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BEST OF 2017 Interview with Guy Alexander

Name: Guy Alexander
Your location(country,city): Ivybridge, England

Dimitri: Can you mention your biggest music career achievements in 2017?
Guy Alexander: Well to be honest, musically 2017 has been a good year for me, and I have achieved a number of personal goals, which has been amazing. These have included releasing a mix compilation for the legendary Redux Recordings, my music being supported by an ever growing list of people (Thank you so much for your continued support), and being asked by TrancEye to compose an original track exclusively for his Diverted label, however,  my biggest music career achievement has been signing three remixes to labels that are under the Black Hole Recordings umbrella. Coming in to 2017 my aim was to push my productions and start to release on bigger labels, and it has been a dream come true to have achieved that. My remix of the legendary The Quest - C Sharp was released early this year on In Trance We Trust, after Menno de Jong hammered it for over a year, and I will be forever grateful to Menno for that opportunity, my remix of Torio and Darkmada - Ascending was released on Roger Shah's Magic Island Records, a big thanks to Torio for that opportunity and to Roger for liking my remix enough to release it, I also had the opportunity to officially remix one of my absolute heroes, S.H.O.K.K, who released their new track Derecho on Hard Trance Europe, one of Black Hole's newest labels, huge thank you to Nick Coles for that opportunity too. 
Dimitri: Can you mention your biggest personal life achievements in 2017 that make you extremely proud?
Guy Alexander: My biggest personal achievements have been, graduating from University with an honors degree, and also starting work as an Academic Support Worker, working with disabled students to help them to achieve their academic goals, which I absolutely love, I love helping people.
1) Best Track from other artists:
Too many to mention really, it has been an amazing year for trance!

Here are a few of my favourites though, but this list could go on and on:
Paul van Dyk - Touched By Heaven,

Paul van Dyk & Pierre Pienaar - Stronger Together,

TrancEye - Ad Astra,

Robert Nickson - Euphorica,

Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - Venera (Vee's Theme),

Sean Tyas and Darren Porter - The Potion,

James Dymond & Chris Schweizer - Spectrum,

Ahmed Romel  - City Of Life (RAM Remix)

2) Your top 3 2017 personal productions
Guy Alexander - Cognitive Evaluation - Coming soon on Diverted
Guy Alexander - Wolfy McKracken (CDR)
Guy Alexander - Forced Upgrade (Redux)

3) Best Artist (Dj & producer):
Paul van Dyk for me, for him to return from such an horrific accident and be straight back at the top of the game, and with an album that is absolutely stunning, he deserves a lot of respect, what an amazing and inspirational artist and person.

Other notable mentions: Darren Porter and Sean Tyas never fail, either together or with solo projects, every thing these guys do is incredible.

Ferry Corsten also is such an amazing talent and doesn't receive the praise he deserves in my opinion, the fact that he has never won the DJ mag top 100 poll is unbelievable.

TrancEye too is another absolute genius and it is great to see him start to get more recognition for his amazing and consistent work. As above though, there are so many incredible artists who are consistently producing such amazing music this list could be a lot longer.

4) Best Remix from other artist:
Allen Watts & Alessandra Roncone - The Hymn (Darren Porter Remix)

5) Best Remix that you have produced?
S.H.O.K.K - Derecho (Guy Alexander remix) or

The Quest - C Sharp (Guy Alexander Remix) or 

Torio and Darkmada - Ascending (Guy Alexander Remix)

6) Best Remixer:
Darren Porter

7) Best New Talent (Dj or producer):
Lots, but to name a few, Sam Laxton, Asteroid, Factor B, Dan Dobson (Daxson), Shuggs, Arkham Knights, The Noble Six, David Rust, Kayan Code, Symon and Jay, Renegade System, and Myk Bee. Most of which have been  around for a while but are just starting to get the credit they deserved but all are very talented.

8) Best Electronic Music Album:
Paul Van Dyk - From Then On - In a word 'AMAZING'!

9) Best Electronic Music Compilation:
I know it was released right at the end of 2016 but Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - From The Heavens is such an amazing piece of work, I still listen to it at least once a week.

10) Best artwork/cover of an Album or Compilation:
Tales from the Mental Asylum Chapter IV (Mixed By Indecent Noise) I love my horrors and I thought this cover was pretty cool.

11) Best Lyrics in an Electronic Music track (it can be your production or from other artists)
I love this - Ferry Corsten - Wherever You Are ft HALIENE

12) Best Vocalist/Singer featured on Electronic Music track:
HALIENE, I really liked Saving Light too very powerful song.
Stine Grove has had a good year too.

13) Best Electronic Music Label:
To be honest I buy every release on Future Sound of Egypt every tune is just incredible. The label I work for, Redux Recordings, are also one of my favourites, releasing tune after tune.

14) Best Electronic Music Video:
Gareth Emery & Standerwick - Saving Light (feat. HALIENE) such a powerful video and message, bullying can never be tolerated.

15) Best Online Social media for communication with your fans:
Facebook and Twitter mostly.

16) Best Twitter or Facebook message or Instagram message you received from a fan or friend or you have read on someone else’s account:
Any message I receive means the absolute world to me. Music has been my passion for as long as I can remember, and I know the joy that other peoples music brings to me. So when I receive a message from someone to say they have loved something that I have written or remixed, it really does blow me away, I really do appreciate them taking the time to message,  and thankfully they are complementary messages. 

17) Best music composition software:
I have experience using most of them to be honest, but my favourite is Logic X, closely followed by Ableton Live.

18) Best Club Event or Open Air Festival:
Luminosity Beach Festival hands down (It would be a dream come true to play there one day).

19) Best personal Dj Gig:
To be honest this year as been pretty quiet on the gig front, with finishing university and working to achieve a higher standard with my productions, I have not really played out at all. However, I am looking forward to getting back out and gigging throughout 2018.

20) Best Dj set of the year from other fellow DJ:
I really enjoyed hearing both of these guys live again, although, I was not there in person sadly, Jon O'Bir & Activa @ Synergy 'Open to Close' 30.09.17, it was a good set though.

This set from Sean Tyas was awesome too,. A live set showcasing how amazing and consistent his productions have been over the years  Sean Tyas (Producer Set) - Live on Monday Bar Cruise 2017.

Any of Markus Schulz's Global DJ Broadcast world tours.

21) Best country that you have played in 2017 and where did you met the best festival/event crowd:
Sadly I have not travelled to play any shows this year. 

22) Best Radio show or Artist Vlog?:
I do always love Markus Schulz's Global DJ Broadcast. 

23) Best Radio station:
1mix.co.uk, AfterhoursFM,  Digitally Imported

24) Best Online Record shop that you purchase your music:
Beatport and iTunes.

25) Best music related website that you visit frequently:

26) Best Smart phone or smart phone application:
iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox.

27) Best DJ equipment (software or hardware):
Pioneer Nexus 2000 and Rekordbox is a lovely set up and I do have a DDJ RB controller to mix my radio shows. I still love my Technics 1210's and Pioneer 500 mixer too for a vinyl mix every now and again.

28) Best new sound or sample that has been used in Electronic Music this year perhaps introduced first by you?
Any of the Dave Parkinson, Sean Tyas and Darren Porter sample packs and sound banks.

29) Best tip that you learnt this year for your Djing techniques or music composition:
Don't be afraid to fail, experimentation is the key to success.

30) Best piece of advice you got in relation to your career in 2017:
Stay focused on you want to achieve and be true to yourself. It is hard, but try not to pay attention to what everyone else is doing around you. If you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, go for it, and don't let anyone or anything get in your way.

31) Best hobby or activity that you spent a lot of time in 2017:
Every second that I spend with my wife and children is an absolute blessing, they are my world, so when I am not working on music, I am with them.

32) Best holiday destination for 2017 either to relax or to perform in a club or festival:
My holidays this year have been camping trips around Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, visiting beautiful areas with my wife and children.

33) Best Electronic Music magazines in printed form not online:

34) Best Movie of the year that may inspire you to compose a track:
Bladerunner 2049 was amazing and so was Thor: Ragnarok.

35) Best online/PC/video game of the year that you have played this year?
Call of Duty WWII Ps4.

36) Best soundtrack for video game of the year:
I don't know to be honest.

37) Best electronic music related joke you heard this year and make you still laugh:
What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft? A flat minor.

38) The saddest electronic music news you heard this year and still makes u cry:
I was sad to hear of the deaths of both Robert Miles and Chester Bennington this year. They were two very extremely talented artists who both died way too young, may they rest in peace.

Dimitri: Finally, please tell our readers your plans with your future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs.
Guy Alexander: Over the next 12 months my aims are to continue to build on my discography and work on improving my sound, possibly even start on an artist album. I also want to get back out gigging again and to start to play more European and International shows. 

Upcoming releases:
Guy Alexander - Cognitive Evaluation - Coming Soon on Diverted
Guy Alexander - Wolfy McKracken (Remix package) - Coming Soon on ART
Guy Alexander and Torio feat Alicia Madison - Drowning In Love (TBC)
Guy Alexander and Kayan Code - ID (TBC)
Guy Alexander and Rolfiek - ID (TBC)

Thanks to Rene Ablaze for organizing this interview

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