This Is Parallels 005 with Alex Wright
Alex Wright is one of the most prolific upcoming producers in the world of trance at the moment, having consistently released a string of quality material on labels like Future Sound Of Egypt, Pure Trance, Rielism, Emergent Music, and more. Even more impressive, Wright has shown mastery over a hand full of styles from lighter progressive sounds through to full on uplifting trance, with much in between.
In this third episode of This Is Parallels, Wright showcases a wide arrangement of quality progressive trance and reveals exclusive material to the world.
This Is Parallels 005 with Alex Wright:
01. Marfen – Marbella (Alex Wright Remix) [Midnight Coast]
02. Alex Wright – North West [Midnight Coast]
03. Breame & Jack Vath – Imogen (Alex Wright & Valiant Remix) [Emergent Shores]
04. Alex Wright & Valiant – Playa Dorada [Emergent Shores]
05. Noise Zoo – Inkognito Beach (Alex Wright & Valiant Remix) [Emergent Shores]
06. Miroslav Vrlik – Sunwaves (Alex Wright Remix) [Midnight Coast]
07. Alex Wright – Aswan [FSOE Parallels]
08. Alex Wright & Jonny Royall – Solace [Emergent Shores]
09. Suncatcher – Lovestruck [Always Alive Recordings]
10. Nuestro – Tucana (Alex Wright’s Chunky Mix) [Mashbuk Music]
11. Above & Beyond pres. Tranquility Base – Buzz [Anjunabeats]
Parallels: Firstly, congratulations on your recent successes and incredible string of quality releases! Tell us, what’s new in the world of Alex Wright?
Alex Wright: Well, I recently quit my job as an AV Technician down in London due to the working hours and travel costs, and now live back with my parents in the suburbs of Nottingham where I moved out from just over six months ago. My creative output has gone from making an original or remix a month on average to about a track every three days due to having a lot more time for production. I’ve had a lot more work come in from clients for mastering, tuition, and production with my Wright Music Services business which has helped generate some income. I hope to build it (Wright Music Services) to eventually become self-employed doing what I love.
Last month I released my biggest track to date on the newly launched Fables sub-label which was called ‘The Vixen & The Lioness‘. The reaction to that track was great both from Trance fans and from Ferry Tayle & Dan Stone themselves – Ludo actually said it was his track of the year which is something I’m very proud of! I hope to come with more material in the future to release on all sides of the Future Sound Of Egypt camp, as my stylistic influences are very broad.
Parallels: Can you walk us through your creative process in writing new music?
Alex Wright: I nearly always begin with finding a solid kick, which I have learnt in time what sounds good on my monitors in the studio. I love drum grooves so I build a groove that gets me moving which usually involves listening to various loops from sample packs and choosing the best ones that fit together. I bus loops, mid basses, pads, FX, and synths together so I can sidechain them all together to save CPU, and low cut the sounds appropriately to get everything fitting properly within the mix.
Once I’ve built a solid 8 bar loop that I like, I start structuring it from the start of the intro right though the breakdown and climax to the end. This has proven to be very efficient so my projects can move forward at the same speed as my inspiration. Leads usually come last as I find them most difficult, unless I manage to work on a melody idea that randomly comes to mind before anything else. Atmospheres and cool sounds from playing with synths inspire me the most, as I believe a track needs to have its own USP to stand out and become something special.
Parallels: What has been your favorite venue to perform at so far, and why?
Alex Wright: I had a really good DJ gig at Fire in Vauxhall, South London back in August as a back to back with my mate Jonny Royall (who produced some of the tracks with me in the Guest Mix above). We were warming up for Ferry Tayle after the Trance Sanctuary & Friendz Boat Party which was a matter of fate to be honest – had just sent the demo of ‘The Vixen & The ‘Lioness’ to them about a month before!
As the set went on, the crowd built up nicely and we started nice and slow with Jonny’s own bootlegs of Bombay Bicycle Club‘s ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and NINA‘s ‘My Mistake’ (the latter of which was played by Will Atkinson at various gigs and on his Radio 1 Residency show multiple times), and built things up through melodic prog to the lighter shade of the full-on uplifting sound. We played many of our own productions that night and the reception we got from the crowd was great, as was the sound system which gave us a good reference experience of how the tracks sound in their primary intended situation. It was great to meet Ludo in person too and many other faces!
Parallels: Thanks for your time! Any last words you would like to share with the audience?
Alex Wright: Thank you to everybody who has bought my music and followed my career so far! Keep posted to my social media for all new announcements release and gig-wise, I hope to see you soon!
Connect with Alex Wright:
Alex Wright on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexwrightmusic
Alex Wright on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexwrightrance
Alex Wright on Soundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/alex-wright
Alex Wright on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/alexwrightmusic
Alex Wright on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/alexwrightmusic