Walk Laugh Live Die by Alex Pardini

Alex Pardini

Alex Pardini gives us slices of life though Walk Laugh Live Die

My idea of  good music is something that  becomes part of your life. I think songs become part of our existence because we listen or use them to convey different things. We play songs to tell someone what we feel inside, especially when we can’t say it. Songs are time machines that take us back to that  time when we felt safe and loved. It could also be for dancing or relaxation. We also use songs  to channel whatever negative emotions we have inside. With their different uses in our lives, musicians are magicians casting spells to transform our reality into something bearable if not totally beautiful.

Walk Laugh Live Die by Alex Pardini is like a musical essay about what life is all about and what it should be. This isn’t just your typical funky lounge music. This is an album of songs that challenges listeners to either agree or contemplate. What I admire about Walk Laugh Live Die is this sense of cohesiveness that embraces the ten tracks. He is a great mix master and producer. The overall tempo seems to melt into each track and yet the individuality is preserved in terms of styles across songs.

The vibe is for slow dancing. It’s easy but not slow, elegant but has rugged edges courtesy of the funky guitar embellishments.  It’s an album of urban landscapes. That moment when you are done with work and you hangout with your crew and party the night away. My favorite tracks are Unknown Girl and Make Me Feel This Way. The former reminds me of Suzanne Vega’s Caramel (from Nine Objects of Desire) due to the classic synth sounds. Make Me Feel This Way gives me the feeling like I’m  floating at dusk.

Walk Laugh Live Die is a stylish album with a stylish music video. This is expected from an artist with photography as his other passion. This is an album that will linger in my playlist for a long time. Official release date is September 30.

Track listing:

Live to Live

Trouble in Paradise

The Storm

Beautiful Liar

No One is Like Everyone Else

Make Me Feel This Way

Unknown Girl

Sad Little King

Lost

You can buy the single from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-to-live-single/id684958332

As for his complete catalog: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/alex-pardini/id269952993

Album notes:

 Promo Text

Alex Pardini’s album “Walk, Laugh, Live, Die“ starts where “Made of Diversity“ ended a little over two years ago (2011). Though, it creates a world of it’s own by fortifying old paths and discovering new ones.

„Walk, Laugh, Live, Die“ is a colorful musical journey that will make you travel way further than from a to b.

Hop on!

About Alex Pardini

Alex’ musical world is a living and breathing playground of magic and surprises. His wide musical output is astonishing, but more importantly, a personal necessity.  A philosophical approach to music – a metaphor for his life.

Alex is constantly perfecting his art, experimenting and expanding his musical diversity, in order to find that all-embracing and unifying golden middle.
His photography takes his music one step further and extends his creative work into the visual realm.

A true one man operation flourishing in his cozy apartment studio. From the first shy sparkle of inspiration to the mastered song – always accompanied by his visual art.

Discography

http://alexpardini.com/readdiscography.html

Contact

alex@alexpardini.com

Sphere Music Podcast #1

First podcast for Sphere Music:
1. Iron Town by Layne Greene taken from his From the Ground Up EP(released 2011)laynegreene.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-ground-up
2. Shake that tambourine by Don Beekeeper from Wednesday tambourine morning released two months ago: onebeekeeper.bandcamp.com/album/wednesday-morning-
3. One More Time by Ronan McManus taken from the album Strawberry Hill. In the video, he asked people to send him videos of messages to loved ones who have passed on, what they would say to them if they could see them ‘One More Time’
4. These Are The Good Old Days by Eric McGrath. Taken from the bossa album Little Ripples:ericmcgrath.bandcamp.com/album/little-ripples
5. Speeding Train by Dennis McCalmont. Taken from the album #SoulRecall (yes that’s with the hashtag) @dennis-mccalmont
6. City Funk by Alex Pardini. He is a producer/dj/singer and songwriter based in Switzerland.www.alexpardini.com/
7. Obsidian Skies by Peter Chains. This is taken from the Carrion Crows EPpeterchains.bandcamp.com/album/carrion-crows-ep
8. Glitterbombed by Charlotte Church. She has shuffled off her classical roots to take on the path of Bjork, PJ Harvey and other rock musicians. This is taken from the EP Two:noisetrade.com/charlottechurch/two—ep
9. Oblivion by Eve Williams. This Northern Irish singer/songwriter performed coloratura soprano pieces before moving into the realm of alternative rock: www.evewilliamsmusic.com/
10. Us and Them by Mary Fahl. This is from the album From The Dark Side of the Moon, a track by track take on Pink Floyd’s album. Her new album Love & Gravity will be released soon:www.amazon.com/From-The-Dark-Sid…oon/dp/B00514MDTQ
11. The Beach by Alf Kelty: Alf lives in South Africa and has already released two New Age indie albums.
12. Atmosphere by Red Raptor (Pavel Nos)feat. Paula(vocals and lyrics).He is based in the Czech Rep. I apologize for the mix up. @redraptor
Paula is an electronic music singer/songwriter based in England.

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Background music: Fly Away by Alex Pardini

 

Alex Pardini : Be Sure to Remember the Name

Alex Pardini

Alex Pardini:Photo courtesy of Alex Pardini Photography

I did an article about Alex Pardini a few months ago. I was surprised to see something in my mail today. He made two logos for this site. One is black, the other is white(the one you see now). But I like to keep both because who knows? I might like to use the black version next time. I think it is great being remembered especially in these times of personal hardships. I wish you good karma Alex and more heights of success on your music.

Alex Pardini is perhaps one  underrated singer/producer and songwriter in the field of electronic music today. He has the voice, the looks and the brains as electro’s representative to the pop world. His recordings are marked with sleek craftsmanship. As an artist, he is not afraid to experiment. He can glide from chill out, down tempo or into a more rough, funk inspired project. And yes he plays a cool  acoustic guitar too.

The track Fly Fly” comes in three versions. A Vocals Club Mix, an Instrumental and a shorter Radio Mix . The one on soundcloud is the original(lo-fi mix) that sounds also amazing depending on your mood. Whatever works for you. I am listening to all his tracks again as I start the day. However, they can be great tracks to welcome the end of the day. Always awesome and never a dull moment with Alex Pardini. Remember that name.

Alex Pardini: “There are no short cuts in life.”(Interview)

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Electronic Music Artist / Label Owner / Photographer Alex Pardini talks about how imagination plays an important part in the creation process of music, visual art, and so much more.
Alex Pardini creates the kind of sound that’s sophisticated, groovy and friendly. It is a fat sound with the sweet icing of pop. It is also a craft he has perfected for decades and continues to do so. But this is just one facet in his lust for creation. He also has a great passion for photography. He lives in Switzerland and he definitely has that old Celtic blood in him.
Check out pictures of his recording studio which I will post at the end of this article plus random photos he took.  Great ears and eyes. A passion driven by the need for perfection and innovation. Opportunity knocked to discover the story behind this fascinating Music Artist / Label Owner / Photographer. Sphere Music is proud to feature Alex Pardini.
Your musical career goes back as early as 1999.What made you decide to be a musician?
Actually, my musical career started around 1993/94 when I bought my first pair of Technics turntables and soon after that got my first gigs. 1999 was the year my first record was released. I never consciously decided to become an artist. It never was a question that I asked myself. I loved that magical and creative world of audio and feelings, so I just did it. If I would have had to ask myself if I want to be an artist, I wouldn’t be one today.
Being an artist is not something you actively decide to be by asking and answering yourself, it’s something you are long before you consciously realize it. All you might decide is whether or not you want to keep going on once your conscious mind catches up with the fact that you already are, and maybe always were, an artist.
Can you tell us more about your label Theatre Magique Records?
Theatre Magique started out as a necessity. In order to release my music, whatever the style and whenever I wanted, I needed a distributor. At the time, in order to get a deal, you needed a label with an artist roster – but I just had one signed artist. So i divided my music into several projects with their own aliases and eventually got a distributor to work with me.
Today it is mainly a platform for my music, though I love the possibility to sign tracks of other artists in search for a label.titlepic_06
In terms of sound, Made of Diversity has an aggressive feel compared to the rest of your releases. Did you also sing on this album?
Compared to the latest releases or the Pegasus & Manticor project this might be true. But if you check out my Audio Synapse alias, you will find way more aggressive music than on my “Made of Diversity” album.
The album definitely has a pretty wide spectrum in terms of “musical styles”. From the very soft ballad “Autumn Rain” to the fast paced and rough “Easy Rider”. I sang on the album. Actually it was the first time ever I sang at all.
Well I must say you have a good voice and hereby encourage you to sing more! I noticed this jazz and latin feel running all over your songs. It is an elegant sound. What other styles of music do you plan to explore?
Thank you.I never plan my music. I don’t sit down with an idée fixe. It’s not how it works, at least not for me. I just let it “happen”.
I fool around in my studio until something inspires me, catches my attention, gives me that feeling I need to keep going in a certain direction. If it doesn’t sparkle, I change direction or even stop doing music at all and go do something completely else. The muse can’t kiss you 24/7.
Where do you draw your experiences from when you write songs?  
From my life – everything in or around it. Imagination plays an important part too. The creative process is a constant one. As a sensitive artist you develop, and maybe to a certain part you were born with, the ability and curiosity to analyse anything, anytime, anywhere and save essences of it (in other words: fill up your tanks) for the actual work in the studio, or any other creative output one might have.
Music is the end product of your life’s journey translated into audio. I live my life (over) consciously and this can be very intensive and exhausting. There are no breaks, no regulated working hours or free days. The moment I can let go is when I am creating something or, in my case, when I am doing sports – and believe me, that’s actually just a fragment of the time my brain runs at 101% trying to get “Input”. This is something most people don’t know. They usually just see the artist sleeping late and having fun at night.
You have interesting gears…among those is a movable table! Can you tell me more about it and how it helps you musically?
Love that thing! There are two reasons why I bought it. The first is a very simple one. My health, more precisely my back. Sitting all day long ain’t good for it.The other reason is the feeling while creating. I feel more free, can move to the groove, feel the music more intensely. Maybe I got used to it because of my deejaying years. Anyway, dependent of what I am working on, it kind of accentuates certain senses which helps me immerse myself even deeper into my music.
I understand that the use of different monikers and even releasing under a label give you the flexibility you need. But in terms of experimentation, how far will you go?
As Jeff Bridges said in one of his movies “The sky is the limit!”. Honestly, my approach to music was never conditioned by a certain style or any form of barrier. Stagnancy is an artist’s enemy. I try do hold on to what felt right in the past and move forward discovering the future by shaping my present. There is always something new to do, something to learn, something to dig deeper into.
What are the things that newbies need to know these days when they need to pursue the things you are doing? What changes happened for the past decade and what do you think needs improvement?
The past decade saw a lot of superficial approach to music by the artists and a decline in the appreciation of music by the audience. Maybe a sign of the times we lived and still live in. I hope to see the exact opposite to happen in the next ten years. Artists that don’t only talk about how much they love music, but also treat it accordingly. An audience that shows appreciation by digging deeper, not by consuming faster, cheaper and more.
Concerning your question about the newbies I’d say: Do it yourself and do it right! Buying construction kits and playing puzzle is not gonna cut it. Neither for yourself nor for the audience. It is this kind of mentality that led us to this silly, superficial music world where DJ’s who can’t even beatmatch two records with an active BPM counter get horrendous fees paid, where companies produce sample cd’s with finished music split into different files and wannabee producers using them think they are artists.
Music is art, art comes from Latin ars which means practical skill. Your skill. Not the sample CD producers’ skills and creativity, not the marketing companies’ skills, not the major label’s skills, yours. Music is personal expression (yours), it needs identity (yours), it needs to be authentic. Nobody else can achieve that for you. There are no short cuts in life.
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Youtube music:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheatreMagique

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Soundcloud
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Gallery of his photographs.
Concerning his photography you can find most of his work here: www.flickr.com/alex.pardini