DJ Alex Harrington dropped his new album, Stargazer, in early October—and within two weeks, the album had already generated 250,000 streams and a whole lot of buzz. The album is a fantastic production from start to finish with a lot of nu-disco awesomeness. For more information on Alex Harrington, visit www.alexharrington.co. The former Independent contributor was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Hoobastank at the Fillmore in San Francisco with my mom!
What was the first album you owned?
Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
What bands are you listening to right now?
As far as bands go: Holy Ghost!, Friendly Fires, and Kasabian. On the producer/DJ side: Bondax, The Knocks.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Hate to be cliché, but I don’t get Taylor Swift. Good on her and her team for building an empire, but I don’t get the fascination people have with her or her sub-par tunes.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Tough one! I’d have to say Chic. Nile Rodgers is an amazing human being, and their music is made to be heard live!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Throwback songs from the mid-’90s to early 2000s, especially on the rap/hip hop side of things: Mase, Puffy, Biggie, Brandy … I love it all!
What’s your favorite music venue?
Bang Bang in San Diego.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Ooh baby, I feel right, the music sounds better with you,” Stardust, “Music Sounds Better With You.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Jamiroquai. I found them in 1994, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I idolized (still do) the lead singer, Jay Kay. They make real music that’s accepted by the mainstream. Keeping it funky!
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I’d ask Jimmy Page what inspired him to write the lead riff for “Kashmir.” Such an epic tune!
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Maybe Tomorrow” by Stereophonics. A beautiful song, one of their most lovely, in my opinion. Love the message!
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Holy Ghost!’s self-titled debut album!
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Hoodrich Disco” by Rome Fortune. (Scroll down to hear it.)