2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Alex Young


Most 17-year-olds are lucky enough to get props from their friends, parents, coaches, or teachers.

Meanwhile, Alex Young counts Diplo, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, 12th Planet, RL Grime, Baauer, and numerous other DJs as supporters, and he’s barely old enough to have a driver’s license. However, His blend of shimmering electro, house, and hip hop makes for an intoxicating cocktail bound to get even the savviest of electronic dance music connoisseurs moving. The dance floor is about to get “Young”.

Residing in the suburbs of Washington D.C., the emerging artist and producer began making music in 2011. Initially, he studied the art of recording, and that opened the doorway for his personal discovery of EDM. “That sparked my desire to learn even more about production,” he explains. “I also wanted to make my own style of music at that point because I realized it was possible.”

His “own music” is built in a very organic manner. He’ll bring an idea to life by initially writing on guitar or keyboard, and then he’ll synthesize it, transposing it digitally and striking a delicate balance. In the process, he’s landed on an amalgam unlike anything else out there.

“Honestly, my style is very hip hop-influenced, but I try to fuse that with electronic music,” he goes on. “I’m trying to create the perfect balance between hard-hitting and melodic songs.”

That mission is accomplished on original tracks such as “Boomerang” and “Outrage” as well as sizzling remixes for the likes of Cults. The music instantly exudes overpowering energy that’s kinetic enough to get any club on its feet. The funny thing is, this wunderkind is too young to even to attend half of those places he’s playing.

“Many people can’t believe how old I am,” he smiles. “However, that’s not what’s important. I want to make music that leaves a lasting impression and is remembered for years to come.”

That impression begins with the release of his forthcoming EP in 2014, and the world will get a chance to formally meet this impresario. His ultimate goal remains a simple one.

“I hope I can inspire kids to pick up music just like all of the artists that inspired me,” he concludes. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s an incredible cycle I’m blessed to be a part of.

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