time here on our website.  I'll be working on improvements and adding different content.  I think you will like the changes. 

I've said before, I'd spend more time here, but I get so busy with everything I have going on in my life that I honestly haven't had time.  Now it will be priority, to post in my blog, almost daily, even if they're not always long posts.

So, things have been extremely busy over the past weeks.  A lot has happened, and other things are beginning to happen.  We continue to get some airplay on KLAQ 95.5 FM, locally, and some spins on a few on-line radio stations.

Everything is limited and I wish we could be on conventional rock radio globally, but we have many more dues to pay before we could realistically hope to achieve such a lofty goal, particularly in one of the very most such a brutal business, the entertainment business!

So, one of the two biggest things going on with us now are entered in a local Battle of the Bands, are preparing for recording a new studio album, the follow-up to Escaping the Dungeon.  The battle will be with 11 other local bands. May the best band win!

The only thing I'll predict about the battle is that we'll throw it down like a motherfu*ker, and put on a good show for everyone who comes out, and that's the only thing we have control over. In reality, these things are known to be biased, and the best bands rarely win, but if we keep working hard, I think we have a shot at the prize. 

We're finally working hard as a band, and hopefully that will continue.

Other than that, and I'll get into what's been up lately with us.  We took a nice little mini-vacation to the near-by mountain resort Ruidoso, New Mexico.  It was fun and we caught a bunch of very nice Rainbow Trout., did some hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, and some other activities.  I actually took a total break from playing music for four days, and enjoyed listening to kick a*s rock on my phone every day.  I left all the guitars at home.

That's about all I can think of at the moment.  It's after 1:00 am and I'm tired. We had a great band rehearsal tonight, and I'm going to do some solo rehearsing now.  Have a great day, night and week. Thanks, as always, for your interest and support, and for your visit to our site.  I'll start working on some upgrades, starting this week. Stop back soon, and "Like" us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  PEACE :)

Good morning everyone!  Everything's pretty good, around here.  Hope it's all good with you!

Hope you like the picture above. Yep, that's me, playing bass and singing in my first gigging band, "Last Minute." at the historic biker bar, the "Drifters," which happens to be directly across the street from where I'm typing this right now, in "The Dungeon." Funny how life tends to eventually come full circle at times. Great memories!

The controversial thing about my past that I discussed previously, was that I used to distribute marijuana in my youth, and of that, I have few regrets.  I provided a service, and made great money doing it.  I was an independent entity, with no gang or cartel affiliation. It was a great, but short lived career, and came with it's costs, but the other side of the issue is that prohibition of marijuana is wrong, and consists of countless useless laws that come at very high costs.  

Marijuana has many valuable uses and is much less harmful than alcohol, which is legal.  That makes no sense at all, and it's basically all political. Many of the politicians here are closet pot smoking hypocrites who are more concerned with votes, and being politically correct, than in doing what is right.  They consider advocating the legalization of weed political suicide.  It is a combination of ignorance, closed-mindedness, and selfishness.

As far as that business itself, I did it so long ago, that it's way beyond the statute of limitations, which is why I am able to speak freely about it.  Any assets acquired in that business are also long gone, so their are no assets that could be seized. 

I walked away from it by choice, when the risks exceeded the rewards, and I started over clean.  There are so many snitches and informants now, and so much violence, that it is an extremely risky business now that I would not advise anyone to enter.  That decision now days can easily be fatal, and spending time behind bars is not worth making a lot money in the free world for a limited period of time.  Time and freedom are much more valuable than money and posessions. Hard work and honest business is the way to go.  

What I do advocate is working and pushing for full legalization of marijuana globally.  I realize that in some countries, that is too risky and not advisable.  In other countries, where freedom of speech is your right, as it is in the United States, I strongly advise it.  While prohibition of alcohol may or may not been right, prohibition of marijuana is clearly wrong.

Getting back to the music, since this is a music blog, the songs are coming along.  I work on them pretty much daily, while doing my best to keep up with our older songs.  I'm getting back to the Escaping the Dungeon songs more recently, because I start to forget verses and things like that if I don't play the songs. 

More new songs keep trying to come out of me, and I've been working on another new one and an older one that I shelved a while back that needs a little work.  I have a lot of those to work with if I choose.

I got up early this morning, feeling good.  I have the whole day ahead of me, so I plan on using the first part of the day rehearsing solo.  I'll throw down a good four hour rehearsal and then go home for lunch.  Then the plan is to return in the evening for a long solo rehearsal.

I do my solo rehearsal in what I call "rounds," which last anywhere from half an hour to about two hours of non-stop playing.  I train on my music similar to how an athlete trains.  I work on different aspects of music, and different songs and techniques separately.  Lately the main things I've been working on for obvious reasons are the new songs, and I've also been spending plenty of time on my soloing techniques.

So right now, I'm going to run through the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd.  That will be Round 1, and if I don't feel like taking a break after that, I'll either repeat some or all of the songs, or play some of the new ones before the break.  I'll work hard today, even though it's Sunday, because I love the work.  I love music, and it is a huge part of my life.

So it's time to jump on the guitar my friends.  Have a beautiful Sunday and a great, productive week.  PEACE

p.s. Don't forget to like our Facebook Artist Page.  That is very helpful and appreciated.  The link is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

 

Hey friends, thanks for visiting again.  Sorry about being so busy and not being able to post entries here lately.  I just spread myself so thin, but I appreciate you guys, and I'll keep trying to post more often.  I'll work more to improve that.

Well this site is still going crazy, blowing up like a rock and roll snowball!  I can only thank all of you for that.  Please keep coming back and sharing this page with your friends and families, and on your pages.  The direct link to this site, in case you have been getting here indirectly, is www.alexxofficialmusic.com.  Please continue to share and spread the link as much as possible.  I thank you in advance!

So this month alone, this site has had numerous visits from the following countries and organizations:

 1. USA

 2. US COMMERCIAL

 3. US EDUCATIONAL

 4. CHINA

 5. RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 6. UKRAINE

 7. JAPAN

 8. CHEC REPUBLIC

 9. CANADA

10. DENMARK

11. IRELAND

12. FRANCE

13. SOUTH KOREA

14. LITHUANIA

15. GERMANY

16. SCYCHELLES

17. MALAYSIA

18. INDONESIA

19. MOLDOVA

20. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

21. NORWAY

22. POLAND

23. SWEEDEN

23. TAIWAN

24. UNITED KINGDOM

25. SWITZERLAND

To take off on a different subject, I was thinking about when I started playing music.  I guess it's a pretty long story, dating back to before I wrote my first complete song. It really began with singing.  I used to have to hide from my older brother because he would harass me, and I would sing along with Beatles albums. I was six years old at the time I wrote my first song.  I still remember the whole song, the melody and the lyrics.  It's funny that I still remember, and that's when I was very quickly hooked on music and songwriting for life.

I didn't pick up a real instrument until I was 13.  My uncle gave me an old acoustic guitar from Mexico that he had stored in a spare room.  It was actually a piece of crap, but I didn't care.  I wanted to play it!  I had already seen my first two rock concerts, Grand Funk Railroad, and then Black Sabbath.  I loved the Grand Funk show, but was mesmerized when I saw Black Sabbath live.  I literally thought it was magic, watching Geezer Butler and Tony Iomi barely moving their hands and hearing this huge wall of sound coming out of the speakers.  It was a life changing experience.  I was then fully hooked on music of life.

So I enrolled in guitar lessons at a school owned by a friend of my dad's.  The owner was cool, but his guitar instructor was a real punk, and a very negative person.  I could only take so much from this guy, and I just wanted to punch him in the face, so I quit guitar lessons and put the guitar down.

When I was twenty-one, I had another life changing experience that got me back to the guitar.  I was in a near fatal accident, when I fell asleep at the wheel in my newly purchased corvette doing 95 mph, when I dozed off.  It was my cousin and myself.  I was making more money than I knew what to do with at the time, and thought I was invincible, as many people do at that age.

We had gone to Southern California, and partied for five days straight, living the high life, eating at the fanciest restaurants, partying at the beach and the Hollywood night clubs, and just living it up like two crazy young guys, barely in our twenty's, and with way too much money.  We were smoking the best weed, I had brought from El Paso, (I was distributing marijuana for a living at the time,) and like foolish young guys, snorting cocaine like it was going out of style.  Five solid days of constant partying, with almost no sleep.

Driving home to El Paso was a bitch. We were exhausted, and from the time we hit Arizona, all the way through New Mexico, it was over 100 degrees outside.  My cousin had taken the first driving shift while I tried to rest, but it's hard to sleep in the passenger seat of a Corvette.  Once we hit New Mexico, my cousin told me it was my turn to take over.  I told him, I can't.  I'll fall asleep.  He told me, you have to; it's your turn. I'm tired and can't drive any more.

So, I took over driving.  I was so tired, I really couldn't even think straight, much less exercise good judgment.  I took the wheel and took off, hauling ass.  I drove for a while, and kept catching myself dozing off.  We were in the middle of the desert, with nowhere we could stop to rest.  There was no shade to be found where we could stop, and it was way too hot to stop out in the sun to try and get a little rest.

We had just passed Lordsburg, New Mexico, and were 180 miles from El Paso.  I figured if I did at least 90 mph the rest of the way, we'd be home in two hours.  I put the cruise control on 95 mph and hauled ass down the highway.

As I drove, I kept dozing off, and catching myself.  I would try and force my eyes to stay open, but it wasn't working very well.  My cousin was passed out in the passenger seat, dead to the world. 

I dozed off again, and woke up when the car veered to the left and hit the dirt median and started bouncing and sliding.  I tried to steer back onto the road, and when the front tires hit the pavement, the rear end started to spin around and the car was hauling ass sideways.  By the time the rear tires hit the pavement, we were completely sideways, and the car became airborne, and then started rolling, flipping and bouncing down the highway.

Well at 95 miles an hour, a car does not just flip a few times. That car rolled, and bounced and rolled down Interstate 10.  Fortunately for us, neither one of us was wearing a seat belt.  If we had, we would have looked like big mounds of hamburger meat strapped into the seats by the time the car came to rest. 

Apparently, someone was watching over us that day, and we were both ejected from the vehicle at some point. It happened so fast!  One minute I was driving down the highway, and then suddenly sliding sideways and trying to steer back onto the road, and then airborne.  I remember going airborne and I remember thinking "this can't be happening; I was just driving and now I'm flying through the air.  I must be dreaming."  That's exactly what went through my mind.

I swear, I must have been at least 100 feet in the air, maybe more.  Reality hit me like a brick in the head when I hit the ground and rolled across the caliche, dirt and weeds.  I didn't realize how bad I was hurt, but knew I was in the most pain I'd ever felt in my life, and my back hurt like a motherfu*ker!

My mouth was full of dirt, and I was spitting it out.  My back hurt like hell.  I looked at my right arm, and it was broken so badly, and in two places, that my forearm was really short, because the broken bones pieces were overlapping each other. There were big chunks of glass in my arm and back.

As I sat up in the dirt, I looked up and the car was rolling towards me, directly in my path.  Debris, the contents of the car, and pieces of the car were flying everywhere.  As it rolled directly towards me, it slowed with each roll.  I watched it roll a few times, and the final time, it just stopped on its wheels, rocking back and forth about 15-20 feet in front of me.

The next thing I thought was where the hell is Ben, my cousin?  I stood up, and just felt dizzy.  My back hurt so much, I didn't even feel the pain in my arm, or anywhere else.  I didn't realize that my back was broken in two places, because I was solid as a rock from working out pumping heavy iron for four hours, almost every single day. That's apparently what kept my spine in place and saved my life!

I looked around for Ben, and then suddenly heard a voice yelling "hey." I looked in the direction of the voice, and I could see Ben way far away, about three hundred yards further down I-10.  Apparently he flew horizontally and I flew vertically.  He had to fly at least 300-400 yards, as hard as that seems to believe.  He was at least 300 yards from where the car stopped.

So, Ben was luckier than me.  He landed in bushes, and I hit the hard caliche dirt.

Suddenly a car pulled up with a family in it.  They were white folks.  They stopped and took a look at us and the car, and then pulled back onto the road and took off, leaving us to the vultures.

I looked down the road and saw another car coming.  I walked right up to the road and flagged them down.  They stopped to help us.  They looked at us and looked at what was left of the Corvette, and asked us where we were headed.  We told them El Paso, and they said "get in; we'll give you a ride."

I was hurt really bad, but was glad we were thrown from the vehicle, because the T-tops had flown off during the rolls and the roof frame and the windshield were crushed down to the level of the hood.  Had we been strapped in, it would have been really ugly.  Our bodies would have been pummeled across the pavement under the weight and momentum of the car repeatedly.

It was a young couple in a very small Toyota car.  Ben jumped in the front and I laid my broken ass across the back seat.  They drove us all the way to Anthony, New Mexico.  My back ached so bad, I felt every single pebble in the road.  When we got to Anthony, they said they had to get gas.  We were only about 10 miles from Providence Memorial Hospital, our destination, and coincidently the hospital I was born in.

They stopped the car, and I was in so much pain and I needed air.  I felt dizzy and like I was suffocating.  I said let me out.  They all said, no, no, no, were almost there.  I said no, let me out; I have to get out.

They let me out of the car, and as soon as I stood up, I felt like I was going to pass out, so I squatted down against the wall of the gas station, looking at my arm, and the big chunks of glass in it. 

They finished putting in gas and told me come on; let's go.  I stood up, and literally almost passed out.  I squatted back down and told them to call an ambulance.  They were telling me, no, we're almost there. I told them, no, call an ambulance, so they did.

The ambulance took me to Providence Hospital where I was born.  The emergency room doctor was a personal friend of my father.  My father told me years later, that the doctor had told him I might not make it through the night.  I almost died that night in the hospital I was born.  That definitely would have going full-circle, but I made it.  I survived.

The recovery process was long and hard.  I had instantly gone from a tough little motherfu*ker, solid as a rock, to being like a 90 year old man, literally.  When I walked, I had to take little tiny steps, like one inch per step.  I was physically broken, literally.

Well during my recovery, I still was making tons of money, but it was a slow difficult recovery.  The doctor got me so hooked on opiates, that I was walking around fu*ked up all the time. 

It was during this time that I went out and bought a badass guitar, and my first Marshall half-stack, (guitar amplifier,) because I suddenly had nothing but time on my hands.  About a week after the accident, the doctors re-constructed my right arm, installing a large metal plate to hold it together, with some really big screws holding it in place. 

They put a cast on my arm, and I could barely grasp a pic.  I started out playing like 8 hours per day.  I didn't know sh*t, and I had a loud ass Marshall amp.  I drove the neighbors crazy for quite a while, lol!

After that, I never quit playing, and eventually got to where I am today as a player and a musician.  Now, six years into my resurrection as an active musician, I can honestly say that I am playing guitar better than I ever have in my life.  Everything happens for a reason, and if it weren't for that accident, I may have never taken the time to learn to play.  I lost a lot, and gained a lot through that experience.  Now it's all about rock and roll!

Well, that's about all I have time for right now, but I still have a lot more to talk about, so I'll be back soon.  Thanks as always for visiting, and please come back soon.

Don't forget, I have a bunch of videos on my Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, and I would encourage you to check them out, especially the Alexx Live in Concert videos.  The one that says "Full Concert," is the best performance we have so far on video.  It's a whole show, and a good one.  It was the third performance as a band with the new line-up.

Also, remember, you can hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Most importantly, share the link to this page, www.alexxofficialmusic.com, and "Like" and share our Main Page, which is our Artist/Fan Page, with everyone you know, and post the links on your pages. 

The link for the main page is: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.  Don't forget to click the Like button on the page!

Thanks for all your support my friends; it means so much to me and helps further the music.  Thanks again and like the Facebook.  Enjoy the rest of your day/night.

Peace to you,

Alexx

 

Well it's Wednesday or "Hump Day" as they call it.  We're half way through the week already!

It's been pretty busy since my last Blog Entry.  I've been trying to hustle up more work, because the entire flooring industry is still in a slump.  Many of my competitors have gone under, but we're still standing, so I am grateful for that, but we could definitely use some extra work.  This business is important, because it not only pays the bills, but also supports and keeps the music going.  It's the only job I know of that can both  pay the bills and allow me to play music whenever I want, and it also doubles as a rehearsal space during the day and at night.  It has truly been a blessing over the past six years.

I've pretty much been working on the music solo for the past couple of weeks, since our drummer Richard went out of town.  That is both good and bad.  It's good because I spend more time writing and honing the new songs, and I have also been working on speed and "shredding" on guitar.  It's bad, because everybody starts forgetting their parts when we haven't been playing the songs.  When we go too long without rehearsing, it's like we're taking steps backwards.  That is not good. Hopefully my band mates have done some homework during our down time.

My "shredding" just keeps getting faster, but I may have almost topped out in that respect, because I don't see how it could get much faster.  Speed is really cool when you use it sparingly.  I wouldn't want to play that fast all the time, because that would get pretty boring, plus my fingers would get tired, lol!  Fast is only one tempo, but it really can spice up a song or a guitar solo. 

I have been looking around town for a recording studio, and we'll hopefully be taking tours of some of the local studios over the next few weeks.  It's really important to find the right one, because Clap of Thunder, which recently closed, did such a great job recording Escaping the Dungeon, and it is a must that we surpass that disc, musically and in overall quality.  We need the right studio and the right engineer to accomplish that.  Gabe of Clap of Thunder was great.  I wish they were still open!

We can't regress in any respect, from the songwriting to the performance of the songs in the studio, to capturing the performance on the recording, and finally mixing and mastering.  Each step is crucial to the overall quality of the final product, the new cd.  Yes, I think this disc will be even more challenging, because the bar has been set with Escaping the Dungeon, and we must surpass it.

It looks like we will be recording probably about three or four songs at a time for budgetary reasons.  To do it right is not going to be cheap, and as I said, we cannot afford to settle for anything that is not top notch.  Patience and good decision making will be the key. We'll probably release the songs as singles as they come out, and then finally the full cd when it has been completed.

It will be much more difficult this time around without the expertise of Gabe Gonzalez, who recorded, mixed and mastered Escaping the Dungeon, and did so much more.  He is just so talented, experienced and knowledgeable, as both a musician and an engineer, that I could just trust his judgment throughout the process on pretty much everything. He gave me great guidance, in addition to his awesome work as an engineer and a player. 

Now I'm going to have to make most of the decisions. Gabe has such a good ear, that he would instantly know when a take was a keeper or not.  He would either say "yeah man," meaning it was a good take, or "do it again," if it was not, and I could just totally trust his judgment.  Making those calls will probably be the toughest part for me.

The most important part is that we have some really good songs.  It doesn't matter how well you play, if you are not playing good songs. That would be a waste of time and money from my perspective.  I'm proud of all ten songs on Escaping the Dungeon, and we need this album to be same in that respect. 

We can't waste our time and money recording any filler songs.  I'm really happy with the songwriting on all the new songs, so I don't have any worries about that occurring.  We've played about half of them live already, and got really good response on all of them.

So, yes, we really have our work cut out for us over the next few months.  Hopefully the entire band will start stepping up more, with the work it is going to take to do this thing right.  I'm confident they will.

One good thing is that I won't have to play all the instruments this time, since we have a complete band.  That should be a good thing, and I love what they all bring to the mix, because they are all great musicians and players.  That will hopefully allow me to focus more on my own guitar parts and my vocals, which should also make for better guitar playing on the disc from myself and better vocals. 

My bandmates bring their own styles to the project, and Richard is a much more well rounded, and schooled player than the drummer from the Escaping the Dungeon  sessions. I think, as a band, we have the musicianship, the chemistry and the songs.  I can't wait to hear the results!

Well, that's about all I have time for right now.  I have to shut down the business and get ready for tonight's rehearsal.  Have a great day/night my friends. Thank you for visiting, and for your continued interest and support! 

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist Page.  We're approaching 10,000 likes, which was our initial short term goal.  The real goal is actually 1,000,000 likes, but that is obviously going to take a while.  Please visit the page and give it a like, share the link to the page on your social networking sites and pages, and with all your friends and family. That helps a great deal! 

          Here's the link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Thanks again for all your support my friends.  Have a great week,

Alexx

 

Hey, friends, I told you I was going to start posting here more often!  I posted yesterday also, so if you didn't see that, you can scroll down after reading today's post.

I just came back from next door to The Dungeon, Han's Oriental Martial Arts.  They are great neighbors, being that they put up with all my loud noise day and night, and never complain, so I support them as much as I can in return.  They are my kids karate instructors also.  Great people and role models for kids.

They were having a public workout for Abie Han today.  He's a professional boxer with a perfect 19-0 record as a pro, and has a great amateur background as well as a boxer, and an MMA fighter.  He signed with Top Rank Boxing a while back, which put him in the big leagues of boxing.  Let me tell you, I have seen Abie fight many times, and he is a beast. If I had to describe his fighting style in one word, I would have to say vicious.

So Abie will be fighting this Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, against another up and coming fighter with a perfect record also, and who also happens to be from the Top Rank Stable of fighters.  I'm pretty sure Abie will pull it off successfully; he always does!  If he wins this big fight, he may soon get a shot at a World Title Fight.  I hope he does.  He works super hard and is very dedicated to his sport.  I believe he will be a World Champion some day, hopefully soon.

And the music continues to flow out of The Dungeon.  I seem to get more excited every day, as we ready ourselves for the studio.  I'm working hard every single day.  I've realized that I can only control myself, and barely that sometimes.  I'm trying to get the rest of the band to work a little harder.  We have our work cut out for us to make the new cd to the level I'm going to insist on.  Little do these guys know what they're in for, lol! They're going to have to step it up though!

Personally, I will be ready to go in and lay down my tracks in one or two takes.  That's the only way to do it, because time is big money in the studio, and it adds up fast. To waste time in the studio would be to waste a lot of hard earned money.  We can't afford to do that. 

I'm not really worried about anyone being ready, because I'm pretty sure they will. If not, I could lay all the guitar and bass tracks like I did last time, if necessary, but I want this to be a total band effort. If Richard is not ready for recording the drums on all the songs, however, we would have a big problem, because I play drums like a chimpanzee, lol!  I know they'll all step up though, and it will all work out as planned.

I've been working on "shredding" lately on the guitar, and have really improved in that area.  Nobody has really heard me do that before, not even my band.  I think everybody is going to be really surprised when they hear me unleash that side of my playing in the studio, and live. I'll may start doing a guitar solo at our shows now whenever time allows for it.  It is fun!  Hopefully my members will start doing solos live at some point. I think that adds to the show.

Personally, as far as guitar playing, I think shredding is cool, but fast is only one speed, and speed for speed's sake alone is pointless. When you throw a little in here and there as spice though, it can be really exciting.  That's how I plan to use that aspect of my playing.  Overdoing it to show off would just become boring, and is not the best thing for the songs.  I'm not going to do that.  It's all about the songs to me; the songs are everything, and what it's all about!

So, the daily grind continues here in The Dungeon.  I will be stepping up my own game and working even harder, especially once we have picked a studio and booked some studio time.

Don't forget my friends, if you live in or around El Paso, and need floors or know someone who does, that I sell all types of flooring, including Carpet, Tile, Wood Laminate, and Vinyl.  We install everything we sell, or you can buy the materials from us and install yourself.  I guarantee that I will save you a big chunk of cash. I give all our customers personal service, and will take good care of you.  Your purchase also supports independent music (ours!)

My business is called Flooring by Alex and Alex, and is located at 9861 Dyer St., Suite 18, in the Courtyard Plaza Shopping Center.  Our phone number is (915) 755-6100.  It is recommended that you call ahead, because I step out to do measurements.  We also have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.

That's about all I have for now.  Thanks again for visiting.  Don't forget to like our Facebook Artist/Fan Page.  That address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic. You can just click on the link to get there or copy and paste the link to your browser, and to your pages to share it.

Have a great Monday and a great week my friends,

Alexx

 

Hey friends, welcome back!  Thanks for checking in here.  We appreciate your interest and support.

Well, this page keeps snowballing, with traffic continuing to increase every month.  For those of you who have been sharing my pages and links, you are partially responsible, and we cannot thank you enough.  You are the reasons for this site is busy!

It's early Monday morning, approximately 1:00 am here in El Paso, Texas, USA.  Most people hate Mondays, probably because it is once again a whole week away to the weekend.  I personally see every Monday as an opportunity.  It's a brand new week, so instead of dreading it, I look at it as both an opportunity and a challenge. 

The music is really flowing here in The Dungeon lately.  I've written eleven new songs for the new cd so far, and might write one or two more before we go in the studio.  Having a lot of songs is sort of a double-edged sword as I see it though, because the more songs you are working on, the less time you have to put into each one to make it the best it can be.  It's also difficult to decide which ones to record!

Another thing, is that with a bunch of new songs, there is a lot to have to memorize, from the music to the lyrics.  The lyrics are the hardest part to memorize for me, because, when you think about it, there are a lot of words in eleven songs. 

I tried to stop writing for these reasons after we had the ten good songs we needed, and then here comes number eleven out of nowhere. I feel ten songs is the perfect number for a full-length cd, and more than that is sort of a waste in a sense.  So, now with eleven, the hard part is going to be which song not to include! I really can't regret song eleven though, because the songs keep getting heavier, and this one is no exception.  I think it is the heaviest of all, and that's what I wanted, so it will probably end up on the album.

Thankfully, I'm past trying to rush things.  Patience is a difficult thing for me, being a really impatient person by nature.  I know what I want, and I want it now, lol, but it just doesn't work that way.  I'm learning, slowly, but surely.  I used to try and rush or force things, but that really isn't the best way to do things.  That never seems to work very well.

As much as I want to get out and play, we still haven't made the time to go out and book gigs.  Songwriting has been the focus for me, and band rehearsals are also priority.  

I rehearse every day, so three times a week seems more than reasonable from my perspective for the band. Now to convince them of that, lol! I don't want have one of these complacent bands that are satisfied staying the same and in the same place, and playing the same songs year after year.  We must be progressing and improving, or I personally will never be satisfied.

In the studio, time is money, so you have to have your parts down tight or you will waste time and money.  That, is not going to happen. We can't afford that! 

We can't settle for any mediocre tracks in the studio, because what we do there is obviously going to be on the album permanently, and the bar is set pretty high in a musical sense.  We have to surpass Escaping the Dungeon.  There will be no settling in any way, shape or form in the recording process, and that includes being sufficiently rehearsed.  Studio time is big money, and music is a business, from my perspective.

For me, this is basically a job, not a hobby, even though it's not bringing in any substantial money at this point.  In reality, music is like any other business in that sense, because in most businesses, it takes a few years to make back the initial investment, and begin to show a profit.  In reality, most new businesses fail within the first two years.  Every business is very competitive, but the music business is probably the most competitive.  You better work really hard if you want any chance of success!

Anyway, the recording sessions are not that far off now.  Actually, they are rapidly approaching, and I promise you a better cd than the last, and the third one will be even better.  That's how we do it, yep, like a motherfu*ker!

Anyway, that is about all for now.  It was a great weekend.  Let's make this a great week and lets all make some good things happen.  Enjoy your week!

Don't for get to share this site and our Facebook Artist/Fan Page, and our Reverbnation Page on your social networking sites and pages, and with your friends and family.  Here are the links:

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Thanks for your continued interest and support,

Alexx

 

Hey friends, thanks for checking in with me.

Well I keep saying I'll post more on here, but honestly, in addition to the technology problems I've had, I've been extremely busy.  The good thing is that we got the technology issues resolved.

It has been hot as hell in El Paso lately.  We've had like 20 consecutive days of over 100 degree temperatures, probably averaging 102 or 103, with some days much hotter.  This week it's pretty cool, in the mid 90's and I think that's what is expected for most of the week.  90's feel really cool, when you start getting used to it being 100+ all the time.  We're all enjoying the temporary relief from the extreme temperatures.  It even rained last night and the night before.  Last night it was really cool.  I think it might have even got down into the 70's.  It was awesome!

Well, I missed the Street Festival, but got some good work done both nights.  I really like the bands Bush and Adelita's Way. Both are really great bands, with great, great songs! I've only seen Bush live once and they were great.  I've seen Adelita's Way several times, thanks to Speaking Rock Casino's free concerts.  I even have video of them up on my Youtube Channel along with some Alexx Live Concert stuff and lot's more. (Great concerts with good audio on my Channel, www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.)  I love Adelita's Way's lead guitarist's playing.  He is a great, great player, very close to virtuoso status in my opinion.  I hear someone like that play and I'm like damn, I'm glad I can sing and write songs too, lol!

On Thursday July 4th, Gin Blossoms will be at Speaking Rock for free!  I think I'll go.  I don't remember ever seeing them live, but I've been to so many concerts, I'm actually not sure.  Yeah, I think I'll go.  It's hard to beat free concerts!

As far as the Alexx music, it's really going well.  I was playing the Escaping the Dungeon songs last night, and I realized how far my guitar playing, and even my voice has come along in the past year.  Yes, it's been almost a year since I released that cd independently on July 6, 2012.  Time flies!

As far as my voice, many of you may not know that I completely lost both my singing and speaking voice a few years back due to a large tumor on my vocal chords.  That was really a nightmare for me, being a singer.  I though I may never sing again, and that scared the hell out of me.  It actually scared me much more than the possibility of dying, if that tells you anything about my sanity, lol! 

That just shows you how much I love making music and performing.  It is a huge part of me that I put on hold for such a long time, because it was the right thing to do.  I had to raise three babies by myself, not by choice, but by necessity, and that became the only priority.  It was extremely difficult, to say the least, and took all of my time and energy. 

The good thing is that the tumor was successfully removed, was benign, and I fairly quickly regained my speaking voice, and eventually my singing voice.  Yes, my friends, that nightmare has passed!

So over the years, I did lose some of my upper vocal range, as all singers do, but my voice is really strong and powerful today, and it produces the sounds I hear in my head.  That make me happy and makes for some good songs, and yes, I can still let out some blood curdling screams when the song calls for it, lol!

I made the decision, before beginning to write songs for the next cd, to make a heavier, harder rocking album this time around.  I sort of got tired of being compared to Neil Young, even though he is one of rock's greatest songwriters of all time.  That name has come up so many times in comparison, and it is actually a huge compliment, but I have always really loved the harder rocking stuff much more.  So that's what you can expect from the follow-up cd, one that rocks much harder.  Get ready to blow some speakers, lol!

Another huge difference this time around is that I have a band.  Last time, I basically did everything myself, except the drums, and some tracks that Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez, the album's engineer and unofficial co-producer played, including the acoustic guitars, lap-steel slide guitar, and bass guitar on a few tracks.  It was quite a task doing the rest myself, but I am happy and proud of the results.  I always say it all comes back to the songs. You must have good songs, otherwise they're not worth the cost of recording and production.  I stand behind every one of those ten songs.  There are no filler songs on Escaping the Dungeon, nor will there be any on the follow-up.

So, yes, the new songs are heavier and harder rocking, and I have been blessed with a great band of great people who happen to also be great friends of mine.  I really couldn't hand pick a better bunch of musicians or people here in El Paso to work with.  They would all be my first choices on every instrument.

The goal now is to surpass the quality of Escaping the Dungeon, which is no easy task in my opinion, but with this band, and the songs I've written for it, I just can't see that not happening.  I have set the bar with the debut, and we are going to sail high above that one.  Of that, I am one hundred percent certain.

Daily solo rehearsals continue here in The Dungeon, as I work on the new songs, and my guitar playing and singing.  We have been having two band rehearsals almost every week, and I'm going to talk to my band about hopefully increasing to three per week.  We have to step up, if we're going to surpass Escaping the Dungeon, because I totally immersed myself in the music on that one, worked my ass off and poured every ounce of my mind, heart, body and soul into that cd.  It's not going to be as easy as some of the band may think.  Not by a long shot.  They'll realize that when it's all finished.

Well, friends, that's about all the time I have right now.  I have to get to work to make money to pay the bills.  To quote the band Cage the Elephant, "there ain't no rest for the wicked, and money don't grow on trees!"

Have a great day and week.  Don't forget to check out our Facebook Artist/Fan Page.  That page is for you guys, so hit it up and feel free to comment or message me.  That address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusicPlease give it a "Like" while you're there if you haven't already, and share it on your pages and with your friends and family.  That is so helpful and important, and I thank all of you who are doing this.

The address to my Youtube Channel is  www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.  I have quite a few Alexx Live Concert Videos on there, and a bunch of other great national acts performing live on there that I videoed personally.  I get way up front in the middle of the crowd to record that stuff, and it gets pretty intense at times, so take advantage of my bravery, lol!  BE SURE TO WATCH THE ALEXX FULL CONCERT VIDEO.  THAT'S THE BEST VIDEO ON THERE!

Follow us on twitter for frequent updates at www.twitter.com/alexxofficialmusic, and don't forget that you can hear the whole Escaping the Dungeon cd, get a free song download, and see some good Alexx Live Concert Videos at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Check back here soon! 

PEACE,

Alexx

 

Well friends, thanks for visiting again. 

I've been super busy with everything so I haven't able to post here for a while.  That and the fact that I've had both computer and internet problems have been contributing factors, but I think we finally have the technological issues resolved. 

Don't forget that I post daily on our Facebook Artist/Fan Page, because that's much quicker and easier, and I can do that from my phone.  To keep up with the daily updates, check out that page at www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusicDon't for get to like the page and share it on your own pages with your friends and family!  You can also scroll down on this page through the blog posts dating back to the release of our "Escaping the Dungeon" album.  There's a lot on here if you look!

The main things going on lately have been just rehearsing the songs for the new cd, and some songwriting.  I guess songwriting can become addicting, because even when I decide to stop for a while, the songs keep coming.

Work has been really busy, which is great because it takes money to keep everything going.  The flooring industry as a whole has suffered greatly in recent years due to the economy, and has been very slow to recover.  I'm both pleased and grateful just to have substantial work these days, and to continue to survive in a bad economy.  Hopefully the trend of more work will continue, and eventually increase! 

Many in the flooring business have been suffering much more than us, with a huge number of our competitors going out of business. Mainly, I think, its because we take good care of every customer, and save them money.  That's what keeps us going without even having to advertise; repeat business and referrals from our customers.  It pays to do good business and to treat people as you wish to be treated.  Everyone loves a great deal and good personal service!

Remember if you're in the El Paso area, that we sell and install all types of flooring, including wood, laminate, carpet and tile, do great work, and give all of our customers great value for their money.  Every deal at Flooring by Alex and Alex is win-win, because we save everybody a lot of money, and make a fair profit in the process.  I keep my overhead down and pass the savings on to my customers.  That is how good business is done, when both parties benefit!  The bonus is that your purchase supports independent music!

Basically, I've been spending a lot of time rehearsing solo and writing new songs.  We finally have more band rehearsals tonight and tomorrow, which is always fun and productive.  Hopefully we can start having longer rehearsals, so that we can accomplish more in less time and get all the songs ready for the studio. 

It's getting time to pop our heads up again and play some shows.  That's really what it's all about for me, playing live, but at the same time, you have to have the material to do the shows. We'll keep you posted here, on Facebook, and on Reverbnation in regards to upcoming shows.

As I have said, the new songs keep getting heavier, coming together naturally, with nothing forced.  I've also recently started experimenting more with some different tunings and amp settings, with some cool results.  The vocals continue to get stronger and more powerful, and I've been writing some heavy lyrics about important topics. 

I believe good lyrics should provoke thought and make people think in some cases, and in others, simply entertain and make the listeners feel good.   It's nice when there is a mix of both on a cd, and I try to do that with my own music. I believe in giving listeners some variety, because too much of the same thing gets boring.

Every time I say I'm going to put songwriting down for a while, and work on the songs I've already written, a new song idea emerges and I tend to go with it.  We only put ten songs on a cd, but this time we should have fourteen or fifteen to choose from, to whittle down to ten.  I guess that's a good thing.  We'll just have to select the ten best or strongest tunes to record.

Currently, we are beginning to actively search for the right studio to record the follow-up cd.  We'll hopefully be taking some studio tours in the coming weeks as we prepare and rehearse the songs for recording. We would like to record at the world class Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas, just outside of El Paso, but will have to see if we can come up with enough money to record there.  I think we can pull it off. That place is expensive, but clearly one of the best in the area. We, however, are exploring different options just in case.  It's good to have choices and back-up plans.

We're also looking for a videographer to help us put together a good, professional quality video.  That's expensive too, but we have people willing to help us, including a bunch of beautiful El Paso models, who will be working with us on the video(s.) 

One of the benefits of having good lyrics that tell a story, is that they can make for good, interesting videos.  I think, with the assistance of a good video producer and crew, we'll be able to come up with some really cool stuff, and the eye candy provided by our models won't hurt. 

The big El Paso Street Festival is this weekend.  Bush and Adelita's Way are the headliners on the big night which is Friday.  I usually attend the festival, but  I think I might just stay underground in The Dungeon this year and work on music.  Money is tight, so concert tickets are a luxury right now. Plus, I have more than my share of work to accomplish to prepare for the studio, and the more well prepared and rehearsed we are, the less expensive the recording sessions will be.  Time is literally money in the studio!

I guess that's about it for now.  Don't forget that you can hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd, and see some great Alexx Live in Concert Videos on our Reverbnation Page.  That address is www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

There are more concert videos on our Youtube Channel as well.  That address is www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.  If you subscribe to that channel, you will be notified as whenever we post new video.  I have a bunch of videos up, and I still have hours and hours of video of great concerts from major acts that I've recorded here in El Paso,but haven't had time to sort through and post. I should be able to start doing that again very soon, so you will see a lot more video posted in the coming weeks and months.

Thanks again for visiting.  Don't forget to visit, "Like," and share our Facebook Artist/Fan Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Have a great weekend,

Alexx

 

Hey, good afternoon everyone.  As always, thanks for your visit!

Well this site continues to blow up with hits and visits, and increases every week.  I would say that's a good sign, and I thank all of you for making this happen.  Our Facebook Artist/Fan Page is also doing pretty well for a relatively new page, with close to 9,000 likes.  Although, I say that is pretty well, in the context of the goal of one million likes, the page is really in it's infancy. 

We could definitely use more support, so if you haven't liked the Facebook Artist Page or shared it with your friends and family, please do so today.  That address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.  The next milestone goal is 10,000 likes, and hopefully we'll get there very soon!

The music continues to evolve, mainly through my solo rehearsals and songwriting sessions, and our band reherasals.  The funny thing is that I do almost all of my songwriting solo.  It's just something I do when I'm by myself, and when the band's here, I just want to take full advantage of that time and play and rehearse the songs as much as possible, since we don't get together nearly enough, and the rehearsals are almost always short by my standards. 

The bad part about that, is that we could probably create some really incredible songs together, if we could all make the extra time to get together to create, since they are all great musicians, and we have great chemistry as a band.  With two relatively short band rehearsals on a good week, there is just no time for that.  Hopefully that will change at some point.

Well, I really don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but people really don't have to guess what I'm thinking, because I either say it or write it.  To know what I'm thinking, all you have to do is pay attention.  That can be both good and bad, but I really think it's mostly good, that I'm a really transparent person as far as communication goes. 

I'm not good at walking on eggshells.  I mostly speak my mind and tell it like it is, even though some people may not handle that well. 

Getting back to the music, we're supposed to have a band rehearsal tonight.  Hopefully everyone will make it.  We all work day jobs, so we have scheduling conflicts sometimes on rehearsal days.

We'll see who shows up tonight. Hopefully everybody can make it.  We really need to work on the newest three songs, and run through the other seven new ones before, we all forget the songs.  We also need to continue to rehearse the Escaping the Dungeon songs, since we play some or all of them at every show.  We really need to have those really tight now.  Sometimes it seems like we take two steps forwards and then three steps back. 

Anyway, I love my band and my band mates and respect them all both as players and as people.  Yes, they are all great players and great people.  I'm still quite optimistic we can take this thing somewhere bigger and better than any of us have every been before as working musicians.  Only time will tell for sure!

Well, that's about it for now, because I have work to do in my day job, the one that's paying the bills.  If you know anyone in El Paso who needs floors, send them my way.  I'll take really good care of them, save them a bunch of money,  and their purchase supports this musical venture that we call Alexx

My business is called Flooring by Alex and Alex, and is located at 9861 Dyer St., El Paso, Texas, Suite 18.  The phone number is (915) 755-6100.  It is recommended to call in advance, because I step out to do measurements and estimates, and yes, we give FREE ESTIMATES.

I recently uploaded more Alexx LIVE video to our Reverbnation Page and our entire Escaping the Dungeon CD is on there for FREE STREAMING.  You can also get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD of the song Communication Deficit Disorder there.  That address is www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  

I also have a bunch of concert videos of us and of a bunch of major bands on my Youtube Channel which is www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.  Check it out!

For frequent updates follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_.

Don't forget to like and share the Facebook Artist Page.  Again, that address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.  You may also send a friend request to my Personal Facebook page.  That one is www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

Thanks again for your interest, support and visit.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, thanks for checking in here!  Just a quick post tonight. 

Well, all the songs for the next cd have been written and are in their evolution stage.  The first seven songs have pretty much evolved close to their final form; they shouldn't change much more between now and whenever we get into the studio to record them. 

I've been working on the last three, songs 8, 9 and 10 the past few days. Songs 9 & 10 are probably the heaviest songs of the ten new ones, and seem to keep getting heavier each time I play them, especially the vocals.  All three songs are getting progressively heavier, including song #8, "If I Were a Freak."

I think many people who haven't known me that long are going to be very surprised to hear the change from the Escaping the Dungeon cd's sound and the new cd.  I reall love the really hard rocking stuff, and the new originals reflect that preference in style much more that Escaping the Dungeon does.  My vocals are now basically where they were before the long layoff which preceeded Escaping the Dungeon, and people are going to hear the screaming side of my vocals.  Thankfully, my voice is possibly stronger than ever now, which will be evident on the next cd.  Yes, I'm excited about the state and condition of my vocals again now!  Trust me, it didn't happen by accident; I've been working extremely hard.

Band rehearsal for tonight has been rescheduled due to scheduling conflicts, so I'll be doing a solo guitar/vocal rehearsal of all ten new songs.  I have to get back to songs 1-7 before I start forgetting them, since I have been concentrating on the last three.

That's about all I have time for right now.  This page continues to blow up; please share it with your friends and family, and on your social network sites.  The link is www.alexxofficialmusic.com.

If you haven't yet, please check out our Facebook Fan/Artist Page and share that one also.  It's one of our busier Pages, and gets updated several times daily, because it's easy to update via my cell phone.  That link is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Feel free to check out my Personal Facebook Page also and make a friend request if you wish.  That link is www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic. That one is also updated several times a day via cell phone.

To hear LIVE ALEXX CONCERT FOOTAGE, GO TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL, www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.  The FULL CONCERT VIDEO is probably the best example of our live shows and is a complete 56 minute set.  You will like it; it was one of our very first performances as a band, but it was a good show. We were fired up!

Follow us on Twitter.  That link is www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

Thanks again for your visit, interest and support.  Share the links and "Like" the Facebook Artist/Fan Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Alexx

 

Good morning my friends and thanks for checking back in here.  We appreciate your visits, and this site continues to blow up as a result, with hits and visits increasing every week!

Everything continues to be great, but of course not perfect.  I always want things to happen faster, but unfortunately that is not how it works.  Patience is an acquired trait for me, and it comes hard, but I'm getting it.....slowly.  I guess I gotta be patient to acquire my patience, lol!

Well, as most of you know, all the ten songs are basically completed for the next cd.  I'm having mixed feelings about one song though, "If I was a Freak," so that one me end up being a bonus track.  It's a cool song, but I'm just not sure it stacks up to the other nine in song quality.  Moises and Richard are ok with it, but I'm having mixed feelings personally, at this point. That may change as the song evolves. 

You know what that means though, one more song to write!  The tenth song I wrote for this cd was the hardest song to write for me, ever.  I had some form of writer's block, which is something I never get, but I think it came from burnout caused by pushing myself so hard, not sleeping, and just working myself too hard. The final result though is a song I feel is my best ever, so I guess it was all worth it!  That one is Song #10, and I'm still not revealing the name until we play it live.  

Hopefully the new final song will come easier.  If not, I'll just do what I always do, which is work my butt of until it happens.  Now it has to be better than Song #10.  The bar keeps rising!

Tonight is going to be an awesome night.  The local casino Speaking Rock is having another free concert with Cheech and Chong, and the band War.  We are so lucky to have these guys bringing us all these great free concerts.  A huge thanks to Speaking Rock! Cheech and Chong are basically superstars, and probably won't be performing live much longer, and I guess it's sort of a reunion for them.  To my knowledge, I don't think they have performed together in a really long time, and these guys are hilarious!  I won't miss it.

Other than that, not much new here.  The hard work continues, down in the trenches; the stuff nobody sees.  Nobody knows when we will pop our heads up and throw a show, but I promise it will be our best performance ever, individually, with other bands, or as the Alexx Band! You have my personal guarantee on that, so don't miss it!

Well, it's about that time to get to the day job, the one that pays the bills.  Papa needs a bunch of new sh*t!  Have a very awesome day my friends, thanks for visiting, and come back soon!  

Don't forget to spread the word, because it is you guys that are making this whole thing take off.  Please continue to share the following links and frequent these sites as well:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Our Artist/Fan Page.  Like the page while you're there.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Facebook Page--PARENTAL ADVISORY! Make a friend request to join my friends list.)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (Hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD!)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Live Concert Videos of us and many other great bands.  Be sure to check out the "ALEXX FULL CONCERT VIDEO,"  which is a recent full concert video of a recent performance.  It was a great show!

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow us for frequent updates.)

Thanks so much for being you and supporting us.  We appreciate you very much!  Have a beautiful weekend and stay cool.

Alexx

 

Hey friends, I'm back.  Sorry about being away, but I've been having both computer and internet problems.  Computer tech is coming tomorrow, so we should get all that cleared up.

This will be a shorter post, because I have to get back to The Dungeon, but I'll give you a quick run down of what's up.

Things are good, very good!  The new songs for the upcoming follow-up to Escaping the Dungeon are basically finished, music and lyrics.  I'm extremely happy with the new songs.  They are a bit heavier, and some a lot heavier than the Escaping the Dungeon songs, and that is as planned, so I'm really happy with them.  I never use "filler" songs like most bands seem to do, so they're all good, and all meet or exceed my own personal standards.

Some congratulations are in order to a couple of my favorite people, first to our drummer, Richard Gerome, for completing his Master's Degree from New Mexico State University, (NMSU.)  He's a smart guy and worked hard to achieve this great accomplishment.  Congrats Richard!

Secondly, I must congratulate another good friend, Jose, our guitar player, who will be getting married on Friday.  We wish him the best, and have no fear, he will be returning to the line-up very soon, in time to record the new cd with us.  Congrats Jose, we wish you much happiness!

We have band rehearsal tonight, and will be working on the newest 3 songs so Moises can finish writing his bass lines and Richard can do his thing on the drums.  Yes, I'm excited to get to play them with the band tonight!  These guys are such great players, and I never have to tell them what to play; they just do it, and always play some incredible music!

So the focus has been on the new songs, and some of us are more anxious to get into the studio to record than to get out and play, but we're not going to rush anything.  We've waited this long, plus we need the stuff to be well rehearsed before we go into the studio, because it costs money to record in the studio, and the best studios are expensive! 

Personally, I have the most fun playing live, and am a firm believer that that's what music is about, peforming music for people, and interacting with the crowds, so you know that's coming too! 

Yes, we'll get out soon and play some selected shows at selected venues around town to both have some fun and to let the songs gel and evolve.

Other than that, survival is a priority, so if you're in El Paso, send us some business.  We sell all types of floors, including wood, laminate, carpet, tile and vinyl, and also install what we sell, unless you choose to install yourself or have an installer, in which case we can sell you the materials:

     Flooring by Alex and Alex, 9861 Dyer St. Suite 18, El Paso, TX 79924, (915) 755-6100.

We have a great selection, do excellent work, and always save all of our customers big money! We give FREE ESTIMATES, so give me a call.  I will give you the personal service you deserve.  Your business or referrals are appreciated, and it supports independent music!

Hey, I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about the new Black Sabbath album, "13."  These guys were one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a musician and to play guitar and sing in the first place! They're returning to their roots on the new cd and that is so cool!  They actually got together and listened to the first Sabbath album, and the goal was to recapture the vibe of that early, monumental rock album, After hearing it the other night on the radio, I think they were very successful at achieving that goal.  I know I'm buying it as soon as it hits the stores!

I guess it's sort of coincidental, but I listened to a video on Youtube of Sabbath playing their classic song Paraniod in 1970, and couldn't get over the guitar tone, which is why I went more retro with my guitar rig recently, getting rid of my fancy Digitech Guitar Processor and Foot Pedal, and going back to a few stomp boxes into my  Vintage Marshall JCM 800 Lead Series Guitar Amps.  It gives me a tone extremely close to the tone on that video, and makes me wonder why I ever went high tech.  The straight in Marshall tube sound is the sh*t my friends!

So, that's about it my friends.  If you want to hear a recent concert performance by us, and I recommend it because it's a very good performance, is go to www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, and look for the "FULL CONCERT VIDEO."  I think you will enjoy it. Don't forget to catch us live when you get a chance!

Eventually, hope to take it around the world to all of you.  I wish that could happen tomorrow, but we still have pleanty of work cut out for us before we can make that happen, but it is one of our main goals, and I believe we will achieve it!

Thanks for your interest and support.  You are making things happen for us, whether you realize it or not! 

Like our Facebook Artist Page and share it on your social networking sites and with your friends and family.  That will make a huge difference at some point and we appreciate the support.  The Artist page's address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

To hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd FREE and to get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD, go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Thanks again, and have a beautiful day/night my friends!

Alexx

 

 

Hey friends, thanks for checking in here.  We appreciate that!  Just a quick update today due to lack of time.

Everything's pretty good and keeps getting better.  We're keeping ourselves underground for the moment.  I literally haven't had any time to go out and book shows, but I will get to that real soon.  I'm no longer interested in rushing things.  I'm finally learning to be more patient, which is against my nature.

I have spent the last week and a half finishing the new songs for the next cd.  The results have been great.  I think my songwriting continues to evolve and improve. It just makes sense to keep raising the bar along with our own personal standards. There's no sense in staying the same!

So all the new songs are done.  10 new ones!  I continue to "work" the songs each night, and they continue to evolve and get better.  Last night I worked on the newest three, and they took some leaps upwards.  I think I'll just play those three again tonight, because tomorrow night I'll show them to the band, so I want to have them at least somewhat memorized.

Songs 9 and 10 are among my favorites ever because they rock harder and the vocals are screaming and loud; very agressive.  The whole cd is heavier in general, but the last two songs especially. That's how I wanted them to turn out, so I was quite successful in that respect.  I think all the songs are actually as good or better than the Escaping the Dungeon songs, and that's quite a statement coming from me, because I am very proud of each and every song on that cd. 

Tonight, solo rehearsal.  It's about 8:30 pm here, so I gotta get going.  I'll have a better and longer update next time.  I'm pretty tired right now from this El Paso, Texas heat (close to 100 degrees,) so I better go sneak in a meal and a 30 minute nap before heading back to The Dungeon to rehearse the new songs.  I have a feeling it's gonna be another very long night!

Thanks again for your continued interest and support.  Don't forget to share our music and our sites and pages with everyone you can.  It helps a bunch, and we need your support, to take this thing to a higher level and to help get us to some bigger stages. 

Here are a few of the more important links to check out and share:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (Our Artist Page.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Page.)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (Hear the entire cd FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD.)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Live Alexx in Concert Videos and much more!)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (Frequent Updates.)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com  (This site, the center of my on-line universe.)

Thanks again for the support my friends.  You are really making a difference!  Have a great day/night and come back soon,

Alexx

 

Hey everybody, thanks for visiting my site today.  Glad to have you back!

Everything's pretty good right now.  I finally finished the last song for the up-coming cd.  It was actually quite a challenge writing the last few, because I was actually getting tired of writing songs, sort of getting burned out on it.  Not that I don't enjoy creating new music, but I had spent a bunch of time over the past couple of months writing the songs, and got to the point that I just wanted to have them finished, so I could go back to focusing on playing music rather than writing

This was my first time setting out to write 10 songs in succession for a cd.  This was another reason for wanting to get it finished, just the enormity of the task.  It's not easy to come up with 10 new songs in a short time, if you want them all to be good songs, rather than just songs. I was not willing to settle with any song I didn't think was really good. 

I don't know about you, but I like to listen to full cds of an artist I like sometimes, rather than just listening to a bunch of songs from different artists.  The problem there is that it's actully not that easy these days to find a cd that's full of all good songs, from beginning to end.  Too many bands use "filler songs" just to complete the cd. Personally, I won't settle for mediocrity when I know I can do better. 

So, yes, it was really hard work, but thankfully the songwriting is finished, and yes, I'm extremely happy with that fact, and also with the results, the songs themselves.  Not a single filler; not a single mediocre song in my opinion, and I do my best to evaluate each song objectively, as if it was written by someone else.  These all passed that test! 

Now back to rehearsals!  Some people view rehearsals as work, and they are, but for me, they're always fun, and I always look forward to getting together with my bandmates and making music.  It is one of the true joys in my life! 

Obviously it's more fun to get on stage and perform for a crowd, and the bigger the better, but even in our rehearsal space, The Dungeon, with no audience, it's still a lot of fun for me!

So, suddenly, we have two complete sets of original songs, all very good songs in my opinoin, and all the material we need to record the follow-up cd to Escaping the Dungeon!  We performed most of the new songs at our last two shows, and the audiences really liked them.  We now have three more new ones that nobody's heard.  It's always really fun to introduce the brand new songs to audiences and check out their reactions.

So that's where we are today my friends.  Back to rehearsals, and on to booking shows.  The plan is to do this cd forwards, instead of backwards, like I did when I started working on Escaping the Dungeon, basically by myself.  This time, we'll rehearse, play shows, and tighten up all the songs and let them evolve before going into the studio to record as a band

This also gives us time to raise money for the project, since we are currently independent and have no record company to finance the record production.  The more well rehearsed the songs are, the less studio time required to record them, and thus a less expensive project.  Lord know's we are not made of money, and recording in a quality studio is far from cheap!

Well that's about it for now my friends.  Thank you very much for your continued interest and support.  Don't forget to please visit and support our other pages and sites.  Here are some links to our main sites and pages.  You can just click on them to get to the sites and pages, or you can copy and paste them to your browser and to your own social media sites, to share them with your friends and family.  You'd be surprised how much that helps further our music!  Here are the links:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Our Artist Page; please give it a like and share it.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Facebook Page.  Feel free to make a friend requset.)  I do post some slightly more controversial stuff on this page occasionally, so beware of that.  Nothing really bad though.

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Here you can listen to the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD.)  I also have some video and other stuff on there, including another separate Music Blog.

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic  (Live Concert Videos of us and also a bunch of major artists, and more.)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow us for frequent updates.)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com  (This, our Main Site.  Please share it!)

Well, thanks again for visiting.  Pleasce come back soon, and have a beautiful day/night my friends!

Alexx

 

Good morning my friends!  Traffic is blowing up here.  Thanks to all of you for your interest and support, and keep coming back!

I put another blog up on our Reverbnation Page earlier today.  You might want to check that one out too.  It has some things that might be of interest to you, and you should check out that site anyway if you haven't yet.  There, you will find all kinds of independent music, and everybody's on there, even artists from your area, and also almost everywhere else in the world.  You will find some great undiscovered talent and music for sure! 

My page is www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  There you can listen to the whole Excaping the Dungeon cd uninterrupted as you browse the site, and even when you browse other sites of do your computer work.  We also have some video up and will be posting more very soon.  We already have video to post, we just gotta make the time.  It will happen, soon!

Much is going on even sometimes it doesn't seem like it.  I am on a verge of a breakthrough on writing the final song for the next cd.  I kicked around some ideas last night, and I'm on the right track.  I think it will finally come today, finally.  Obviously, I could have already written another song, but just a song will not do.  The standard is set.  I want the final song to be the best one in the bunch, and it's gonna be a heavier one.  Maybe the heaviest I've written.  Well see.  That heavy side of my playing has really resurfaced, and I'm gonna make the most of it!

I have much more to say, but I've gotta go.  I'll post more tomorrow.  It won't be possible today, sorry.

Don't forget to like our Facebook Artist Page, because I update there multiple times everyday, since I can do that from my phone.  If you "Like" the Page, you should get most of the updates, and/or information on where to find it.  That address is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  You can also follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

Gotta go.  Thanks for your interest and your visit.  We appreciate you!  Have a beautiful, awesome weekend.

Alexx

 

Hey friends, thanks for checking in here.  I appreciate your visit!

Man, yesterday was such a strange day.  It started off great, then sort of went down hill, mostly due to my own fault, and then ended on a very sweet note.  I'm glad it's over though, and today's a new day.

So the sweet note was that I worked on one of the new songs last night that I've been writing, and some how it took a sudden turn towards the heavier side.  I love most styles or genres of rock music, particularly the harder rocking stuff; not what they call metal today with growling vocals instead of singing, but just good, agressive, loud and heavy guitar rock, but with good vocals where the vocalist actually sings, rather than growling.  That growling really doesn't do a thing for me personally.

Well anyway, when I was working the vocals on the song, something just clicked and suddenly I found myself singing much more agressively, causing my guitar playing to take the same direction.  The result, a much heavier sounding song than anything on the Escaping the Dungeon cd. 

Actually, that was my intention when I began writing songs for the cd, because I do want the next cd to be heavier, louder, and more aggressive.  Most of the songs are, in fact, heavier by design, but this one happened sort of by accident, and I'm loving the sound of the song much more now, with this new tone and attitude.

Today, I'll be focusing on my day job, the one that pays the bills, but hopefully tonight I'll get started on the final song for the cd. We put 10 songs on the last cd, and plan to use the same number of songs on the follow-up.  The one from last night was number 9, and I have lyrics written for the final song, number 10, so I just need to come up with the music.  Hopefully the basic idea for the music and the structure will come to me today or tonight, and I'll have a rough version of song #10 sometime before sunrise.  We'll see what happens.

As far as my day job, I have a business here in El Paso called Flooring by Alex and Alex.  We sell and install most types of flooring, including wood, tile, laminate, carpet and vinyl floors.  My emphasis is on keeping my overhead down so that I can keep my prices down.  I'm actually quite good at that, because I've been in the business for a long time, and know it well. 

So I save all my customers a bunch of money, give them great value and service, and I make some money in the process.  Every deal I do is win, win.  I'm not satisfied any other way.  If I didn't give you great value, neither one is us will really be, so I make sure to do this for every customer, on every sale.  That's what keeps them coming back and referring us to family and friends!

Anybody in El Paso needing flooring, please give us a shot at the deal.  We will save youa lot of money because we kill the competition on price, and the bonus is that your purchase supports local music, and I have a beautiful showroom, with a great selection of flooring to chose from. 

Flooring by Alex and Alex is located at 9861 Dyer St., Suite 18, El Paso, Texas, 79924, in the Courtyard Plaza Shopping Center.  I advise customers to call first, because I sometimes step out to do measurements.  If you call ahead, I'll definately be there when you arrive.  The phone number is (915) 755-6100.  If you happen to be active duty military, ask for your additional discount.

Well that's about it for now.  I've got to go make some money to keep everything going.  Have a great, awesome day, and come back soon.

Don't forget to check out our other pages and sites to get the all the updates, hear the music, and watch our videos.  Here are some links.  Please share them with your friends and family.  You can just click a link to get to the site or page, and you can cut and paste the links wherever you like to share them with people you know.  Here they are:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  (My Facebook Artist Page--Like the page while you're there)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Facebook Page--Make a friend request)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (To see Alexx Concert Videos and much more)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow us for frequent updates)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (To hear all of our recorded music and much more)

www.alexxofficialmusic  (This site, my Official Website, for all the history and more)

Thanks for your visit and your continued support, and come back soon,

Alexx

Good Morning (well it's exactly noon here now.) Happy Memorial Day Week!

So as the title of this post indicates, this site is blowing up with visits and hits from all of you! Yes this makes me very happy. This site is the center of our musical universe, and we can't thank you guys enough for your interest and for your visits. Keep coming back!

Our Facebook Artist Page is doing quite well for being fairly new. If haven't "Liked" this page please do. This is where I post most of our updates and comments, usually daily. Please "Like" it and share it with your friends and family. Here is the link. Just click on it to get to the page and then click on the "Like" Button. Be sure to share it too!

Once you "Like" the page, you should get more of our updates automatically. www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic Well, Memorial Day Week is here. Of course, many of you from other countries may not be aware of the significance of this American holiday and tradition.

Memorial Day is celebrated, I believe, on the last Monday in May. Anyway, it is on a Monday at the end of May, and happens to be next Monday. On Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of our great nation, and of our liberties and freedoms.

Personally, I always think of the uncle I never met. He was a true American war hero. I believe he was still a teenager when he lost his life in combat, trying to save his buddy who was hit by enemy fire, in a dogfight with an enemy fighter jet. He was the first one ready to evacuate the plane when it was hit, but instead he stayed on board to try and save his buddy.

Yes, I come from very loyal roots! They, unfortunately both expired when the plane exploded into a fireball, and thus I never met him. He was honored with an El Paso Park on the Westside of El Paso being named after him several years back, Francisco Delgado Park. Thinking about you this week Uncle Frank. Maybe I'll see you up there some day.

Anyway, there's always events around town on Memorial Day Weekend, and most people get next Monday off work. It's usually beer & barbeque time for most Americans, myself included.

So this year, I have to decide whether to attend the KLAQ Radio Station's Annual Balloonfest Concert, or the fairly new Neon Desert Festival, which is also a concert with a bunch of good bands. Last year, I went to both. I got to see one of my favorite bands last year at Neon Desert, the great El Paso band Sparta. I

f you haven't heard of Sparta, check them out. They are great and one of my favorite songs of theirs is "Taking Back Control." Check it out on Youtube. Trust me, if you like great rock music, you will love Sparta!

Another reason why Sparta is one of my favorite bands is that their Frontman, Mr. Jim Ward, one of El Paso's most successful musicians ever, played a big role in our Escaping the Dungeon album being made in his and Gabriel (Gabe)Gonzalez's Clap of Thunder Studio in El Paso. These guys were so generous and helped me so much to make the album a reality, and I am forever grateful, and a Jim Ward and Gabe Gonzalez fan for life. The album wouldn't be what it is if not for them!

You will probably find me at the KLAQ Event on Monday. With beer, bands, and bikinis at this local waterpark event, it's hard to go wrong. Plus I usually get to see a friend of mine vomit in a trash can there, lol. Yep, the last two years in a row.

Well, I think that's all for now.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to get the most frequent updates at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_, and  also remember that you can hear the ENTIRE ESCAPING THE DUNGEON CD FREE AND GET A FREE SONG DOWNLOAD AT: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

Band rehearsal last night was great. Got a lot of work done. We'll be back at it Thursday. It just keeps getting better. That's what hard work does!

Well, have a great and beautiful Memorial Day Week and Weekend my friends. Thanks again for your visit and all your support. You are apreciated! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, thank God it's Friday.  The weekend's here, like a mother*ucker!

Well we have many good things in the works; things that will take some time to make happen, but we will make them happen.

So most of the material has already been written for the follow up to Escaping the Dungeon.  We have decided to record at the legendary Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas a few miles outside of El Paso.  It's an isolated place with top notch facilities and state of the art equipment, said to be worth in the millions of dollars.  We still have to go speak with them about the cost, but we know it's not gonna be cheap.  We'll just have to work our butts off to pay for it, because we want the best.

I was extremely lucky when I recorded Escaping the Dungeon.  That was recorded at Clap of Thunder Studio here in El Paso.  That was like a gift from God, and Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez and Jim Ward were like the angels of the place.  I could never thank them enough for all they did, and so affordably.  They made it happen for me, and Gabe contributed so much, from his great engineering and production, to his generous playing contributions on the cd.  Everything, and I do mean everything he did was so great, and I am very grateful!  That was, however, literally a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am lucky I was able to make it happen, scheduling wise and budgeting wise.  I guess it was one of those things that were just meant to be.

My instincts told me at the time that this was the place to record, and that I better do it before something came along to fu*k it up.  I was right, because they have since closed, I assume due to their many other interests and projects.  You can only spread yourself so thin!

In addition to recording the next cd, we also are planning to do a professional quality video. That is also in the works.  Money, money, money!  Everything costs so much money if you want to do it right, but is there really any other way?

We have several upcoming shows to announce soon, as soon as we have confirmation on the dates.  We're learning to be more patient (slowly,) so we're getting away from rushing things, which I have a tendency to do.

On a somber note, another of my former band members died sometime back, and I just found out.  He was a great guitar player named Rick Gallardo.  He could play, but had a severe alcohol problem, which apparently directly or indirectly did him in.  He will be missed. 

In spite of his problem, Rick was a great person, and we created music back then, that I don't think we could reproduce now.  We were young and I still had my full vocal range (pre-vocal chord surgury.)  The band was called Thunder Road, a name taken from the custom motorcycle shop in Hollywood, California.  We were doing covers, including several Guns n Roses tunes that few bands would attempt, especially 3 piece, particularly because of the vocals and guitars.  We did Civil War, You Could be Mine, Sweet Child of Mine and more.  Vocally, I could hit every single one of those high notes, and powerfully.  People would sh*t, because Axl, the singer of Guns n Roses, couldn't even come close to hitting those notes live.  Rick was amazing on the guitar.  I was playing bass and singing, and his brother Willie "Cowboy" Gallardo was on the drums.  R.I.P. my friend Rick!

Well, I can't mention Rick without mentioning my other former bandmate that passed away, Tony Chavez.  If there was ever a great and special guitar player in my life, it was Tony, so let me tell you about him. 

Well Tony was the first and only one-handed guitar player I've ever seen or heard of.  Tony had a birth defect, and his right hand did not fully develop.  He didn't have a complete right hand, and had no fingers; only stubs where his fingers would have been.  Tony wanted to play guitar, so he found or made a way.  He would custom carve finger pics to fit over the stub where his thumb would have been and he lerned to play like a mother*ucker!  He had the greatest ear too, probably perfect pitch! Tony was not only a great one handed guitarist, but also a great motocross rider and a greater person.  He taught me a lot about the guitar early on, spending hours and hours of his time teaching me to play bass, so I could join their band "Last Minute."This is when I made the switch from guitar to bass.

Tony was such a great player, truly amazing, and I also miss him.   We had a lot of fun together, even playing the Main Stage of one of the first El Paso Street Festivals.  (My mom actually got us that gig when she was alive.  She had great connections!)

 

 

Tony died of throat cancer.  He had gotten a tumor on his vocal cords, as I later did, but his was malignant, while mine was benign.  The last time I saw him, he could barely speak.  He passed a few months later.  Thanks for all you taught me Tony!

 

 

It was and especially frightening experience for me when I got the tumor on my vocal cords, because of what I witnessed happen to Tony!  I also totally lost my ability to speak, as he did, and thought I would never sing again.  That's what I feared the most, more than death itself, believe it or not!  Thankfully, my tumor was not malignant.

 

 

Well this computer I am using is screwing up, and I can't take off the italics, so I guess I'll stop here. 

 

Don't forget to support our pages, as that helps immensely!  Here are some links to use and to share with your family and friends.  Please do!

 

 

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (My Artist Page--please give it a like!)

 

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Facebook Page; Send me a Friend Request.)

 

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic  (To hear my music and video and for a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD.)

 

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_   (Follow us for frequent updates.)

 

Thanks for your visit, interest and support.  Check back soon; I update here frequently.)

 

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

 

Alexx

 

 

 

 

 

Hey friends, good afternoon (or morning or night wherever you are!)

Well everythings great here.  I'm feeling awesome today since I got 8 hours sleep.  I literally can't remember how long it's been since I've gotten 8 hours!  So, that can't last because there's never enough hours in the day to do all the things I need to do, but for today, it feels great!

I need to thank all of you who are visiting my page even if it's your first time here.  To those returning, I thank you even more!

The hits to this site continue to explode, increasing daily.  Thanks all of you who have liked our Facebook Artist Page, and for those that haven't, it takes only 2 clicks.  Click the link, and click "Like."  Here's the link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  Thank you for taking 5 seconds to do this!

So, moving on, I've been discussing the live music scene around here.  Here in the El Paso, Texas Music Scene, things started changing a bit around the time I was forced to step away for a while, which turned out to be a long while.  Well, I'm back now, but this situation remains to some extent.

The situation is that many of the local original bands began, and continue to play for free.  Well, in reality, playing for free is paying to play, because all musicians have expenses, and it costs us money just to get to the gigs.  To the club owners, well it's fantastic.  I mean, you pay a band to play, or you get multiple bands for free.  I am a business owner with a formal education in business and music from the local university (UTEP,) so obviously, I know a few things about music and business.  As a businessman, if I can have a service provided for free, or pay for it, the free option can look appealing, because it will probably be better for my bottom line.

Well if we look at the big picture, there are places where people pay to play, for exposure, and these appearances sometimes have value and get results.  I'm referring specifically to clubs in Hollywood, California, such as the legendary and world famous Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood California.  Well numerous bands have been discovered playing the Hollywood Club Scene, bands such as Van Halen, Motley Crue, Guns and Roses, and many more.

There is a big difference, however, and in most places, I very strongly believe it is ubsurd for bands to play for free.  As far as Hollywood goes, there are many record companies within easy driving distance to the Hollywood clubs, and the record execs do sometimes visit these clubs when searching for new talen, or just looking to see what's out there.  So, being discovered in a Hollywood club is possible, and clubs there realize this and charge bands to play.

What so many musicians and bands around here refuse to realize, is that playing here for free has little or no value, unless their goal is to be known locally, and this is true in most cities.  Bands play here free all the time, and say they do it for the "exposure."  Well, once they start playing for free, the clubs get used to it an stop wanting to pay bands.  The quality of their entertainment often diminishes, but their bottom line improves, so they continue having mostly ok bands, play their clubs for free, rather than having to pay the established acts and the better bands. 

The bands wind up paying to play, because they have expenses, and the clubs get free entertainment, good or not, and most don't really care about the music and will even tell you that.  They care about the bottom line, because they're all for profit businesses, and operate to make money. If they do not make money, they're soon out of business. 

The ironic thing is that there are no major record companies within 500 miles of El Paso, and more significantly, no bands have ever been discovered in an El Paso Club, so this "exposure" has little or no value.  I personally think that if you're gonna play for free on a regular basis, your sending a message, conscious or unconscious, that your music and performance have little or no value, and you know it. 

So, we continue to play for pay, when we do not charge a fee. Our equipment costs us money, our sound people and roadies need to get paid, our rehearsal space costs money, and on and on.  We know our performance is worth money, and we promote ourselves so that people show up.  Then we give them a good performance so they stick around all night and buy drinks, thus making the club money.  We know our promotion and performance has value, and should charge accordingly. 

Music is a business, that's why it's called the "music business." Like any other business, if you don't make money, you will not be in business long.  That is one of the most basic principles of business. We don't make a lot of money playing, but we cover our expenses and put something in our pockets when we leaveThis is what separates amateaurs from professionals--money.

I think I'll stop here, because I want that to be my last thought of today's entry.  I want to leave the musicians thinking about this, because you guys (and gals) work hard, have expenses, and your music and your performances have value.  Don't ever forget that!

So like I said, we have some great things in the works and some big surprises coming.  I'll keep you posted. Please continue to support my pages and sites.  Here are the main links.  Please cut and paste them to your social network pages, and share them with your friends and family, and most of all, please check out the sites and pages yourself.  I think you will enjoy the content:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (My Facebook Artist Page -- Please "Like" it while your there.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My personal Facebook Page -- Send me a Friend Request.)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic  (To hear all my music for free.)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic  (For live concert videos of us and also of many major rock bands.)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow us for frequent updates.)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (This, my Official Website.)

Thanks for your visit and all your support!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Well guess what?  I'm back.  Short senteces.  Wow.  Lol. Anyway, on this beautiful El Paso Mother's Day, I'm feeling good; feeling no pain. Exhaling. Breathing.  Here we go with more short sentences.  Anyway, my point, beginning on this beautiful day, a new feature of my blog, Alexx's Link of the Day!

So, since I have some recent live video, I'll be highlighting them initailly, giving you a link to click on to see some live Alexx stuff.  We'll keep recording; keep it evolving, and we'll keep keeping it real real!  We'll be bringing it to you my friends!

In Phase 2 of the Introduction, I'll start to throw out videos of El Paso concerts of major bands, recorded by me, personally.  Let me tell you, when you see the videos of the major concerts I record from up front center, in the thickest, most insane of crowds.  It's like you're right there, up front and center, and let me tell you, that sh*t gets really crazy at times.  I know. Been doing that sh*t for decades.  Experienced. Like a mother*ucker. 

Actually, I have so much concert video I've never posted, simply because I have no time to sort thru it to decide what to put up, not to mention the uploading.  I always just want to play. Anyway, the focus is the Alexx stuff now so that's what's coming. Hopefully we'll be able to do a real video soon.  I think we can turn some heads if we get that done right.  That's next.  But in the mean time, I'll be throwing up stuff from upcoming shows, plus some amazing concert footage from a rock and roll soldier, like a mother*ucker, Me!

So, with no further adue, (hope I spelled that right,) Here's the First Link, my Full Concert at Soho in El Paso on Thursday May 2, 2013.  It was a fun night.  Great place, great show, great crowd.  We gave em all we got.  A glimpse into our souls.  This is only the beginning.  This is where it starts.  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_02mh21nZqI

Enjoy it my friends.  I know I did, you guessed it, like a mother*ucker!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD!

Alexx

 

Hey my friends!  Thanks for visiting again, and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all you mothers!

Hey well, being mother's day, I've found myself really reflecting today due to my personal circumstances.  For those of you who may not know, I'm a single dad and sole parent.  I've been doing this for about a decade, which is one of the main reasons my music was on hold for so long.  Yes, being a mom, is a tough job.  Very tough!

So I've been raising three kids as a sole parent since Alexx Jr. was 5 days old.  I aready had custody of my two girls, one 18 months and still in diapers, and the other barely three, and just out of diapers. 

It's funny, because I had been basically kicked out of school at the age of fifteen for various offenses, but mostly for non-attendence.  Well, I liked money, but wasn't qualified to do much of anything, so in adittion to my, ahem,cough, cough, "business" as a vendor at the time, I took a job roofing.

Well let me tell you, I hated roofing, you guessed it, like a mother*ucker!  I won't go into a discussion on roofing, but I will say I thought it had to be the very hardest job in the world, period, until I became a sole parent of three, essentially babies.  Trust me, that made roofing seem like a day at the beach!!

When I took custody of Junior, I would hold him and say, fuuuuuuuuuuuck, how the hell am I gonna do this?  I don't know how to be the main caretaker of babies! Then here I am, doing literally round the clock feeding, changing diapers for two, bathings, entertaining, doctor visits, and on, and on, and on!  It's like fu*king killing me here.  Constantly exhausted, and just trying to survive financially; selling all my sh*t, musical equipment included!

Whoa, it's exhausting just thinking about it.  But you get the picture.  It was tough, as a mother*ucker, and still is!  But at the same time quite rewarding.  These kids give me so much unconditional love, more than I could ever imagine!  Yes, so I guess I would have to say, it has definitely been more than worth it, and that, would be an understatement, and no, I would never have it any other way.  Yes, I still do it, and run a full- time business, and work full-time on music.  My plate is still pretty full.

So Happy Mother's Day to ME, but mostly to all you mothers out there.  I have much respect for you, and wish you a beautiful day!

My kids made me really cool Mother's Day Cards too.  I get to double dip with both Father's Day and Mother's Day, lol!  Well yes, I earn it.

Anyway, alls good with the music.  Still writing songs, and loving the new songs.  They come so easily now too.  They just kind of pop up out of nowhere and just flow.  

I was a bit dissappointed that we didn't get a certain gig that we wanted to play, but we have no control over those types of things, so it would be fruitless to waste my own, valuable time dwelling on anything negative.  The bands that got to play were deserving. Moving on; there will be bigger and better things, and bigger stages.  It's just a matter of time, but we're moving in that direction, slowly but surely.  I believe, you guessed it, like a mother*ucker!

Anyway, 1:37 am Mother's Day.  I'm gonna get back to the music.  PEACE!

Thanks for the love and support.  Please share the music and the links to my sites and pages.  Let's really get this thing off the ground.  I can't do it by myself.  Here are the links:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Please "Like" my page!)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (Hear the new cd and get a Free song download!

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (My Official Website. All the background, history, pitures, blog, etc.)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic  (Live Concert Videos Galore!)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow me for constant updates.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic  (My personal facebook.  Become a friend there too!)

Thanks for visiting; come back soon!

Alexx

 

 

Hey everybody, welcome back to my site, and thanks for checking in!

Everything's still going well. Finished a new song last night. It's a rocker as you might guess, and it's called If I Were A Freak. Here are the lyrics:

 If I Were A Freak

If I Were A FreakIf I were a freak, I'd fly my freak flag high

If I were a freak, I wouldn't question why

If I were a freak, I wouldn't deny

If I were a freak, I'f fu*kin let it fly

 

If I were a freak, I'd play some rock and roll

If I were a freak, I'd fu*kin lose control

If I were a freak, I'd fu*kin let it show

If I were a freak, I'd let you know

 

It's a gift from above and I don't know why

So many times it has makes me smile

So many reasons why I'll freak til I die

I'm not gonna walk, I'm gonna fly

 

Tell all the hypocrites to jump off a cliff

Tell all the hypocrites, that they can eat sh*t

Puff it and smile, and laugh in their face

Don't inhale on them, cause that's just a waste

Copyright Alexx Delgado dba Dungeon Entertainment, May 9, 2013

I finished the music to Freak Flag last night/this morning also. I'm really liking the sound, and will probably post a rehearsal video of it on my Youtube Channel next week with the full band.

Speaking of my Youtube Channel, I posted video of the last two shows up a few days ago. The link to my channel is www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic. One of the videos is a full concert video from last Friday, May 2. It is 56 minutes of the entire show, all original Alexx songs. This is the direct link to that full concert video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_02mh21nZqI

We know we're now ready to play any gigs that come along, big or small. I don't think there are any stages too big for us now. I'll hang my toes over the edge of any stage, no mater how big or how large the crowd, anywhere, and give them our best performance. We stand ready for whatever comes our way, you guessed it, like a mother*ucker!

I spread myself so thin, so I just really haven't had time to go out and book the shows. I'll be on that over the next couple of weeks, but maybe what we might need is a good booking agent, so we can focus on the music and the performances. That is probably also close on the horizon. It has to happen at some point.

Anyway, I think that's all for now. Have a fantastic day/night, and keep coming back. I'll hopefully post some more stuff up here tomorrow or Saturday, so be sure to check back.

Don't forget to share our sites, pages, and links with all your friends and family and on your social media pages. Here are the main links:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (My Artist Page, for all the music updates.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Facebook. Feel free to send a friend request.)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (To hear the new cd and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD.)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (For more frequent updates.)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (This site, my Official Website.)

JUST COPY AND PASTE THE LINKS ON YOUR FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES, AND/OR CLICK THE LINKS TO GO DIRECTILY TO THE SITES AND PAGES!

Thanks as always for your visit and your continued support!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Hey friends, hope all is good with you.  Thanks for checking in.  I do appreciate that!

Everything's still going well. Things are moving forwards and upwards, slowly but surely.

Today Alexx music will be featured on Museboat Internet Radio, at 3pm MST (our time.)  Thanks to Mary Dunham King and Andy of Museboat for continuing to give us airplay.  Please check out their station.  It's really cool and they play some great independent music!  Here's the info and the links.  Just click on one of the links:

     MuseBoat Radio will be playing Alexx on Spotlight Music Show w/Mary Dunham King

     Wed. May 8th at 10pm GMT 5pm EDT 4pm CDT 3pm MDT 2pm PDT
     Thurs. May 9th at at 1am EAT 5am WIB
     Replays every 3 hours after that!!

     To CHAT & LISTEN: http://museboat.wix.com/multimedia
     To JUST LISTEN: http://museboatradio.listen2mymusic.com/

Yta Von G of KLAQ 95.5 FM EL PASO RADIO and www.klaq.com will be interviewing us soon, I'm assuming this week or next.  I'm really looking forward to that as well.  She's a really cool person, and she and her radio station KLAQ have been quite supportive of us and our music. We definitely appreciate them and are more than happy to do the interview.  It is my understanding that the interview will be posted on-line, so I'll give you the information and the link as soon as it's up.

The local festivals are coming up, and I am still hopeful that they'll give us a slots to play.  Those are always a lot of fun, and I haven't played one in years, mainly due to my absence from the scene for over 12 years.  But, needless to say, I'm back, so hopefully they'll ask us to play.  That could give us some great local exposure.

The plan is still to play in and around El Paso as much as possible, before embarking on a West Coast tour.  I just love the West Coast, and can't wait for that, but we have plenty of loose ends to tie up before booking a tour.  I'll definately let you know all the dates before we head out.  I'm not sure yet what month that will be, but it will happen.

I had stopped even looking a record deal because I didn't have a solid, dedicated line-up of musicians.  I'm very happy with the current line-up, so it's getting time to start contacting record companies again and following up with the ones I've made contact with already.  I have had some interest, so hopefully something will pan out. Always the longshot.

I still hope we have a fair shot though, based on the songs themselves.  I believe in every one of the songs on Escaping the Dungeon, and think the new songs are at least as good.  I don't think will have the sophomore curse that many bands do, because of the quality of the new songs, and the fact that my songwriting seems to be evolving and improving.  That's what hard work does!

So, I continue to work hard on a daily basis with the intent of making good things happen.  They just don't happen by themselves, and that is a fact.

That's about it for now my friends.  Don't forget to check out Museboat Radio, and to support my pages and sites.  That helps a whole lot, and things are working so far because of you guys and your support.  Here's the links to my main sites and pages.  Please share the music and the links with all your friends and family.  Since I have no label support, it's up to us to spread the word.  Please share them on all your social media pages:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  ("Like" this Facebook Artist Page for frequent updates and information.)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (To hear all my music FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD!)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (To see videos of our shows and also major El Paso concerts.)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow us for frequent updates.)

www.alexxofficialmusic  (This site, my Official Website.)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic  (My Personal Facebook Page.  Send a friend request and I will accept it.)

Thanks again for visiting. 

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Have a beautiful day/night my friends,

Alexx

Hey friends, thanks for checking in.  There has been quite a bit going on around The Dungeon.  Great shows and more.

Congratulations to our drummer Richard Gerome for completing the requirements for his Master's Degree from NMSU (New Mexico State University,) last week!

Today's blog entry is at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic   Just click the link to the left to get to that site.

I posted video of both Thursday and Friday's shows on www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic  Again, just click the link to get there.

Don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT.  IT IS MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE ALREADY, AND THAT IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION.

PEACE,

Alexx

 

Good morning/afternoon/night my friends! It's actually late afternoon right now here in El Paso. As always, thanks for your visits and all your support. It has and continues to make a difference!

Our Facebook Artist Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic is getting slammed with "Likes" left and right from all around the world, night and day, every day, largely due to support from you guys. I really appreciate that and thank you very much for spreading the word and making it happen.

While We're still very far from my goal of one million Facebook Likes as an artist, 7,000 + plus Likes is a respectable number for starters. To my knowledge, no other El Paso bands have that many Likes, except for the very few who have gotten major label deals.  We are a fairly new band, as far as the solo project, and the page is pretty new also, so we're actually doing very well in that respect.

Hopefully, with enough hard work, we will be one of the next El Paso bands to be signed to a good label. I believe strongly in the music and the songs, and the audiences always react very positively to our music. My belief is that it all comes back to the songs. It doesn't matter how good the players are, if the songs are not good, you will have little potential for commercial success.  You need to have both great players and great songs to have any real chance at commercial success.

Our current line-line up is great, and I am very happy about that, because it took at least nine months to put this together, and we went through so many players, before putting this band together.

The visits to this, our Official Website, also continue to grow and grow. The link is www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic It is getting hits and visits from around the globe, including some from countries I hadn't even heard of. Hopefully, we'll eventually get to travel to all these countries to play shows for all of you, especially if we can get a deal with a good record company to provide tour support. I very much want to bring the music, the live show to all of you. Hopefully with a lot more work and some luck, that will become a reality!

We are still the Number 1 Rock Band from El Paso, Texas on Reverbnation. We actually hit Number 1 quite a while back, and stayed at the top for quite a while, but farily recently have been fluctuating between #1 and #3. Once again we are holding steadily at the #1 Spot. You really should check out this Page, www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, because you can listen to the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd for FREE there, and also get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD!

We played two shows this week, one thursday on the other last night, friday. Both shows went very well, and we got a huge number of compliments, including compliments from the owners and managers of both venues. We'll get with them next week to see about booking more shows in their establishments, and we will be announcing more shows at other venues, as we get confirmation on the dates.

Thursday night's show we played our original music only, and Friday, we did our show, plus I performed with my side project, Like a Hurricane as the opening act, so it was twice the fun for me! Like a Hurricane is the Neil Young Tribute Band. Both bands were very well recieved, and we will be doing many more shows together as a two band line-up.

It only makes sense to do the dual band thing, because my drummer and I play in both bands. Our sound engineer Dave plays guitar in Like a Hurricane, I play bass (instead of guitar) in Like a Hurricane, and do lead vocals and front both projects. All the members of both bands are already part of the same team/organization. Plus I love to play bass and guitar, and I get to do both with the dual band arrangement.

Basically, that's why I say that we're not a band, we're an organization. We're an opening act, a sound crew, and a headling act all rolled up into one package, comprised of a total of only five people, plus our roadies who come and go. It just makes sense for so many reasons to do both these bands, and the consensus is that both the bands sound great!

Well, that's about it for now. I'm pretty tired, having gotten only two hours sleep, so I'll get some rest. You'd think I might take a night off tonite, but I'll probably work on some other new songs I have in the works, and try to finish them. Nothing good comes easy, and I need to make some things happen. I work harder than the rest, I guess because I want success more than most. Hopefully, we'll start seeing some bigger rewards for all this hard work soon. Only time will tell.

Have a beautiful weekend my friends, and thanks again for visiting. Please continue to share my music, sites and pages with your family and friends and continue to help spread the word. Thanks for all your support. Here are the links. You can just click on them to get to the sites, or copy and paste them wherever you like:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (My Facebook Artist Page)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (To hear all my music free and get a FREE song download)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (For frequent info and updates)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (This site, my Official Website.)

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Hey my friends, thanks for visiting my website again. I appreciate that!

Well it's probably been about a week or so since I last posted an entry on here. Sorry, been really busy, but busy is good!

We really enjoyed 4/20 Week. It was GREAT! I guess it was just like another week, but the symbolism was cool.

For those of you from other parts of the world that may not be familiar with the relatively new American celebration of 4/20, April 20th, it's basically a day for celebrating in unity for a fairly large segment of the American public, the pot (marijuana) smokers, aka, stoners, freaks, heads, and all those other amusing labels. Personally, I like stoner. So basically, it's a day for all the marijuana smokers to get stoned, all day long and all night long. Basically just an excuse to get high, lol!

So anyway, my opinion on Marijuana Laws in every state, with the exception of Colorado and Washington, who only very recently changed their laws, is that they are complete and utter crap! I think they are also a violation of our Constitutional Rights. My reasoning for this is that alcohol is legal in all 50 states, and alcohol has much more harmful direct, and indirect effects on the person consuming, and those around them, including family, friends, co-workers, etc.

As far as direct physical effects, regular consumption of alcohol can and does cause serious damage to the user's internal organs, and brain. These effects eventually can, and in many cases do, reduce the life of the individual, and in many cases, lead to premature death of many alcoholics. Alcohol Poisoning, from excessive consumtion kills many of our youth every year.

These things are not speculation, they are documented, scientifically proven facts. By indirect effects, I am referring to the consequential damages caused to others, by the drinkers behavior and acivities. Countless motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, violent acts, legal problems, damage to families, (and the list can go on and on, almost infinitely,) have been directly related to, or somehow indirectly caused by alcohol consumption.

Alcohol has no useful medicianal purpose. Marijuana has many. Alcohol and prescription drug overdoses also kill thousands annually. In contrast, there are no known documented deaths attributed to a marijuana overdose.

In the United States, many people in still look down on marijuana smokers, due to both the stigma, and also due to the fact it is illegal, yet the same people consume alcohol on a regular basis. If that's not a hypocritical segment of society, I don't know what is.

So anybody who has read my blogs already knows I speak my mind, rarely hold back, and I never sugar coat anything. I call things as I see them, period. As far as the 4/20 Celebration, Tradition or Holiday, I fully support it and enthusiastically participate in the celebration every year!

Don't get me wrong though. I'm not encouraging anyone to smoke marijuana, especially kids. That, I believe should be every mature individual's choice, which they are going to make, whether it is legal or not. I will say that I firmly believe that alcohol is much more harmful, and the marijuana laws in this country suck.  If either of the two should be illegal, it should be Alcohol, not Marijuana!

Ok, whew, got that out of my system, lol! Anyway, the music thing keeps getting better. We've been working hard rehearsing and getting ready for more live performances, and have improved greatly as a band as a result. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is the sound and the performance. I'm excited. We are gonna throw it down like a mother*ucker, every time we hit the stage, and we're not about to hold back.

Playing it live is what it's all about. Performing for others. Entertaining people. Money is great. We all love money, but at this point, there's not a lot of revenue flowing in from music. It takes a lot to get to the point of making any real money in this business, and very few ever get there.  Maybe we will; maybe not. Only time will tell.

But if it was only about the money, most musicians wouldn't spend their time playing music. They would do somthing that pays dividends immediately, rather than hope to hit that musical lottery, which is commercial success. Musicians play music because they love it. I know that's why I do it!

We'll be playing two shows next week. Thursday May 2, we'll be performing live at Soho's Coctail Lounge at 500 N. Oregon St. in the Union Plaza District area of Downtown El Paso. I have yet to step foot in the place, but I happened by the place the other night and it looks really cool from the outside. From what I have heard so far, it is a pretty cool place.

At the Soho show, we'll be performing with two other El Paso bands, Jo Hobo Witness and Undying Hate. Our friend Blue from the Hobos asked us to play, and he's a very cool person, and they're a cool band, so we were happy to join in on the fun. And yes, we fully intend to throw it down, you guessed it, like a mother*ucker!

The following night, Friday May 3, we'll be playing a show with the Alexx band, and my side project, "Like a Hurricane," at 6-Strings, 1160 Airway Blvd., El Paso. Like a Hurricane will open the show, and then the Alexx band will throw down the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd Live, and also the new songs that will be on our upcoming sophomore cd, which will be recorded sometime this year or next.

For those of you who may not know or remember, Like a Hurricane is what we call "A Celebration of Neil Young's Electric Side." That's a fancy way of saying that we're basically a Neil Young Tribute Band, that's not gonna try and look like Neil, like many "Tribute Bands" would do, but just play his music.

Our plan is that we're just going to do our very best to do Neil's great songs justice each time we perform them. I just want to give such a performance of his beautiful songs, every time that we play them, that if he were in the audience, and he could be some day for all we know, that Neil himself would love the performance, and actually feel proud of how we played his songs. Believe it or not, I think he would. I think he would smile and just love it, because they're sounding good!

In the Alexx band, I do lead vocals and guitar, and in Like a Hurricane, I do lead vocals and bass. It's pretty cool, because I spent years playing bass in the bands I've played with, and now I do guitar on my own stuff. With the tribute, I get to do both now, almost every show. We'll likely be our own opening act in most cases. How cool is that?

Well, it's 3:15 am. I'm suddenly feeling tired as a mother*ucker. Guess I'm out for now. I'll be back sooner next time though.

Have a beautiful day or night wherever you are, and thanks, as always, for visiting. PEACE

P.S. Please continue to share our pages, sites and links, including this one. Spread the word, spread the music. We can't do it all ourselves, but with your support, we can make something happen, and we will personnally back it up. Share the links. Thank you all!

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (To hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd and get a FREE Song Download.)

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (For the most updates, pictures, etc.--Don't forget to "Like" the page.)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (Follow us on Twitter for the most frequent updates.)

www.youtube.com/alexxofficialmusic (Subscribe to my Youtube Channel. Concert vids galore and early demo stuff)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (This Official Website.)

Thanks for your support!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Hey my friends, thanks for visiting again!

Well, another beautiful spring day in El Paso so far.  It's supposed to get windy later, but right now it's just awesome.  I hope your day is starting off as well as mine, because mine has started off great, and I know it's going to get a lot better!

I thought I was having an early rehearsal today with my side project, "Like a Hurricane," which is "A Celebration of Neil Young's Electric Side," but I was wrong.  We re-set that for tomorrow and Friday.  Good thing is that we do have rehearsal tonight with the Alexx band.

Some people tend to view band rehearsal as "work," and a sacrifice of time, which is something I  don't really get.  For me it is all about getting together with my band, playing music, which is something I love to do, and getting better at what we do, which is, of course, play music.  Yes, we work on music, but to me it's great fun!

Anyway, my mind took a journey into my past earlier this morning, when I found myself sitting across the street of an apartment complex that I used to frequent, and a beautiful memory returned to my mind.

It was right after graduating high school, and was an incident that most teenage boys, or young men, only dream or fantasize about.  Two of my good friends that I hung out with on a daily basis had just rented their first apartment, and were the first of our group to do so.  Well, you know what that meant, party central!

So, I guess you would say we were sort of bad kids.  We were known as the bad crowd, the tough guys.  The ones nobody wanted to fu*k with, and when they did, they usually regretted it.

Buy this time, most of us had ventured into the marijuana business to various degrees. I was the most entepreneuriel of the bunch.  It's funny, because we all started out in "the business" together, but I was the only one who went on to have any real success in the business.  I would always make a good profit, and always continue to re-invest it.  The rest of the guys were lucky to break even, usually smoking up what would have been their profit.  They obviously really didn't understand the concepts of business, which came so naturally to me.

I can openly say all this, because it is way beyond the statute of limitations now, having been close to two decades since I got out of the business, and all the money I made, I enthusiastically and continually blew, because I never wanted to get caught with it, and have it taken away. I preferred to spend it.  It was great!

I say it straight out now with little or no fear of retribution, because it was so long ago. The business I was in was Marijuana Distribution.  It acutally began before high school, and I started out as small as you can get.  In the beginning, it was not really distribution at all; rather, I guess some would call it dope dealing.  But I never sold drugs, only marijuana, and so I never actually hurt anyone with my product, which is more than any drug dealer can say. Drugs are undeniably harmful, and in my opinion, marijuana is not.  In fact, I firmly believe that marijuana has very many useful purposes, which is a whole other story that I'm sure I will get to some other time. 

I know for a fact, that alcohol is much worse than weed, and is a powerful drug, that causes great harm to users, yet is perfectly legal in 50 states, and in most places around the world.  In my opinion, alcohol is toxic, and a mild form of poison. So the general public, most of whom consume alcohol, yet condem marijuana, basically because it is illegal, are a bunch of fu*king hypocrites, in my opinion. 

Alcohol is glorified in commercials and advertisements world-wide, and marijuana is condemned.  Alcohol is poison; marijuana is a natural herb made by God.  Many people have died from alcohol consumption, and no one has ever died from marijuana consumption.  Alcohol can make otherwise peaceful people violent and completely out of control, and marijuana basically makes everyone peaceful.  But as I said, that's another topic, and we'll leave that one for another day.

So, anyway, back to the story from my "past life."  Well one day, I went over to my friends apartment, as we would on a daily basis.  I pulled up in front of the apartments, and saw a very beautiful young woman standing in the door, two doors down from my friends' apartment, in a black bikini.  I remember it like it was yesterday.

To an 18 year old male, it was almost like a vision to see such a beautiful chick standing there in a bikini, and it immediately got much better.  I parked my truck and started to get out.  By the time I was outside the truck, she had already walked over to my truck. 

Her name was Michelle.  She was not a girl, but rather an extremely beautiful twenty-four year old woman.  I had a girlfriend at the time, but I only 18, and at that moment, my girlfriend was the furthest thing from my mind!  She walked up to me and asked me if I had a light.  I pulled out my lighter, and she pulled out a big fat joint and put it in her mouth.  I happily lit the joint for her, and we smoked it together.  I really don't know why she picked me; maybe it was just great timing on my part.

So, we introduced ourselves, and immediately became friends.  I was basically floored by this beautiful "older woman."  It was a thing most teenage boys only dream of. 

Michelle, I soon found out, was a dancer, or what most people call a stripper.  So I went from hanging out at my friends apartment every day to hanging out at Michelle's apartment every day.  It didn't take more than a few days for us to go from friends to "friends with benefits." 

My friends were all immediately jealous.  They just couldn't figure out why this girl picked me, and quite frankly, neither could I, but I definately didn't care.  I just hung out, and milked it for what it was worth.  I was in teenage boy heaven!  My friends would all try to get close to her in hopes of stealing my spot, but she wanted me, haha!  Just that memory has me smiling ear to ear as I type.

So anyway, Michelle and her roommate, a less attractive dancer, did not have a car, so they enlisted me to drive them to work every day, which I more than happily did, religiously.  Every evening, when I would drop them off, I would go in and have a beer, which Michelle always paid for, in addition to giving me way too much money for "gas" every time.  I used to love watching Michelle dance, because she was not only the most beautiful dancer at the club, she was also, by far. the best dancer.  Boy could she move that beautiful body!

So every day I would go over.  Michelle would cook me an awesome meal, usually steak, and sometimes seafood.  She'd give me beer, share her weed, and give me some very sweet loving.  Being a stripper, she sometimes sold herself sex, but for me it was always free, and being a teenager without a lot of money at the time, I just enjoyed every benefit she had to offer.  Boy, I wish there was a time machine, because I'd be in it right now, headed to Michelles apartment, lol!

So, anyway, I later went on to making a bunch of money in the marijuana business, hung out at all the bars, which were, to me, both business and pleasure outings, where I met and discussed business with my clients, and met many strippers.  I never paid any of them for sex or even bought table dances.  I bought a lot of drinks for the dancers, stuffed some dollars in g-strings, made a lot of dancer friends. I basically lived that life, when I wasn't "working."  It was basically buying and selling, picking up and delivering, and collecting lots of cash.   Life was beautiful for a young man in his late teens and twenties. 

Anyway, as great as that life was, it definitely wasn't meant to last forever.  While it lasted, I lived and enjoyed it to the fullest. I always had four or five expensive new vehicles, including sports cars and customized four wheel drives, dirt bikes and Harley Davidson motorcycles. My wallet was always crammed full of large bills, and my front pocked filled with, $20, $10, $5 and $1 bills. Everybody wanted to be my friend. I was the Marijuana Prince of Northeast El Paso. Cars, houses, vacations, and everyday was a party. 

The down side of the business is that I went to jail more times than I would like to recall, and paid tons of money in lawyers and bondsman fees, and other related legal expenses, and yes, it did get quite dangerous at times. 

I had a knack for business in those days as I still do.  I would do like the fictional character Scarface, and buy low and sell high, and always maximize my profits.  I didn't have nearly as much money as Scarface, but I had balls of steel, and a great business mind, particularly for that business, and rarely hesitated to put it all on the line.  But, moving weed isn't a field that is known for great longevity.  It got to a point, where if I got caught again, I was going to go to prison for a long time, and the risks had begun to exceed the rewards, so I made the decision to permanently retire from that business. 

As I said, all the money I made in that business is long gone, as is everything it paid for.  All that remains are the beautiful memories.  It really feels like a "previous life," so different from how I live today.  Now all my business is legal, and I know that I will eventually make more money legally than I ever did illegally, and no one can take it away from me. 

Currently, I basically just get by, because I spend much of my business hours on music stuff, which currently does not make me money.  In fact, it costs a lot of money in lost income, equipment and other related music expenses to keep it going, but this is what I want to do, and where my heart is.  If I don't make it in the music business, which is one of the toughest business in the world, I will likely die trying.  In the mean time, I sell floors!

So, that's about it for now.  I thank all of you for your interest and support.  Please continue to support our sites and pages and share them and our music with everybody you know.  I am on a mission, and that mission is to take our music all around the world to all of you.  Here are the links to my main sites and pages.  Please support an share them:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (My Artist Page)

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www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic  (To hear the entier Escaping the Dungeon CD uninterrupted and FREE)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic  (Concerts and early Alexx Demos)

Thanks again for all your support!

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Alexx

 

Hey my friends, good afternoon.  Thanks once again for visiting; I always appreciate that!

Well, I'll start out on some different topics today before getting to the music.  The music, of course is what this site is about, but I sometimes write about other things going on in and around El Paso, Texas, for those who might be interested.  A couple of big non-music events are happening today and tomorrow, so I'll start there.

Well the big event today in El Paso was at about 6:45 am.  The famous El Paso Landmark, the Asarco Smokestacks went BOOOOMM and fell down.  The tallest of the two was, I believe, somewhere over 800 ft. tall and the smaller one probably 500-600 feet high.  So they dynamited them both down in about 10 seconds total. 

While they were landmarks, they were also great symbols of industrial pollution.  They used to pump most of the smoke out in the wee hours of the morning, while most of El Paso was sleeping, I assume calculatedly, so that much of their pollution would go unnoticed.  If you'd pass by in the early morning while they were in operation, you could literally taste the pollution in the air.  It was truly awful.  So, they were cool as landmarks as long as they were not in operation, and the plant had been shut down for many years now.  It's actually pretty cool to watch though.  Here's a link to a Youtube video if you want to check it out.  It's worth a veiwing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CRKdavTmiQQ#!

Anyway, they're gone now!  So tomorrow, another demolition, this time El Paso City Hall.  A perfectly good, beautiful, and structurally sound building that us taxpayers paid for, will be imploded in the morning.  They recently demolished another perfectly good and valuable building adjacent to City Hall, the El Paso Insights Museum, a science museum for children.  If I remember correctly, the Insights Building was valued at approximately 7 million dollars, and City Hall, I believe 58 million. 

Such a waste, and they are demolishing them to make room for a minor league baseball park, one that is sure to become a hugh liability to El Paso, and yes, we taxpayers will be the ones paying the bills.  El Paso has a long history of corruption of public officials who regularly cut closed door deals, selling their influence and votes.  Probably  over a dozen are currently either in prison or under indictment for making these type of deals, yet the "Good ole Boy System" shows little sign of change.

The ballpark deal was executed swiftly, behind closed doors, without voter approval, and you can bet there were large sums of money passed all around under the table to facilitate the deal.  While those involved would like to deny and hide the facts, that is the simple reality of the matter.  Now the City Departments are spread around in different rented locations, rather than all housed in one City Owned Building.  I mean, what sense could this possibly make?  Answer, none! It's all about the greed and power of the owner's group bringing in the team and the officials taking the bribes, and all the other cronies associated, and benefitting from the deal.  The cronies benefit; the taxpayers pay the bill. That's how they do it back here in the Old West!

El Paso already had one minor league team operating in a perfectly good stadium, yet the average attendance was probably 200-300 spectators per game.  So to believe that the population will support another team enough to make this fiasco of a deal profitable and beneficial to the taxpayers is simply a farce.  We taxpayers should be bracing ourselves for a bunch of tax increases, because they are certain to come soon.

Regardless of what taxpayer's want, this deal was pushed through extremely quickly and efficiently, we will pay for it, and the principles and their cohorts will benefite greatly at taxpayer expense.

So, enough about non-musical topics and things we have no control over, and on to the music.

As far as music we have a few things happening.  We're gearing up for the first big show with the new line-up, which will be Friday May 3, at 6-Strings, 1160 Airway Blvd. in El Paso.  It will be my first time playing that venue, so that always makes it a little bit more exciting for me.  Also, we will be playing new songs that the public has never heard, songs that will be included on our follow-up to the current cd, Escaping the Dungeon.  We will also play the complete Escaping the Dungeon cd, as well as three or four very choice classic rock cover tunes. 

I am extremely happy with the new songs.  I believe that songwriting is one of those things that continues to get better the more you do it, and I believe the new songs are some of the very best I've ever written.  The previous cd, had included 5 new songs that had never been performed in public, and 5 that were already crowd tested and approved.  The follow-up cd will consist of all new songs, written after Escaping the Dungeon was released.

So, the 6-Strings show will be exiting for me for several reasons, including a new venue, and new songs, and a new and much more modern and powerful PA system than the one we had been using.  We plan to shoot live video at the show as well, so that should be cool too!

Tonight we have a full-band rehearsal here in The Dungeon, and more next week.  Some people feel rehearsal is work, and it is, but personally, I always enjoy rehearsing, especially the with the whole band, and also the solo rehearsals that I do almost every day.  Tonight the whole band will be here, and we're all great friends, so it's just an opportunity to get together with some of my favorite people, and get some fun work done at the same time.  What can be bad about that?

Well that's basically all that comes to mind right now, and it's time to close up shop at my business and get ready for rehearsal.  I know I went off on those non-musical topics, so next time, I'll try to stick to the music.

Thanks as always for visiting, and have a great weekend!  Please support our other pages and sites.  You will find a lot more Alexx stuff on those. 

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Alexx

 

Hey friends, thanks for visiting! A lot's been going on lately, so I'll cover a few different topics today.

Well the big local news in El Paso are the demolitions going on this weekend. Our city legislators and some wealthy investors in town decided for the voters and the taxpayers that they will be bringing a minor league baseball team to town, and that we tax payers will be paying for it, without a vote; without our consent. Taxpayers will have to foot the bill, as the wealthy, corrupt and powerful, get there way, their team, and their stadium.

El Paso has had a minor league team in the city, the El Paso Diablos for decades now. It used to be run by a local businessman named Jim Paul, who was a masterful promoter. The original ball park known as "Diablo's Stadium" used to be on the city's south side near the Mexican Border. Paul eventually made a deal to have a new stadium built on the Northeast side of town, which is known as Cohen Stadium. It is a beautiful stadium, and remains in fairly good condition today.

While Cohen Stadium is a nice facility with a beautiful scenic view of the Franklin Mountains, the public has not supported the Diablos in recent years. They had been affiliated with a Major League Baseball Team, but lost the affiliation years ago. Since Jim Paul was such a brilliant promotor, he was always coming up with new innovative ideas to draw the crowds, and had quite a bit of success. For whatever reason or reasons, he sold the team years back, and ever since, it has been a floundering venture.

The games I've attended in recent years have had an average of only maybe 200-300 spectators on a given night, if that. El Pasoans will just not support a team enough to make building the stadium and bringing in the team feasible and or profitable, and beneficial to the majority of the residents and taxpayers.  We wll be paying the bill on this one too folks, so have your wallets and purses handy.

So anyway, back to the demolitions. The bigger one of the two will be the destruction of El Paso City Hall, to make room for the new ballpark

They have already demolished another great facility next to City Hall, The El Paso Insights Museum for the same reason, to make space for the ballpark. It was a wonderful children's science museum, and was a great asset to the community. Both buildings were relatively new and structurally sound, and worth well over $50,000,000 dollars between them. I can't remember the figures, but I believe the combined values are somewhere around $65,000,000.

But around here, value is not as important to our city leaders and representatives as money in their pockets. Money speaks loud and clear in El Paso's City and County Governments and Courtrooms. The good ole boy system is still alive and well here, and has evolved into the good ole boys and girls club in modern years, but the 'boys' still have all the power and call the shots. These ole boys and girls love money so much, that they're quick to take the cash under the table behind closed doors, in exchange for their votes and influence. A large number of local officials, judges and representatives are currently in prison for these type of activities and more are pending trials and/or sentencing. These are just the small percentage that have gotten caught. For each one caught, dozens continue to get away with it and prosper from it. Some things never change!

So this weekend City Hall and also the world famous Asarco Smokestacks are coming down on Saturday and Sunday. The two Asarco Smokestacks were, I believe about 700 and 600 feet tall, and were landmarks that could literally be seen for miles. There was vocal resistance and movements by El Pasoans to save all these landmarks, to no avail. Our "represntatives" closed the deals swiftly and quietly right in front of our eyes without voter approval, for personal gain. Simple as that.

Anyway, I'm just sitting here in "The Dungeon," in the back of my business, Flooring by Alex and Alex, in Northeast El Paso, killing time in between customers. Business has been pretty good, but it can always be better. I've got mouths to feed and plenty of bills to pay, and it costs money to keep the musical activities going. Thankfully things begin to pick up this time of year, since a lot of people do home improvements in the springtime.

On the subject of Flooring by Alex and Alex, those in and around El Paso can help support independent music and independent business by coming to us for your flooring needs. My business philosophy is that in order for it to be a good business deal, both must parties benefit from the deal, and I live by that philpsophy. Business owners and managers, in my opinion, must take good care of their customers and give them great value for their money in order to earn their business.

I take good care of my customers by saving them lots of money and giving them great value and service, and they take care of me by giving me repeat business, and by referring me to their neighbors, family and friends. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, so please keep us in mind when you are replacing floors!

If you're in the El Paso area and you need Tile, Wood, Carpet, Laminate or Vinyl floors, call me for a Free Estimate at (915) 755-6100. I have a showroom at 9861 Dyer St. in Northeast El Paso, 1 block South of Trans Mountain Rd./Woodrow Bean/Loop 375, with a huge selection of all types of floors, and I'll give you the right kind of personal service and value. We also install what we sell, unless you prefer to do it yourself.

So, getting back to the music, I can't complain, even when business is slow. I'm grateful to be able to work on music stuff here at work! I can crank up the Marshall Amps or the Ampeg Bass Rig and the "PA From Hell," and get loud anytime I want to, day or night, and trust me I fully take advantage of that on a daily basis. Not many musicians who have to keep a day job to survive have such a luxury at work! That's precisely what I'll be doing in a few minutes when I log off of here.

Well, I somehow just got an incredible case of the munchies, so I've been pigging out on candy, lol! That should give me plenty of energy and motivation to jam. As tough as it is carrying the load I have, God I love my life! :)

Last night was fun. I judged the Battle of the Bands at Chapin High School here in El Paso. I've done that for several years, and I enjoy watching the kids, most of whom are just starting to play in bands, perform. Some of them are pretty good! Congrats to the winners, If We Were Turtles, Ryan Lyle, and Endeavor. I've had the pleasure of seeing Ryan play several times now, and he's quite the entertainer already. He injects a lot of humor into his songs, and he's clearly a crowd favorite at the school for good reason. He's pretty good on the guitar already too. Keep playing guys; it only gets better!

So for us it's band rehearsal tonight and Saturday. We've been writing and rehearsing new material for the live shows and for our next cd.  We have seven new ones completed and several more in the works.

Our next show will be on Friday May 3, at 6 Strings, 1160 Airway Blvd, El Paso, Texas at 9:00 pm. I just found out a couple of hours ago, that the band that was to open for us will not be playing, due to a personal issue within their band. That's too bad, because I enjoy sharing the stage with them and watching them play. They're a young band, but they play from the heart, so it's cool.

So with only three weeks to go, it's either find another opening act right away, or resurrect a side project I had started with our soundman, David Richie, called Like a Hurricane. Like a Hurricane is "A Celebration of Neil Young's Electric Side." We've played one show before together, and also did several open mics. People really like the show and the music.

Being that I can never get enough rehearsing or playing, that's what I've decided. Dave will be there anyway running sound, and he loves to play, so we'll just do that. That makes us completely self-sufficient as a unit, because were a band, an opening act, and a sound crew all in one, leaving all the musical bases covered. The icing on the case is that I play guitar with the Alexx band and bass with Like a Hurricane. I love to play both instuments, and I'll get to do exactly that! How cool is that?

Well, my guitar is looking at me like, get off that damn computor and play me, proof that guitars are females, lol! So with that in mind, I'll be signing off now. Thanks, as always, for visiting. I sincerly appreciate that, and I thank you for your interest and support!

Don't forget to share our music with all your friends and family and share our pages and links. Here are some of the main links; you can cut and paste them wherever you want and just click on them to get to the pages:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (Artist Page with daily updates)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Page where I put some crazy stuff--make a Friend Request if you wish)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (Hear the Escaping the Dungeon CD and get more updates)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Concert Videos, Early Alexx Demos, and soon to come videos of Alexx Shows)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (Follow us for frequent updates)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (This site)

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Just a short update post today my friends.

This site's still blowing up with more visits than ever and growing every day, thanks to all of you.  For those of you who are sharing my music and my pages with your friends and family, I can't thank you enough, and I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.  You are the reasons our fan base keeps growing and growing!

Well, in spite of this site's growth and the increasing fan base on our Facebook Artist Page and on Reverbnation, we're still underground in a sense, which is both good and bad I suppose.  It's good because my band's line-up is still in it's infancy, even though everyone in the band brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent to the group.  The next show is around the corner, at 6 Strings, 1160 Airways Blvd here in El Paso.  This venue is new to us, as it had not been established our last time around.  I love playing new places and meeting new friends and fans!

So, with only two shows under our belts as a band, the new line-up is getting excited and beginning to work hard as we prepare to blow it out at 6 Strings.  As I have said before, I'm extremely satisfied with the line-up for the first time since writing, recording and releasing Escaping the Dungeon, my first dip into the solo artist trip. 

Everyone in the band (except me, lol,) is an awesome person and a great musician. Moises, Richard and I go way back to the days when I fronted the El Paso band "Shovelheads," and they both played with the very popular cover band of the time, "Max Alley." While Jose is a new friend to all of us, he fits right in as if we'd known him for a long time.

Three of the four of us are making a return to the scene that we essentially grew up in as musicians after long lay-offs. We've all gone through the stages of breaking away the rust of the long lay-offs and are sounding better than ever. I've gone through surguries for carpel tunnel syndrom, and also vocal chord surgury to remove a large tumor, and have fully recovered. In my opinion, both my playing and singing are as good or better than ever, and that is truly a blessing. Granted, although I did lose the highest end of my vocal range over the years as every singer does, my voice is as powerful as ever. For these things I am extremely grateful!

So now the time has come to begin booking plenty of shows, and to step up and show what we've got and what we're capable of, beginning right here at 6 Strings in El Paso, and then, to the rest of the world eventually. Yes, even though we are in a tough business, I think big and have big goals and dreams. Would a it make any sense to think and dream small?

Honestly, I can't wait to take our show around the world to all of you! Unfortunately, this may not happen until we get record label support, and with a lot of luck we may gain that sometime in the relatively near future for tour support, marketing and distribution assistance, so that we can take our music to the masses and our show around the globe. Hopefully that dream will be realized!

So in the mean time, it's here down in the trenches, here in The Dungeon, working our butts off, writing new music, and building and polishing our chops. Nothing good is easy or free, and success will not come without working hard. As a band, we all believe in the music and each other. We just need to continue what we're doing and hopefully the rest will come in due time.

So the weather sucks today here in El Paso. I'm hunkered down here in The Dungeon paying dues and getting work done. I'll be signing off now so that I can run through all of our songs solo on guitar and vocals, and possibly fininshing new song number 8. Once we have ten, and have them well rehearsed and polished by playing them live, we'll get back in the studio to record the follow-up to Escaping the Dungeon. Until then, it's bust but, and get work done.

As always, thanks for visiting and thanks for your support!

Don't forget to share our music with all your friends and family and share our pages and links. Here are some of the main links; you can cut and paste them wherever you want and just click on them to get to the pages:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (Artist Page with daily updates)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Page where I put some crazy stuff--make a Friend Request if you wish)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (Hear the Escaping the Dungeon CD and get more updates)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Concert Videos, Early Alexx Demos, and soon to come videos of Alexx Shows)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (Follow us for frequent updates)

www.alexxofficialmusic.com (This site)

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Hey friends, thanks for checking in here!

Everythings moving along, never as fast as I would like, but that's just me.  I'm a fairly impatient person, and I want it all, like yesterday!  Anyway, I'm gradually learning to be more patient, I think.

Well in my previous bands, we were usually booked in bars and clubs anywhere from two to seven days per week, almost every week, and the bookings came fast and easy, because we were more know.  This time, things are different, cause we've been out of the scene for quite a while, and probably some other reasons, being that things change over time.

First of all, some of you know that I did things backwards this time.  (Those who haven't kept up since the beginning of this solo project can just scroll down through all the blog posts to get the whole story; it's all here.)  By doing it backwards, I mean that I wrote all the songs myself, found an old drummer I used to play with, and went into the studio and recorded the CD.  I did not have a band at all at the time. 

So I recorded Escaping the Dungeon here in El Paso, Texas at the now closed Clap of Thunder Studio.  During the first 6 day work week in the studio, I was very ill with the flu.  Normally, I would have probably re-scheduled the sessions due to illness, but since we had already re-scheduled the sessions once for other reasons, I didn't feel right rescheduling a second time, and decided to just do it.

That first week was like heaven and hell.  I was sick, but at the same time elated to be working in the newly opened Clap of Thunder Studio, co-owned by Jim Ward, the front man of Sparta, Sleepercar and The Jim Ward Project and guitarist in the legendary El Paso Band At the Drive-in, and to be working with the great Gabe Gonzalez, who so generously contributed his playing on the CD, in addition to his awesome engineering and production work.

So, I basically stocked the kitchen at Clap of Thunder with healthy food and beverages, tea bags for hot tea, lots of flu medications, and camped out there for the first 6 day work week of the sessions.

During the first week, we managed to record all the basic instrument tracks. We recorded the drums first, which took a day and a half of me working patiently with the drummer Rick, because he was having difficulty remembering some of his drum parts, and the changes in the songs. I then started laying down the other instruments one by one myself, beginning with the rythm guitars and the bass.  Then Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez (of Sparta, Sleepercar, and The Jim Ward Project) layed down the acoustic guitars and the lap-steel slide guitar parts.  Next, I recorded improvised guitar solos, which at the suggestion of Gabe I later structured note for note and re-recorded in later sessions.  Being that I had laringitis due to the flu, I made no attempt at recording any vocal tracks that first week, because it would have been a total waste of studio time.

It took about a month for my voice to return to normal.  During the down-time I worked on composing and structuring all the guitar solos.  When my voice felt strong enough, I went back in and layed down all the vocal tracks and re-recorded the guitar solos, which came out much better the second time.  The rest of the time was spent mixing and mastering the album, which came out great.  In hind site, I am greatful for and amazed at the work we managed to accomplish that first week, against all odds.

So, as far as doing it backwards, I say that because I wrote, recorded, mixed, mastered, produced and released the CD without having a band.  It was basically just me.  Rick, the drummer, quit during the sessions because he was upset that he broke a microphone with his drum stick (which I had to replace.)  So I exited the studio with Escaping the Dungeon in hand, all by myself.

The hardest part of the whole project was putting the band together.  I guess you have to go through a bunch of coal to find the diamonds.  I went through so many musicians trying to find the right line-up.  Each time I would think I had a fairly good line up, someone would flake out and it would all fall apart. 

I don't know if it's like this in other parts of the country or the world, but in El Pasohalf the musicians are unemployed, or under-employed and living at home with their mothers, I kid you not.  Needless to say most of these guys lack the ambition or the energy needed to try and make something bigger happen, and are content, living at home under a free roof, and eating free food provided to them by their mothers.  Therfore, they are in no dire need of being successful at anything, and their work ethic and attitudes reflect that directly.  It's pretty funny, but actually true!

So it was very frustrating putting the right band together.  I went from playing bass, to playing guitar, back to bass, and back to guitar, based on the available musicians at the time.  Thankfully, after almost a year's time, a strong line-up is in place.  I'm back on guitar and it feels right.  The band itself also feels right, and hopefully we will have no more line-up changes anytime soon.  We all get along great and have what I feel is great chemistry as a musical unit, and all the members are competent, educated, professional level musicians.  The proof is in the pudding, which is the sound, and we are now sounding like one cohesive musical entity; like a rock and roll band!

I believe everything happens for a reason, even if the reason or reasons may not be clear at any given time.  For some reason, I had to go thru all this to get to where we are today. Still living and learning, but now we begin lift off as a band.  We've played two shows with this line-up, and both shows went well, inspite of a couple of technical problems.  Our PA went out right before we started our set at Squee Tones Guitars, and had to use a tiny lower end PA system which was available at the venue.  Now we have a new PA; bigger, better, and just what we needed. 

Our other PA went out for a reason; we needed a better one.  Now we're ready for the shows; the bigger the better and the more the merrier.  We now have two hours of rehearsed music, including the ten songs from Escaping the Dungeon, seven new songs that we're already playing, and several choice cover tunes that we will throw in when needed. The covers will unmistakenably be played our way, with our stamp on them, and we have several more new originals in various states of completion.

The next show will be on Friday May 3, at 6 Strings, 1160 Airway Blvd., El Paso, Texas. The show starts at 9:00 pm.  This time we'll pull out all the stops, and make it a show to remember.  Straight up, we're gonna throw down, like a mother*ucker, so be there if at all possible.  It will be one to remember!

With a little luck, hopefully we'll be able to play some of the up-coming local festivals this summer as we plan the next steps of our musical path.  The basic plan is simple; to play, and play and play.  To tighten up our sound as a band, and to develop the new songs.  I love the new songs and so does the rest of the band.  Every one of them hold up to the songs on Escaping the Dungeon, and some are probably even better.  We'll let the fans decide that, but I can say for certain, that there is not a weak song amongst the seven completed new ones. 

Three more good songs and we'll have the material for the follow-up cd, most or all of which will most likely be recorded at the state of the art Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, TexasSonic Ranch is known around the globe as a top-notch studio, with a cool environment, being way out in the country. It's looking more likely that we will record there, and that is definately something for us to look forward to.

This Wednesday April 10th, I'll be judging the Battle of the Bands at Chapin High School in El Paso, Texas.  This will be my third year judging, and it's always fun and entertaining.  The high school bands in El Paso have a lot of talent, and I'm sure this year will be as good as previous years.

So that's about it for now.  Tonight I'll rehearse at The Dungeon by myself, running through all the songs on guitar and vocal and maybe finishing another new song.  Thanks, as always, for visiting.  Have a great evening and a great week, and check  back here soon!

Don't forget to share our music with all your friends and family and share our pages and links.  Here are some of the main links; you can cut and paste them wherever you want and just click on them to get to the pages:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (Artist Page with daily updates)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My Personal Page where I put some crazy stuff--make a Friend Request if you wish)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Hear the Escaping the Dungeon CD and get more updates)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Concert Videos, Early Alexx Demos, and soon to come videos of Alexx Shows)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Follow us for frequent updates)

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Hey, my friends, Happy Easter to you all!

It's a beautiful Easter Day here in El Paso, Texas. Sunny and calm; 81 degrees! Spring is in full bloom, and unfortunately, so are the mulberry trees. Pollen city, and my eyes just keep watering. I hate that. Thank God for Allegra, or my allergy sympotms would be much worse! Oh, well, guess we gotta take the bad with the good.

Well the traffic to this site keeps growing and growing. Thanks so much for all your interest and support! I'll put up a list soon of all the home countries of all of you visitors. I'd do it now, but it's a long list, and I'm feeling sort of lazy right now.

Last week was really long, like every other week lately. I've been working my butt off in both my day job, my flooring business, (Flooring by Alex and Alex,) and on the music, both new and old.

I'm really liking the newest songs. I beleive my songwriting has improved immensely, and the proof is in the pudding, the songs!

Yes, I'm feeling very tired and a bit hung over. Will I ever learn? I don't think so, lol! Well my kids went to an Easter party and hunt, and left me behind. I'll probably catch up with them in a while after I take a short, but well deserved nap.

I believe I am the hardest worker I know, but I have a lot of work to get done in hopes of realizing some of my dreams, particularly my musical aspirations.

Anyway, I now have seven new songs good enough to put on the new cd. I think we'll record the new cd two or three songs at a time. That will make the financial burdon of the recording sessions easier to manage, and I think we will actually get better results, focusing on two or three songs at a time, instead of ten! Also, this approach will allow me to get some new music out there sooner.

On the Escaping the Dungeon cd, I had a serious case of the flu when I recorded the basic tracks. At the time, I didn't want to reschedule the sessions a second time, since I had to reschedule once due to financial limitations, but I honestly don't regret that, because the tracks came out great, and I am satisfied with the results.
 
 
 
The only song I have mixed feelings about is We Better Open Our Eyes. It actually came out really good, but it is much more polished than the original version, which is quite raw. Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez layed down some cool acoustic guitar tracks, which changed the song completely, sacrificing some of the rawness while adding some polish. I'm considering re-recording that song in it's original raw form for the next cd.
 
 
 
 
 
Well my computer is pissing me off right now because it won't let me turn off the italics, and the paragraphs are not separating, so I'll be cutting this entry short. Sometimes I love computers, and other times they are extremely frustrating, like now!
 
 
 
 
 
Anyway, on a final note or thought, it's about time to start thinking about which studio we will record in next time, since Clap of Thunder Studio, where I recorded Escaping the Dungeon, closed it's doors, apparently for good. If money wasn't a concern, I'd do it at the world class Sconic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. Since money is a concern, we may or may not wind up out there. We'll see..........................................................
 
 
 
 
 
Well,, thanks to these italics that won't turn off, and the lack of paragraph separation, I'm out for now. Thanks as always for your visit, and your interest and continued support. Please share my music, this website, and all of my pages, (Like, Become a Fan, Subscribe, and Follow.)
 
 
 
Here are the links. You can cut and paste them to your browser or to your posts, or simply click on them to get to the pages:
 
 
 
 
www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (My Facebook Artist Page---PLEASE LIKE TO GET ALL THE UPDATES!)
 
 
 
 
 
https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts (My Facebook Fan Page--PLEASE LIKE!)
 
 
 
 
 
www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (The Page where you can hear the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd FREE!)
 
 
 
 
 
www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (PLEASE FOLLOW FOR UPDATES!)
 
 
 
 
 
www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (FOR CONCERT VIDEOS, ALEXX DEMOS, AND SOON TO HAVE NEW ALEXX SHOW VIDEOS--PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!)
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks again for visiting. Please come back soon!
 
 
 
 
 
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,
Alexx

 

Good morning to the greatest fans and friends around!

Hey, well sorry it's been a while since my last post. I try to come here as often as possible, but I get pretty busy most of the time. Things are coming together in certain ways, both tangible and intangible, and I thank you guys for a lot of the intangible stuff.

Our Facebook Artist Page is really beginning to take shape. By the way, if you want all the updates, I post on Facebook daily because that only takes a few seconds or a minute. All you have to do to find my page is click on this link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  Please like the Artist Page while you're there!

So, largely thanks to you guys, our Facebook Artist Page is approaching 6,000 likes! Admittedly, we are far from our goal of 1,000,000 likes, but I believe I will get there in time. So, our next major Facebook goal will be 10,000 likes, and then every ten thousand, until we get to 100,000, and then every hundred thousand, until we reach our real goal of one million likes. Thanks for your help to this point, and please share our Pages and our music with all your friends and family. That's how we will make it happen. We can't do it alone!

So, I just finished an awesome breakfast, cooked by the best chef I know.............. ME! :) Hey, well what do you expect, I don't know any chefs, lol! So, it was Ribeye Steak and Eggs, with flour tortillas. Good stuff!

I guess the main things that have occurred in the Alexx music since my last post would be the new songs I have written, and the acquisition of a new and quite badass PA System, ideal for playing clubs. The old one took a dump, and we had to do something, so we decided to go full out, and get what we really needed, so we did. It literally shakes the whole building and sounds AWESOME, Powered by Crown and  Pumped through JBL Speakers!

So, as summertime approaches, we will see if we can get bookings to play some of the local festivals in and around our home base, El Paso, Texas. I think, based on the music itself, we have a shot. We hope to play them all, but realistically, that's ok. There are many good bands here, and also,  I think some people might be waiting to see what's really up with us, and that's ok. We still have plenty to prove, still being a fairly new band around here, and not really established yet.  On the other side, we believe in the music, and hope the music itself will open a few doors.

As far as the musicians in the Alexx band, three of the four have Bachelor's Degrees in music related fields from the local university, The University of Texas, El Paso, (UTEP.) This is the same UTEP featured in the major film Glory Road, which tells the story of the UTEP'S 1966 basketball team, (then known as Texas Western College,) which broke the color barrier in college sports, by beating an all white Kentucky University team, with the first starting line-up of all African-American college basketball players in the United States. The team was led by the late, great, and now legendary Don Haskins, as head coach.

My degree is a Bachelor's of Multi-Disciplinary Studies with Concentrations in Music, Marketing, and Management, which I recieved in May, 2010.

Our drummer Richard will receive his Master's Degree in an unrelated field (History,) in May. His studies have put a damper on rehearsals, but we all understand, and appreciate his efforts. With him being such a great person and friend, we have decided to bear with it and be patient. Good things are worth waiting for.

So that's about all I have time for right now. As always, thanks for your interest and support! Please remember to "Like" our Facebook Artist Page, support our other pages, and share our music and our Pages with all your family and friends. It really does make a HUGE difference! I will post the links below. You can copy and paste them or simply click on them to get to the page(s.) Here they are:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic (Our Artist Page)

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (My personal Page)

https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts (Our Fan Page)

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic (Where you can listen to the entire Escaping the Dungeon cd FREE!)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ (Twitter Page)

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Alexx's Videos)

Thanks again!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, thanks for visiting again!

FYI, yesterday's post was basically a partial update on the state of Alexx music, so you probably want to scroll down to read that post.

Today, we're going to veer off the musical path somewhat and discuss the current state of El Paso, Texas, USA, where we are based. No, my friends I have no fear of being controversial, and I don't often hold my punches when it comes to topics I feel are very important, so get ready for me to lay it on the line, and tell it like it is. If I piss off those running the El Paso City and County Governments, great, because to put it bluntly, they are a bunch of corrupt, self-serving, bribe soliciting and accepting as*holes, and that is just the plain truth.

So let's begin by saying that I have lived in El Paso all of my adult life, and also spent my teenage years here. I was born here, but spent the earlier part of my life living in beautiful, sunny Southern California, specifically Los Angeles, and La Habra, which is in Orange County. Since I have spent my adult years here, and do pay attention to what is going on, let me give you my perspective on something big that is occurring right now, at this moment.

First of all, Texas is one of the most backwards state in the nation. It is governed and run by the "Good old boy" system of government, meaning that those with money and power run "the system" and work it to their fullest advantage, strictly for their own personal gain, at the expense of the rest of us, and yes, we the taxpayers pay the bill for their activities and endeavors. I would say from what I have seen, that the El Paso City and County Governments should be at or near the top of the list of corrupt governments in Texas.

Currently, I would say that the number of El Paso Government Officials and their associates either under indictment or in jail or prison is in the dozens, and there are hundreds more who are still actively working the system, but hat haven't been caught yet. What those in this "Good old Boy" system, which is actually now the "Good old boy and Girl" system, do is sell their votes and influence, in exchange for money and "favors," sexual and otherwise.

Cash deals behind close doors literally happen daily, and the trend continues, even after so many have been caught and convicted. These fools cannot seem to resist the lure of money and sex in exchange for supporting the causes of those providing the money and sex, in other words, the bribes.

Personally, I know this for a fact to be true, specifically judges taking bribes, because I have bought my way out of legal trouble more times than I can count. Does this make me any better than them? Well I'd actually have to say yes, because I have never held office of any kind, and have no intention of doing so, and I am not being paid a salary by the taxpayers for their representation. Additionally, I am not stealing tax payer money, or stealing anything for that matter, nor am I charging expenses of living beyond my means to the taxpayers.

So, I could go on and on with a list of these officials and their offices or positions held, who are currently incarcerated or under indictment, but I'm not gonna take the time to compile that list, because I have better things to do with my time. Anyone wanting names and specifics need only read the local newspaper, the El Paso Times or research it's database. I even wrote a letter to the Editor of the El Paso Times recently regarding a new baseball stadium that is being built at taxpayer expense, without voter approval. They refused to print it for obvious reasons. I think you can figure out why.  It's called money. Money, bribes and corruption!

So what is going on this week is the demolishing of El Paso City Hall, a building worth tens of millions of dollars, a perfectly good and beautiful building, and also El Paso's Insights Museum, which is another valuable building also worth millions of dollars. Why would they destroy these perfectly good buildings which were paid for by the taxpayers, without taxpayer approval? Well I'm pretty sure you can figure that one out too. The owner's group bringing in a Minor League Baseball Team to El Paso is led by a local billionaire and several other wealthy individuals. These buildings are being razed to make room for their facility, and the City Departments, which had been housed in City Hall are now being spread around downtown into rented facilities.

So, El Paso has already had a minor league team, the El Paso Diablos, who also had a beautiful and fairly new ballpark known as Cohen Stadium. The ironic thing is that El Pasoans gave minimal support to that team at best, even when it was winning. I have been to numerous Diablos' games only to find the beautiful stadium almost empty, with only a few hundred in attendance. What makes these fools think they will fill the new stadium? Answer, they don't. All they can see is the money being handed under the table, and the other "favors" they are receiving for their support and their votes.

So, this is what is going on in a nutshell. City Council voted to knock down City Hall and the Insights Museum, a wonderful, science museum for our children. The pushed the deal through very quickly and quietly, without voter approval. Yes, they are knocking down these great buildings, that we taxpayers paid for, to build a ballpark that the majority of  El Pasoansneither want nor are willing to support, and one that we will have to finance, and pay for the losses that the team and the ballpark will incur, for years to come. The chances of this ballpark making money, to  borrow a term from a Statistics Professer I had, is "practically zero." The amount of money to buy these council votes? Well, also practically zero, in comparison to the bill the taxpayers will once again be stuck with, when we have to bail out the ball park.

I mean, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how this deal got approved and rammed down the taxpayers throats so quickly, nor does it take a genious to figure out who are the true beneficiaries of this deal. It is the good old boy and girl's system at work in it's full glory. The good old boys and girls will be the minor beneficiaries, and the owners group the major beneficiaries. The taxpayers will pay the bill for years to come.

So, these buildings are being razed as we speak. What a great city we live in. What a great city to leave as so many do. Personally, as soon as I can afford to get out, hasta la vista El Paso, and California here we come! And yes, when I get there, I will get a prescription for Medical Marijuana, something that may never be possible in the "Great State of Texas," and live happily ever after!

Thanks, as always for visiting, and come back soon. I will get back to the music next time. Have a beautiful week!

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Thanks again for visiting!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

ALEXX

Hey everybody, Happy St. Patricks Day!

Well I apologize for not posting here in a while; I've been so busy!  So, I'm back, and I'll try to get back more frequent posting herel.  You do know that you can keep up with all the current updates on our Facebook Artist Page, which is where I post several times daily, because it doesn't require much time.  When I post here, it's usually a long post and takes me much longer. 

Anyway, we hit 5,000 likes today on our Facebook Artist Page.  It's a nice milestone, and I thank all 5000 of you who showed support by liking the page!  Only 955,000 more to go and W'll be really happy.  No easy task, and most artists will never get close, but we believe in our music, love challanges, and love accomplishing things that most people think we can't do.  Thankfully, I do that all the time!  :)

This is the link to my Facebook Artist Page.  I post daily on there so check it out.  Please "Like" it while you're there, if you haven't already: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

So all's really good in the Alexx Camp.  Business is good for one thing, and that's important because I have lots of expenses to cover to keep this thing going, and have to eat.  Don't forget, those here in El Paso, that I own a flooring business, and that's what is keeping food on the table and a roof over our heads while I pursue the music career.

My business is called Flooring by Alex and AlexWe sell wood, tile, carpet, laminate and vinyl floors, have a huge selection, install what we sell, and kill the competition on price.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and take good care of our customers.  My business philosophy is that in order to be a good business deal, both parties must benefit, and that's how we do it, every time!  Come in and check out what we have to offer if you need floors.  If you know anyone who needs floors, send them my way. You will not regret it, and neither will they! Don't forget that your purchase supports our music!

FLOORING BY ALEX AND ALEX, 9861 DYER ST., SUITE 18, EL PASO, TEXAS, 1 block south of Trans Mountain Rd./Woodrow Bean/Loop 375.  Please call first to make sure I'm in, or to make an appointment for a FREE ESTIMATE. (915) 755-6100.  I will give you personal service.

The music is going well.  I've written many songs since releasing the Escaping the Dungeon cd last July, and have introduced 6 of them to the band so far.  We have been rehearsing them for probably 3 weeks now, and played all 6 yesterday at our gig at Squee Tones Guitars, Amps and More, to good response.  The guys in the band all like the new songs, and I value their opinions, because they are all great, seasoned musicians.

The gig yesterday went well.  Squee Tones is a new business, and hasn't been getting much turnout for their Saturday free shows yet, but we hope to help change that.  I'm sure that will happen naturally, once more people know they are there, and know about the free shows.  The owner Frank told me he hadn't had that as many kids in his store as he had yesterday, ever, so we did good.

The highlight of the show for me was playing with my son Alexx Jr.  He's only 9 years old, and mostly self taught, but he is just a natural born drummer and performer.  He turned pro now, and gets paid when he plays.  People always love to see him perform, and like me, he just loves it, and has never had any stage fright.  Yeah, we're both just show-offs, lol!

The big thing for me is the new line-up.  Three fourths of the band, myself included, have Bachelor's Degrees or better from the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP,) with music related degrees, and are all competent on our instruments.  Most importantly, while we have occasional disagreements, we all get along extremely well and are good friends. That is so important, because a band is almost like a marriage, with mutual goals and much time spent together.  I've known Richard, the drummer, and Moises, the bassist, for many years, and the second guitarist Jose just fits right in, as if we've known him forever.

Since I released the "Escaping the Dungeon," I've been through close to two dozen musicians trying to find the right line-up, and this one just feels right.

So, that's about all I have time for right now, but I have a lot more to say on the subject of music and also other things.  I'll make another post in a day or two.  As always, thanks again for visiting, and for your continued support.  Please don't forget to visit and support my other pages.  Here are the links:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

Thank you and we appreciate all of you.  Have an awesome week and check back soon.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Well, as expected, Hellyeah threw down at Speaking Rock! It's always more fun when you have a designated driver and you're a designated drinker!

Today, beautiful weather in El Paso.  Just pigged out on one of my amazing desert creations; time for a nap.

Have a great Sunday my friends!

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Thanks,

Alexx

 

Well it's another beautiful day today in El Paso.  I woke up with a sore throat and a bit of an earache, but I'll get over that.  It kind of sucks because I shouldn't sing for a few days, but I know I will anyway!

It's  little chilly outside still but it's warming up already.  I think it's supposed to get up to 70 degrees farenheit today, sunny and calm.  Not bad for the beginning of March.  We had a very mild winter, so it'll probably be a hot summer this year.  When it gets really hot in El Paso, the tempertature can get as high as 113 degrees.  While that is rare, it's not unusual to get over 100 degrees for weeks in a row.  Life in the desert.

Well, I must say we're very happy with all the traffic and support we're getting on this site.  Thank you all for that, and as always, thanks for your interest and support of our music.  Without you guys, there wouldn't be much point in any of it.

The CD is still selling pretty well both on-line and locally. in the stores and shops around El Paso.  It is actually very difficult and time consuming to market, promote and distribute music for an independent artist.  I can attest to that first hand, but I think it will be worth it pay off in the long run.  If we can break even or turn even a modest profit distributing the music ourselves, we will be doing great for now.  We're at least half way there so far, and this is the first time we've done this with our original music, so I guess we can't complain.

We live in and are based out of El Paso, Texas.  Sadly, El Paso is still a backwards ass place, lagging far behind the East and West Coasts in many ways; it sometimes seems like we're living in the old west.  A very few bands out of El Paso have been major success stories, but some of those have taken their music to levels of success most musicians only dream about.  They have achieved success by both working extremely hard, and by putting themselves in the right places at the right time, of course, by leaving El Paso.

The three recent major success stories have been the El Paso based bands At the Drive-In and their spin-off bands Sparta and The Mars VoltaEl Paso should be very proud of them, and most of us rockers are.  They are major-label success stories and are living "the dream." Unfortunately, the majority of El Pasoans couldn't care less.  Sad but true, and these sucessful bands have stated in interviews that they couldn't get any radio support and very little support in general in their home town at the time, and were forced to take their shows on the road, which turned out to be a blessing.  Of course that was inevitable, but good local support is always nice.

While there are currently quite a few venues in which local bands can showcase their music, the fan base in general is still pretty weak.  So far we have been quite fortunate, having good turnouts at our shows, but in general, bands here are not having much luck filling venues. That's obviously not only here in El Paso though, and many successful bands have plenty of experience playing empty rooms and shows with mostly family and friends in attendance when they were starting out, so in that sense, it just comes with the territory!

I have fairly recently been to numerous venues around town to see local bands play shows, and for the most part, the clubs are pretty bare, with tons of empty seats, and very small crowds.  Some shows I've been to probably had 15-20 people in attendance.   That's pretty sad for a city of about 700,000 people, which also borders with Juarez, Mexico, a city with a population of almost 2,000,000 people.  For only 20 people to show up in support of the bands, well that's pretty sad.

From my personal experience, the on-line local support has been even weaker.  Our Facebook Artist Page has been receiving quite a few "Likes" in a fairly short period of time, and for that, I am extremely grateful.  The only sad part of it is that almost all the likes have come from new fans around the globe, basically everywhere except El Paso.  And try getting your "Facebook "Friends" to like your Facebook Artist Page, lol!  It seems like pulling teeth, and I just don't get that. 

I haven't had presence on Facebook very long and have only about 400 "Friends" on there.  Out of the 400, only 44 have "liked" my Artist Page!  I try to make it really easy too, by regularly posting the links on Facebook. I guess there's not a lot we can do about that.

El Pasoans are often heard complaining about "Brain Drain," where locals leave the city for greener pastures after completing their educations.  In addition to "Brain Drain," El Paso suffers from a sever case of "Talent Drain," because local artist are forced to leave El Paso in search of a break. Fortunately, a few have been successful. 

So, crying and bitching is never gonna help, and trying to educate and influence El Pasoans to support local artists doesn't seem to make a difference either, so what do local artists do?  Well, of course, they leave, just like that, and some of them realize their dreams away from El Paso. So why don't the successful bands play shows in El Paso, except on the rarest occaisions? I guess because loyalty is a two way street!

Personally, I am an extremely loyal person by nature to those who have helped and supported me over the years.  No, I don't forget their support and yes, as I said, I pay attention to who is actually supporting us and who is not.  On that thought, I have to give special thanks to Glen Garza, his beautiful girlfriend Yta, Ray Monroe, and KLAQ 95.5 FM El Paso Radio  for the support they have given us, to Gabriel Gonzalaz and Jim Ward of Clap of Thunder Studio, and most of all to all the fans who have purchased our CD's and my merch and come to our shows. Of course we pay attention to these extremely important gestures and support, and yes we know who you are thank you for the support.!

Please continue to frequent this website.  It has been off the hook with support since it's inception, and you guys are the reasons.  Please also support our other pages and sites, as well as those of the other bands.  Here are the links to some of our pages and sites; you know what to do, and we thank you for any and all support!

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

Thanks again and have a beautiful weekend!

Alexx

 

 

Happy Friday evening my friends. TGIF (thank God it's friday!)

Well this website it blowing up with tons and tons of hits from all over the world! Thanks, as always, to all of you for your interest, support, and visits to this page!

Everything is great here in El Paso. The weather is beautiful again. The new band line-up is perfect in my opinion, and I think this one was meant to be and will gel. Moises, our bassist and Richard our drummer have been my friends for many years. They are both great people and great musicians. Jose, our other guitarist, is also a great person and a great musician. We all get along great, and that is such an important part of the dynamic. Everyone brings a lot to the table, and I think the group is much bigger and better than the sum of it's parts, and is very well rounded. We all seem to compliment each other's playing extremely well, and we seem to have all the bases coverd!

Last night's rehearsal was probably the best we've had. We went through the new original songs and worked on a few of covers we are going to add to the set list. The new covers are Simple Man by Lynard Skynard, Thank You by Led Zepplin and Turn the Page by Bob Segar. All three are great classic rock songs.

So at the present time, we have 16 original songs we're playing and 5 cover tunes. That will probably be the approximate ratio we will wind up with. 80% Originals and 20% covers. To be honest, even though we all love the cover songs we're going to be playing, the only reason we'll play covers is to satisfy the venues that want cover music played. For the most part, we'll only play covers when they're required. The El Paso club scene is still behind the times in that respect, but we'll do what we have to do to play all the clubs that we want to play.

As far as the new original songs, I think my song writing continues to improve, and the new songs keep getting better and are coming to me with less and less effort. This is a trend that I expect to continue. Thankfully, I rarely seem to get writer's block. It has always been that way for me, and for that I am grateful.

Tonight, I plan on staying in The Dungeon to work on music. I'd like to go out for a while, but there's aways an incredible amount of work to be done to keep improving the music and to keep adding songs to our song list. Tomorrow night, however, there is another free concert at Speaking Rock Casino. Volbeat will be the headliner. I love their music, so I'll probably go. It's hard to pass up great concerts when they're free. El Pasoans are extremely lucky, because Speaking Rock continues to bring in a ton of great bands for free concerts. It is great!

So, I guess that's about all for now. I have to eat and then head back to The Dungeon to get some work done. It takes a lot of my time, but it is a labor of love, and I love to sing and play, even when I'm alone. For that reason, it's not so bad.

If you haven't already, please "Like," "Follow," "Subscribe," "Become a Fan," and "Friend," my pages. Whether you have already or not, please share my links and my music with all your friends and family. It really doesn't take much, and it helps further our cause and our music more than you might imagine. Here are the links. You can cut and paste and share them wherever you think is appropriate:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

Thanks again for your continued support and interest. Without that, things wouldn't be happening nearly as fast as they are. I sincerely appreciate all of you! Have a great night and a great weekend.

Alexx

 

Happy Friday evening my friends. TGIF (thank God it's friday!)

Well this website it blowing up with tons and tons of hits from all over the world! Thanks, as always, to all of you for your interest, support, and visits to this page!

Everything is great here in El Paso. The weather is beautiful again.  The new band line-up is perfect in my opinion, and I think this one was meant to be and will gel. Moises, our bassist and Richard our drummer have been my friends for years. They are both great people and great musicians. Jose, our other guitarist, is also a great person and musician. We all get along great, and that is such an important part of the dynamic. Everyone brings a lot to the table, and I think the group is much bigger and better than the sum of it's parts. We are a well rounded bunch, and seem to compliment each other's playing extremely well. I think we have most of the bases coverd!

Last night's rehearsal was one of the best we've had. We went through the new original songs and worked on a few of covers we are going to add to the set list. The new covers are Simple Man by Lynard Skynard, Thank You by Led Zepplin and Turn the Page by Bob Segar. All three are great classic rock songs.

So at the present time, we have 16 original songs we're playing and 5 cover tunes. That will probably be the approximate ratio we will wind up with. 80% Originals and 20% covers. To be honest, even though we all love the cover songs we're going to be playing, the only reason we'll play covers is to satisfy the venues that want cover music played. For the most part, we'll only play covers when necessary. The El Paso club scene is still behind the times in that respect, but we'll do what we have to do to play all the clubs that we want to play.

As far as the new original songs, I think my song writing continues to improve, and the new songs keep getting better and are coming to me with less and less effort. This is a trend that I hope will continue. Thankfully, I rarely seem to get writer's block. It has always been that way for me, and for that I am fortunate.

Tonight, I plan on staying in The Dungeon to work on music. I'd like to go out for a while, but there's aways an incredible amount of work to be done to keep improving the music and to keep adding quality songs to our song list. Tomorrow night, however, there is another free concert at Speaking Rock Casino. Volbeat will be the headliner. I love their music, so I'll probably go. It's hard to pass up great concerts when they're free. El Pasoans are extremely lucky, because Speaking Rock continues to bring in a ton of great bands for free concerts. It is great!

So, I guess that's about all for now. I have to eat and then head back to The Dungeon to get some work done. It takes a lot of my time, but it is a labor of love, and I love to sing and play, even when I'm rehearsing alone. For that reason, it's not so bad.

If you haven't already, please "Like," "Follow," "Subscribe," "Become a Fan," and "Friend," our pages.  Whether you have already or not, please share the links and our music with your friends and family.  It really doesn't take much, and it helps further our cause and our music more than you might think.  Here are the links.  You can cut and paste and share them wherever you think is appropriate:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

Thanks again for your continued support and interest.  Without that, things wouldn't be happening as they are.  We sincerely appreciate all of your support!  Have a great night and a great weekend. 

Alexx

Good Monday Morning my friends!

Well, it's a chilly day in El Paso today.  The Sun is shining bright and winds are calm, but the temperature is just above freezing right now at 8:45 am. Good reason to stay inside for a while and work on promoting the music and my business, which pays the bills and allows me to continue with the music.

Like most musicians, I am currently unable to support myself with music alone.  Actually, if you look at the current income derived from our music, the expenses of the rehearsal space, a portion of the utilities, the cost of acquiring and maintaining equipment, and paying for production, it very quickly becomes apparent that it actually costs us money to keep the music flowing even, though we don't usually play for free.  The expenses exceed the revenue, simple as that!

The other side of that coin, is that if it was just about the money, I wouldn't be playing music at all, because I can make a great living from the revenue from my flooring business, and have much more free time on my hands.  That in a sense though is sort of catch 22, because I love to spend my free time playing music!

Yes, I have always made great sacrifices, including a large portion of my potential income, in order to continue to make music.  I have placed many of my eggs in the music basket, rather than focus on maximizing my income from flooring.  So, to summarize that thought, if money was the most important thing to me, I would not play music, very much or often.  I would just work 40-60 hours per week in flooring and make a six figure income.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, music is one of the most important things in my life, second only to my family, particularly my kids.  I would never be happy, no matter how much income I was making, if I left music behind, and therefore I refuse to do that. It would feel like I left one of my kids behind!

The biggest difference I see between the flooring business and the music business, are the odds for succeeding.  In any business, there is a very high failure ratio.  It is a proven fact that nine out of ten new businesses fail within the first two years.  Only ten percent make it past the second year, and a much smaller percentage continue to be profitable over a long period of time.  In the music business, it is more like one out of several thousand artists are able to make a successful living, and much fewer enjoy any longevity in the business.

Fortunately for me, I have been self-employed since I was a kid, and have had a successful track record.  My businesses have supported my family, myself, and my musical endeavors for years.  I have educated myself in both the principles of business and the fundamentals of music, recieving my Bachelor's of Multi-Disciplinary Studies with Concentrations in Music, Marketing and Management from the University of Texas, El Paso, (UTEP,) in May of 2010.  It took me years to complete my studies, attending off and on, usually part-time, while I ran my businesses to make a living, and spent as much time as possible writing and playing music.

As competitive as most businesses are, the entertainment business is always a much bigger long-shot, and higher risk, because the perks are so great and the payoff huge for the small percentage of artists who attain even moderate success in the business.  But, music is in my heart, blood and soul, giving me very little choice as to whether or not to continue to pursue a career in the business. 

My ancestors were famous entertainers in Mexico, and I apparently got the bug from them.  My grandfather on my mother's side is a legend in Mexico, having written the Corrido de Durango, the State Song of Durango Mexico, along with hundreds of other songs.  His name was Miguel Angel Gallardo, and he has been immortalized with a larger than life statue of himself, in it's own little Plaza in the Capitol City of Durango, Durango. He is entombed in The Rotunda in Durango, Durango, along with the First President of Mexico, and a number of other dignitaries from Durango

My grandmother and her sisters were also successful actresses and entertainers in there time, also in Mexico.  There is no question as to whether it is in my blood, because I feel it everytime I perform.

Success in the business is almost like hitting the lottery, but the difference, I believe, is that winning the lottery is based purely on luck, and there is little you can do to substantially increase your odds. In music, while luck and timing are big factors, I believe you can increase your odds of success through working extremely hard, and by working smart!  In spite of that however, it remains a huge long-shot, and I know this well. Many may call me crazy for pursuing it, but I tend to my heart and my gut, so I will either make it, or die trying.

So, anyway, all is pretty good in the Alexx Camp, and we finally have a strong line-up who will hopefully stay in it for the long haul.  The music climate here in El Paso is good with most bands working well together, sharing stages and supporting each other, and with several having from major to moderate successes. Yes, folks, as in most business ventures, timing is everything, and the time seems fairly ripe for El Paso musicians and bands.  So the gold is out there my friends.  It's time to start or continue busting our butts, supporting each others shows, buying our local band's cds and merch, and promoting ourselves and each other.  Together we are stronger!

Don't forget to support our sites and pages.  Please "Like," "Become a Fan," "Follow," "Subscribe," and SHARE ALL OF THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!  Here are some of my links to our most important page and sites.  Just click on them to get to the site/page:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.revebnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN HEAR THE ENTIRE ESCAPING THE DUNGEON CD FREE AND GET A FREE SONG DOWNLOAD AT www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

Thanks as alway my friends for visting.  Please support our local music scene and our bands; that's where it all starts,

Alexx

 

Good Sunday afternoon my friends!

Well, I'm normally bursting with energy, but not today, lol!  Yeah, it was pretty busy last week, and a long night last night.  Moises, our bassist and I went to The War Room to support our friends Revati, and then made our rounds, starting at Adrian's, then to Coconuts, and finally to Aviators's before winding up back at The Dungeon.  Long but pretty fun night, and we got to see several live bands perform.

So, what to do?  I think a nap might be appropriate about now, and then hit The Dungeon to finish re-working a new song and revising the lyrics.

Basically, we're mainly working on adding material to our set list.  By the end of next week, we should have about 20 good original songs ready for live performance, and we'll start working on some more covers.  We'll probably add about six more cover tunes to our repertoire, so that we have about ten really good covers for local clubs where the patrons want to hear cover tunes.  That will give us about three hours of music of our own, and we'll continue to bring an opening act, to give the venues a full 4 hours of music, (including breaks.)

We'll just play some carefully selected covers that we all really like, to satisfy that demand when necessary, but the focus, of course, remains on original music.  Our covers include great songs from classic rock acts like Led Zepplin, Guns and Roses, Black Sabbath, Lynard Skynard, Steppenwolf, etc,, along with some new and popular rock radio tunes.  We'll do what we have to do to book as many shows as possible, and play our music for as many people as possible.

So, right now, were also in the beginning stages (early planning stage,) of doing our first short tour in support of the new CD.  We still have plenty to do before we're ready to head out, but you don't plan these things at the last minute.

It looks like the plan wll be to head West for our first outing on a 10-14 day tour, beginning here in El Paso, thru New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California, and then back through Las Vegas and Albequerque, before returning to El Paso.  We will probably do 10 - 12 shows in selected cities along the way on this first mini-tour.  I really love the West Coast, so it's bound to be a lot of fun!  We should hopefully head out sometime this summer.

In the mean time, we'll continue to play local shows as we tighten up the songs and our sound.  We gotta be ready for when that great opportunity arises.  You just never know when that could occur.

So, those are our short term plans, and that's about all for now.  I hear my pillow calling me!

Don't forget to "Like," "Follow," "Subscribe," and "Become a Fan" on our pages!  Here are the links.  Just click on them to get to our pages, and then take the appropriate actions in support or our music.  It doesn't require much of your time, and it makes a huge difference.  Here are the links; just click on them:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic

Thanks, as always, for your interest, time and  support, and have a fantastic week!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

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Thanks for your support,

Alexx

Well this site is really blowing up with tons of hits from around the globe.  I thank each and every one of you for your visits and for your interest in our music and journey.

We all have ups and downs.  Yesterday sucked for me, but today things are beautiful again.  We just gotta roll with the punches, and keep moving forwards!

I think you will enjoy today's blog entry, but it is on our Reverbnation Page today.  This is a very important page, and we use it a lot to promote our music, as do most bands and artists, both locally and globally.  You should really check it out.  There is a ton of great music on there from both unsigned and signed musical acts, and it's all FREE!  Hear tons of new music there, including mine, 24/7! 

To get to our Reverbnation Page to read the blog and hear the COMPLETE CD, click this link: www.reverbnation/alexxofficialmusic.  You can also sign up for FREE if you like and then you can "Become a Fan" of my music on there.  It helps further the cause.

Please don't forget to "Like" our www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic , to "Follow" me on www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ , and to "Subscribe" to my www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic , to keep up with all the latest.  It also helps further our "cause."

THANKS, AS ALWAYS, FOR VISTING, AND PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE.  THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

Good morning wonderful friends and fans.  Thanks, as always, for visiting and for your continued support!

It's a very beautiful day here in El Paso, Texas.  Sun shining, winds calm, and a high today expected of 69 degrees (one of my favorite numbers, lol!) 

Life actually could be better, but I'm sure that holds true for all of us!  In spite of that, life is pretty good right now. Things still slowly but surely keep falling into place, and everything just keeps getting better!  I'm grateful for my health, my family, friends and fans, and for the music that keeps me alive, thirsting for more.  You guys have been instrumental in helping get this thing off the ground, and we do have lift off!

So far we really haven't have a solid, committed line-up of musicians to play the shows to the level at which we need to play, until now.  I am extremely happy to report, that after countless line-up changes, and musicians coming and going, it seems the correct line-up has fallen into place.  We're all good friends, and all skilled, knowledgable, and seasoned musicians, who get along great.  That my friends is usually half the battle - finding the right people to work with!  So now, what more could we ask for? We''ll get out there sometime this coming week and should have some good news to report soon on the gig front.

The goal from the beginning with this project was to record a quality cd of some of my better original songs, in a quality studio, with a quality engineer/co-producer, package it properly, and to begin distributing it independently, as we seek out a good record label to help us promote, market and distribute the music globally, on a large scale.  We also hope to find the right label to facilitate tour support for a national and/or world-wide tour.  Obviously, we've got to crawl before we walk, and walk befor we run; we are past crawling, and are somewhere in the walking stage.  With some label support, we could be off and running!

In a short time, we have accomplished quite a bit though, with sucessful early gigs, conventional and internet radio airplay, thousands of likes on our Facebook Artist Page, mad traffic on this Official Website, a #1 Rank on Reverbnation's Rock Charts for the El Paso, Texas Region, and a #3 Reverbnation Rank in ALL GENRES of music in the El Paso Region

Our recent shows have been great, with good turnouts and with the crowd sticking around all night spending money, thus making the venue managements happy.  That's what it's about; entertaining and pleasing the crowd, and the management and promoters, particularly since the latter are paying us with their hard earned cash!  Yes people, it is an art, but also a business, if your intentions are to make music professionally.  As in most professions, if you wish to be successful, you must above all, work hard, and work smart!

All indications are that we are beginning to garner some of the attention we need, in hopes of attracting record label interest.  Now the plan is to play as many local gigs as feasable, to evolve and tighten up the songs and the sound, readying ourselves for our first mini-tour to the the West Coast. It would be great if we could head out now, but unfortunately, that's not feasible currently.

As I've probably mentioned, I am a Southern California boy, having grown up in La Habra and Los Angeles, California, and that I am very much in love with the West Coast, Pacific Ocean, California beaches, and the Hollywood Music/Club Scene.  I really can't wait to tour the coast, and I think we have a much better chance of getting a record deal by making good contacts, and then bringing the shows to them; to their turf, rather than expecting them to travel to see us at one of our shows.  It's pretty much a no-brainer!

So overall, largely due to your support, we are off on  our journey, and have every intention of continuing to work our butts off, in the hopes of putting ourselves in the right place, at the right time, and then to grab the ball and run with it if and when we get that shot.

If you haven't yet, please "Like," "Subscribe," "Become a Fan," and "Follow" the following pages and channels.  It's very important and helpful, but also very quick and easy; just click on the links, sign in or up, and click the appropriate buttons to show your support.  Here are the links:

Facebook Artist Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic,

Alexx Music Support Team Page, https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts,

Reverbnation Page, (to see Local, National and Global Rankings and to HEAR THE WHOLE NEW CD FREE,) www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic,

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_,

Youtube: www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, and "Friend" us at www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Well Happy Valentine's Day to our wonderful friends and fans.  I wan't you to know that we love you all and appreciate the support!

Well everything's pretty good.  Band practice was cancelled yesterday because one of my bandmates couldn't make it, but that happens.  Anyway, it gave me the opportunity to work on my new songs.  I ran through six new ones over and over.  They're pretty tight now and the vocals have really evolved. They're sounding great, and the guitar parts are rocking!  I think my band will be really impressed.  They haven't heard any of them yet.

So today's Valentine's Day but I have no Valentine except my awesome kids this year.  Being a sole parent filling the roll of mom and dad is not an easy thing! That's ok, they're the best.  Anyway, going out tonight to a club known for it's beautiful women.  Some are supposed to model our Alexx Clothing.  I have some tiny, tiny shorts, basically like panties or bikini bottoms and some really skimpy and cool chick shirts, in several variaties.  I have quite a selection, and they look really cool.  I always wanted to have my name on a bunch of hot chick's asses, and now I do, lol!  How cool is that? :)

So, I guess that's about it for now.  Time to head to The Dungeon to run through the six new songs a few times and maybe whip out one or two more that I have completed.

This page is now really getting a tons of visits.  As always, thanks so much for visiting, and also for all your support! 

If you haven't yet liked, followed and subscribed to our pages, please do.  It honestly helps a lot and we are very grateful for those of you that do. I make it easy by putting the links up here, so all you have to do is click on them and then click "Become a Fan," "Like," "Subscribe" or "follow."  Here are the links again: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic, www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

THANKS AND HAVE A GREAT VALENTINE'S DAY!  PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

Well good evening my friends!  Thanks as always for visiting and for your support.

Well, tonight should be a fun night.  Fat Tuesday means music, beer, ganja, and lots of titties being flashed.  Such a beautiful holiday, lol!

So, as usual, I will be a designated drinker tonight.  I have a designated driver, so I should be safe from law enforcement.  That's always a good thing!

We'll be hitting one of our new favorite clubs, Adrians.  The place usually has plenty of beautiful ladies, and I suspect they will be in a Fat Tuesday festive mood, and hopefully will be liberally flashing those titties.  I know we'll have fun!

The music is going great.  I stayed up til about 6 am. playing guitar and singing.  I had fun, all by myself, in The Dungeon.  So, I basically took the day off.  I really don't do that very often, so it's ok.  Besides, I have put myself in a posititon where I can basically do whatever I want, whenever I want, and if I don't want to do something, I don't.  How cool is that?

Alexx remains the #1 Ranked El Paso Rock Band on Reverbnation, and all the bands are on there.  Even more significantly, as of today, we are the #2 Ranked Band in ALL GENRES, in the El Paso, Texas Region.  Still looking at that #1 Overall spot.  I think it's just a matter of time. 

I haven't spent much time record label shopping lately, cause I've been so incredibly busy.  We've started booking more gigs now, with some success, but I haven't yet gone out to pound the pavement and book the gigs.  Hopefully I can start on that later this week.  I think so.

So, the plan is still to play everywhere around town as much as possible, to tighten up the songs and the sound, and hopefully land some good spots at the upcoming local festivals.  I think we have a really good chance of getting to play some of these festivals, but only time will tell.  Wish us luck!

So by the end of next week, we should have full two hour set of music to play.  That should suffice, being that we will be having specials guests perform at most of our shows. 

We have begun working with a very cool El Paso Band called Revati.  I really like these guys, as they are very unselfish and have supported us at our gigs.  I really enjoy playing with them.  They're young, but really cool and very entertaining.  I always enjoy watching their perfomances.  I consider them friends, and wish them great success.  I think they have a shot at something bigger if they keep at it.  Who knows, we may some day be supporting acts for them, but for now, we're clearly in the driver's seat, and they don't seem to mind.  I think we all have fun sharing shows together.

So, it's getting a little late, so I think I'll stop here.  Thanks as always for stopping by, and we look forwards to bring you bigger and better news in the fairly near future.  Don't forget to "Like" my Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, "Friend" us at www.facebook.com/alexxdmusic (that's where I post some of my crazier stuff, and I am currently accepting all friend requests,) "Follow" us on Twitter to get the most current updates: www.twitter.com/alexxofficialmusic, and listen to the CD and become a fan on www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. You can also get a free song download on the Reverbnaton Page

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

We have some new shows to announce and will be booking a lot more shows now that we're fully ready. I don't have all the new dates with me, but I'll post em up with some other updates tomorrow. Im tired as fu*k. Going to sleep early for once. Sorry about the short post, but I'll make it up tomorrow.

As always, thanks for visiting and for your support. Please hit up my other pages and channels. I put quite a few updates today on those. Please "Like," "Subscribe," "Follow," and "Become a Fan" on these:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_. www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Everthing's well at the Alexx Camp.  The gig on Sunday was great!  We played two sets of Alexx music, plus I played a set with a side-project called Like a Hurricane, which was a Neil Young Tribute Band.

The Alexx sets went over best, but the Neil Young stuff also went over very well.  I play guitar and do lead vocals on the Alexx stuff, and played bass on the Neil stuff, and lead vocals.  That made it fun for me, because I love to sing and play guitar the most, but bass was my main instrument for many years, and I still love to play bass. With the two bands, I got to have my cake and eat it two, so to speak, playing both instruments, and fronting both bands.

So the gig went extremely well overall.  We had a very good turn-out, and almost everybody stayed the whole night.  At closing time, there were still a lot of people in the venue, which is unusual in El Paso.  The owner said she was hearing nothing but good things about us, and that everybody liked the show.  Sucessful night! Thanks to Linda and The Iron Horse Saloon for having us!

Many other things are happening with the Alexx Band.  We're still getting some radio airplay on conventional radio, and also on some internet radio stations.  The CD is selling pretty well localally and globally, even though we're really just beginning to play shows. There is a website called Reverbnation that all the bands are using these days to promote their music.  The site ranks bands locally, nationally and globally.  I tend to pay the most attention to the local ranks, because that is where it all starts.

Alexx is currently the #1 Ranked Rock Band in the El Paso Region, and the #3 Ranked El Paso Band in ALL GENRES!  There are two hip artists ranked at #1 and #2 overall, but I think we will blow by them once we play some more shows. 

The current plan is to play around town as much as possible, to tighten up the sound, and to let the newer songs fully evolve. Then we will take the show on the road.  The main goal of getting signed by a good record label remains in tact, but we have to earn it first.  It is a ton of work doing all the promotion, marketing, distribution, booking, managing, and all the other things myself, but at this point, we can't afford to pay for these services, so we are doing the best we can, and are having some successes. 

Once we get label support, we can pass most of these duties to the record company, and focus on recording and performing our music.  When we can finally make a good living or better solely off the music, we will have achieved success, and I will not stop pushing until we either get there.  I am one hundred percent committed to the music and pursuit of the dream.  Most of the people I began playing with have since given up and left the dream behind.  I am not those people, and my dream lives on.

So we have three more gigs booked at the Iron Horse.  We would have a lot more bookings, but I held off on booking more shows until we had a solid line-up.  Today, we do, so it's time to start filling the calendar with bookings.  That should happen pretty quickly, once we get out there and beat the bushes.  There are many places in El Paso that book rock bands and the local scene is actually quite ripe, with some local bands getting signed recently.  We hope to be one of the next, and I think we have a shot.

So, I think that is about all for now.  I'll get back here with another update in a few days, and you can get more updates on our other sites.  Visiting the sites also supports our music.  Here are some links. Please support these pages and sites:

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Please "Like.")

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic  (Listen to the CD and "Become a Fan," "Like and Share" the page and the songs, and comment.)

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_  (Please "Follow.")

www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic (Please "Subscribe")

https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts (Please "Like")

It only takes a minute to click on each link and Like, Follow, or Subscribe, and it makes a difference!

Thanks as always for your visit and your continued support; you are appreciated. Please take the time to support the above pages by clicking on the links I provided.

Thanks, and please SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

 

Hey, well things are still going awesome my friends.  All I've sacraficed, all the dues I've paid, all the blood and sweat are beginning to pay off.  As our song says though, "It's a Long Way To The Top!" 

As you may know, we did make it to the top of Reverbnation's Local Rock Band Rankings.  It's just the local ranking, but We're climbing rapidly on the National and Global Rankings too!  To check it all out and HEAR THE ENTIRE ESCAPING THE DUNGEON CD FREE AND GET A FREE SONG DOWNLOAD, JUST CLICK THIS LINK: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, and while your at it you can very quickly click this link to "Like" us on our Facebook Artist Page: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.  That's extremely important if you want to help me really get this thing off the ground!

This Saturday, February 2nd, we will perform the ESCAPING the DUNGEON CD and more at the Iron Horse Saloon, 4930 Hondo Pass Ave in El Paso at 9:00 pm, with special guests Revati, and also my side project "Like a Hurricane," a "Celebration of Neil Young's Electric Side."  All the acts are gonna rock, so you really shouldn't  miss this one.  We'll see you at the show!

Had a little scare yesterday and wound up in the emergency room.  They thought I had a blood clot in my leg, and did an MRI, because they said it could be fatal if it travelled to my lungs.  It turned out ok, but it just reminded me how short life is, and of the fact that it can be taken away in the blink of an eye!  Take nothing for granted, and live each day like it's your last, because you never really know!

We had a great reharsal last night with the Alexx Band, and have another today with Like a Hurricane.  Alls going well in both projects, and we can't wait til the show.  After that, time to go into booking mode and start filling the calander.  It's all really beginning now, and it's gonna be a fun ride.  After being away from the music scene for so long, I am really excited to be back in a big way.  We're gonna ride this thing as far as we can take it, "like a mother*ucker!

Thanks for the support.  Don't forget to like, fan, subscribe and follow my pages: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_, www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic, and join my Alexx's Underground Music Militia at:https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!  WITHOUT YOU I AM NOTHING, AND WITH YOU THERE ARE NO LIMITS!

Alexx

Alexx invades his old home, the Iron Horse Saloon, Sat Feb 2 @ 9PM. Everybody show up. We have a huge show planned with Special Guests Revati and Like a Hurricane, and want you all to share it with us!

1. Special Guest Revati.

2. Alexx Short Set, (Escaping the Dungeon CD - LIVE IN IT'S ENTIRITY!)

3. Like a Hurricane (A Celebratiion of Neil Young's Electric Side.)

4. Alexx Long Set (Escaping the Dungeon CD and MORE!)

5. Invitation Only Jam Session (Not open Mic.)

We're the #1 Ranked Rock Band in El Paso. Check it out & HEAR THE WHOLE CD FREE, and GET A FREE SONG DOWNLOAD AT: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. SEE YOU AT THE SHOW, "LIKE A MOTHER*UCKER!"

"Like" us at www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

"Follow" us at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

"Subscribe" to our Channel: www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. WITHOUT YOU WE ARE NOTHING AND WITH YOU THERE ARE NO LIMITS!

Alexx

 

Hey friends, well it's actually almost noon here in El Paso now.  Hope all is good for all of you today.  Everything is great here!

Sunny and calm in El Paso right now.  I think it will get close to 70 degrees here today.  That's nice cause it was cold all last week.  Now I don't have to let my spoiled dog in at night!  :)

Well I thought I had a lot to say , but I can't remember much right now, lol!  Escaping the Dungeon CD sales continue to increase.  Maybe I can make some of my money back soon, lol!   Well, it's a start, but the real money won't start flowing til I get a record deal.  I need a big cash advance!  Yeah, always such a long shot, but the odds keep getting better.  I just need to keep pushing the music.

Next gig is 8 days away.  It's at the neighborhood bar that I sort of grew up in, so that should be a little bit more fun than our other bar gigs.  Our good friends Revati will open the show.  Then we'll probably do two Alexx sets, playing music of the CD and more, and finally we'll end with a jam session with some of our good friends joining us on stage. 

Those of you here in El Paso, show up for all the fun.  We'd love to see you all pack the place!  I haven't been booking more shows yet, but after this gig I'll get on that.  We need to fill the calendar and play as much as possible, so that's the plan; book gigs and play, play, play!

The Neil Young tribute is sort of on hold right now as we focus on the main project, the Alexx band.  We'll probably play some songs on this upcoming gig at the Iron Horse Saloon.  Why not?  I think this crowd will really get off on it.

So, I'm enjoying being the Top Rock Band Locally on Reverbnation.  We encourage all of you to visit that site and "Become a Fan" of ours on there.  You can listen to the entire Escaping the Dungeon CD on there for FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD.  JUST CLICK THIS LINK TO GET THERE: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

Also, please like our Facebook Artist Page.  JUST CLICK THIS LINK AND CLICK "Like." www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

Well, gotta  get my a*s to work now.  Need to make some cash.  Anyone in El Paso who needs carpet, tile, hardwood or laminate floors can call me at (915) 755-6100 or stop into my showroom atFlooring by Alex and Alexx at 9861 Dyer St., El Paso, Texas.  I'll give you a tour of The Dungeon and save you a bunch of money on your floors.  Buy from me and we both win; I save you big money and I make a little.  This income supports my music so bring your business my way!

Thanks for all of your support.  It is making a huge difference that will hopefully pay off big someday.  I really do appreciate it very much!

ps. Follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ to get the most recent updates!

Thanks for visiting, and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

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ALEXX HITS #1 ON REVERBNATION'S LOCAL ROCK BAND RANKINGS FOR EL PASO, TEXAS!!!  I could never have done this without you guys, and I offer to you my sincere thanks and appreciation.  You guys really ROCK!

Yes, I was successful at reaching for a small golden ring, and grabbed it!  As we say in Texas, Yeeeee hawwww!!!

So, things have been really busy lately.  I realize that those that come here often want some new content when they take their valuable time to come to my site.  For that reason,I appologize to my regular readers for not updating here for almost a week, and will try to make up for it with more frequent updates in the coming weeks. 

With this in mind, I have decided to keep this page as the main site for my blog, although I will continue to put some shorter blog entries on my Reverbnation Page, and put my short, quick updates on Twitter, several times a day, making twitter the obvious choice for the most current updates.  Our Facebook pages will also have various, frequent updates. 

This way, you will see many exclusive, detailed updates on here when you visit, and at the same time, you will find different, exclusive updates on all my other pages and sites, making it necessary to visit all these sites to keep up with all the updates and details of my musical journey, which has a very long, history, but in some ways has just begun!

I cannont overemphasize how important visiting my other sites and pages is in supporting our music as fans and readers.  These visits increase our position in the music communities, both locally and globally.  It's really pretty complicated, but please trust me on this one.  When you "like," "follow," "become a fan," and "friend" me on these pages, it raises our status from a music business perspective.  And, yes, music is as much of a business as it is an art, if you hope to sustain yourself as a professional musician, as opposed to a hobbiest!

So here are all the links to our Twitter, Facebook, and Reverbnation Pages.  Please continue to support my music by joining us on all of them, or at least as many as your time or computer access will allow.  They are listed in order of their current importance, and all you have to do is click on each link to get to the site or page:

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  (This is the easiest site to hear our music, and you can click on "Play All" at the top of the Song List, and listen to the music in the background as you view the other pages or do your work.)   Please "Become a fan on here," listen to and "Like" the songs, and "Like" the page.  Even listening to the music increases my rank slightly for each song play.

www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ Please "Follow" us on this page.  This is where you will find the most frequent updates and details, which are sometimes a quick view directely into my mind at any given time.

https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts  This is our Facebook "Cause" Page, with the cause being furthering our music, until and beyond reaching one of my main goals in life, which is to land the elusive record contract.  Landing a good contract with a good label will mean that we will be able to make a decent living or better in music, and to work at our musical career full-time.  This is my newest page of all, and is off to a bit of a slow start, as my others did.  It is feeling early growing pains, with only 13 "Likes" on the page as of this writing.  This is a nice place to show your support at this time, my friends!  It is a fan site for my fans which I call "Alexx's Underground Music Militia."

So now, going beyond celebrating our recent achievement, and covering the site and page links and illustrating the important impact these sites have on my musical career and status, I think it's about time to get back to the current state of Alexx Music!

Well, the next live show is in less than two weeks at my neighborhood watering hole, and bar I sort of grew up in, The Iron Horse Saloon. As the name implies, it is a "biker bar," but is really more than that. It's just a cool place to drop in for a beer and to see some live music on weekends. It is on Hondo Pass Ave., here in El Paso, and is literally a block from my house. Many of my friends, both new and old, frequent the place, so it should be a fun night of musical celebration, and visiting with our friends. we are  definitely looking forward to the show, and the next three shows we have booked at the club! The Iron Horse is at 4930 Hondo Pass Ave and the show will begin at 9:00 pm, Saturday February 2, 2013.  Don't be late because we may even start earlier than that.  I will post the starting time on all my pages and sites a few days befor the gig.)

So the plan for this show, is to showcase my Escaping the Dungeon CD, but there will be a lot more to the show that just that. Our good friends Revati, will playing with us again. They played our last show with us, and are a really cool band. If I had to compare their style and sound to a popular well known rock band, it would have to be the Red Hot Chili Peppers. These guys are really cool, and may actually go somewhere if they stay together and keep at it. So far, they're doing well, having just recently won the "Battle of the Bands" at Tricky Falls here in El Paso, Texas, over some pretty good bands. Congrats to my friends Revati on their victory!

In addition to Revati, my new band and side project, Like a Hurricane, a tribute/celebration to Neil Young's electric musical side will perform, and they Alexx Band will perform one or two sets.  We will also have a short jam session with a bunch of our musician friends at the end, if time allows.  It will be a good show, so those in the El Paso area be sure to stop by and check it out.  If you love great  rock music, you will not leave dissappointed, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!

So, that's it for now.  I still have more rehearsing to do tonight in The Dungeon.  Have a great week and thanks so much for visiting and for your support.  Together, we are going to take this musical trip as far as we can push it.  The way I am seeing things at this point, their are now limits for us, so lets do this.  Don't forget to support my other sites and pages.  That is also so important!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Hey friends, thanks for checking in!  Everything is great. 

Getting over a cold, but feel really good, because of everything that's happening!  The cd continues to get airplay on conventional radio and on internet radio shows.  I'm at #2 on the Local Rock Band Rankings on Reverbnation.  Band line-up keeps looking better.  The new bass player Jose is really good, Daniel is great on guitar, and I have my good friend Jaime on drums now.

Next rehearsal for the Alexx Solo Project is Wednesday, and we're all looking forward to it.  It's gonna rock.  I'm very happy with the current line_up with Jose on bass, Daniel on guitar, Jaime on drums and myself on lead vocals and guitar.  The Neil Young Tribute band, "Like a Hurricane," my side project is also looking up, with Jaime on drums and Dave on guitar.  I'm playing bass in that band, and I love to play bass.  I've been torn between whether to play bass or guitar, so with the two projects I get to do both; I get to have my cake and eat it too!

That's all for now cause I don't have much time.  I'll try to make up for the short post next time.

Have an AWESOME day and week.  Don't forget to "Like" my www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic and to check out my www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic page.  At the Reverbnation Page you can hear our whole CD for FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD.  Also, for the most frequent updates, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

Keep rocking people,

Alexx

Alexx thanks Glen Garza, Ray Monroe and KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio and www.klaq.com, El Paso, for playing our music again on their Q-Connected Radio Show!

MuseBoat Radio will be playing Alexx
on Planet Indie Music Show on Jan 15, 2013

Much thanks to Taunjua TJ Clark and Mary Dunham King of Museboat Radio for playing my music on their shows.

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JOIN ALEXX'S UNDERGROUND MILITIA AT: https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic#!/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts

LISTEN TO THE Escaping the Dungeon CD FREE at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER AT www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL AT www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic TO WATCH A BUNCH OF EL PASO, TEXAS CONCERT VIDEOS OF SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ROCK BANDS, (Recorded from in the crowds, front and center, with killer audio.)

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING MY MUSIC!

Alexx

 

Good morning my friends and thanks for checking in.  This week is off to an amazing start and it just keeps getting better!  Well where do I start? 

Hmm, well first of all a huge thanks to my friend Glen Garza and to KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio (www.klaq.com,) El Paso, Texas.  My music will once again be featured on KLAQ'S Q-Connected show, which airs tonight (Sunday January 13th,) from 10 pm to midnight, Mountain Standard Time (9pm PST, 11pm CST, and Midnight EST.)  KLAQ has been very supportive, especially Glen, and I cannot thank them enough.  Tune in to hear a bunch of great new music, including some great El Paso rock bands!

Secondly, much thanks to TJ Clark, of Museboat Radio, Independent Music Radio.  Our song Long Way to the Top will be featured on her show, TJ's Muse Bridge on Museboat Radio, at www.museboat.wix.com.  She has featured my music before, and continues with another of my songs, so please log on to check out her show.  It will begin today at 2pm PST, 3pm MST, 4pm CST, 5pm EST.)

Thirdly, I'm up to 500 likes on my Facebook Artist Page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.  I'll be much happier when it hits 500,000, but 500 is a great start, and I am grateful for that.  A sincere thanks to all 500 of you who have liked my page, and I encourage the rest of you to do so.  Every like really does make a difference!

Rehearsals are going great for my solo act, Alexx, and we've begun working on a Neil Young Tribute Band on the side, called Like a Hurricane.  The line-up is set for that act.  We will be the opening act for most of the Alexx shows, and also play the casino circuit for fun and money.  At this point, we can actually get paid more for the tribute band in most cases, and we all have bills to pay.  More importantly, I love Neil's music and it is fun to play his songs.  People often compare my music and songs to him, so it kind of makes sense, and the songs come to us easily and sound good.  For me, although the solo stuff is higher priority, the more I play, the happier I am, and it just makes me a better, more well rounded musician.  These things are the motivation for the tribute.

If you want to support my music, please go to www.reverbnation.com and click the "Become a Fan" button on my page, "Like" my www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, follow me at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_, and subscribe to www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.

THANKS FOR VISITING, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Alexx moves into the #2 spot of Reverbnation's Local Rock Rankings and into the Top 10 of All Genres in the El Paso Area! Thanks to all of you for making this happen.  Without you we are nothing.  With you, there is no stopping us!  I can almost taste that top spot now, and I am happy!  Check it out:

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

 

https://www.facebook.com/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?fref=ts

RECRUITING ROCK AND ROLL SOLDIERS TO ALEXX'S UNDERGROUND MUSIC MILITIA. TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN. YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR NOW! JUST CLICK THE LINK ABOVE, LIKE THE PAGE, AND THEN GO TO www.alexxofficialmusic.com and LIKE THAT PAGE TOO. THEN YOU'RE IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR. WELCOME TO THE MILITIA!

 

https://www.facebook.com/AlexxUndergroundMusicMilitia?skip_nax_wizard=true I JUST FORMED ALEXX'S UNDERGROUND MUSIC MILITIA. CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO CHECK IT OUT!

NOW RECRUITING MEMBERS. YOU ARE PERSONALLY INVITED TO JOIN!

THANKS FOR VISITING, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Hey everybody, thanks for visiting again! 

I've thus far told the story behind the lyrics and the making of the other nine songs on the "Escaping the Dungeon" CD, which brings me to the final song, Track 10, "Losing Control Again."

If reading about the song backgrounds, about my musical history, or my perspectives  on the current music scene and environment interest you, you probably want to scroll down further in this blog to more blog posts after you read this entry. I have the rest of the songs described here, as well as the history of my music since writing and recording the Escaping the Dungeon CD, and much more!  There are about six months more of Daily Entries here, so there is plenty to read, if you enjoy reading about my musical journey, and the work and obstacles involved in the pursuit of my musical dream, which is to earn a good living playing music, and bringing my music to the masses.

Losing Control Again also features some beautiful and powerful lap-steel slide guitar playing by Mr. Gabriel Gonzalez.  His work does an amazing job of creating the emotions surrounding the story told by the song.  I think this song is a must-listen for all!

So, on to Losing Control Again.  This song is basically about a friend who went through a very dark period in his life, and found an outlet for his feelings through the use of drugs.

He quickly finds himself in a downward spiral, caused mainly by the drug itself, but eventually gets tired of the insanity induced by the drug, and his need to acquire more to supply what eventually became his habit. 

The lyrics start out with the lines "losing control again; that's what you say my friend.  Losing control again; will this night ever end?

This first verse is broken into two parts, and is basically describing how the drug would take over control of his thoughts and actions, which often made for some very long nights for him and those around him.  The drug literally made him insane when he was under it's powerful spell.

In the bridge section, which comes next, the lyrics state that he has finally had enough of the sick lifestyle in which most addicts live, and finally gives up the drugs completely, cold turkey. 

This does not solve or take away the problems which, in part, led him to the addiction.  He still has problems, but no longer uses the drugs to hide from the problems, which has only allowed the problems to grow and multiply.  He now faces his problems and deals with them, and in doing so, his life begins to improve immensely.

The final verse is a repeat of the first split verse, and serves as a reminder of the miserable trap and life that the drug brought along with it.  It turned out to be a nightmare, and a lifestyle far better left behind, or even better, avioded in the first place.

As musicians, and just as people living in this day and age, we have all known people who have fallen into that ugly rut. We may not even know though, because there are many functional addicts, who successfully (for the most part,) hide their addiction from most of their friends, family and co-workers.

Make no mistake, drug addiction is an ugly, pitiful lifestyle, and a rut none of us want to fall into.  So my only advice, is don't; just don't!

Thanks for visiting my Page, and please become a Reverbnation Fan of mine at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  It only takes like two minutes to set up your account and become a fan so that you can like my Page and songs.

You can also "Like" my Facebook with just one click while you're on there, or just click on this link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic to get there immediatly.  You can also follow me on Twitter to get the most frequent updates on www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_   Just click the link and click "Follow."

I also have a Youtube channel which you can subscribe to.  It has a few demos of the songs from the CD and has a bunch of killer rock concert videos with great audio, which I recorded myself, front and center in the crowd.  If you turn up the volume, it's like you're right up front in the crowd.  That link is www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic.  Don't forget to subscribe while you're there!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Well, I've begun to put some of my blog posts on www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, including my  post earlier today, because I want everybody to check out and support that page as well. It's a good post too, so you should click on the link above to read it, but here's an extra one for today, a continuation of the stories behind the songs on the Escaping the Dungeon CD. (On the earlier post I covered the song "Live to Ride.")

We are already up to Track 9, Long Way to the Top.  This song is another of my older songs that has been played live more times than I could begin to try and count.  Obviously, people like the song and have responded well to it, otherwise I would not have put it on the album.

The album version is true to the original, but I updated the guitar solo, which I think is quite an improvement.  When I used to play it live with my old band the Shovelheads, I would play bass, not guitar, because it was a three piece band in which I was the bassist/vocalist.  My old right-hand man Bobby Rodriguez was the guitarist, and would play the guitar solos. 

I used a Dunlap Crybaby Wah Pedal on the album, and now use the wah on my Digitech Control One Foot Controller in conjunction with my Digitech Effects Processor when I play the solo now.  I think the new solo adds to the song, making it better.

The song is about the pursuit of a dream, and the work required to make dreams become reality.  And yes, it's true that when most people I know are out having fun, I am hard at work, paying dues, and preparing myself for making a big break happen.  Without hard work, very little happens, and many dreams die on the vine. Nothing good happens by accident; you must make them happen. 

Personally, I think I know better, and know what it will take to make my dreams come true, namely hard work and dedication.  Yes, I take this work seriously, and work harder and put in more time than most.  Fortunately, I have put myself in a position where I can work on my music at my business when I am waiting for walk-in traffic.  I have plenty of dead time here, and I fully take advantage of it, constantly practicing, rehearsing and writing new songs, while most musicians I know are working at a job with little meaning, and/or one they hate.  Yes, I am blessed to be in this situation, but as I have said before, I made this happen.  It did not happen by accident or without a great deal of hard work.

So, the song talks about the required hard work, the frustrations, and the fact that early on, there are few rewards for all the sacrifices and hard work, but that these things are a huge part of the puzzle that a musicain must put together and complete in pursuit of success in the business.  It also mentions that it is in my blood and I just can't stop. My desire, drive and dreams won't allow it.

The chorus of the song states that it's a long way to the top, sometimes you feel like you're gonna drop (because of the countless hours of hard work,) but that you keep going because you just can't stop, (because it's in your heart.)

The final verse discusses the countless frustrations encountered along the way. the endless dues that you must pay, and the fact that you must make your own break to get to the top, and that it will not happen by itself or by accident.

So, that's Long Way to the Top.  We only have one more song from the CD to cover, "Losing Control Again."  I will cover that one soon.

Don't forget to check out my earlier blog entry on www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, and to "Like" my www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, and for more frequent updates "Follow" me on www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ JUST CLICK THESE LINKS AND YOU'RE THERE TO THESE PAGES IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE ;)

THANKS FOR VISTING, AND FOR THE INTEREST AND SUPPORT.  PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

 

 

Today's Blog entry is at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. Just click on the link to the left and you're there in the blink of an eye!

THIS IS THE FIRST ENTRY FOR TODAY; I JUST PUT UP A SECOND ONE ON THIS SITE, SO YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN TO READ IT AND ANY OF MY OTHER ENTRIES SINCE I BEGAN MY BLOG; IT'S ALL HERE. JUST DONT FORGET TO GO TO www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic to read today's earlier blog entery. IT'S A GOOD ONE ABOUT MY SONG "Live to Ride," AND MORE!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic Alexx breaks into the Top 3 of Local Rock Band Rankings on Reverbnation,at #3. I can almost touch the Number 1 spot with my hands now. CLICK ON LINK ABOVE TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT AND TO HEAR THE ENTIRE "Escaping the Dungeon" CD for FREE! You can also get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD WHILE YOU'RE THERE!

Become a fan on my Reverbnation Page, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ and "Like" my Facebook Artist Page at www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

Just click the links and you're there. It takes only a few seconds of your time and helps a lot!

Thanks and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE' THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Hey everybody, T.G.I.F. (for those not familiar with the acronym, Thank God It's Friday!)

Its cold in El Paso today.  Snowy and cold in the "Sun City."  So, what to do on a cold friday night you ask?  Well what else; stay inside and play loud music.  What a concept, lol!

Unfortunately, El Paso drivers don't know how to drive on snowy or icy roads, since it is the "Sun City."  Actually, they don't even know how to drive in good weather, lol!  So going out in a car in this weather is a risky proposition.  Add alcohol and drunk drivers on a Friday night, and there's a good chance something bad could happen.  So being a little wiser now (I hope,) I'll take the play guitar in The Dungeon option as a no-brainer. 

Yes, I work hard every day and night in that Dungeon, when I'm not out playing a gig.  It is work, and sometimes even feels like it, but it is necessary, and gets results.  The hobbiest musician goes out and plays an occaisional gig, and then puts down their instrument until his or her next gig, and returns to their "life" in the mean time.  Well, music is my life, and how does anyone get better without work?  Answer is they don't!  They stay the same, and those musicicans wind up playing the same tired cover tunes literally for decades. 

So as the New Year begins, after some deep reflection, I'm first of all grateful for not only where I am, but also where I've been and the things I have accomplished, particularly in 2012.  I'm also grateful for all the bad things that I have endured in my life, for they have made me who I am today, and I am very proud of myself as a parent, musician, businessman and person.  Everything happens for a reason. This I firmly believe.

I'm hoping that 2013 is going to be a big year for us, and I hope it is also for all those un-sung heros who work their butts off in pursuit of their dreams.  Yes, it is still America where I live, and it is still "the land of opportunity."  If you're like me, no one is going to give you much of anything.  We have to work hard to prepare, and then go out and get it.  We must make our own breaks, because if we wait until a break comes and slaps us in the face, it will never happen. 

Life is what you make it, I truly believe that.  But I am one hard worker, and I strongly believe in myself, my music, and my knack for making good things happen, often out of nothing.  Working hard and working smart.  I have started over many times, with literally nothing, and made good things happen.  I have literally put it all on the line more times than I can count.  I am a gambler, and sometimes gamblers win, and sometimes we lose, and often they are big wins or big losses.  But that is the most common trait of self-made millionaires, the willingness to take a gamble. 

So, on to Track 7 of the new "Escaping the Dungeon" album, "We Better Open Our Eyes."  I think this is one of the most serious and meaningful songs I have ever written.  It is about real life, and today's society.  To read all about it, please go to my blog at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  This is where I am continuing this blog entry.  The entry will be titled T.G.I.F. Jan 4, 2013 (Part B.)  Please check it out and "Become a Fan" and "Like" the page and songs while you're there.  Also please go to www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic and like that page also.  This helps support our music and supports us as artists.  Thanks and see you on  Reverbnation

It is an important song that can incite thought, action and change.  It is one of my older songs on Escaping the Dungeon, and has been played countless times live by my previous band, the Shovelheads, always to great crowd response.  The original version and the live version is much more agressive and hard rocking than the CD version, but I like the CD version too, which is mellower, with the acoustic guitar more up front.  None the less, it is still one of my favorite songs that I have written, and the lyrics hold up and sound current in relation to today's society.  Some things don't change much!

(You will find the rest of this blog post at: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.)

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!

I woke up today on the first day of 2013 to beautiful weather and sunny skies in El Paso, matching my outlook for the coming year. No hangover and feeling great. I'm gonna do things right this year, beginning today!

In hindsight, 2012 was great. A lot of progress was made and some great things happened.  The highlight for us clearly was the writing, recording, production, initial marketing, and local and global distribution of our new CD, Alexx, "Escaping the Dungeon."  The CD came out great, has been well recieved, and is an accurate representation of me as both a musician and a person.  It is a close and personal look at me, Alexx, and a clear glimpse into my soul.  I am extremely proud of the CD!

My gut has been telling me for quite a while now that 2013 is going to be awesome, and my gut is usually right.  I haven't felt this good about everything in my life in a very long time; not as far back as I can easily remember. Positive signs are everywhere!

The first thing I do today after getting something to drink is to log on to my laptop and go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

I started my Reverbnation page only 28 days ago, and have closely monitored my ranking on the site, since launching my page.  I was initially ranked at 170 out of over 300 local bands in the Rock genre or category, the largest of all categories locally on the  site. 

Since day one, on December 4, 2012, I have leaped up in the rankings on an almost daily basis, passing well known and established local bands, literally by the dozens.  On December 4th I looked at my initial rank of 170, and then immediately looked at the number one slot, and knew that is where I need to be.  I knew that getting to Number 2 could never truly satisfy me.

So today, January 1, 2012, Alexx breaks into the Top 5 of Reverbnaton's Local Rock Ranking, coming in  at................(drumroll please,) .................................. #4!  To say that I am happy about that would be an understatment.  I am elated and grateful to the fans who have gotten me there so quickly.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  You are sincerly appreciated!

Due to recent events, reaching that Number 1 spot, and I know that I will, although it will take some time, is bound to be met with mixed emotions.  The reason being, is that the holder of the Number 1 position happens to be the band Ministry, who are now based out of El Paso.  They are a major and well established band with many albums and world tours under their belt, and are truly a great band.  I am actually a fan, and love their heavy sound.  Their Reverbnation rank is probably not even important to them anymore, but it is to us.

But the reason is not only that I have much respect and admiration for the band, but also because of their recent casualty, and loss of one of their guitar players, Mike Scaccia, who recently collapsed on stage and later died after performing with his other band.  I can't help but feel for them, but this is clearly not personal, and is one aspect of  my overall plan to gain the attention of certain record labels, in the hopes of getting a real shot in the business, a record contract on a good label.

To Al Jourgensen and Ministry, my sincere condolences.  Please carry on, as you know Mike would have you.  I am certain he would not have it any other way.

On a more cheerful note, I wish everybody the very best year of your lives in 2013, with many huge blessings, joys and successes.  The world is ours in 2013; I feel it in my bones!

As always, thanks so much for visiting, and please come back soon.  Even more importantly, please check out, "Like, and "Become a Fan" on www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic , "Like" www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic , and "Follow" www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_ .  These things may take a couple of minutes of your time, but they help us immensely, and you will discover a whole new world of FREE MUSIC in every genre and style immaginable on Reverbnation!  Check it out.  You will be glad you did, and I made it easy by including the links in this paragraph.  Just click the links, and you're there in the blink of an eye!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE.  THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Good morning and Happy New Year's Eve!  Where did this year go?  Seriously, 2012 went faster than any year of my life, but it was a great year for me, one of great challenges and accomplishments. I will cover that briefly in this blog entry but go into more detail on New Year's Day or January 2nd.  Today I will also go back to telling the story behind the songs on the CD. 

Yesterday's blog was at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  If you want to keep up with all the Alexx news, you should frequent both pages, but you will love the Reverbnation Page, because you can stream the whole CD there for FREE, and find info you won't find on here. You will also discover a world of unsigned artists with some great music of every style to listen to, and it's all FREE!

So, I basically worked three full-time jobs all year in 2012, including my flooring business, "Flooring by Alex and Alex," sole parenting three small children, and music.  I am pleased and very greatful to have achieved  one of my bigger goals this year, the recording and release of my very first solo CD, Alexx, "Escaping the Dungeon." 

It is a major accomplihsment for me, just to record the CD, which is selling fairly well both locally and globally.  What makes that more remarkable is the fact that I have done almost everything single-handedly, from writing the songs to composing and arranging all the parts, and recording the tracks, to product design and marketing and distribution of the music.  Our biggest goal for 2013 is to land a record deal with a major or mid-sized label, to assist me with marketing, distribution and tour support, so that I may take my music to the masses on a much larger scale.  I have definitely paid some incredible dues to get this far!

So, we will talk more about 2012 and 2013 next time.  For now we'll go back to discussing the songs from the CD.  Yesterday's blog is at this link: http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_blogs/artist_2984880?blog_id=7917730   I covered the song "Kick out the Jams" there yesterday and more.  I had initially mis-labeled the song as "Hit the Ground and Run," but I went back and corrected the entry.  Today we will go back to "Hit the Ground and Run."

"Hit the Ground and Run" is another new song written for the new CD.  It is autobiographical, and is about the rocky path I took to get to this point in my life, and the fact that we're still on a journey down a winding path full of obstacles and turns, on the road to reach my biggest dream and goal in life, a successful career in the music business.

Verse two talks about my belief that our destiny in life is pre-determined, and the fact that we find out many truths about life and the people who come in and out of our lives along the way, and that some things and people from the past are better off left behind, and not worth looking back on.

The chorus comes next and basically says that the future begins now, and that we have overcome many obstacles to get this far, and that we can see success before us, can almost grab it now, and fully intend to milk it for all its worth; we have earned the right to do so!

The last verse describes how the fruits of are labors taste really sweet, after running through fire and feeling the heat, and the fact that we have overcome huge obstacles along the way, and that now, with vehicle in hand (the new CD,) we will hit the ground and run, "like a mother*ucker!" 

Thanks for visting our site and HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR IN 2013.  MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!  Please check out the reverbnation site to listen to the CD, get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD, and to read yesterday's Blog, which is also a good one.  I am posting my Reverbnation, Facebook Artist Pages, and Twitter Page links below.  Please support my music by "Becoming a Fan," "Liking" the Page, listening to and "Liking" my songs on Reverbnation, "Liking" my Facebook Artist Page, and "Following" me on Twitter!  Just CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO GET TO THESE PAGES:

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic   www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic  www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,  Alexx

Today's Daily Music Blog is on our Reverbnation Page, www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.   Please click on the "Become a Fan" button while you're there. 

It takes two minutes to sign up and gives you access to a ton of FREE MUSIC in every genre and style imaginable.  You can also get a FREE DOWNLOAD and LISTEN TO THE WHOLE CD FOR FREE while you're there.  Please also "Like" the Page and the Songs.  (You can listen to the CD in the background as you browse the site or do your work.)

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!  PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

HERES A LINK TO TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE BLOG: http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_blogs/artist_2984880?blog_id=7917730

Good morning everybody!  As always, thanks for visiting.  Your interest and support is appreciated.

I'm moving my blog around now in attempt to get you to check out all of my sites.  Todays blog is at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  This page needs your support.  I believe this one will be key to landing the record contract that we really NEED to continue with the music.  We can't get our music to the masses without label support for marketing, distribution and tour support.  If we can pass the major label act, Ministry, and get to #1 on the Local Rankings in our genre, Rock, I think I can use that to get the labels' attention.  This is one of my short term goals. but an extremely important one.

And make no mistake, Ministry is great.  They have been established major players in rock music for decades.  I respect Al Jourgensen and his band and love their music.  And trust me, the number one spot on Reverbnation is much more important to me than it is to them, because they have already made it.  Nothing personal Al, but we're gonna get there or die trying, because from my perspective this is one of the first major tasks I need to accomplish, and I am well on my way, having moved from #170 initially on 12/4/12 to #7 as of 12/23/12 only 19 days after launching on the site. 

The problem now, is that after passing up established and popular local bands literally by the dozens, I have been stuck at #7 for several days now.  I need a boost, a push that all of you can give me, if you take a few minutes of your valuable time in support of the mission.  Seriously, you guys can make the difference and you don't have to do much.  I will put the links at the bottom of this post. 

What we would like from you will require a few minutes of your time, but you take your time to come here, so you can do this.  This would be a really cool holiday gift for us.  All we need is for you to go to our Reverbnation Page and "like" the page, click on the "Become a Fan" button, Listen to and "like" each song (you can listen to the songs in the background as you explore the site or do your work,) "like" our Facebook Artist Page, follow us on Twitter, and Become a friend on myspace.  Our myspace is brand new and we only have 6 Myspace Friends so far.  That certainly doesn't look impressive, lol

So, as always, thanks for visiting and have a beautiful and prosperous New Year!  SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS.  THE LINKS ARE BELOW:

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.twitter.com/alexxofficialmusic

www.myspace.com/Alexx_Official_

 Alexx

 

Well Happy December 27th! As usual, it's a beautiful day in El Paso. Sunny and fair, and yes, life is beautiful!

Man, I have worked so hard to get to this point, and ironically, I'm nowhere yet; Ground zero + one real gig in support of Escaping the Dungeon.

From writing the songs, to composing and arranging the parts, recording the CD, designing the packaging and Alexx merchandise, production of the disc and merch, and marketing and promoting the CD locally and globally, it has been a lot of work just to get to ground zero. People really don't see all the work that goes in to doing this. I never thought much about it either until I did it myself. So to just get to Ground Zero, was actully a major accomplisment!

Well if that's not enough, I've been through so much trying to put together the right line-up to play the live shows and to do the music justice.

Most people put together a band, write songs, play them live, and then eventually go into a studio and record. I did the opposite. I wrote and recorded the CD, essentially by myself, with the help of a drummer to lay down the drums, and some tracks, including lap steel and acoustic guitars, were layed down by the Engineer and Co-Producer Gabe Gonzalez. I did the rest, including vocals, rhythm guitars, lead guitar, and bass guitar.

The drummer quit the band in the studio because I told him he could not be hitting microphones with his drumsticks, after he broke one microphone that I had to replace, and continued to hit microphones.

So, I left the studio, with a Master CD in hand and no band. I immediately went to work on packaging and merchandise design and pre-promotion, and began to look for band members to play the live shows.

So, after auditioning countless band members, I finally put together a line-up and book multiple shows. Rick the drummer re-enters the line-up. I let him rejoin because he plays the songs well.

Two hours before the first gig, Rick tells me he's not gonna play the venue because of some stupid phone calls made to the venue. I tell him he can not quit now because I have never cancelled a gig in my life, and I was not going to start now.

Rick refuses to play the gig. To make matters worse, he calls the bass player and all of our friends and tells them the gig is cancelled. But Rick has no right or authority to cancel the gig, because I booked the gig, and it is my gig.

So, I call the bass player and he tells me he's made other plans since Rick told him the gig was cancelled. He is going to pick up his kids and already made arrangements. He suddenly can't make the gig either, thanks to the wonderful, loyal Rick.

So what do I do about my big debut. Cancell? Not a chance. So I get some help, load up my equipment, head to the venue and set up. They're expecting a band. The get me. One man, one guitar, and one microphone. They are a bit dissappointed, and rightfully so, but the gig goes on. I play. After the performance I recieve many compliments from my peers and some fans. They tell me it took a lot of guts to do what I did, playing what I call "naked," just me, my guitar and a mic, when everybody is expecting and has come to see a band. And yes, I still had fun and got paid for it. I acutally made more money than I would have with the band, but it's not about money; it's about the music, the art. And yes, they failed me, let me down, and left me to fend for myself. And yes, I did so, sucessfully.

Act three. I go through countless auditions, and finally put together a kick ass line-up. Three guitars, including myself, a bassist, and Rick rejoins for the final time.

We book more gigs and  play the first one. It goes well with the three guitar army. The three guitar wall of sound is incredible! People love it and are very impressed.

We begin rehearsing for the next shows. Rick keeps dwelling on the negative and telling me we can't do this and we can't do that.

All the while Rick's living with his mom, eating, sleeping and watching t.v. all day. Stuffing down cheeseburgers and extra fries, while I continue to work 18-20 hours per day running my business, raising my kids, and rehearsing and promoting the music.

I keep putting Rick up, and he keeps trying to put me down, and continues to tell me not only what we can't do, but also how my music must be played live, and all the while failing to see what is happening before his eyes as a result of my hard work.

Rick says the songs MUST be played exactly like the CD; that we can't be extending songs and adding solos. I tell him that if people want to hear the CD, they will stay home and listen to it. A live show must be something more, and we have three very good guitarists that all can play very different solos, employing their own styles and flavors. He insists that we can't do that. I finally am forced to tell him that they are my songs, and we are going to play them the way I want to play them. The following day he quits again, for the third time; the third strike. He's out for good now, never to re-enter the line up. That was on December 23, 2012.

So, the mission continues. Nothing can stop us. The feelers are out, and the next line-up will be the best yet, and with any luck, the permanent line-up will fall into place soon.

Forward we go; no more time to look back!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

DON'T FORGET TO GO TO www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic and click on "Become a Fan," "Like" the page and the songs too. YOU CAN HEAR THE WHOLE CD FOR FREE there and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD. Also, GO TO www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic and "Like" the page. This furthers my music, and takes very little of your time. Just a few mouse clicks. IT STARTS BY CLICKING ON THE TWO LINKS ABOVE. Thanks for the support!

Alexx

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! 

2012 has been a great year, and a very busy one for me.  I have never had a year go by so fast.  It literally feels like last New Years Eve was only three months ago!

The highlight of the year for me was the recording and release of my first solo album, Alexx, Escaping the Dungeon.  I worked extremely hard throughout the entire process, from writing the songs and composing and arranging the musical parts, to the recording, product design, production, and release of the full-length CD. 

I put my heart and soul, and every ounce of energy I could muster, into making this the best album I was capable of, and one that I could be proud of.  I overcame countless obstacles to get here and to make this part of my dream a reality.  I achieved this result in the end; yes, I am extremely proud of each and every song on the CD, and the final product itself, "Escaping the Dungeon."

So now I have the the vehicle, my CD, and I'm hoping 2013 will be a breakout year for us, the one that I land a record deal.  Wouldn't that be sweet!  But nothing great happens by accident and there is no such thing as an overnight success.  But I have worked extremely hard for many, many years, have educated myself, and prepared for this moment.  Now I am ready.  Let's see what I can make happen!

So on this beautiful Christmas Day, as I look back, I feel humbled and grateful for all the support we have been receiving from all of you, and the rest of our friends and supporters, around town, and around the globe.  With all my heart and soul, I thank each and every one of you for your love and support.  Without you, we are nothing and will  go nowhere. With you, there are no limits.

I wish all of you, the very happiest and most beautiful holiday season you have ever had, and the most wonderful, exciting, and prosperous New Year of your life.  Look out 2013; here we come!

PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL OF YOU, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

 

Well happy Sunday everybody! Thanks, as always for visiting. I have plenty to talk about. Here goes.

Last night was a great time in El Paso. Hung out with Glen Garza of KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio, El Paso at Tricky Falls, an awesome and fairly new concert venue here in El Paso.

So the venue, Tricky Falls is fairly new, but it is inside of an old movie theatre in an historic El Paso building, probably built in the very early 1900's. The building houses Tricky Falls and also the bar Bowie Feathers. They are both co-owned by Jim Ward and Gabe Gonzales, who also own Clap of Thunder Studio, (where we recorded Escaping the Dungeon,) and some other partners. The venue is beautiful and the stage is so cool. I can't wait to play there.  Hopefully we will get the chance to hit that beautiful stage.

One of the bigger highlights of the night for me was meeting Metal Sanaz, who was the MC of the event, which was called The Not So Silent Christmas, and featured about 18 bands.  Sanaz was very cool, and a pleasure to be around.  She is quite beautiful also.  It was fun for me.  Maybe the best part was when she said she might play our music on her show. 

Alexx music is basically hard rock, and I believe her show focuses on the Metal genre, but I think a couple of songs from the CD will go over on her show, and the next CD will be a bit heavier by design.  I'm tuning my guitar down lower now, which puts me in the mood to rock a little harder.  I think it will all work itself out.

Also, I ran into my old friend and sound man David Richie.  We had worked on doing a Neil Young Tribute Band as I try and get the solo thing to take flight.  Tribute bands get paid well in El Paso, and musicians never have enough money until they really make it, so it's a nice option for us for now. 

I love Neil Young too, and many people compare some of my songs to his, which to me is a great compliment, because he is one of the greatest American Songwriters of all time.  Anyway, his songs come to us very naturally, and are very easy to learn and play.  People love to hear us play his songs too, and those covers have actually landed us some gigs.  So we'll probably get back to working on that project this week, since we both can make the time to rehearse.  Anyway, I love playing music, and in rehearsals is no exception.  The more I play, the happier I am.

So, it was definately a fun night for me.  This morning, I woke up  to more good news.  We hit #7 on the Local Reverbnation Rankings in the Rock genre, the largest of all genres on Reverbnation, with the most bands and thus, the most competition.  I entered the site and the ranking only 18 days ago at #170, and have been passing well established bands who have been on the site for years, by the dozens, literally.  As we approach the top, we're passing bands in smaller leaps, but have increased in rank every single day except one day, when we remaned at #26 for two days.  I can see our target, the top spot, #1, clearer every single day, and will not rest until I grab that golden ring!

If you would like to help us get to the top quicker, please go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic and listen to the CD, Like each song, Like the Page, Follow us on Twitter, and Like us on our Facebook Artist Page, which is www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, and our Twitter is www.twitter.com/Alexx_Official (there is an underscore - one of these _ after Alexx and Official, like this: Alexx_Official_, but this website underlines the whole address so you can't see the underscore.) Just CLICK THE LINKS, and you're thereYour support is greatly and sincerely appreciated!

So as we approach the end of 2012 and reflect, I think it was a great year.  For me, I've been so busy, that it literally flew by.  It seems like is was New Years 2012 about 3 months ago, no kidding!  I worked extremely hard and accomplished much, including  making my first solo CD, Escaping the Dungeon a reality.  My gut tells me 2013 will be much better, and hopefully a break-out year for our music.  Only time will tell!

I wish all of you the  best and most beautiful holiday season ever, and a great, great sucessful New Year.  We all deserve that!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

 

Well good afternoon friends!

Everything is great, beautiful and awesome. Couldn't be better for this point in time!  Thanks for all the visits and all the support.  You guys are beginning to make some great things happen. We couldn't do this without YOU!

Please continue to spread the word in sending people to our Reverbnation and Facebook Artist pagesThis is so important and helps immeasurably!

Here are the links once again.  Please ask your friends to do the following:

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusicClick on this link, and on the page click: "Become a Fan;" click the  Facebook Like button; click the Follow on Twitter button; at the top of the song playlist, click on play all, and then  "Like" each song. THEY CAN GET A FREE SONG DOWNLOAD HERE OF "Communication Deficit Disorder" off the new "Escaping the Dungeon CD!

www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic, Just click this link and click "Like."

That's all; takes little time and makes a HUGE difference!

Thank you very much for your time!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Happiest Holidays to all of you!

Alexx

Reverbnation is a Free Website, and an important promotion tool for bands of all genres to help market their music.  From what I gather, it is used mainly to gain fans and get noticed in the music scene, among other things, and is used by most bands.  Bands can use the site to get gigs, and maybe even get noticed by industry professionals.  A high rank, I believe, makes a band more marketable, and if done properly, can be used to secure gigs, and possibly to get yourself noticed by record companies.  Listeners can visit the site to check out music from mostly unknowns, in every  genre of music, absolutely FREE.  Most bands stream whole CD's for listeners to hear for free and some offer free downloads. 

I offer a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD on my Reverbnation Page, www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic, and FREE streaming of the whole CD.  Hit up and click on "Become A Fan" at the upper right corner of the page.  There are also buttons to click on to "Like" my Facebook Artist Page, "Follow" me on Twitter, and to "like" the page and each individual song. Please click all the "Like," "Follow," and "Become a Fan" buttons.  These things help us move up in rank.

Reverbnation ranks bands locally, nationally and globally, by genre.  I, personally, pay the most attention to the local ranking, because that's where it all starts, on the local level.  We are in the Rock category, which is the largest genre, with the most bands. 

I opened our Reverbnation account exactly two weeks ago, on Tuesday December 4th, and we entered with a local rank of #170 in the Rock genre.  Today, fourteen days later, we are ranked #16, which is an increase of 154 in 14 days for an average of 11 spots per day. 

I consider this significant, because we have only played one real gig in support of the new CD.  We do, however, have several more gigs booked and have clubs contacting us for bookings.  We've been holding off on booking a lot of gigs for the time being, but the gigs are there, and we can get some.

While #16 may sound great to many people, to me it is not.  I will not be satisfied until we reach number one.  Even number two does little for me.  That's just how I am.  The difficult part about this is that the band holding the number one spot in the Rock genre is a well established, major label act.  And yes, they are good; very good!

Most people would say, well, I guess we have to shoot for a rank of number two, because we will never bump those big guys down from their perch at the top of the chart.  Personally, I don't think that way.  Nothing is impossible and all obstacles can be overcome.  You just have to have a good plan in place, and execute it well.  With all due respect for the current top dogs, I am determined to get to that number one spot, and I will.  I am one hundred percent certain of that, and am determined to accomplish this feat in the minimum amout of time possible.

So, with that said, we move on to the story about Track 3 on the new cd, "Another Hit and Run."

Another Hit and Run is one of the older songs on the cd, and has been performed live many, many times to great audience response, with my old band the Shovelheads.  I will not re-type the lyrics here, because they are already on this site on the Play Alexx's Songs Page, but will rather discuss the meaning and purpose of the song and it's lyrics.

The song is basically a fictional story, yet one that occurs in real life far to often.  It is about a guy who goes out and gets inebriated, takes off in his car, and causes a fatal accident.  He leaves the scene of the accident, and drives home, where he passes out.

The next morning, he wakes hung over and starts to remember that something did go tragically wrong the night before, but can't remember what happened.  He starts to remember losing control of his car and crashing.  Next, he hears a loud pounding on his door.  He gets out of bed, stumbles to the door and opens it. 

Standing at the door are two police detectives, demanding he immediately identify himself.  They ask him what happened to his car, and his heart begins racing, as the accident begins to replay in his mind.   He knows he messed up big-time and is in huge trouble as a result.

They go on to tell him that he killed a whole family, a father, mother and their children.  They say they're gonna bring him to justice.  His heard pounds harder and faster.

Then the story goes on to say that the victims family are devastated and angry, and that he is sentenced to 30 years in state prison.  That's how the story and song ends.

The song basically describes some of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.  It was written with the thought in mind that it's lyrics could possibly make listeners think of consequences before getting behind the wheel intoxicated, in hopes of prefenting such fatal accidents.  If it saves one life or prevents on person from a drunken crash or drunk driveing arrest, it has served it's purpose.  I wouldn't be surprised if it already has!

On that note, I'm out.  Don't forget to go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic and listen to the cd, get the FREE DOWNLOAD if you want, and "Become a Fan," "like" the page, and "like" each song, Just click on the link above to get there NOW.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Thank you very much for visiting.  I appreciate every time you do!

Sorry, but I don't have much time for blogging today, so I owe you a good one tomorrow.  Everything's great; things moving fast.

To help further the cause, please like our Facebook Artist Page.  Just click this link: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Also, even more importantly, go to our new Reverbnation Page and click on the "Become a Fan" button, "Like" the page, play the whole cd in  the background while you browse around by clicking on "Play All" at the top of the songs, and "Like" all the songs.  This will make some good things happen.  

Thanks for your time and support and it is doesn't take much time.  Just click this link: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

There is every style of music and all the bands are there to listen to for FREE!

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Where are we now and where are we going??? Hell, I don't know either of those answers; still trying to figure that out, lol!

Well, on the other side of that coin, I do know where I have been; to hell and back more times than I can count; more near death experiences than I can count; more having to start overs than I can count, but also more great experiences and great times than I can count.

That is just life; a cycle of up and downs, and we live and learn. We rise, we fall. We pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and we move forward again, hopefully a little wiser and a little stronger.

We all go though similar cycles, I believe, even though some of mine have been much more extreme that most. But, I'm grateful to still be here, still standing strong and proud, with my health, and still moving forwards, more determined than ever.

Six years ago, I developed a large tumor on my vocal chords. I eventually lost my ability to speak, literally and completely. Singing was not even within the realm of possibilities. I had emergency surgury to remove the tumor, and thankfully, I eventually regained my speaking voice, and a year after that, I gradually began to redevelop my singing voice.

I am elated to be able to even sing at all today. Everthing happens for a reason, whether or not we figure out the reason. Maybe it was so I could appreciate singing more and appreciate my God given talent. The lord giveth and can take it away in the blink of an eye. Don't ever forget that; I know I won't!

Which leads to where I want to go. I want to make that break happen, in this highly competitive business, the entertainment industry.

To put ourselves in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills, properly developed, with the right people. Lots of variables, right? But one thing is certain; no big breaks happen by accident, and there are no real overnight successes. Every artist who appears to be an overnight success, has worked hard for years to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the business. That is simply fact.

And talent and skills are not enough. First of all there are a lot of obstacles and frustrations one must endure along the way, and many give in to the pressures and give up their dreams. Of the musicians in all the bands I have played in over the years, only one, to my knowledge, other than myself has endured, and is still in the game. I am proud to say that that person is my great friend and drummer, Rick Talavera. We are the ones who have endured, and continue to reach for that gold ring!

Yes, my friends, for all the ones with the talent and the skills, the keys, I believe are determination, dedication, a great work ethic, thick skin, and a willingness to take the gamble, with all it's risks; the willingness to roll the dice and risk it all. I can't speak for Rick, but I can say, loud and proud, that I, Alexander Anthony Delgado, posess all the traits listed above. You can bank on that; I do!

Do I have a plan B; yes. I work plan B every day; plan B, my education and my flooring business, are what facilitate and finance my pursuit of the dream. I could never just walk away, like so many before me, and so many to come. Why? Because I love music and music performance way too much. It is my passion, and my love. If I walked away, I would truly be miserable, and would regret it for the rest of my life. So, if I don't make it, I will likely die trying, but without the regrets and the feelings of what if......

If there is one thing I know, it is music. I have lived and loved music my entire life. I wrote my first song at age six. I still remember the words and the melody. I have spent countless thousands of hours studying, practicing, writing and performing music. It has been an investment, but it has never felt that way. For me, it is just fun. Even practicing by my self, or closed band rehearsals are great fun for me. The only thing enjoy more is performing live.

So the time has come to get this thing off the ground. The Gridiron gig on Friday was what I consider my first real gig of my resurrection or resurfacing onto the scene. It went well, and people liked it. We got plenty of applause all around, and we know that we will do much better each time out.

People are loving the CD and the songs, universally, and always love it when I perform. It has been that way since my first paid gig way back in the day. In my opinion, it all comes down to the songs. Regardless of one's skills as a musician or a performer, if the songs are not great, you will never go far. Yes, people love good songs. They withstand the test of time. Half of the songs on the CD were written a decade and a half ago, and people loved them back then, and people loved the same songs last Friday night. Those five songs have withstood the test of time. When we used to play covers, people loved our originals better, even though we covered great songs. To me, that validates the songs.

What I do, when evaluating my own songs, is to give them as objective a listen as I possibly can. I ask myself, if these songs were written and performed by some one else, not me, would I like them? I can say, as a life-long musician who knows and loves rock music, that every song on the CD is valid and individual. No two songs sound the same, yet all clearly sound like me. That is my personal and professional opinion, and also of many musicians and listeners that I have discussed them with. Now, I must make something happen with them, and that is the hardest part. So, here I stand at ground zero, working, planning, strategizing, rehearsing, performing, and hoping to make something big happen. Yes I am determined, and yes, I refuse to quit or give up. Let's see how far we can take this thing; that is my mindset. That is where I am today.

If you wish to help, or support us or our music, there are a few small things you can do, that will make a huge difference. Yes, YOU, can help determine whether I succeed or fail, and it really doesn't require much of your time. Go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. Click on "Become A Fan" at the top; listen to the songs, and "like" them. "Like" the page. Leave a comment. All these things help us in my pursuit of our dreams. I hope you will do those things for our band.

Thanks, as always, for visiting, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS

Alexx

Yes, it is an absolutely beautiful day. For the first time in like, forever, I actually got about 6 hours sleep!  For me, that is a lot.  I hope it continues as often as possible, and maybe even get up to 8.  That would be AWESOME!

I guess I'm sort of an Energizer Bunny.  I just keep on going and going, but with purpose.  I get that from my dad, David Delgado Sr., the most awesome role model I could ever had.  Actually, I can only strive to be like him, because he's a greater man than I will ever be!  The hardest working person I know. 

Growing up, he was a professional with a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, yet always worked 3-4 jobs to give his family a better life.  He is also a former United States Army Airborne Ranger and Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He jumped out of planes in World War II.   

His brother, Frank Delgado was also a war hero.  He died in a firery plane crash over Germany in World War II, saving his buddy who was seriously wounded when their fighter jet was hit by enemy fire in a dog fight.  According to the El Paso Times, the Captain of the plane, who parachuted from the wreckage safely and survived, stated in an interview that my Uncle Frank was the first one ready with his parachute on, to escape the wreckage, until his buddy, the rear gunner, screamed "help me; I'm hit."  Rather than escape with his life, he went to the rear of the plane to help his friend as the others parachuted to safely.  During this time, the plane burst into flames, killing both of them.  They are buried in a common grave in the Military Cemetary in San Diego California.  My dad took us to see the grave when we were kids and I remember seeing the gravestone engraved with both names.  There is a now a park named in the honor of my uncle, Francisco Delgado Park, in West El Paso.  It is known as Delgado Park and is located behind Franklin High School.

The day after my dads family was notified of my Uncle Frank's tragic death, my father, David Delgado, joined the United State's Army, and also became an Army Ranger and Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.  That takes guts, and that's just how my dad is.  A man of impeccable character and guts, and my role model.   

So, back to the music.  The gig was great and we and the crowd had a lot of fun.  For all the details, go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  Just click on the link to the left of this sentence, and you will be there in the blink of an eye!  I'm going to log in now, to continue this post. 

While you're there,please click the "Become a Fan" button, listen to the CD while you're browsing, "Like" the page and each song, and browse around to see what's there. By doing this, you help us move up the ranks.  I have my sights on Number 1,  and will settle for nothing less; Number 2 just won't do a thing for me.  And this is no small task, because the band at number one is a major label act and a big band that has been around a long time, and yes, they are a great band with great music.  But I will get to number 1 or die trying, that, I promise.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Now, click on this: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  I will tell you all about the Gridiron gig. Thank you for doing so; we appreciate it! :)

Alexx

Awesome 3 piece rehearsal last night with Rick on drums, Daniel on guitar and me on guitar and vocals!

We're gonna play the CD live three piece after special guests Revati throw it down.  Then we'll finish up with the long set with the full 5 piece "3 Guitar Army!"

It's gonna be a big party with some other very special guests performing.  Trust me, you don't want to miss this!

Get all the scoop and the latest updates, plus stream the CD FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  "Like" the page and the songs and click on the "Become a Fan" button while you're there.

Thanks for the support and see you tonight at the gig!

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 

Alexx In Concert tomorrow, Fri Dec 19 @ Tanya's Gridiron, 4620 Dyer St. 9:00 pm, with Special Guests "Revati." 

All active military with ID get a FREE Alexx, "Escaping the Dungeon" Download Card to download the new cd for free.  All they have to do is ask for one and they shall receive. We Support Our Troops. See you at the gig. :)

WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE: THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Fired up, fired up, fired up! Check us out at facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic; reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic; alexxofficialmusic.com.

The biggest thing supporters can do to help us move forwards and upwards is to view ALL of these pages and sites, and "LIKE" AND "BECOME A FAN" ON FACEBOOK AND REVERBNATION!   I post different and exclusive info on all three sites.  Check em all out for completed updates and info.

Gig's on Friday at Tanya's Gridiron, 4620 Dyer St. El Paso, TX 79930

Thanks, as always for visiting!

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

 
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Get the most updates on what is going on in Alexx's twisted rock and roll freak brain on Twitter.  Trust me, plenty's always going on up there. :) 
 

So back to the old Rainbow.  For us it's pretty cool, and we're fired up and ready to throw down! 

As far as Reverbnation, we're new on there.  I just set up the page Tuesday Dec 4th, six days ago.  Every Reverbnation Artist is ranked in it's designated genre, locally, nationally and globally.

Local rank is a ranking that actually takes on quite a bit of significance, and is listed on the upper right hand corner of the artist's Reverbnation Home Page. On Tuesday (day one,) we were ranked at 170 in the genre with the most artists, Rock.  Wednesday we were at 137, Thursday 97, Friday 58, Saturday 47, Sunday 40, and today (day 6's) ranking is at 39.

So, as you can see, we're climbing steadily, but the ascention rate is slowing as we get closer to the top.  Ministry, a great MAJOR BAND now based in El Paso is at number one locally.  Yes, that makes the challenge much tougher than I originally expected, but I have never been satisfied being second in anything, so that is the lofty goal: To surpass Ministry and hit number one in the local ranks! 

And nothing at all against Ministry.  They are an awesome band, and I love their music and heavy sound.  I also can not help but have a great deal of respect for Al Jorgenson (I hope I spelled that right,) the leader of Ministry.  He has made it, and continues to make great music.  Hats off to Al, but it's on bro, lol!

So all of you can help us, Alexx, the upstart solo artist, sleigh the giant, and bump Ministry from the Number 1 position on the site in the local rankings. This could also be a ticket to a major label record contract, and will DEFINATELY stir some interest! And no, it will not happen overnight; there are no real overnight successes.  Those who seem to come out of nowhere and rise to the top tier have all been working on their craft for years. We are no exception.

All you need to do to help us get there, is go to my Reverbnation page, "Like" the page, listen to the songs and "Like" each song, and view the content on the page. Return frequently, and most importantly CLICK ON THE BECOME A FAN BUTTON!

If you listen to our song, Long Way to the Top, from our Escaping the Dungeon cd and pay attention to the lyrics, that is exactly what that song is about, the tough, long rise to the top of one's field, not giving up, and overcoming the obstacles to get there. And like the song says, "I keep on going cause I just can't stop!"

Thanks as always for visiting, and click on this link to get to my Reverbnation Page: wwww.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. I put different content on there, so you want to be checking in at both sites to keep up with our mission, our adventures, and our musical journey. And yes, the Reverbnation thing is one of the keys to taking this project to it's potential, so please check it out.  Thanks for your support!

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

Alexx returns to an old haunt, the old Rainbow Lounge, which is now Tanya's Gridiron.  We were regulars there and played there dozens of times as the Shovelheads.

Rick Talavera, the original Shovelhead and current Alexx drummer will play the show as well.  We have ton's of memories of this club from the old Shovelheads days.

For all the scoop, the latest updates, and to stream the entire Escaping the Dungeon FREE and get a FREE SONG DOWNLOAD of Communication Deficit Disorder, go to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.  Just click this link to get there!

First gig with the new line-up is this Friday at Tanya's Gridiron 4620 Dyer St. at 9:00 pm.

We're really fired up for this one.  Don't miss it!

See you at the show!

For more info, all the latest updates, and FREE STREAMING of the entire Escaping the Dungeon CD, and one FREE SONG DOWNLOAD, GO TO: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

4 NEW ALEXX SHOWS JUST ANNOUNCED. Get all the info right here at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic See you at the show! :)

Don't forget to like the Reverbnation Page while you're there.  You can stream the cd live there too.  Thanks for the support!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENT; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusicAlexx band and our music are rapidly ascending in rank on Reverbnation, one of the biggest band promotion sites on the globe! Click on the link to see why and to hear the whole Escaping the Dungeon CD and DOWNLOAD A SONG FOR FREE!  Thanks to Glen Garza, Ray Monroe and KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio for the continued support!

Not surprisingly, today is another beautiful day in El Paso.  Sunny and mild; High will be 72 degrees and a low in the mid 40's.  We were supposed to get a cold front, but it lasted only a few hours.  Back to El Paso's "Indian Summer," (warm weather in December.)

Our band line-up really taking shape.  Pretty much what I've been trying to make happen is finally falling into place.  Yes, good things really do happen to those who work extremely hard, refuse to give up or compromise, believe in themselves, and put their heart an soul into something.  My life thus far has been indicative of that.  When I set my mind to something, nothing can stop me!  Probably cause I'm so stubborn, lol!

So here's the line-up for the Dec 14th gig at Tanya's Gridiron, 4620 Dyer St., El Paso, Texas: Rick Talavera-Drums, Moises Eisenburg-bass, Daniel Chavez-lead and rhythym guitar; Joe Unzueta-lead and rhythym guitar, and Alexx Delgado-lead and rhythym guitar and lead vocals.  This is a veteran bunch, and I'm really happy with the line-up.  If we stick together and work our buts off, we may be able to take this thing to the moon, or somewhere close!  Who knows, we might be the first band to play on the moon.  Ya never know, and you can never set your sights too high!

So, seriously, YOU can personally help us get to Number 1 on Reverbnation by clicking on the link at the top of this blog entry which will take you to our page.  Then, just listen to and like the songs and like the page while you're there.  The whole CD is there for FREE STREAMING, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE SONG DOWNLOAD OF "Communication Deficit Disorder."  It takes very little of your time, and you can stream the music in the background while your working or surfing the net on your computer.  Just don't forget to "Like" the page and the songs while your there.

Thanks as always for your interest and support, and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

See you at the gigs,

Alexx

We finally have the line-up we've been searching for. All great players; all quite experienced and talanted. Yes, I'm excited about that!

Everything has been extremely challanging from the beginning, because I did this thing backwards, writing and recording the cd by myself, without having a band, and struggling to put the right band together after the fact, to play live shows.

That is definately the most difficult part, finding the right group of musicians, with the necessary skills and equipment, and the right work ethic and desire to make something good happen, and also a group that can get along. On top of that, a huge challange is getting all the right players on the same wavelength and committed to the project; to buy into the dream!

Hopefully, something bigger and better than any one of us has ever done musically, will become of this madness. Personally, I believe strongly that this will be the case. We are ready as musicians.

The next Alexx show will be at Tanya's Gridiron on Dyer St., Friday December 14th. We hope some of you are there to share the moment and the party with us!

I now find myself hoping this line-up becomes the line-up, for a very long time. I have confidence in our band members. One thing for certain, is that the sound is gonna be what I've been wanting at the upcoming show (s.) The rest will work itself out in time.

Last night we did the two guitar thing for the first time since recording the CD. I recorded two rhythm guitar parts on every song, so we need at least two guitars to reproduce the album's sound live. Now we have that.

Moises Eisenberg showed up again to play bass las night and has done some homework. He's still breaking the rust away, having not played in quite some time, but now all he really lacks is memorizing his parts. He's experienced, and is fully capable of playing them. We now just need to whip him into playing shape, and we will do that.

Rick Talavera on drums, well he's the drummer on the cd. He's quite good and is also a very powerful drummer, playing on his huge Tama double bass drumset, with 24" bass drums and a bunch of nice cymbols. But it's not the bike, it's the rider, and he rides it well!

Daniel Chavez is now on lead and rhythm guitar. He's quite good and learns fast. He's fitting right in. We also have another great guitar player, our good friend Joe Unzeta, on lead and rhythym guitar, and he will be joining us next week for rehearsals and will play the Dec 14th gig with us. I have no worries about Joe being ready in time, because I have seen him play many times and have always been impressed by his musicianship and stage presence. I also play lead and rhythm guitar, and do lead vocals, completing the three guitar army.

Five people, including four competent guitarists (Daniel, Joe, Moises and myself,) two good bass players, (Moises and I,) drummer Rick, and myself on lead vocals. Most of the guys can sing back-up vocals too if we want them, so we have all the bases covered multiple times, because in a pinch, any two of us plus drummer Rick can pull off any gig as a three piece band, and do a good job. The rest of the players are the icing on the cake, and they make for some very sweet icing, musically speaking. How many bands can say that?

Yes, the blessings are arriving and all this hard work and enduring frustrations should pay off soon, and we fully intend to make a statment, beginning on the local music scene. While that could easily come across as arrogance, it is really just confidence.

So things are really looking up, and I'll say it again, yes I am quite excited and, as a result, can't wait to step up and show what we've got. Everybody is loving the cds, and the songs have been validated in multiple ways. The biggest validation is when people scream their heads off in approval and delight in a live setting, and that is the case with all five of the older songs on the cd, that have been crowd tested many, many times.

As far as the new songs, people really love the studio versions, so I'm sure they'll go over even better live, with that live energy as we feed off the crowd and vice-versa. I don't think my songwriting is getting any worse, and I belive the contrary.

Another important announcement is that we have two other bands that will play with us at the show; one will open and the other will close. We will play in the middle and then stick around to meet the fans and sell our merch. I can say that one of the bands will be an up and coming local band called Revati. I watched them perform once before. They are young and have some growing to do, but they are talanted and have a ton of energy. I really enjoyed watching the lead vocalist do his thing. It was fun to watch. The second supporting band will be announced very soon.

One of my songs off the Escaping the Dungeon CD, We Better Open Our Eyes continues to be in regular rotation on KLAQ 95.5 FM, EL PASO, TEXAS' Q-Connected Show, and also streams live on klaq.com. Thanks to Glen Garza, Ray Monroe, and KLAQ!  My music will very soon also be featured on several on-line radio stations, including Museboatradio.com.  I sent them two songs, and they really liked them, and want me to send them the rest of the songs from the CD, so they can put all of them in regular rotation 24/7. 

It's all  just a start though; we need this stuff on National Radio Playlists worldwide, but this will not come until I get record label suppot, which is another major goal.  Nothing great happens overnight, and there are no true overnight successes.  It will  happen, rest assured!

The most importwant announcement is that my newly launched Reverbnation Page is doing extremely well in it's first two days of existance. On day one, Tuesday, we entered at rank 170 in the rock genre, locally. A day later, yesterday, we had moved up to 137, and as of this morning we were ranked at 94, but somehow dropped to 97. I'm pretty sure that will change again by tomorrow, and yes, you can make a huge difference in helping us move up in the rankings, simply by checking out the site, listening to the songs, and "likeing" the page and the songs. My only goal is to hit number one. That is just me, and I can see the top from here, and know it's just a matter of time. The real question is how long it will take, and that's where you guys come in.

Here is the link; please check it out: www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic. Your assistance is sincerely appreciated!

THANKS FOR VISITING AND FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT; SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

http://www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic   Alexx has moved up the local ranks on Reverbnation in the Rock Genre from 170 to 134 in two days and is steadily climbing.  Obviously, the goal is to reach #1.  Click on the Reverbnation link above to get to our page on the site. 

Please "like" the page, listen to the songs, and "like" the songs on Reverbnation and "like" our Facebook Artist Page also. Here's a link for that: www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Leave a comment or a message too. We would LOVE to hear from you!  Thanks!  Alexx

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

Good morning my friends and visitors!  First of all, thank you very much for visiting our page.  We  sincerely appreciate that and appreciate all of you very much!

It's a beautiful sunny day here in El Paso, Texas.  It is calm and fair, and the high will be 68 degrees, with a low of 44.  Not bad for December!

It's also a beautiful day here, because the local music scene is flourishing and it's a great time to be an El Paso musician!

For those of you who may not know, I just launched a Reverbnation Page. The link to that page is http://www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic and I also have a Facebook Artist Page, and the link to that is: https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Facebook is something I've known about for quite some time, and is apparently an important tool for musicians to market their music, because everybody has one, and from what I gather, the big thing that shows relevance and popularity as an artist is the number of "likes" on the artist's page or pages.  Even though we're fairly new to Facebook, we seem to be lagging in that area, so if you would take a few seconds to click on the link above and like our Facebook Artist Page, we would appreciate that.

We also recently discoverd Reverbnation, and started a page on there as well.  Reverbnation is another common and great tool for artists to market their music, and is a great site for music fans to find and follow emerging musicians and bands.  You should definately check it out, because it's pretty cool!  Reverbnation pages also have "likes," so if you could please click on that link above, and check out and "like" that page as well, we appreciate that also!  Reverbnation is important  to artists, because venues and their booking agents can go there to check out artists they are considering booking.  Obviously, the number of likes can affect their decisions as far as whether to book an artist or not, so every single like is important, because they add up! 

So, for this reason, please check out our new pages and "like" them.  The few seconds it takes you to "like" it definitely makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.  That could actually make a difference in helping me get bookings we need to further the music!

Another reason to visit our pages on the different sites is that I usually post different content, so by visiting the different sites you'll see and here different content.

So, on to "Another Hit and Run, another of my personal favorites off the "Escaping the Dungeon" CD.  This song is special to me, because I believe the lyrics are quite significant, relative and important in today's society.  I believe the song can make people think about a very important subject, drinking and driving/intoxicated manslaughter, and can literally save some lives.  If it saves even one life or prevents the arrest of one of our fans, that the song has served it's purpose!

I wrote this song over a decade ago when I was with my old band the Shovelheads, and have played it live probably hundreds of times. Audiences have always enjoyed the song, based on crowd response.  Who knows, it may have saved some lives or helped listeners avoid some major legal problems!  I won't re-post the lyrics here because they're already posted in the PLAY SONG CLIPS section of this page, where you can also hear the song.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  We would love to hear from you!

Thanks, as always for visiting, have a beautiful day/night, and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

The big announcement for December is my brand new Reverb Nation Page.  Check it out to hear my entire new CD Alexx, "Escaping the Dungon" FOR FREE, plus get all band information and updates.

This is the link: http://www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic

Also, FOLLOW US ON TWITTER on this link:https://twitter.com/Alexx_Official_

Support our troops and support your local music scene; that's where it all starts!

Alexx

Played another of my original compositions last night with drummer Rick. That makes seven more new original Alexx songs to play at our shows, in addition to the 10 originals from the new cd. The current plan is to play about 4 cover songs, along with our originals to complete a two hour set, but at the rate the songwriting is happening, we may have to eliminate those covers, and that is probably a good thing ;)

Songwriting is addicting; try it, you'll like it!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for December 14th, Alexx Show at Tanya's Gridiron, 4620 Dyer St., El Paso, TX @ 9:00 pm.  Should be a great show; come out to enjoy the fun with us!

REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,

Alexx

More great El Paso musicians jumping on board.  Looks like I might even get to do the lead singer/front man thing for the next show, and not play guitar OR bass.  Wouldn't that be fun?  Of course it will :)

 

Great rehearsal last night with new guitarist. Hopefully this will be our guy. He seems to have the skills and traits we've been looking for, and is a quick learner.

Next gig is Tanya's Gridiron, 4620 Dyer St., El Paso, Texas, Dec 14; 2 weeks from today! Will I play guitar or bass??? Idk, but I'm prepared to do either, and it's gonna rock; that much I promise :)  We will play the entire Escaping the Dungeon CD live, probably 7-10 newer originals we have been writing for the next album, and maybe 3 or 4 carefully selected cover tunes.  

Show up to hear the CD live plus the newer stuff and to see which covers we will play.  You're gonna like the music and we'll have the CD and all the latest Alexx merch for sale at the show.

This gig is certain to bring a lot of memories for us.  Both drummer Rick Talavera and I played regular gigs at this location when it was the Rainbow Lounge.  It was always a fun place to play, and may have gotten better since Tanya took over the building.  Personally, I can't wait to play there again!

Rick's old band Attitude used to play their regularly, and were definitely one of El Paso's best cover bands of that era. That band had my right hand man from the Shovelheads, Bobby Rodriguez on guitar, my great friend Tony Canales, one of El Paso's greatest bass players on bass, and the great Jay of the Bird Dogs on guitar.  Rick, of course, was their drummer.  Simply a great cover band!  I used to enjoy sitting in with them regularly, and they would sit in with the Shovelheads. (Rick Talavera was also the original Shovelhead drummer.)

The Shovelheads were also regulars at the Rainbow Lounge.  The old owner Lee really liked our band the Shovelheads, and would book us at least once a month for the 3 day, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night gigs.  It was always a great party there!  We were also regulars at Saso's Lounge, up the street on Dyer, which was always an awesome 7 night gig, and also at many of the better clubs in town.  We would also play the 7 nighters at  Saso's at least once a month, so we were always extremely busy.  Damn, I miss those days, but I know that even better ones are right around the corner now, finally!

Saso's was the premier El Paso rock club of that era.  It was an awesome place, with awesome crowds and groupies galore.  Sadly it is now defunct, and we no longer have clubs like that in  El Paso, and the chicks don't dress like groupies anymore (with a few exceptions.)  As the saying goes, good things don't last forever.

Saso's also had an awesome House PA, a great soundman, and was usually packed with rockers and hot chicks.  The things we used to do in that dressing room, lol!  Awesome memories!

So the plan for today is to finish writing the music for new Song Number 7, and put it together with the lyrics, and probably work on some of the other new ones, which are in various states of completion.  I'll also be working on the bass parts, because I've been playing mostly guitar, but it looks like I may play bass on the 14th.  Doesn't really matter though cause I love to play bass, and it used to always be my main instrument when I played live shows in my previous bands.  

So, I did this 7th new song backwards from my perspective, writing the lyrics before the music.  I almost never do that. I normally write the music first and then add the lyrics and vocals.  This is again like putting the cart before the horse; damn, why do I keep doing things backwards lately, lol!

Anyway, time to get my ass to work; heading to The Dungeon.  Hopefully, I'll make some cash today too; I sure could use it!

THANKS FOR VISITING, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

ALEXX

 

Six brand new songs are now complete for the next album.  We'll probably finish number 7 tomorrow.

So, I said I would discuss the history and meaning of each song on the Escaping the Dungeon cd, so now on to Track 2, Don't Do the Crime.  Many people think  this song is autobiographical, which I will neither confirm nor deny, but it is basically about a person that made a lot of money in the marijuana business in the 80's and 90's in El Paso, Texas.

I will say that I have never sold drugs, but also that I don't believe marijuana is a drug, but rather an herb which is relatively harmless, compared to countless drugs that are legal and much more harmful, such as alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs, which, with the exception of tobacco, are man made.  Tobacco companies do, however, add many man made chemicals to their products for various reasons, making it more deadly.  Marijuana, in it's pure form (the way it is normally consumed,) is made by nature, and is much less harmful than the aforementioned legal and deadly drugs. It also has many effective medicinal purposes!

All I will say is that any made any money illegally, it is long gone, and way past any statue of limitations.  Easy come; easy go.  Everything I currently own, I worked hard for and acquired legally, which is the best way to acquire things.  I am a legitimate businessman and musician, with a past that deserved to be left behind.

Anyway, the song is about the ups and downs and risks and rewards of being in an illegal business, specifically marijuana distribution, in a town on the U.S./Mexican Border, El Paso, Texas.

I wrote and performed this song countless times with my old band the Shovelheads. Judging by crowd response, this was our best original song, and, like our other original songs of that era, were much more popular than the carefully selected cover tunes that we would play at our gigs.  People, including the headbangers and metalheads, would literally scream their lungs out in approval, even though the song is more like classic hard  rock than metal.  It was, and still is, my favorite composition from the old Shovelheads days.  Although it hasn't been played live in over a decade, I believe that it will recieve similar responses when we play it live today.

I guess that's about all I have to say about Don't Do the Crime.  Please give it a listen (you can hear most of it by going to the Buy Alexx's Songs button at the top of this page.) There is also a longer clip to be heard, along with the lyrics on this site.  Just click on PLAY SONG CLIPS Button  at the  top of this page and scroll down to find it.  This  way you can judge it for yourself.  I think you will like it!  Please note that by going to the BUY ALEXX'S SONGS Button, you can hear the song clips before deciding whether you wish to purchase a download (for only 99 cents per song.) 

Please purchase my songs for 99 cents, because like everyone else, I also have living expenses, and your purchases are what enable us to keep things going, and to keep making music for you and other listeners!

Thanks, as always for visiting, and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

 

Yesterday was a bit of an off and a strange day. I didn't play a guitar all day and all night; didn't even touch one. That's the first time I went a whole day without touching a guitar, literally, since I can remember!

Well, actually, it was sort of a bad day, with many of life's pressures weighing down on me. Yes, it happens to all of us. Money pressures, family pressures, business pressures, etc. Sometimes it feels like pressures are crushing down on me, trying to defeat me, and yes, sometimes they get really heavy. It's not easy being a sole parent, running a full-time business, and trying to get a music venture off the ground; especially when you do it backwards, lol! Good thing I'm resilient! Wow, just thinking about and writing this paragraph gave me a headache; better move on. Anyway, today's a new day and tomorrow is gone.

When I say I did this project, my solo cd, backwards, it's because most people put a band together, write songs, play them live for a while so that they can evolve into a somewhat final form, go into a studio to record an album or an EP, and then finally go out and play and tour in support of the new CD.

Well not me, lol! Well, actually, half of the songs off the Escaping the Dungeon CD were basically done that way, having been played live at every Shovelheads gig for the last few years of that band's existance. Another Shitty Day in Paradise, Don't Do the Crime, We Better Open Our Eyes, Long Way to the Top and Another Hit and Run are the five songs I'm referring to. Those songs had a chance to begin their lives, and to evolve in the clubs long before this album was ever thought of!

Shovelheads began as a thown together cover band, and played it's first gig at a huge party in the Northeast side of El Paso. We had a friend named Duke, who had a serious accident on his Harley, had injuries and medical expenses, so we decided to throw a benefit concert on his behalf.

My right hand man at the time, Bobby Rodriguez, and I had begun working on music togther, with the intention of putting together a band to play the local clubs. So starting out, with that goal, we focused on cover songs, because that's what most of the clubs wanted in this backwards town, and still do for the most part. If you wan't to get paid to play every gig, you pretty much had to do covers back then, and even now, unless you do it right, from marketing and promotiong, to booking and playing. And no, it's not that easy, so most bands around here wind up playing for nothing, even though they have related expenses, and usually getting very little in return, other than possibly some personal satisfaction, and maybe a piece of as*. That seems to be the current state of much of the music in El Paso, and definately needs to change, in my opinion.

Anyway, back to that first gig, Bobby also played with one of El Paso's best cover bands at the time, a band called Attitude. So, Attitude opened the show and we played last. It was a great time for all in attendance, a great big party, and very sucessful, in that we raised a bunch of money for Duke.

From that gig we were almost immediately offered a gig opening for the band Dangerous Toys, which were a fairly big band at the time, largely due to their hit song Scared. Sadly, that band was on it's way out, destined to become a "one hit wonder," and had a new album out called Pissed. And yes, they seemed to be quite pissed, and thus seemed to piss a lot of people off during their downward spiral. I do remember their lead guitar player though. He was quite amazing.

Following that gig, we were told by the club owner's son and manager Fuji, that we "blew Dangerous Toys off the stage." That was quite a compliment to us personally as musicians, because we only had two rehearsals together as a band at that point.

That gig was a lot of fun, because the club was packed that night, as it often was in those days, and in that era, all the chicks would come to the club dressed to kill, with that groupie look. It was awesome, but we no longer see that anywhere in El Paso. Sad, but true.

Also that night, we had the pleasure of being introduced to the now local celebrity Mr. Glen Garza of KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio, of El Paso, Texas. On that particular night, Glen was brand new at KLAQ, and I had now idea who he was. I was getting my gear ready to start, and I looked over and saw Glen on the stage. I asked my drummer Rick, who that was on stage, and he said Glen Garza of KLAQ, and that he was going to announce us, to which I could only reply, "cool!"

Glen years later told me that was the first time he was on stage in front of a large crowd. So, it was our first "real" gig, and Glen's first appearance on stage in front of an El Paso crowd. I don't know how much that means to Glen, but to us it's kind of special, and it was definately a special night!

So, from there, we almost immediately became regulars at Saso's, regularly playing 7 night gigs there, usually once or twice per month, and also regulars at Dyer Street's other main live rock club the Rainbow Lounge, which is right up the road from both the old Saso's location and also, coincidently, from The Dungeon, and also at most of the better local rock clubs of the era.

The Rainbow Lounge location now happens to be the site of Tanya's Gridiron, which is where we will be playing on December 14th. It's kind of funny how we have come full circle in so many ways, but now it's a fresh start, with fresh music, and bigger goals and aspirations. With a great deal of hard work, and plenty of luck and timing, we may actually become successful in coming years. Nothing good happens overnight, but persistance and hard work could eventually pay huge dividends. Only time will tell!

So back to the current local scene in El Paso, sadly, all that is still true today to a large degree. In El Paso, if you want to get paid to play music, you usually have to play covers. Most of the original bands here play for free, which I personally feel is baloney, and find quite rediculous. It costs money to acquire and maintain your equipment and to do the shows, not to mention living expenses, that even musicans have. No, musicians are not exempt from living expenses!

But the original bands that started playing the scene in those days did that to themselves, regularly playing for free to get "exposure." The ironic and sad thing is that, local exposure in El Paso is relatively insignificant. No El Paso band that has "made it" out of El Paso did that from home. To be sucessful comercially (to make a living in music,) El Paso bands have had to hit the road and take their music to larger markets. While this may change eventually, it will not any time soon. That is just the simple truth.

I do hope to change the world, at least a little bit, hopefully through my music; through the lyrics in my songs, and maybe even  with money made in the business eventually, and the influence with being "known," if that were ever to become a reality. And to ever becoming a "rockstar," of course it is a huge longshot for me, as it is for anyone in this business. For every commercial successful band, there are thousands who have not, and will likely not every make it!

Yes, I think it is the toughest business in the world, but one of the most rewarding for the minute percentage of musicians and bands that actually make it. And those that do make it, I believe, have a responsiblity to give back, and most do. I guess successful musicians are just like that.

Anyway, that's all for now. Time to get to the grind that is life.

Have an awesome and beautiful day, and thanks, as always, for visiting.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

I saw a posting on Facebook earlier that sums up my whole philosophy in life.  It had crossed out "Good things come to those who wait," and changed it to "Good things come to those who work their asses off, and never give up."

That is just the plain, simple truth in life, and why I do what I do.  I never give up, and I think all the hard work on the music will eventually pay off in one form or another, like most of my other hard work has paid off.  Either that, or I think I'll die trying, because if I was going to give up, I would have done that years ago like so many other musicians who have abandoned their dreams, and settled for something "safe," or "secure."  In reality, that is all too common; they do it for a period of time, and then give up or just stop.  To me, that just means that while it may have been in their heart, it was not in their souls, and I actually feel sorry for those people.  They settle for another life, which the may some day regret. 

Fortunately, that is not me.  I just keep plugging away, waiting to make a break happen, and hoping to eventually put myself in the right place at the right time, while at the same time, working hard to make a living and support my kids.  Nothing good will happen without a lot of hard work, determination, confidence, and a whole lot of stubborness.  That's what it takes, in my opinion, particularly in this business.

Anyway, yesterday was a beautiful day.  I woke up early to a beautiful sunny day.  I actually went to sleep early (about 1 am.) on Saturday, and woke up around seven 7am Sunday. I layed in bed thinking for a few minutes, and was on my feet by 7:15. 

I first brushed my teeth, cranked up the PA with some good rock and roll, took my herbal medicine, (wink, wink,) which adjusted my aready great attitude for the better, walked to the front window and looked out and just smiled.  Yes, Sunday was, indeed, a beautiful day.  Actually, what came to mind was that it was a beautiful day to be alive.  Yes, life is something we often take for granted, but is is precious, priceless, and temporary.  We must appreciate each day that we are on earth like it is our last, because it actually could be.  In the blink of an eye, it can be gone.

So I enjoyed the beautiful day, resurrected an original song I wrote right before going into the studio to record Escaping the Dungeon, and then wrote a new, yet to be titled song. I have a bunch of new songs!

So yes, yesterday was awesome, and the day ended nicely, as I listened to the KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio's Q-Connected Show, and got to hear one of my original songs, We Better Open Our Eyes played.  I then played guitar for a while before finally calling it a day.  Today's starting out a little rougher, but I'm fixing to do my best to turn it around.

Thanks as always for visiting.  I will go into the history of Track 2 from the new CD, a song about the border life I grew up in, next time.  The song is called "Don't Do the Crime."

Back to The Dungeon to work and also start polishing up the two songs I mentioned earlier.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

So, now we'll delve into the origin of each song off the Escaping the Dungeon cd one by one, beginning with Track 1, Another Shitty Day in Paradise

This is one of my personal favorites, even though it is difficult for me to pick favorites when it comes to my own songs.  I'm not sure how most other songwriters feel about their songs, but mine, to me, are all individuals, almost like children, or at least pets, thus making it difficult to chose favorites.

I generally like to write lyrics that either provoke thought or bring a good feeling to the listener.  Another Shitty Day in Paradise is definItely a feel good song.  This song was written on one of my vacations to my favorite destination, sunny Southern California.  I grew up in La Habra, California, which is in Orange County.  I'm still a California boy at heart.  I love the beach, especially Venice Beach, which is right next door to Santa Monica Beach.

This is one of those songs which just came to me, seemingly out of nowhere.  It was written on the balcony of the Bayside Hotel in Santa Monica, overlooking the beach and the ocean, about a two or three minute bike ride from my favorite location, Venice Beach California. (I just love the bike trail which runs along the beach from Will Rogers State Beach, through Santa Monica, and ends if my favorite destination, Venice.  It is such an awesome and beautiful ride along the beach, with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.

Venice Beach is just so cool, being more than just a beach. Anyone who has been to Venice on a weekend knows that there is a ton of free entertainment, with many professional entertainers of all varieties performing publicly on the boardwalk for tips, and artists of almost every medium displaying and selling their works. I'm talking some really cool stuff.

There is also the gym on the beach where the muscleheads work out, showing off their muscles. Personally, I'm not into that, but I suppose that would interest some people. Also, there are lots of cool shops along the boardwalk to buy souveneirs and stuff, a couple of bars and resteraunts, some food stands, etc.

So, getting back to the song, I was sitting on the balcony with a cold Budweiser and had a nice supply of beautiful buds.  It was getting close to sunset on a beautiful Santa Monica day.  The balcony overlooked the beach, and I was just enjoying the breeze, watching the waves and the surfers, jet skiers and boaters, and consuming some buds. 

I was feeling great and just started strumming my guitar, when the verse section of chords just sort of came out of my guitar.  The lyrics quickly followed, and within 15 minutes, I had a skeleton of the song.   

Ruben Guiterrez, my professor for a Music Production course at UTEP, (The University of Texas El Paso,) came up with the bridge, and then we layed down the original demo recording of the song in his Office/Studio at UTEP, with Jaime (Loony Loco) Lopez on drums, and former Shovelhead guitarist Bobby Rodriquez playing guitar. 

We later played this song live at all of our gigs for the better part of a decade, and it quickly became a crowd favorite.  At the time we were doing a lot of covers, but our original songs always went over better with the audiences.

I later re-recorded the song professionally at Clap of Thunder Studio in El Paso, Texas, where I played all the instruments, except drums,and did all the vocals on the final studio recording.  My current drummer Rick Talavera layed down the drum tracks at Clap of Thunder, and the song was complete.

Some people have mentioned that they thought the song was about a shitty day, but actually, the meaning of the words are more like, any day, even just a regular or a shitty day is awesome, when you're in paradise.  And to me, paradise is relative, because my paradise might not be paradise to some, but everyone has their own place or places that are like a paradise to them. I think the lyrics could remind people of their special paradise or paradises, wherever that might be.

So the first verse reads:

It's just another shitty day here in paradise; I knew I'd find my way, back here to paradise; and I know I wanna stay, here in paradise; It's just another shitty day, here in paradise.

Verse 1 is basically saying, that I was back in my very favorite vacation spot, the Santa Monica/Venice Beach/Hollywood sections of Southern California, and that I want to someday live there, and never leave, except for business and touring.  Basically, those areas of California are my personal version of paradise, because there's really no place I'd rather be.

Verse 2 reads:

Well you know it's been a while since I've been here in paradise; and you know I always smile here in paradise; and there's always something to do here in paradise; well you know you'd like it too, here in paradise.

That verse is pretty self explanitory.  I used to get to visit the area for about two weeks each summer.  I had missed the previous summer due to some legal problems, so it had been two years since my previous visit. I was just happy as sh*t to be there.

The final verse, verse 3 is very similar to verse 1, with a few variations, and reads: 

It's just another shitty day here in paradise; and I know I gotta stay, here in paradise; and I'm gonna find a way, here in paradise; it's just another shitty day, here in paradise.

So Verse 3 is also pretty self explanitory.  I'm still, however, working on the financial end of making the move possible.  Yes, it's been a long term goal, but hopefully it will actually occur some day.

So, as you may know you can go to the PLAY SONGS CLIPS and purchase any other songs from the CD for only 99 cents each, or the whole cd download for just $9,99 at all the major on-line music retailers.  And yes, I would love for you to purchase the CD or at least some of the songs, because it takes money to keep this thing going!

AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR VISITING, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

 

It's a great Thanksgiving Day in El Paso.  Sunny and warm; a beautiful day.  I have much to be thankful for.  My great family, life, good friends, my business, and the new original songs coming out of my guitar lately.  These things make me very happy to be alive, and very grateful! :)

I'll be making a longer post tonight.  I want to go into the history of each song from the Escaping the Dungeon cd.  Each song has it's own story about when, where, how and why it was written, what it's about, and what it's meaning is to me personally.  They're like my kids, and each has great personal significance.

Thanks for visiting and have a beautiful Thanksgiving Day and Night!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND GIVE THANKS FOR THEM, THEIR SERVICE, AND THEIR SACRIFICES.  TO THOSE DEPLOYED, WE HOPE YOUR THANKSGIVING IS AS PLEASANT AS POSSIBLE.  WE KNOW YOU WISH YOU WERE HOME WITH YOUR FAMILIES, AND WE WISH YOU WERE TOO.  THANKS FOR YOUR  SERVICE, AND FOR DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Alexx

Well the creativity is still flowing like water and the songwriting seems to be getting better.  I have 4 brand new original songs completed and a few more in the works.  I'll be heading off to The Dungeon to hopefully finish one or two (or maybe even three) more new ones in a few minutes.

Looks like the line-up for the live shows may pan out to be the exact one that we want.  We'll find  out real soon.  So, will I get to play bass, guitar or both live?  Well that depends on the final line-up, but hopefully, if it works out the way we want it to, we'll be able to mix it up a lot.  Well, off to The Dungeon.

Thanks for visiting and keep coming back.  Don't forget to listen the the song clips from my cd on here.  Actually you can listen to all the songs from Escaping the Dungeon by clicking on the BUY ALEXX'S SONGS at the top of the page, or by going to iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, or the other major on-line music stores.  You can hear all the songs for free and purchase them for 99 cents per song at these sites.  Please check it out!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Well one more hour of Veteran's Day 2012 here in the Mountain Time Zone, but we must remember to appreciate our veterans every day, and offer some support to them whenever we can, year round!

For the rest of this week, I will give any active military, with the proper ID, a FREE Escaping the Dungeon CD, and yes, it is a good cd, as everybody is really liking it.  I did my best to avoid cutting any corners in the songwriting, performance, recording, production and packaging of the new cd. If you would like to hear a sample of the music, you can hear clips of all the songs from the new CD by clicking on the BUY ALEXX'S SONGS BUTTON or by going to www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficalmusic. You can listen all you want FREE, without any purchases!  If you like, you may purchase songs for 99 cents each, or the whole CD for only $9.99.

If you are active military, feel free to stop in my store, Flooring by Alex and Alex, 9861 Dyer St., Suite 18, El Paso Texas, show your Military ID, and I will be honored to shake your hand and give you a free cd. It is the least I can do in appreciation of your service.  It is, however, advisable to call ahead, because I do step out on measurements during business hours. The number to call is (915) 755-6100.

We are based in El Paso, Texas, which is home to Fort Bliss, Texas, so we are fortunate to interract with active military, and many veterans who have served our country, and have chosen to make El Paso their home.  These soldiers have risked their lives and made many sacrifices to protect our liberties, rights and freedom.  We should never take this for granted.

We definitely do support our troops, whenever possible, in the form of military discounts in my flooring business, and by playing the occasional benefit for our warriors without charging a fee.  I personally enjoy giving free cd's to our active military when I see soldiers around town and when they come into my place of business, Flooring by Alex and Alex. 

I enjoyed the opportunity to personally thank quite a few of our active military and give them free CD's last night at the Jackyl concert at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, as I feel this is the least I can do. 

The show last night was great and Jackyl rocked the house!  I enjoyed the show.  Anyway, that's all for now, as it has been a very long day.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx 

HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY, WHO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, INCLUDING OUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Have and awesome and rocking week,

Alexx

peaking Rock Entertainment Center, to see Jackyl, who totally threw down.  Small turnout but great show.  I gave Alexx, Escaping the Dungeon CD's to quite a few soldiers.  We support our troops and appreciate them.  Thank you veterans and active duty military!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Well, one of the things we have always been able to brag about in El Paso is the weather.  It's a typical November day in El Paso.  Clear skies, calm, sunny and warm.  Today's high is expected to be 79 degrees.

The typical complaint by El Pasoans over the years was that there was nothing to do in El Paso.  Well that has definately changed.  Thanks in part to El Paso bands like At The Drive-In, Sparta, The Mars Volta, and others, the El Paso music scene is really blossoming.  A few local bands have gotten signed by labels,y, and there are a lots of bands playing at a many of the local venues, and the scene is happening.  It is a great time for my resurfacing and returning to the scene.  I've always said, to be successful, you must put yourself in the right place at the right time. 

So, I think we need to try and put ourselves in the right places, in order to make something happen.  Nothing good happens by accident, but I have worked my ass off for 4 1/2 years plus, getting ready for my resurfacing.  I have a great vehicle now, which is our new cd, with which we'd love to gain label support.  Everybody likes the songs, and we cut no corners in producing the best album we could make, from the songs to the performance, recording, and packaging.  I am quite satisfied with the result of countless hours of hard work, practicing my instruments, writing, recording, and producing the cd.  It is selling beyond expectations both locally and on-line, which is a decent start.

Personally, I'm also learning to be patient.  Unfortunately, I am somewhat of an impatient person by nature.  I have the tendency to want to do things now, once I've made up my mind to do it. That can be a good thing, but not always.  Fortunately, I have my brother Rick Talavera on drums.  He's a bit more patient and cautious by nature, and offers a great check and balance to my spontaneous nature, that usually says "let's just do it!"

So the prospective band line-up looks awsome.  If it falls in place with the players we are projecting to complete the line-up, we should be a force to reckon with.  These are some very experienced, well known, and respected musicains, veterans from the El Paso Scene.  Either way, I think we will eventually find the right players to complete the permanent band line-up. My attitude is nothing can really stop us now.  It's just a matter of time, and yes, patience. 

After a great deal of thought and experimentation, through counless line-up changes, I think I now know what we need and want.  To those who may not know, I wrote all the music and lyrics on all the songs on the cd, and played all the Rhythm Guitars, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar and did all the Vocals on the cd, with a few exceptions; Gabe Gonzalez played the Acoustic Guitars, Lap Steel Guitar, and Bass Guitar on several songs, and everything he did was AWESOME!

I hope to wind up eventually with a great Rhythm/Lead guitarist who can play both bass and guitar well.  This covers all the bases, because if the guitarist can't make it to a gig, I can play guitar, and if the bassist can't make it, I can play bass.  When were all together, I can play bass on some songs, guitar on others, and just do the vocalist front man thing on some songs.  How cool is that?  I couldn't really decide whether I wanted to play bass or guitar live, but deep down, I've always wanted to do both.  So with the projected line-up, that will happen when we want to change things up.

Had a great jam with my bro Rick Talavera last night; very productive!  We played through the whole cd, like we usually do, and worked on some of the new songs.  The new songs are coming together quiet easily and fluidly, and we have a bunch of them in the works. 

The song ideas lately are plentiful, and seemingly endless. We could have enough new material for the follow-up cd in a short time, but we're definitely not going to do it that way this time.  We are going to be, yes, patient.  We will write all the songs and play them many times live, before we go back in the studio.  No rush on that, as we need to perform and promote the music from Escaping the Dungeon for at a year or more, before we go back in the studio.  We'll do it forwards this time, lol!

Tomorrow, Alexx Jr. turns 9.  He's quite a kid; 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, and a tough little guy!  He's also quite the drummer already.  He's already played 2 gigs with me and stole the show both times!  It was like the paparrazi was there the first time, with people literally lined up, taking pictures of him when we were playing.  I didn't see a single person take a picture of me, only of him, lol!  It was really cool!  I raised this kid solo since 5 days old. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, ya know? Life is pretty good!  ;)

I would like to announce the newest distributor of my new cd, Alexx, "Escaping the Dungeon, SqueeTone's Guitars at 1830 Joe Battle, in front of Best Buy. They have my cd for sale, plus an awesome selection of new and used guitars, and Frank, Vanessa and Andre are great people who will treat you right. I highly recommend this place ;)

Well, better get my ass to work now; "aint no rest for the wicked."

Thanks for visiting, and keep coming back. 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

 

Don't forget, you can download one of our newest songs off the "Escaping the Dungeon" CD at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic FREE!  Yes, Communication Deficit Disorder is available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Just click on the BUY ALEXX'S SONGS TAB at the top of the page, and you can listen to clips of all the songs on the new cd, purchase any songs if you like for 99 cents each, and you can get the FREE DOWNLOAD WITH NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!  This song happens to be one of my favorites, so down load it NOW while you can get it for free!  Limited time offer, and my gift to you.  You're gonna like it.

Happy Tuesday! Today's another beautiful day in El Paso again.    Sun shining bright, winds calm, not a cloud in the sky.  The weather is one of the beautiful things about El Paso, the "Sun City."  High today is supposed to be 75 degrees.

Some good things are going to happen today; I can feel it.  I have a bunch of new songs in the works, and creativity is flowing well.  Hopefully I'll make some money today too! ;)

Had a great rehearsal last night with my brother Rick Talavera.  The guy is just a great drummer, and makes the songs sound  better. He's fun to jam with. 

The current plan is to bring one or two of our friends in, to complete the line up.  We have one great player and old friend who will hopefully join us, and will bring some great musicianship into the picture.   We also have another prospective member who may join us to complete the line-up.  We go way back, and if things work out, it will be a lot of fun for all of us.

I was listening to Q-Connected on KLAQ 95.5 FM El Paso Radio. The show was winding down, and I was almost falling asleep  and our song came on.

I got up, stepped on a piece of broken glass & cut my foot, hauled ass to the other room, turned the radio over the PA,  cranked it as loud as it would go before feeding back, and just smiled.

Yep, it still gets me excited. That's, if I'm not mistaken, 16 weeks in a row now (minus, I think, one week that it didn't get played.) Thanks for playing it again to Glen Garza, Ray Monroe, and KLAQ. You guys ROCK!!! Time to have a toast, by myself, with a beer and a funny looking cigarrette, and play some music REALLY LOUD in The Dungeon!

I'm still torn between playing bass and guitar; I love em both.  If the projected line up were to materialize, it would be awesome, because one of the players is both a great guitarist and bassist.  Many guitarists play some bass, but they sound like exactly that; a guitar player playing the bass.  Not this guy; he's great at both!  Although it's way too early to say much, if this were to materalize, I would have the luxury of being able to play bass on some songs, guitar on others, and even put down my guitar and do the vocal front-man thing whenever I want.  That would be AWESOME!

Don't forget, you can download one of our newest songs off the "Escaping the Dungeon" CD at www.reverbnation.com/alexxofficialmusic FREE!  Yes, Communication Deficit Disorder is available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Just click on the BUY ALEXX'S SONGS TAB at the top of the page, and you can listen to clips of all the songs on the new cd, purchase any songs if you like for 99 cents each, and you can get the FREE DOWNLOAD WITH NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!  This song happens to be one of my favorites, so down load it NOW while you can get it for free!  Limited time offer, and my gift to you.  You're gonna like it.

Happy Tuesday! Today's another beautiful day in El Paso again.    Sun shining bright, winds calm, not a cloud in the sky.  The weather is one of the beautiful things about El Paso, the "Sun City."  High today is supposed to be 75 degrees.

Some good things are going to happen today; I can feel it.  I have a bunch of new songs in the works, and creativity is flowing well.  Hopefully I'll make some money today too! ;)

Had a great rehearsal last night with my brother Rick Talavera.  The guy is just a great drummer, and makes the songs sound  better. He's fun to jam with. 

The current plan is to bring one or two of our friends in, to complete the line up.  We have one great player and old friend who will hopefully join us, and will bring some great musicianship into the picture.   We also have another prospective member who may join us to complete the line-up.  We go way back, and if things work out, it will be a lot of fun for all of us.

I was listening to Q-Connected on KLAQ 95.5 FM El Paso Radio. The show was winding down, and I was almost falling asleep  and our song came on.

I got up, stepped on a piece of broken glass & cut my foot, hauled ass to the other room, turned the radio over the PA,  cranked it as loud as it would go before feeding back, and just smiled.

Yep, it still gets me excited. That's, if I'm not mistaken, 16 weeks in a row now (minus, I think, one week that it didn't get played.) Thanks for playing it again to Glen Garza, Ray Monroe, and KLAQ. You guys ROCK!!! Time to have a toast, by myself, with a beer and a funny looking cigarrette, and play some music REALLY LOUD in The Dungeon!

I'm still torn between playing bass and guitar; I love em both.  If the projected line up were to materialize, it would be awesome, because one of the players is both a great guitarist and bassist.  Many guitarists play some bass, but they sound like exactly that; a guitar player playing the bass.  Not this guy; he's great at both!  Although it's way too early to say much, if this were to materalize, I would have the luxury of being able to play bass on some songs, guitar on others, and even put down my guitar and do the vocal front-man thing whenever I want.  That would be AWESOME!

I've learned to take nothing for granted, and to be a little more patient.  One thing for certain though; we will have a solid line-up of great players for the next show, whether it be a three piece or four piece format.  And yes, I'm still extremely excited to be out playing again.  It's only rock and roll and I definitely love it!

I have a lot more to say so check back later today or tomorrow.  I came across some old pictures of me playing with my old bands and some event posters of our shows.  I think I'll go into that one next time, and I have lots of memories to share.  Trust me, a lot of those are quite entertaining, lol!  I may have to censor a few things, lol, but the censorship will be minimal. Sweet memories :)

Thanks for visiting, come back soon, and have a very beautiful day! 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

I  was listening to Q-Connected on KLAQ 95.5 FM El Paso Radio. The show was winding down, and I was almost falling asleep  and my song came on.

I got up, stepped on a piece of broken glass & cut my foot, hauled ass to the other room, turned the radio over the PA,  cranked it as loud as it would go before feeding back, and just smiled.

Yep, it still gets me excited. That's, if I'm not mistaken, 16 weeks in a row now (minus I think one week that it didn't get played.) Thanks for playing it again to Glen Garza, Ray Monroe, and KLAQ. You guys ROCK, "like a motherfu*ker!!!" Time to have a toast, by myself, with a beer and a funny looking cigarrette, and play some music LOUD AS FU*K, in The Dungeon! :)

I really do have a lot more to say so check back later today or tomorrow.  I came across some old pictures of me playing with my old bands and some event posters of our shows.  I think I'll go into that one next time, and I have lots of memories to share.  Trust me, a lot of those are quite entertaining, lol!  I may have to censor a few things, lol, but the censorship will be minimal. Sweet memories :)

Thanks for visiting, and see you soon!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Yes, it's a very beautiful day in El Paso.  Sun shining bright, very slight breeze, and not a cloud in the sky!  Temperature is currently 70 degrees at 11:11 am.

I woke up really excited, (get your mind out of the gutter, lol.)  I do have many reasons to be excited!  Wrote two of my best songs on Thrursday in like 90 minutes.  They just hit me out of nowhere, like BAM!  That's just how it usually works for me.

This morning I got up feeling great about my favorite passion, music.  I wrote some really cool lyrics and will be heading back to The Dungeon in a few minutes to write the music.  Barring writer's block (which I don't see happening,) I should have another complete song today.   Songwriting is never a long and labored process for me, and I usually write the songs fairly quickly!

I tuned my Gothic Les Paul down a whole step, to D.  I picked it up Thursday, started playing it, and was really loving the tone coming out.  That's where those two songs came from; that inspration of a D tuned Les Paul, coming thru a vintage Marshall JCM 800 Tube AmpREALLY LOUD. I love rock music!!!

So the previous plan had been to primarily focus on our original music (which is a no brainer,) but also do covers to fill up the night, so that we could just split all of our pay three ways. 

Well that sounds nice, but if it was only about the money, I would just sell floors, where I could currently be making a lot more money, but music my passion.  Money we make playing clubs is a fraction of what I make in my day job, my flooring business, and we've made the decision to play few covers and focus mainly on the original music.  Not many bands have made a big splash and gotten any kind of mainstream attention(with extremely rare exceptions,) playing covers.  We'll share the stage with the opening acts, play our originals, and make a  fun show of it.

Like most people, I love money, and been blessed with that in the past, even though I don't have a great deal to show for it right now, but I get by for now, have pretty much all the music gear I need.  I also usually have  plenty of time to work on the music, because I rehearse and write at my Dungeon, day and night, while I simultaneously run my business from the same location.  And like I said, nothing good is easy and nothing good happens by accident.  I made this happen, and put myself in this position where I can play music at my job.

So, lets see what we can do from here.  As far as Flooring by Alex and Alex, I created it out of nothing, being totally broke when I started it, about four and a half years ago, out of necessity.  I sold some flooring jobs, completed them, made some good money, rented a location, and Flooring by Alex and Alex, and The Dungeon were both born simultaneously; fraternal twins, and two of my babys. 

Fortunately I have a lot of business experience and education, and was able to make it happen.  I have a PHD from The School of Hard Knocks,  A Bachelor's of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, with Concentrations in Marketing, Management and Music from the University of Texas, El Paso, (UTEP,) decades of business experience, and thousands of hours learning, practicing, and playing music.  Now, the business supports the music, which will someday hopefully support the business(s.)

But, that's way too far ahead to project right now.  The immediate plan is  to make music, and to play, and play and play, and then play some more!  Every gig we can get, and as much as possible, as often as possible.  And yes, you've got to play the small stages to get to the big stages.  That is where it starts, in the bars and the clubs.  This is also what makes the songs evolve, and tightens up the band and the songs.  And the music scene is thriving right now in El Paso; there are many places to play, and a few El Paso bands are beginning to make it out of here.  We hope to be one of them, so let's get this party started!

In the coming months, while playing every gig we can get, we will continue reaching out to record labels in hopes of getting record company support.  Believe me, this is no easy task, because music is so competitive, with so many bands, and the record companies get more submissions than they can even look at, much less listen to and consider signing.  Plus, they can only sign so many acts, based on their company's resources, and most unrequested submissions wind up in company trash dumpsters.

But nothing happens by accident, I believe you must put yourself in the right place, at the right time, with the right product (your music,) and be willing to make the many sacrifices it takes to actually have a chance in the biz.  Well, I'm up for it, so let's see what we can make it happen.  No one owes us, and I don't think we should expect to be given anything; we must earn everything we might get in the business. 

The good thing is  that I have an extremely strong work ethic, and the determination and drive to make many good things possible.  I can work around the clock when necessary, without the aid of drugs or stimulants of any kind.  I guess I was born with that.  So I work and work and work, always trying hurdle the next obstacle in my path or blast it out of the way.  I believe some things are meant to be, and I strongly believe in this mission.  It's only rock and roll, and I love it. 

So, no one gives us mucn in life; like most people, I've had to go out and earn pretty much everything I've had for myself. I don't expect it to be any differently this time, except the ending this time, hopefully.  I've made plenty, lost it all, started over again, and made it and lost it again, and again. and again.  It all has to do with the paths I've taken, and the choices I have made, both good and bad, but everything happens for a reason. I believe that, and I keep coming back, rising from the ashes, and I think I've become a stronger and wiser person because of both the blessings and tragedies that have come my way. 

So here we go again; only time will tell how far, if anywhere we go, but hopefully we'll go somewhere! 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Just got recording equipment set up in The Dungeon.  Dungeon Demo Studios open for business (for private use.)  I have another albums worth of original songs to demo, but we probably wont go into a real studio til late 2013 (unless we get signed.)  But we'll demo them and play them live. ;)

Should be announcing current line-up, hopefully tomorrow.  Looks like we're probably going with the power trio format, with me on bass for this round.  Well, bass is my forte.  Bass has been my main instrument for over two decades, and it's just naturally easy for me to play; I would almost say effortless.

Wrote two new songs, music and lyrics, last night in less that 90 minutes, and they may be my best songs ever. Creative juices are flowing!

Off to the Dungeon to work on original music.  That is definitely the focus.  We had been planning to do covers, and play all night and play all night, but it's important to carve your own identity, but that's hard playing covers. 

We've basically decided to go with multiple band shows as much as possible, so we can stick mostly to our original music.  And yeah, It's always a really long shot in the music business, hard to get the right attention. The entertainment industry in general, because it's the most competitive business in the world, with so many good bands, but obviously, the money and the perks are so great the musicians and band that eventually make it. 

I would suspect that the percentage of bands who reach commercial success is less than one percent, but we've paid a lot of dues, and learned plenty over the years of playing clubs and small festivals. Most importantly, I believe in the songs on the album. 

To me it's all about the songs.  It doesn't matter how good of players you are, if the songs are not that great, you don't have much of a chance of going anywhere.  But if the songs are good, and you build a following, and market it well, you may have a chance, and yes, I believe we do have a legitimate shot.  But like in any other line of work, true success only comes with hard work, and that is another of my fortes. I love to work hard, especially on the music.

If I were an athlete, I would be past my prime already, but in music, players get much better with age, if they work at it.  Anyway, going for it!

Thanks for checking in and keep coming back.  I have much more to say, and you can join me on my musical journey, by following me here.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Great rehearsals last night, and daytime rehearsal today with drummer Rick. We now have backups on guitar, bass and drums, more new originals, and some new covers. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

 

It was fun at Speaking Rock Casino. I helped some friends out a little bit, and it was fun feeling the stage rumble again.  I haven't felt that in a while, but I'm pretty sure I'll be feeling that a lot in the very near future. 

It's about time to start going after gigs; we want to fill the calander, and play everywhere we can, and as often as possible, for as many people as possible.  The vehicle is finally in motion.  Time to build and maintain some momentum!

The November 2 gig at the King's-X will be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.  I'll let you know when we get confirmation on the new date, which should be very soon.

Friday December 14 at Tanya's Gridiron on Dyer St. is the only confirmed gig on the calander right now, but that should change this week and next.  I'll keep you posted, as we book the dates.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Off to The Dungeon for a mini rehearsal with drummer Rick, and then off to Speaking Rock Casino for the show!

 
Just got done listening to my interview on KLAQ 95.5 FM, El Paso Radio. It was a lot of fun! Thanks to all who tuned in and especially to Glen Garza, Ray Monroe, andKLAQ Radio. Ray was a very cool host. All of you guys ROCK!
Someone told me on-line they only heard the songs, and not the interview. For anyone listening on-line, I apologize. I didn't know that would be the case, but hopefully you heard the two songs they played.
Now off to The Dungeon to jam til the wee hours; ain't no rest for the wicked!
Check back tomorrow.  I owe you that long post, but I'm still waiting for a missing piece of information to be clarified before I post up all the news.
Thanks for visiting and please keep coming back, and please show up to the gigs!
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Hey everybody, listen to my music and interview on KLAQ'S Q-Connected Show tonight at 10 pm MDT (Mountain Daylight Time,) on El Paso's KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio, or stream it live at www.klaq.com. Tune in.  I think you will find the interview both entertaining and informative.

Tomorrow night (Monday Oct 29,) I'll be at some friends show at Speaking Rock Casino

I'll be there to help a friend, as his guitar tech for the night. It should be a lot of fun! The long post will have to wait til tomorrow.  I'm gonna kick back and wait for the interview on KLAQ.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Rehearsed last night with a different Rick on drums til about 10pm, then played guitar til 5am, then up at 9am. Aint no rest for the wicked, ya know? Into the shower, then off to work, where I can jam LOUD AS I WANT, and maybe even sneak in a catnap. Rough life, huh, lol!

Long post coming later today about the first King's-X gig last friday, the interview, and much more.  Check back tonight or tomorrow.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Well, jam night last night was different, but that's rock and roll.

Today, interview with KLAQ, 95.5 FM El Paso Radio, (streaming live on klaq.com,) to be aired Sunday night between 9pm & midnight, MDT, then band rehearsal, and then maybe a little rest. Ok, cancell the rest part. "Aint no rest for the wicked; money don't grow on trees." HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Last night long solo rehearsal, after good rehearsal with new bassist.  I think this guy's gonna work, but learning to take NOTHING for granted. Tonight Open Mic at King's-X. 

Tomorrow, interview at KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio, (to air Sunday night on Q-Connected,) and  then hopefully Hell Yeah at the House of Rock tomorrow night. 

Hopefully will have auditioned all the potential drummers, and selected one by the end of the weekend, and hopefully the right line-up falls in place this time!

It's only rock and roll and I love it.  Hell yeah!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Gear is again all set up and ready to go, and it's time to get back to work. "Ain't no rest for the wicked, and money don't grow on trees. Got bills to pay got mouths to feed ain't nothing in the world for free. You know I can't slow down, I can't hold back, well you know I wish I could. Cause there aint no rest for the wicked, til we close our eyes for good." (Cage the Elephant.)

It took a while to set and cable everything up, but it's done.  That's always more work than the gig: tearing down the equipment, sorting and rolling up the cables, loading up and transporting the gear to the gig, unloading, setting up and cabling the gear, only to have to tear down, roll & sort cables, load it all up, transport it back, unload and set it all up again at the rehearsal space, and re-cable it all.  Whew!  That made me tired all over again!

I really have a whole lot to say right now, but it will have to wait until tonight or tomorrow. 

Remember that there are buttons at the top of this page that you can click on. 

You can listen to my music on here, and even buy the CD or purchase individual songs for only 99 cents each.  Just click on Buy Alexx's Songs.  You will also get one FREE song download.

If you click on the Play Song Clips Button, you can here half the songs on the CD and read a short background on each song and the lyrics for each song.  I will post the remaining songs as soon as I have the time.

There is also a Bio and quite a bit more stuff on here if you click the buttons.  Feel free to explore the site.  The site is still a work in progress, and I work on it when I have time.  I still have a lot to add in content, so keep coming back and keep clicking your way around to see what's new.

Thanks for visiting; come back soon and see you at the gigs.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Special thanks to all my friends who took the time, and drove across town to share the moment with me.

In a brief early morning reflection, I asked my self a few questions.  Have I had better gigs? Yes.  Was it  a lot of work? Yes.  Did I have fun?  Yes.  Do I have a lot of work to do today?  Yes.  Did I learn a couple of things and re-learn a few more? Yes.  Was it a positive experience that I gained from? Yes. In spite of the aforementioned last minute challenges, would I do the same if the circumstances repeated themselves? That's a good question, lol! 

The old entertainment adage "the show must go on," rang loud and clear last night, and it's onwards and upwards from here!  Yes people, make no mistake, Alexx is back!

Now to pick up the PA speakers from the King's-X, and then set the equipment back up in The Dungeon. That's always great fun....NOT! I'm getting tired just thinking about it, lol! It's only rock and roll but I LOVE it ;)

The party's on tonight; King's-X, 4119 N. Mesa St., at 9pm. You are cordially invited. Please tell and bring your friends. Hope to see you there, Alexx

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Life is so funny; every thing is so funny.

So, let's see what brilliant earth moving ideas I can come up with...hold on, ....... ok, nevermind.  So, it's 5:22 am.  I've been going, yes, without a catnap, since like 6:06 yesterday.  So, huge day for me, today.  Am I excited?  You better believe it.

Ok, so, just got home from The Dungeon.  No sleep yet, but I'll sneak in a little.  Really, it doesn't matter.  Adrenaline is already flowing now!

I'll sneak in a few (or least a couple,) of hours sleep before the gig, and if the Aikman's only knew, lol.  But actually, I think they've figured out what's up, and have chosen to go with it, I suppose, lol.

So, in like 30 minutes, Mr. Mom duty begins; "aint no rest for the wicked."  Take kids to school, sneak in a nap, (hope to keep it to like 2-2 1/2 hrs & hopfully I hear alarm,) get up, take a shower, decide whether I'm going to try andt rent sound at last minute or rent a truck and take our PA, get my gear ready to go, deal with drummer Rick's stress, lol, see what's up with bassist Ernie, eat, maybe, pause to think, get equipment ready to load.  Ok, deal with musicians, who's driving, what time should we leave.

Yeah, and some musicians may laugh at this, but most have no where near the complicated life I live (most of them  still live with their parents, lol.)  So judge me rockstars, lol!

K, gotta get the equipment to the gig early.  This is no game; we're being paid to provide a service.  I intend to deliver on my end of the deal. 

Now, the details: change battaries to everything which requires a battary, make sure I have all the cables I need, breathe for a second.  Thank God for adrenaline, (and everything else,) thank the doubters, with out whom I could fail.

Fnished selecting the guitar line-up for the gig.  I'm excited about that and will post a pic of the bad boys, (and girl.)  Each one has a purpose, for which it was carefully selected, and each one will serve it's purpose well.  And make no mistake, yes, they are all up for the task.

So, hearing an alarm clock, I suppose I'll sign off.  Please show up for the gig.  I promise not to disappoint.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

It's on now!  Tomorrow, (technically today since it's after 1am,) it's sink or swim time.  Curve balls keep coming at me from left and right, but fortunately, it's not my 1st rodeo.  I've done a ton of rodeos!  So I continue to knock the curve balls away, and I'm 150 % confident. 

If I was a gambling man, (and I am,) I'd definately bet the farm on myself, and actually, I've been doing that for decades.   What my supporters may know, but my doubters don't, is that I have my speedo under my boxers, lol, and when that sink or swim moment arrives, I'm gonna swim!  

Hope you're there to enjoy it with me!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,  Alexx

It's gonna be a great weekend for Alexx music!

They'll be featuring music from our CD on KLAQ Radio's Q-Connected Show this Sunday night between 10 pm and midnight, MDT, (Mountain Standard Time,) for the 12th consecutive week now. Tune in to 95.5 FM EL PASO, or stream it live at klaq.com.

We'll play the whole CD live plus a bunch of great classic rock tunes at the King's-X, Fri Oct 19, 9pm (tomorrow.) Please show up for the party! There should also be some very special guests performing with us.

It should be a lot of fun. Please show up to share this event with us.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

"Trivia time: Which drug (yes, alcohol is a drug too,) causes severe damage to internal organs, permanent damage to brain cells, millions of violent acts and accidents, destruction of marriages and families, domestic violence, loss of employment, and physical addiction, marijuana or alcohol? (Not to mention loss of countless virginities, lol!)

Prohibition on marijuana is rediculous, when alcohol is legal. The reason it exists is obvious: Beer, wine and liquor companies have huge money, which translates to big influence in government, because we all know politicians love money!" (Question posed by Alexx aka Alexx D, who strongly supports the abolition of the prohibition on marijuana.)

Good Wednesday morning my friends!  Got almost 3 hours sleep, but I feel ok.  Hopefully I'll sneak in that catnap this morning.  Last day for band rehearsals. It's gonna be a marathon, and no one is going home early.  Time to step into Drill Sargent mode for the final rehearsal.  It may be a little tough for the new bass player Ernie Canales, but he knew what he was getting into.  We definately need him to step up through Friday.  Last night worked on solos from the originals, as I continue to remember/relearn what I did in the studio.  It'll all be fine.  The biggest challenge at this point is probably finishing memorization of lyrics and the music for about 6 or 7 new covers.  Today is about resolving a few equipment issues, planning the logistics for Friday, solo rehearsal, band rehearsal, oh yeah, and work, plus all the things I'm not remembering right now.  Ain't no rest for the wicked, but my confidence is up and I know the gig will go well.  Then, some well deserved R&R this weekend.  Everybody please show up to the King's-X, 4119 N. Mesa St. at 9pm on Friday. I promise not to disappoint; I have worked  way to hard for that to happen, I assure you ;)  Have an awesome day, Alexx  :)

Well it's past midnight and I'm quite beat up. I've been going for 18 hours so far today. Rick's been telling me for weeks I need to get some rest, to which I say, "there ain't no rest for the wicked". I will not let the people down. Back to the grind for another hour or two and then some well deserved and needed rest. We've been through like five or six line-up changes in the past two months, but the shows WILL go on, and we WILL deliver the goods. I just hope all my friends are there to see it. ;)

Anyway, if anyone want's to show a little support, it should take about 60 seconds to click the link, log into Facebook and click LIKE on our page. Anyway; here's a link. We're getting tons of hits on this page, but we can't yet say the same for our Facebook Artist Page. Please take a minute to support our page with a "like." www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Anyway, back to the grind.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, SHOW UP TO MY GIGS, AND SUPPORT OUR FACEBOOK ARTIST PAGE. Thanks, Alexx

Good rehearsal with drummer Rick yesterday.  Played whole "naked" set (just me, a guitar and mic,) and it worked well.  Rehearsal with band today, run through naked set again, work on solos and cover songs, re-string the guitars, program my foot controller, check on merch order, and that's about it.  Ready to rock ;

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND SHOW UP FOR THE BIG PARTY AT THE KING'S-X, 4119 N.MESA ST., FRI OCT 19, 9 PM.  HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

"The light's on; the last round; the dark horse keeps on fighting; I'm gonna make a comeback, I'm gonna dig 6 feet up tonight..." Quote from one of my fav new songs, Comeback by Redlight King. It hits really close to home, and sums up how I feel right now. And to the doubters, detractors, and the few envious haters, thanks for the motivation, and show up to see if I sink or swim on Friday, but rest assured, I plan on swimming!

So the plan continues to evolve, but for the most part is set.  I've decided to do the whole first set "naked," and many of you know by now, that to me, playing "naked" means just me alone, with a guitar and a microphone, and no band.  This will be only the fourth time I have played "naked" in my life, and I plan to bare my heart and soul for everyone who honors me with their presence on this night, which is a big one for me. 

We have worked extremely hard to prepare for this show, and will continue to work hard leading up to, and during the gig.  We sincerely appreciate every single person who will attend the show, and share this moment with us, and when it's me, naked, in front of the crowd, I plan to deliver my best performance to date.  They will get better, as I strive to always make every performance better that the last, but yes, this one is really important to us, and it should be a lot of fun for all in attendance.

So for the naked show, I will play my pink guitar, my $60 pawn shop, Squire Stratocaster, in honor of cancer awareness. It is a beautiful guitar, and, yes, that $60 guitar sounds and plays great! The old "it's not the bike, it's the rider," saying is an analogy I like to use when referring to cheap guitars.  And yes, I had a large collection of expensive guitars in the past, but they are all gone now, and all I can currently afford are relatively cheap guitars, but I know how to pick em, and they work well.

I hope to do my part in support of finding a cure (as we all should,)of this viscious disease that has affected way too many people close to me, and millions more people whom I have yet to meet.  And let it be known, that if asked, I will play, for free, as many benefits aiming to support finding the cure, as possible.

So it has been a very difficult time away, and a long hard road back, but yes, I am back.

I must thank my friend Glen Garza again and KLAQ 95.5 FM El Paso Radio for playing our music, and to Ted and Leilani Aikman and the King's-X for the gigs.  And yes, music is business, and I intend to do the best job possible for the Aikmans, and also for everyone in attendance; that much I promise.

So, we will be doing three one-hour sets, at the King's-X bar, this Friday, October 19, 9:00 pm, 4119 N. Mesa St., El Paso Texas.  The first set will be the naked set.  In the second set, we will play the entire Escaping the Dungeon CD, with the full band. For the third set, we will mix original Alexx songs with some selected cover tunes that we all know and love.

It should be a blast, so please show up to share this special occasion with us.  We would love to see you all there.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND PLEASE SHOW UP TO OUR GIGS, PARTICULARLY THIS FRIDAY.  WE APPRECIATE ALL OF THOSE WHO WILL SHOW UP.  IT WILL BE A PARTY; I CAN ASSURE YOU OF THAT!

See you there, Alexx

Great band rehearsal today! Tonight solo rehearsal, rehearsal with drummer Rick tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday last band rehearsals, and Friday it's showtime at King's-X, 9pm, 4119 N. Mesa St. Lot's of rehearsals, huh?  Well, they're all for you so please show up.  It's gonna be a party!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Early solo rehearsal at The Dungeon (after breakfast.) Then, afternoon rehearsal with the band, and maybe Dokken at Speaking Rock if we finish early enough, or Chalk the Block if we don't. TheY're both free events, as is our concert at the King's-X, and you just can't beat free, ya know???

I just can't get enough rock and roll, can you tell??? But then, I'm also making up lost time :)

If you want to see an early demo video of Another Hit and Run, from The Dungeon, click this link: www.youtube.com/alexxdmusic. (You can also hear the CD version on this site if you click on the BUY ALEXX'S SONGS button at the top of this page, where you can also hear the rest of the songs on the CD.) What you waiting for??? CLICK THE LINK!

I owe you some long posts on some different topics. I'll get to that tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for visting my site!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND SUPPORT OUR BAND BY SHOWING UP AT OUR KING'S-X GIG ON FRI OCT 19, 9:OO PM. IT'S GONNA BE A PARTY; I PROMISE THAT, Alexx

Nice practice with the new, new, line-up.  It feels right, like a nice happy musical family.  Now I'm REALLY  excited about next Friday Oct 19 @ King's-X.  I'm hoping no more line-up changing for a long fu*king time.  I think this could be it ;)

THANKS TO MY BROTHER TONY CANALES FOR THE HOOK-UP!

It just keeps getting better.  My bass brother Tony Canales comes thru for me with a big favor, in finding me a new bass player at the last minute, since the other guy faded.  Ya just gotta love that Tony!  Rehearsal tonight; looking forward to it.  Still got some work to do to do this thing right, but that's what I live for.  It's only rock and roll but I love it ;)

Thanks to you guys, this site is getting tons of hits now, and they're increasing daily.  Thanks to all of you for visiting and supporting my site and my music.  The cd is selling well for an independent release, both locally and globally, and that can only get better because we're barely getting this party started! 

We especially appreciate those who have purchased cd, songs and other Alexx merchandise.  It helps pay the bills and keeps the music flowing. 

I'm still writing new songs, presumably for the follow-up cd, but we'll be out supporting this one for a while first.  We will be playing the new songs live though, at our shows.

Don't forget about Oct 19, 9 pm,  at the King's-X, 4119 N. Mesa.  It will be a special show, and I would love all of you who are in the El Paso area to share it with us.   Performing live is all about performing for those who come to see your shows, and making them glad that they showed up.

We promise to do everything in our power to give you the best show possible, and yes we do appreciate those who show up! Regardless of the number of attendees, however, we promise to throw down to the best of our ability, and we hope YOU are there!

6 days of rehearsals left.  We're gonna make the most of them so we can deliver for the Aikman'stheir venue, the King's-X,  and for those of you who show up in support.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Well it's been a really long but very productive 24+ hours, probably cause I'm still up.

I haven't slept but got so much done yesterday! Business was good, did some solo rehearsal, had a good long rehearsal with the drummer Rick, wrote a new song, both music and lyrics, polished up 4 new cover tunes, and learned a new one.

Lots of work to be done today; like the Cage the Elephant song says, "aint no rest for the wicked and money don't grow on trees." Hopefully I'll be able to sneak in a cat nap sometime today, but I have a whole lot of business to take care of today and band rehearsal tonight. I guess I must be running on adrenaline, cause still I'm feeling very happy and excited (or delirious, lol!) Hope that damn truck doesn't hit me now;)

So, let's see if I'm not to tired to look back at yesterday.

Well from the way it looks, this site may get more hits this month than it has in all previous months put together since I launched the site in June, after the CD was recorded, and was in production. Even though I got a very respectable number of hits during the months of June through September, this month is really starting off with a bang! Things are just snowballing, mostly because of all of you. For that I thank you, and I will continue do my best to keep you informed, and hopefully somewhat amused or entertained. I try. For whatever reason or reasons, it looks like the site will get more hits than all the previous months combined. I hope so!

So, the cover song I learned was "Mr. Jones" by the Counting Crows, which is a song that brings back many great memories, so, I guess it would be fitting to take a little journey into the past.

Actually, I didn't really learn the song, I learned the guitar part, because I used to play it with my old band the Shovelheads. I never played it on guitar though, and thus never learned the guitar part. I used to play it on bass and do the vocal. My "Whitest Brother" Bobby Rodriguez played the guitar, and since we went threw several line-up changes on drums, we used to play it with several different drummers.

The first time we performed Mr. Jones was at Saso's Lounge, which was the rock and roll club in El Paso and surrounding areas at the time. People would sometimes travel literally hundreds of miles to see shows and party at the legendary Northeast El Paso venue. I personally used to love going to Saso's to watch shows, and used to love playing the venue even more.

So, as I've mentioned before, although it was an extremely cool venue for many reason's, Saso's was a brutal gig. The gig was Monday thru Sunday, which at that point in our musical career, meant seven days of extremely hard partying and plenty of sinning. The sound system was a slamming concert set-up, and the sound man Dave knew the system like the back of his hand, and always made us sound great.

The other cool thing about Saso's, was that it would get really packed, with a ton of hot chicks, all dressed to kill, groupie style. It was great, and no El Paso club of today could even come close to the atmosphere of that historic place. Compared to El Paso's rock clubs today, I would actually call it amazing, and would love to play a local club like that again, if one only existed. Great memories!

So the memories I have of that first night, playing Mr. Jones at Saso's, our first gig as the Shovelheads, are numerous. First of all, my current drummer, Rick Talavera, was our drummer that night, giving him the distinction of being the original Shovelhead drummer.

Another memory of that night was having my friend Glen Garza introduce us. I remember being on stage getting ready to play, and looking over and seeing a long haired stranger on the stage. I asked Rick who he was. Rick replied that it was Glen Garza of KLAQ 95.5 FM Radio, and I remember thinking I have never heard of him, but said "cool!" I later found out from Glen, that that was actually his first time on stage in front of a large crowd, having just started working as a DJ at KLAQ. That's kind of extra special to me, because Glen's the one who started, and continues to play my music on "the Q." He's just a super nice guy who has been very supportive since the release of Escaping the Dungeon.

Another great memory of that night, was that of sharing the stage with my great friend Tony, the "Tone Monster" Canales. Tony played the bass, so I just grabbed my mic and did the front man singer thing, while Bobby played guitar and Rick played drums; it was extremely cool, and I really enjoyed that night.

We also had the distinction, that night of opening for Dangerous Toys, who had a big hit in the song "Scared," which was played on radio stations coast to coast at the time, and I would assume, probably around the world.

After the gig, the owner of the club Fuji, told us we "blew Dangerous Toys off the stage." That was not our intention, or even a thought we entertained, but we couldn't help but feel good about ourselves as musicians because of that comment, because Dangerous Toys was a Major Label Act that had been together for years, and we didn't have even one rehearsal together as a band! We basically threw our set together and just winged it.

So, today, being the optimist I am, I'm seeing an opportunity for history to find away to repeat itself in some ways, due to many common threads still present today. This may be a fantasy, or a bit unrealistic, but I see the possibility of playing the song again at the King's-X on October 19, with our friend Tony Canales on bass, Rick on drums, and with a small miracle, even having Bobby on guitar, and me just singing, like that night at Saso's. That would definitely be Deja Vu. While I'm being optomistic, (or fantasizing,) I may as well include the remote possibility of Glen Garza introducing us again. That would be sort of coming full circle for us all in a sense.

Admittedly, the last two parts of the scenerio are not that likely to happen, because I haven't seen or spoken to Bobby in years, and Glen informed me that he probably won't be able to make the show. But, stranger things have happened, and there is a very real possibility that Tony Canales could show up and play the song with us again after all these years. That would be really cool, because he is a great friend, and a part of my musical history.

Tony has told me that he will be there, but he has been battling some serious health issues, and may or may not feel well enough to play. Knowing how much Tony loves to play though, if he feels up to it, I'm pretty sure he will join us on stage.

Tony is the one person who has an open and permanent invitation to play with us any time, anywhere, on any stage. After all, he's the one person who gave me the same courtesy for all the years I was in bands and also when I was underground, and pretty much inactive in the music scene. I will never forget that, ever, and am very grateful to him for his kindness, respect and generosity. He is truly a special friend to me!

So, It's almost 9 am, and I've been up for about 27 hours. I guess I will take this short opportunity to sneak in a nap for an hour or so. I hope I wake up though, because I have a very busy day ahead.

So, Alexx out. I hope there's not too many grammatical, punctuation or spelling errors in this post, because I am feeling a bit tired suddenly. I'll go back and check it later and make any corrections, so that I don't sound any dumber than I really am, lol.

Check back later, cause I still have much more to talk about; I'm just too tired to remember what right now.

Have an awesome day, and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND SUPPORT OUR MUSIC BY SHOWING UP AT THE KING'S-X, 4119 N. MESA ST., OCTOBER 19, 9:OO PM. Hope to see you all there; we need to pack that house and would love you to share the occaison with us!

Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals, and more rehearsals.  Then we do some more. That's what it takes to sound the way we need to sound.   And when that sink or swim time arrives, we're gonna swim!  Yeah, you just gotta be there; trust me on this one ;)

The hits on this website are snowballing!  Thanks for frequenting my site.  I'll always try to keep you entertained and informed.

Rehearsals are going great, and the music keeps sounding better and better.  That's what a thousand rehearsals and a million hours of practice does ;)

Off to The Dungeon now for business/rehearsal ( I work on music in between customers.)  If anyone needs carpet, tile, wood or laminate floors, you're welcome to stop by The Dungeon, aka Flooring by Alex and Alex, 9861 Dyer St., Suite 18, El Paso Texas, 79924.  We sell and install all types of floors, do great work, and will save you a bunch of money, while making a little money for ourselves.  You're business helps make the music possible.  We all gotta eat! 

We also have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau; we take good care of our customers, and they take good care of us.  That's actually a great way to support your local music scene if you're in El Paso, because musicians have bills and expenses too! 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND SHOW UP AT THE KING'S-X, 4119 N. MESA ST. ON OCT 19TH.  Thanks,

Alexx

Well actually, the grind never stopped.  Yeah, it rarely does.  Ain't no rest for the wicked, you know?

Good things continue to happen.  Rehearsals were great last week & looking forward to more this week.  We've been accomplishing plenty, and that should be apparent on the 19th at the King's-X

I'm really happy with the sound of the new line-up, and am starting to really enjoy being back on guitar again as my main instrument.  It's really fun!  I haven't even picked up the bass in a couple of weeks, and thanks to the guitar, I haven't even missed it.  That feels really wierd, but everything happens for a reason!

Having fun learning the new covers & they're working out great.  We're selecting some kick-ass classic tunes to cover and it's really cool, because I have loved these songs for many years. Wrote lyrics for a new song too.   That's sort of backwards for me; I usually write music first.  Now to come up with the music.......

I still have an endless supply of topics to talk about, but they'll have to wait.  Some of the upcoming topics are how, when and why I got into guitar, and also I will discuss my musical heritage and also my views on genetics and music. 

My grandfather, Miguel Angel Gallardo was a legend in Mexico, who wrote the State Song of Durango Mexico, the Corrido de Durango, and literally hundreds of other songs.  I know,  because they showed me them and his guitar in the museum in Durango. He was also honored with a larger than life statue of him in the capitol, Durango, Durango, Mexico.  I got to visit Durango and the statue, and have a lot to say about that trip to Mexico.  It was awesome!

Have an awesome week & don't forget about the King's-X on Fri Oct 19 and Nov 2 @ 9 pm. Hope to see you there. It's gonna be fun for sure! SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC AND SHOW UP! Let's pack the house.

Keep coming back!

Thanks for visiting and for the support, Alexx

We had two good rehearsals today and this evening.  One with drummer Rick and myself, guitar vocals and drums, one on one, and one rehearsal with the band. 

We picked up a new cover tune and we ran through the whole cd 3 times altogether, and played a few covers. We even learned a new cover and it sounds good.

Back to The Dungeon for me shortly, to put in a marathon solo practice. I'll probably work on the solos and spend some time on the new covers.  Who knows I might decide to learn another new one too. 

The solos sounded good at rehearsal.  I was able to focus on them a little more, because Walter was doing well on the bass lines, so I could focus on soloing, and just playing guitar, (and singing.)  The guys really liked the soloing and it was fun just cutting loose a bit.  This is definitely gonna work.  Great day overall!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great night!

DON'T FORGET TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY OCT 19, 9 PM, KING'S-X, 4119 N. MESA ST.  SHOW UP.  THE SUPPORT REALLY HELPS AND IS APPRECIATED, AND WE ARE GOING TO THROW DOWN HARD; YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!

Well, it's a beautiful day today, or it sure feels like one.  I woke up very happy this morning, and then got even happier if you know what I mean, wink wink.  You might wanna grab a drink or something, cause I think we might be here a while, lol!

I fell asleep really early last night, listening to music, at like 10 pm. and woke up like 5 am.  I din't even make it out to see Tony's band.  Oh well, there will be more times to do that.

Well I am just too damn happy and I'm feeling way too good lately.  Things have been going so well, so I'm sort of waiting for the truck to hit me, because it always seems to happen.

Well maybe my luck is changing finally. I don't know.  We'll see, but for right now life is beautiful, although, not without its challenges.

I'm really excited to be playing music live again, for real audiences, not the imaginary ones at The Dungeon, lol!  Actually, the whole neighborhood surrounding The Dungeon hears me play every day, and I don't think that's a bad thing at all.  Everybody definately knows I'm there, and they all hear me play loud, literally every day, and nobody complains, not at least to me, lol! 

Actually, one did once, but he was a grouchy old man who was patronizing the business next door, when I was playing pretty loud with the front door wide open.  And I knew the old geezer, because he owns a business behind The Dungeon, and had contracted me to do some work, for which wouldn't pay me after we completed the work.  He's one of these guys who has gotten wealthy literally by screwing people. 

I was near my open front door, and the old bird walked up to my door and proceeded to tell me not to be "making all that noise," so I proceeded to tell him, to his face, very directly and loudly, to go (expletive) himself.  He shut his mouth and walked off.  The funny part was that I had been playing guitar and singing with a headset microphone on, so I told him REALLY LOUDLY, because the PA was turned up pretty loud, lol!  He later reported the "incident" to my landloard but they didn't say much.  That old theif is gonna tell ME what to do in MY place?  I don't think so.

Anyway, back to the good stuff.  So, basically, things are going well, business has been pretty good, my music is being played on the radio every week, gigs are booked with many more to come.  

I can honestly say that I have sacrificed many things, including business and working hours, to make this music happenen.  If not for music, I could be much more sucessful in the flooring buisness, and make a lot more money, but I would be miserable to have left one of my greatest dreams, one of my greatest loves, and one of the things I have worked so hard for my entire life, behind.  I couldn't live myself knowing that I had let my dreams die and settled.  

So, I am who I am, and am very comfortable in my own skin.  I am greatful to be in a position, where I can spend the time I need to, working on my music.  And the dream is still alive; I can see it slowly unfolding before me, and I feel like I can almost touch it. 

Realistically, I am a dreamer, but also a realist, and music is the most highly competitive business in the world. Why wouldn't it be?  I mean look at the perks and the lifestyle, and the money is icing on the cake for someone doing something musicians love to do, which is to perform live. 

Negative people have told me throughout my life to give it up; that I can never make it in the music business; that it is just too tough, but in these same people, I clearly see the jealousy of the fact that I can do what I do, and the fact that I have usually been quite successful in the things that I set my mind to and put my heart and soul into.  The way I see it, I should be grateful for these doubters, because they have been a great source of motivation.  When someone tells me a can't do something, I usually tell them watch this......   So to all the doubters, both thank you and screw you, and I mean both of those things quite sincerely.

As for my luck changing, I hope it happens.  I hope a truck is not going to hit me, but history tells me to be ready.  Only time will tell, I suppose, but if I were to give up music, I would have done that along time ago as so many have.  Not me; I am one stubborn and determined person!  And yes, I have paid more than my share of hard dues, and have been through the fire and the flames, and I have risen from the ashes, time and time again. Hopefully I can pull another big one off!

Anyone who knows me well, and has known me for a long time, can also verify that.  I have been riding high and then had the rug pulled out from me and been flat on my face, several times.  I've been from having like five or six badass vehicles, and I mean really badass cars, trucks, and motorcycles, all paid for in cash, a nice house, large wads of cash in my pocket every day, and wearing out wallets every few months because they were overstuffed with cash all the time, to living in a small apartment with no electricity, no water, no gas, no money, and walking because I had no car. It came with the territory of the business I was in during those times.

But yeah, I am a stubborn, hard working and determined guy who refuses to give up, and always comes back.  I just don't want fall again.  I feel like I'm finally realatively close to something really good.  We'll see..................................

So, I could keep going and going, but I don't want this post to be too long, so I will stop here and move on to daily blog post number two sometime later today.  I do have a lot more to say!

For those of you leaving, please check back later or tomorrow, and please go to klaq.com to request Alexx, "Another Hit and Run."  If they play it today, it well be the 9th consecutive week, and I would love to see it going, or maybe even a different song.  People are really liking "Communication Deficit Disorder," which coincidently happens to be available for FREE DOWNLOADING right on this site.  Just click on "BUY ALEXX'S SONGS" at the top of the page and you will find it.  I'm thinking that would be a good song to play next, but I guess that decision will be made by Glen Garza of KLAQ 95.5 FM, El Paso at some point. 

I am asuming they will probably play us again today, but I'm not sure because I haven't heard our name mentioned on the radio this week.  Your requesting ALEXX music can only help though, and could make the difference.  Please take a minute to make the request at klaq.com.

Have a very beautiful Sunday, and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Well time flies.  Just got back from the Sate Line Resteraunt; the best BBQ in the El Paso area.  Listening to Volbeat's Still Counting on KLAQ; my favorite new song on my favorite radio station. 

Getting ready to head to The Dungeon for a full band rehearsal with the new line up, my brother Rick on drums and Walter on bass.  Walter picked up the bass lines on the whole cd quick.  Tonight should be fun!

After rehearsal, off to Handlebars to see my friend Tony Muela's band Suicide Romance.

Yeah, we'll probably make a quick Open Mic appearance at Joe, Vinny and Bronson's tomorrow around 8 pm.  Might as well, while we still have Sundays open ;)

Thank for visiting, and sorry, but my long post will have to wait til tomorrow cause gotta go.  I'll do it tomorrow for sure though!

Have a great night and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!  DON'T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 9:00 PM, KING'S-X, 4119 N. Mesa St.  Be there!  It's gonna be more than a show, we're gonna make it an event, so don't miss it!

Lmfao, I knew that would get your attention!  Got no time for my long post til this afternoon. Check back after 6 pm.  I promise to make you laugh a bit (unless you have no sense of humor at all.) 

Anyway, I'll have some updates later.  Things looking great, I'm feeling great; getting really excited.  It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.

Thanks for stopping by; more insight to my madness after 6.  Have an awesome saturday! :)))

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE BY PACKING THE KING'S X ON OCTOBER 19.  YOU DON'T WANNA MISS IT.  WILL I SINK OR WILL I SOAR???  I THINK I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ;

Hey, well my visitors, first of all, thanks for checking in.  I have a lot to talk about, but off to rehearsal. Ain't no rest for the wicked, you know?

Anyway, I promise a long entry tomorrow with some updates and another trip into my past.  I think I'll talk about how and why I got into music with many amusing anecdotes, and a bunch of other stuff.  Please check back tomorrow afternoon or evening, and check out my ALEXX SHOWS/EVENTS TABS.

Also, don't forget to visit my Music Store on my Facebook Artist Page, and please click "Like" while you're there.  Remember, you can LISTEN TO ALL THE SONGS OFF MY "Escaping the Dungeon CD FOR FREE, get ONE FREE SONG DOWNLOAD, and PURCHASE SONGS FOR ONLY 99 CENTS EACH.  The address is: https://www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic/app_155326481208883.

EVERYBODY CAN AFFORD 99 CENTS!  PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Off to The Dungeon for rehearsal.  Thank you, and don't forget to please visit again tomorrow afternoon!

Ok, Another Shitty Day in Paradise

So, Another Shitty Day in Paradise, hmmm that sounds familiar. Oh yeah, that's the song title of the first song on my Escaping the Dungeon CD, lol!  Actually, El Paso is far from being paradise, but it is one of my home towns, the other being split between Los Angeles and La Habra, California.

So, I'll talk today about the history of the song Another Shitty Day in Paradise in a little bit, but first, I must say that, yeah, I'm a California boy, and a big part of my heart remains there, and it's constantly telling me to come back to CA for good.  Unfortunately, that's won't happen until I make a bunch of money, because it's pretty expensive to live there if you don't want to live in a ghetto or a dive.

I do have great memories of growing up, mostly in La Habra, California, which is in Orange CountyLa Habra was a great place for a kid to grow up, especially a boy.  I still remember the address of the house I grew up in, 121 W. Montwood, La Habra, CA.  I don't remember the zip code, but it wasn't exactly 90210.  It was a nice neighborhood though, and we lived in a new house that my dad purchased.  He's retired now, but he was a school teacher and a speech therapist at the time, and remained a life-long educator throughout his career.  He was the cool kind of teacher, the kind all the students loved.

So, La Habra was a really cool place when I was a kid.  It's is now completely developed, but back then there were undeveloped hills on two sides of my neighborhood, and there was some sort of ranch with cattle on it on one side.   We used to love to go play in the hills, riding our bicycles and mini-bikes, shooting at birds, rabbits and even cows with our bee bee guns, lol!  We'd also do stuff like catch lizards, snakes and field mice and slide down the hills on cardboard and stuff like that. The things that boys do, lol! 

I still remember one time finding a discarded tire at the top of the hill, which happend to be adjacent to Euclid St., which was a main street that passed through La Habra and throuh quite a few other cities.  So me, being me, got the brilliant idea of rolling the tire down Euclid Street into traffic.  I remember laughing my head off watching the tire roll down the steep hill and over cars.  It was hilarious until a car stopped on the side of the street and the driver run after me, and actually caught me.  I was by myself and he was an adult, and he was really pissed.  He dragged me to his car and drove me to my house to tell my parents, but they weren't home, so he told me I better tell them because he was going to come back to talk to them.  I told my parents, but he never came back.  My parents were not happy with me though, lol!

We used love it when it would rain too, because we could go to a huge field adjacent to our school and play tackle football on the rain soaked grass. For young boys, that was great fun!

I still  see some of my dad's former students, who often ask about him, and often tell me how great of of teacher he was, and how much he helped them.  He would go way beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact on his students, and to guide them over their hurdles and obstacles.  

On the subject of my dad, I also have to say he is truly a great man and a great role model.  I always strive to be like him, but I could never be like him, not even close.  I was always the wild child, and I mean really wild.  I was aways bored in school and always in trouble; being expelled from Irvin High School 3 years in a row, always suspended from school, encounters with the law, etc.  In spite of all that, my dad always told me that no matter how wrong I was, he was always on my side, and he meant it and always backed me up.  He never let me down, ever!  For all this I could never repay him, but I'll do anything for him now. 

I finally grew up, straightened out my life for the most part, finished my education, receiving my Bachelor's of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, with Concentrations in Marketing, Management and Music from the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP,) in May of 2010.  There was a time when I thought I would never finish because of my busy life, but I did it.  I have  to credit both of my parents for the desire and drive to achieve that goal.

I've been through everything and done everything, and am actually very lucky to have survived my youth and my younger adulthood.  But everything happens for a reason, and I'm still here, so there must be a reason I survived all the totaled vehicles, fights, experimentation with every illicit substance on earth, encounters with agressive law enforcement officers, etc.  Many of my wild friends who I grew up with were not so lucky, and are no longer with us.

I love the song 100 in a 55 by Pop Evil because it really hit's home.  I've been going 100 in a 55 my whole live, both literally and figuratively.  Anyone who has know me well for a long time would be able to verify that.  But, like the song lyric, "I still beleive in rock and roll and pray the music's gonna save my soul."  Yes, I still believe, even though music is the most highly competitive business in the world, because it is in my heart and in my soul, and every time I play, people like it.

So, the long night in The Dungeon last night was productive. I learned the song Thank You by Led Zepplin for the covers set. It still needs a little work, but it's a great song and should be polished up way before Oct 19. I'm not sure if I will play it naked, unplugged or with the band, but more than likely, I will play it.  Today I'll learn a 3 Doors Down song, probably Kryptonite, work on solos and then band rehearsals tonight. It's only rock and roll, but I like it!

I almost forgot to talk about the origination of "Another Shitty Day in Paradise!"  Well this song was written on one of my vacations back to Santa Monica/Venice Beach/Hollywood CaliforniaVenice Beach happens to be one of my favorite places on earth.  If you've ever been there, you know why, and if you haven't, you need to go..............like now; take off! 
 
Just kidding about the right now part, lol!  But seriously, it is such a cool place, because it is so much more than a beach.  The beach is a big part of it and the Pacific Ocean, but it also has a boardwalk with a bunch of cool shops, resteraunts and bars, and also a bunch of artists of all types performing for tips, and displaying and selling their works.  I've watched many great shows there from comedy to acrobatics, escape artists, musicians playing, ets.  The place is really hopping with entertainment on weekends and the beach is usually full of beautiful California girls and tourists in bikini's. 
 
What guy wouldn't enjoy being on the beach looking at the beautiful ocean, and beautiful women in bikinis?  It used to be legal for women to sunbathe topless, and the ladies up there love to show their stuff, but it has been illegal now for quite some time.  As they say, good things don't last forever.  But the place is still really cool.
 
Anyway, we used to go stay at an ocean-front hotel in Santa Monica for a week or two and soak up the California life style.  We'd go to the beach and usually also Hollywood daily and enjoy the sights and the resteraunts.  One of my favorite past times was having a beer or two and a funny cigarette and ride bicycles up and down the beach bike trail that runs from the edge of Malibu, thru Santa Monica and Venice Beach.  It ends at the next beach, but I can't remember the name of that one right now.  It is an awesome ride along the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean.  Damn, I miss that place.  I was finally able to visit there recently, and it was really cool.
 
So, back to the song.  Well that place is paradise to me, and it was written on the bacony of the hotel in Santa Monica, overlooking the ocean.  I had a bottle of budweiser and another bud, and was playing my acoustic guitar, watching the waves when the song came to me.  It just came to me effortlessly and was written in about 15 minutes, music and lyrics.  It's still one of my favorites, and is the first song on the Escaping the Dungeon cd.  It still reminds me of Santa Monica when I play it and has been popular with our audiences.  We used to play it at every gig with my old band the Shovelheads.  You can hear it on this site on the PLAY SONG CLIPS page.  Please give it a listen; I think you will like it ;)

Well I guess I'll shut up for now and get to work.  "There aint now rest for the wicked, and money don't grow on trees."

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND SUPPORT US BY BUYING THE CD AND THE MERCH, AND IF YOU'RE NEAR EL PASO, BY SHOWING UP AT THE KING'S X, 4119 N. MESA ST. ON OCT 19 AND NOV 2.  THANKS, Alexx

Back to the Dungeon for a late night rehearsal.  Got new cover down last night, unplugged version of Foo Fighters "Times Like These."  Great song, and the cover came out great!  Gonna play that one naked too.  Tonight maybe Led Zepplin, Thank You.  We'll see.........

Things are really looking up and great things keep happening.  I really can't say too much right now, other than we're gonna have some really cool surprises at the King's X show on Friday, Oct 19, and that were busting our butts; We plan on throwing down our best performance ever, to date.  We need everyone's support though; we want to pack the house!  I promise you will not be dissappointed ;)  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

Good Monday morning friends! 

It looks like it's gonna be a very busy week, between work, home and rehearsals. 

We've begun rehearsing an acoustic/unplugged set to open the night with at the King's X on Oct 19.  I pretty much have a plan for the show, although it may change slightly as the gig approaches. 

I plan to start the night playing naked, but for the first song only.  Those of you who have kept up with me know that by naked, I mean just me, my guitar and a microphone, with no band backing me up.  Sorry to disappoint the ladies, but I will have clothes on, lol!  After the opening song, we'll will bring Rick up on stage to play out the rest of the set with me.  On the last song of the set, we will bring up our bassist to play a song as the full band, before our first break.

The second set will likely be the most fun, because we are going to play the entire cd "Escaping the Dungeon," LIVE from start to finish, in order.  This way, those who have the cd will get to hear it all live, and those who purchase the cd at the show will have a great memory of the show, when they listen to the cd.  Hopefully we will sell plenty of cds at all of our shows, because we have bills to pay and mouths to feed.  (I stole that last part of the sentence from the song Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, lol)

For the third set, we will play mostly covers of some great classic rock tunes, with a few more originals mixed in, and will likely have some special guests join us on stage to play some songs with us.  We may even have some Alexx Dancers join us in entertaining the crowd.  There will definitely be some pleasant surprises to please those in attendance.  Please show up in force.  We hope to pack the King's X, so come out, bring your friends, and tell everybody.  We could definitely use, and will appreciate the support!

Playing naked for me is a little bit of a challenge, because I had never done that until just a few weeks ago.  Doing it taught me to respect other players who have the courage to do that.  I have never waivered in my confidence as a player, and therefore have enjoyed all my naked performances, and I do it partially because it can only make me a better and stronger player and entertainer.

I'm really going to enjoy playing shows with my great friend Rick Talavera on drums.  I've been playing with Rick for a really long time, and it's always fun.  We've always had some sort of chemistry from day one, and it always just works.  Rick was the original drummer for my previous band the Shovelheads, which included him on drums, Bobby Rodriguez on guitar and vocals and myself on bass and lead vocals.  I was always the front man, but Bobby was a great side-man, who also happened to front the band Attitude.

We definitely had a lot of fun with the Shovelheads and stayed very busy,  gigging constantly and playing all the cool venues.  Saso's, which was THE rock club in El Paso back then was my favorite venue. 

We always had full concert sound through the house PA, used the house lighting system, and had a great sound engineer in David Richie. Dave knew the sound system like the back of his hand, and knew how to get the maximum sound and volume out of it.  It was like a miniature County Coloseum, with the killer sound system in the place; the type of setting where people would actually watch and pay attention to the band through their whole set, like at a big concert, mainly because it was just too loud to have any type of conversation.  I used to love standing in front of the huge stacks of speakers while I played, feeling the speakers pumping and pushing wind past me, blowing the hair on my arms around.  It was great!

Saso's was where we played our first gig as the Shovelheads, opening for the one hit wonder, who were still pretty big at the time, Dangerous ToysIt was a packed house and a great night!  What I remember most about Dangerous Toys was their big hit, the song Scared, their amazing lead guitarist, and their singer, who was a real a**hole. 

We had the honor at the Dangerous Toys gig of being announced by Glen Garza of KLAQ 95.5 FM RADIOGlen was brand  new at the Q at the time, and only recently told me that it was his first time on stage in front of a large crowd.  Glen is a great person, and has been very supportive of us, particularly by playing music from the new cd on the radio every week, and mentioning our name when promoting the Q Connected Show.  He has a standing invitation to join us and announce us anytime he likes.  Hopefully, he will take us up on it.

After the show, the clubs owner/manager Fuji told us we blew Dangerous Toys off the stage.  The most ironic thing about that is that it was only the second time we played with Rick on the drums, and Dangerous Toys had been performing and releasing albums with a major label for years.  We never even had the opportunity to rehearse for the show, since we were given only a couple of days notice.  We just went up there and winged it with the attitude that it was sink or swim, and we were going to swim!

Prior to that first gig, we had thrown a benefit concert, just a few days before the Dangerous Toys gig, for a friend of ours Duke who had been seriously injured in an accident on his Harley Davidson.  It was a huge blowout we threw and tons of people showed up.  We had Rick and Bobby's other band at the time, Attitude open the show for us and then we just threw it down. 

Attitude was a very good cover band who played all around town and got lots of the better gigs.  It's members included my great friend Tony Canales on bass, Bobby on guitar, Rick on drums and Jay on guitar.  I don't remember Jay's last name but he is a great guitarist who can also play bass, and sound like a great bass player, not like a guitarist playing bass.

Attitude could have been a hard act to follow, but I was very fired up and we just blew it out.  The party was really cool, and we even had a wet t-shirt contest with some local hotties entertaining the crowd, and me as the judge ;)  The El Paso Police Department showed up in force, telling us to turn down.  There were about 20 police cars and a bunch of cops outside the fence, but they didn't come onto the property.  They didn't have to; as soon as I saw all the cops, who coincidently wanted to talk to....me, I instructed the soundman to turn it down and the cops left.  I think the complaints from the neighbors may have stemmed from our having the wet t-shirt contest outdoors, in plain view to any passers by through the chain link fence, lol!

The following day after the party we were asked to open up for Dangerous Toys, and the rest is history, beginning a long run as a regular band as Saso's, and most of the other better clubs in the area.  Saso's was a brutal gig though, because it was always 7 days straight, Monday-Sunday, for four hours each night.  The only nights we got a small break were on Sundays, which was jam night, now commonly called open mic night.  All the musicians in the area would show up and play, while we would take a break and watch/listen. 

As far as our band, the Shovelheads, our shows always went over well and we stayed very busy. Our guitar player Bobby was a great guitarist with an amazing amount of talent and a beautiful singing voice.  He is still a great friend and one of the most hilarious persons I have ever met, but sadly, I never see him because his wife keeps him on a very short leash. We were a three piece band, and always had so much fun. Bobby and I would drive all of our drummers crazy with our antics and jokes.

Needless to say, playing in a rock and roll band at clubs like Saso's, there was always alcohol and sometimes other things involved, and yes, we partied hard.  At the end of the seven days I always felt like I had done roofing all week, but we definitely loved it and milked it for everything it was worth.  Awesome memories!

So today I will spend a bunch of time working out all the guitar solos for the Alexx songs, polishing up some new original songs, and learning some of the cover songs on guitar, which I had previously played on bass.  We will also have band rehearsal and I definitely have to work.  I need money!  All this should keep pretty busy today.

Well, I still have a lot more to say, but gotta get to work now.  Have a great day and week and don't forget to mark the Oct 19 and Nov 2 King's X shows on your calendar.  Don't forget, 9:00 pm.  Please show up!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!  Alexx

 

Rehearsal tonight was pretty good, especially since I was pretty tired.  I've been busting butt, but that's what it takes.  We have to deliver at every gig, and the switch to guitar has created a lot more work for me, because I was all  rehearsed and ready to play bass at the live shows.  The end result will be good though, and I have no problem with doing the work to get everything right.  I definitely love to play the guitar, and it is also my songwriting vehicle. I believe everything happens for a reason, even though the reason may not alway be clear.  I just have to go with it.

We got to hear "We Better Open Our Eyes" on KLAQ Radio again at rehearsal.  That's always cool, and I don't think it will ever get old for me. 

Well it's 1:30 am.  I'm tired and going to bed early for a change.

Thanks for visting.  I have a lot more to talk about, but I'm too exhausted to even remember what it was all about.  I'll probably have a very long blog entry tomorrow.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

 

They'll be featuring ALEXX music tomorrow (Sunday,) on KLAQ 95.5 FM, and streaming it live on klaq.com, some time between 9:45 pm and midnight, MDT (Mountain Standard Time.) This will be the 8th week in a row they have featured my music on the show. Tune in or log on to klaq.com to share in the excitement with me. 

Also, go to klaq.com or call the station at (915) 880-4955, and request Alexx, "We Better Open Our Eyes," so that they will keep playing it.  This particular song features Gabe Gonzalez of Sparta, The Jim Ward Project and Sleepercar on acoustic guitar. 

Gabe did the guitar solos on the intro and the outro, and I played the electric solo in the middle.  I also did the rhythm guitars, bass guitar and the vocals.  My good friend and bandmate Rick Talavera played the drums.

The switch back to guitar feels really good.  I've been working out the guitar arrangments and remembering/re-learning and memorizing the guitar solos that I played in the studio on the cd to play live, learning the guitar parts for the cover tunes we're going to play, and learning some new cover songs to add to the set lists. 

It's been several months since I played those solos, because I had had been rehaearsing to play bass in the live shows before the switch back to guitar, and therefore hadn't played the guitar solos at all. 

Between now and October 19 I will decide which covers I will play guitar on, and will play bass on the rest.  I'll play guitar on all the original stuff.

We have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited and therefore enjoying it all.  It always works fine when we hit the stage anyway, because then its always sink or swim, so I just swim!

Many of the clubs here want you to play covers, so we will be doing about half and half, 90 minutes of each.  We'll do mostly classic rock covers with a few new rock tunes mixed in.  It's all fun!

Hope everyone comes out to pack the house. 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS, Alexx

It's on, finally. Alexx shows Fri Oct 19 and Fri Nov 2nd at the King's X, 9pm. Sure would be great to get some support from my friends and pack that place. Please spread the word and more importantly, show up. I promise to make it a show you don't want to miss!

Getting home from the dungeon early this morning. Damn, I'm tired; my typical 19-20 hour day, but got a lot done. Working out the guitar solos from the cd to play em live. It's been a while since I recorded them. The switch back to guitar from bass for the original stuff live has me excited! I'll get my bass fix on the covers ;)

Well, had to pass on Buckcherry.  Hard to pass up a great free concert, but still have a lot of dues to pay if we want a shot at real success.

Great rehearsal with Rick.  Time to head back to The Dungeon to put in a few more hours work.  Nothing great can happen in the music business without bustin butt, and I'm down. 

It's only rock and roll, but I LOVE it! ;) 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Thanks for visiting my site.  Please come back soon,

We had a great time at King's X's Open Mic again last night. Rick Talavera is back in the band now on drums. Time to get some more bust ass rehearsals in so we can start booking gigs. We will likely play a gig within the next two weeks. Let's get this party started! I will post that when we have a date booked. Sunday open mic at Joe, Vinny and Bronson's on Piedras St. around 8pm. Please show up to check us out. Thanks for visting. I'll post more later, cause gotta go!

Like my facebook artist page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS! Thanks, Alexx

Open mic at King's X on N. Mesa St., 8:00 pm. Rick on drums, Dave on guitar, and me on bass & lead vocal. Show up and join the fun. Everything's sounding great in rehearsal, and we promise not to disappoint. Thanks for your support!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to buy a cd while your here!

Alexx

Well it's another awesome day in El Paso.  Sun is shining and it's beautiful outside!

Great rehearsal last night with Rick Talavera on drums.  He's the drummer who played on my new cd, and I always enjoy playing with him.  We go way back.  He was the original drummer for my old band Shovelheads

Rick's got the chops, the finesse and the showmanship, plus he pounds those drums. It just always works with him on the drum stool. Let's hope he sticks around; we can be in the clubs and casinos in no time! 

We rehearse together again tonight and then go to open mic at King's-X tomorrow for the first time as a complete band.  This is gonna rock and should be a lot of fun.  Show up around 8pm if you wanna be a witness.  We will not dissappoint.

I'm off to the east side of town to run an errand and then have lunch with my bass brother Tony Canales.  I used to say Tony was my second favorite local bass player, and that I was the first. Well, I've gotta give it to Tony, and I relinquish the number one spot to him.  The dude just has so much heart, and I'm lucky to have him as a friend.  May "the Tonemonster." out live me, because I definitely want to see him play many, many more times!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Have and awesome day and keep coming back.

Thanks for visiting my site; I appreciate you!

 Alexx

Yes, for 7 weeks now, they have been playing my song, We Better Open Our Eyes on KLAQ 95.5 FM, EL PASO and streaming it live at klaq.com!

Another great night last night. We got back from open mic at Joe, Vinny and Bronson's last night in time to hear my song We Better Open Our Eyes play on KLAQ 95.5 fm Radio, El Paso. It was very cool. We were working on some new songs and listening to the Q in betweens songs to see if we could catch the song. Sure enough, we all got to hear it. Needless to say, we really enjoyed that!

Open mic went well as usual, and we had fun. Wednesday, we will do the open mic at the King's-X on N. Mesa St. about 8 pm.

Thanks, as always, to Glen Garza and KLAQ Radio for their support.

Show up at the King's X on Wednesday to have a drink with us, and call KLAQ at (915) 880-4955 or go to klaq.com to request my song, Alexx, We Better open our eyes. Also, please like my facebook artist page, www.facebook.com/alexxofficialmusic.

Gigs will be coming soon and they should be plentiful. We're still working out the drummer situation, but that's looking much better now. We will be booking gigs for the Alexx Solo Project, and also for our new Neil Young Tribute Band, which will likely be called "Hurricane." I will keep you posted, and thanks for visiting.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!

Alexx

Rehearsal today? Probably.  Open mic at Joe, Vinny and Bronson's tonight? Yeah.  Wednesday at King's X? Yep.  My music tonight on KLAQ Radio???

Yes, it's a very beautiful day in El Paso today!

Yesterday was a great day for me. I got to visit and spend a little time with my good friend Tony Canales, who is one of El Paso's most well known, liked and respected bass players and musicians. That was definitely the highlight of my day.

Tony Canales is one of those musicians that you always enjoy watching perform, not only because he is a great player, but also because it is so obvious how much he loves playing music and performing for people. It's just fun to watch someone who is having so much fun!

Tony has been very active in the local music scene for many years, including the time that I was basically absent from the scene. He is usually playing in multiple bands, in all the clubs around El Paso. During my down time, I would occasionally go out and watch bands play around town, sitting in for a song or two whenever the opportunity arose. I would often go watch Tony play, and he would always come up and tell me that I "should come up and play some songs." I never had to ask, and he never said to come up and play a song; it was always "come up and play some songs!"

I really can not say enough about Tony. I nicknamed him the "Tonemonster," because of the awesome tone he always coaxes out of his Fender Precision bass and his tube powered Ampeg bass rig. I always love playing through his badass rig and feeling the stage rumble beneath my feet. The guy just knows how to get the most out of his equipment.

While visiting with Tony was great, it was somewhat bittersweet, because he was recently diagnosed with cancer. It came about suddenly, apparently, because I had seen him about six months ago, just before I went into the studio to begin recording my new cd. He showed no outward signs of illness that I could detect. He was recording a video for a band he was playing with, and he looked and sounded great, and was enjoying himself, as usual.

Tony has always been a great inspiration for me as a player, not only for his knowledge, experience, technical ability and the incredible tone he would always get out of his equipment, but also for his sheer love of performing on stage. His consistent generosity in sharing all his stages with me is also something I will never forget or fail to appreciate.

Thankfully, Tony's treatments appear to be working well, his cancer is in remission, and his attitude is great. He is now much more of an inspiration to me, watching him step to the plate and fight this viscious, ugly disease. It appears he is winning, and I hope and pray he defeats the monster. I also hope and ask that every fan of live music, and everyone with compassion for a wonderful human being, would say a little prayer for the "Tonemonster." May we hear his beautiful bass tone for decades to come!

In addition to the day's highlight, which was lunch with Tony, I did some decent business and had a great rehearsal with Dave. New songs are coming together quickly, almost effortlessly in many cases, and sounding the way we want them to. We're getting a lot of ground work done as we search for the right drummer for the band. It's definitely been a test of patience, but settling for less than what we need in a drummer just wouldn't make sense. We'll find the motherfu#*er ;)

Check back for the coming blog on the late, great, Tony Chavez, a man who taught me so much about playing music before falling to cancer. He was also an awesome, incredible person and musician.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS! Alexx

Please go to klaq.com and request the song We Better Open Our Eyes, by Alexx, or call the station to request it, (915) 880-4955. Let's get it on for the 7th week in a row! It's often difficult to get through on the phone line though, so the website is usually the best way to go.

It's a good song with relevant lyrics. Let's keep it going. Thanks, as always, for the support!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS! Alexx

Got back from open mic just in time to hear We Better Open Our Eyes on KLAQ Radio last night.  6th week in a row ;)

They will be featuring my music on KLAQ Radio's "Q-Connected" Show tomorrow, Sunday, sometime between around 10pm and midnight MDT (Mountain Standard Time.) 6th week in a row. Call in or request "We Better Open Our Eyes" by Alexx and tune in or stream it live at KLAQ.com. Let's keep it going! Thanks for the support and for listening, and thanks to Glen Garza and KLAQ Radio, Alexx
 
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE; THAT'S WHERE IT ALL STARTS!
Alexx

Open mic tomorrow at Joe, Vinny and Bronson's on Piedras, next to Coconuts.  Well problably play around 8 or 9 pm.  Show up; we're gonna try out some new tunes ;)

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Alexx