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Meet Alex Quezada of Alex Kayes in Otay Mesa West

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Quezada.

Alex, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
So, I started off learning how to DJ and mix when I was in middle school about 6-7 years ago, maybe about like 8th grade or so. I didn’t know what I was doing, I was just barely learning the basics in my bedroom every day, just sort of messing around. It was around this time that I had attended my first ever EDM event here in San Diego called “I Love This City” in 2012.

After attending that, after knowing the effects that the music could have on all these people, connecting everyone together, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Fast forward 3-4 years to high school, EDM had basically taken over my life at this point. At this point, I wanted to start taking it to the next level and start taking it way more serious. I started to teach myself how to start to produce my very own original music.

It got to the point where I dropped pretty much everything, and I just gave 100% of my time to learning the art of production. After I had graduated from high school, I felt ready and confident enough to put myself out there. I started to release my mixes and music I had made out into the world. At first, nothing happened. Then I saw that a local DJ and promoter at the time was throwing all age parties in SD and was in need of DJ’s.

This is the day that everything changed. I ended up sending the promoter, Tommy Maverick, a mix of mine to see if he would have me on one of his shows. To my surprise, he really liked the mix and booked me for my first ever show in July of 2016. After that show, I kept in contact with Tommy and next thing I knew I was playing mainstage at San Diego’s hottest nightclub for EDM, Bassmnt in downtown San Diego.

Ever since, I have gotten the privilege to support world-renowned artists such as Benny Benassi, Audien, Breathe Carolina, Dyro, and Keys n Krates, just to name a few.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most definitely has not been a smooth road, but I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I think that anything worth doing is never going to be simple and easy. As a musician and a creator in general, I think there’s always thoughts about self-doubt. For me, it was always, “Am I doing the right thing? Did I make the right choice? What if I made the wrong choice? What if I fail?”

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
So, I specialize in DJing, music production, and mixing and mastering audio. I take pride in what I do and make sure to always give 110% of my abilities whether it be on my own projects or someone else’s projects I’m helping out with. Another thing I pride myself in is always spreading kindness and positivity. That’s basically what I base my brand off of.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was always into music. I grew up around everything, my music taste can go from something like hip-hop to heavy metal to mariachi. I was also very shy and kind of reserved. I definitely think that music helped me overcome my shyness.

I was also taking violin classes growing up, from the 4th grade all the way to I think 9th grade. That definitely helped me out later on when I started producing music. Football was also a super fun part of growing up for me, I played on and off from 4th grade to I think 10th grade. Loved it.

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Oscar Aquino, Andrew Minner

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