A DJ since 93. A Producer since 98. A true student of the music/culture. Amir founded Vanguard Sound in Chicago during February 2006 to chart his own musical evolution and expression. His is a drive to raise the bar after every set, determined to fully express himself and to connect directly with the floor.
After making his presence felt in the Chicago club scene via a meteoric rise culminating in a DJ watch feature in Chicago’s 5 magazine, he completely disappeared and went beneath the underground to focus solely on advancing his production skills. Soon after linking up with G. Marcell and Hakim Murphy he began to release gritty tracks that began to be charted and played by underground DJ’s worldwide. His fourth release was the sleeper classic “Experience EP” a 4 tracker with Amir on side a, and G. Marcell on side b.
Encouraged by the feedback, Amir then submitted tracks to New York city’s Plan B Recordings. The rest is history as they say.
Bridging the Atlantic between 2012 – 2013, Amir has been steadily gaining attention for his numerous and well received EP’s on record labels from Chicago, New York, London, and Frankfurt with releases such The Gutter Flex EP on Steve Mizek’s Argot, Outsider Music on Sascha Dive’s Deep Vibes Recordings, the Everybody’s Beautiful EP on HYPE LTD, Don’t Go on secretsundaze and back home with the likes of Finalé Sessions.
His own label Vanguard Sound is home to the producers that he has drawn close to him, sharing a common bond with the likes of Chris Mitchell, with whom he plays a jam orientated live when the pair’s schedules can meet. Away from his own EPs, producers to receive the Amir Alexander remix treatment include De Sleuv Vos and Beesmunt Soundsystem.
With productions reaching the ears and turntables of many dancers and DJs across the world, the ever self starting Amir soon put his first tour together in September 2012. After blowing away a series of top clubs, his first few tours of Europe included Panorama Bar – Berlin, Rex, Concrete – Paris, Arma 17 – Moscow and secretsundaze – London. 2013 saw debuts in New York as well as a tour of Australia.
In both the studio and behind the decks this cat strives to bring a raw and gritty modern spin on classic Detroit, Chicago, and New York underground sounds.