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Alex Gimeno (born January 1, 1977) is an American DJ best known for Ursula 1000, a wide-ranging musical project including lounge, breakbeat, glam rock and cha cha.

Alex Gimeno
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Background information
Born (1977-01-01) January 1, 1977 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
GenresTrip hop, electronica, breakbeat
Occupation(s)Musician
Years active1999–present
LabelsEighteenth Street Lounge
Associated actsUrsula 1000
WebsiteOfficial website

Gimeno was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States. During his childhood, he and his family moved to Miami Beach where his father had an extended residency. He moved back to Brooklyn in the late 1990s.

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InfluencesEdit

In his youth, Gimeno was exposed to 50s and 60s exotica, world music, bossa nova and mambo through his parents, which deeply influenced him. His own personal tastes were deep in new wave, post-punk, glam rock, hip hop and acid house. He began collecting records as a teenager and in his own words, "never stopped". By 2005, he owned over 20,000 records, filling up an entire room in his apartment. His father worked as a musician and was a member of a flamenco band called Los Chavales de España.

CareerEdit

Gimeno entered the music business around 1990. He was a DJ in Miami Beach for nearly a decade, and early in his career, he played drums for a band called 23. He also had his own show on the pirate radio station WOMB.

After extensive work as a DJ, he sent a demo of original work to Washington, D.C.-based record label ESL Music, which was immediately interested in signing him. On that label, Gimeno has released a number of original albums and several mix sessions.

He has done remixes for Quincy Jones, Felix Da Housecat, The Faint, Fort Knox Five to a slew of television remodels for themes to Sesame Street, The Powerpuff Girls, The Incredibles, and Yo Gabba Gabba. Scenes and promos for Sex And The City, Greys Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother, and Modern Family have also featured several of his remixes, as have marketing campaigns for AT&T, Samsung, Adidas and Grand Marnier. His songs have been used in video games like Destroy All Humans!, NBA 2K9 and Tap Tap Revenge.

His collaborations with Dr. Luke, Kool Kojak, Fred Schneider, Isabelle Antena, Shag, Cristina, Los Amigos Invisibles, Misty Roses, Federico Aubele to name a few brought forth sheer magic on the five albums, The Now Sound of Ursula 1000, Kinda Kinky, Here Comes Tomorrow, Mystics and Mondo Beyondo. All Systems Are Go Go and Ursadelica showed the world his dj skills and ear for the best in hip shaking groovers. Undressed had it all re-imagined by electronics finest like Deekline, Ladytron, Product.01, Malente and more.

He has performed in over 30 countries and created sound design/runway music for Issey Miyake, Desigual, Prada, Miu Miu, Hugo Boss, Miss Sixty and Christian Dior.

In 2013, he started his own label called Insect Queen Music, releasing side projects such as the space disco influenced Quentin Quatro. The Disco Quatro EP and the Quatrophonic EP were released in 2014. The 6th Ursula 1000 album, Voyeur, and the first on his Insect Queen label will be released the summer of 2015 featuring collaborations with Lady Bunny and the torch singing clown Puddles Pity Party.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • The Now Sound of Ursula 1000 (1999)
  • All Systems are Go Go (2000)
  • Kinda' Kinky (2002)
  • Ursadelica (2004)
  • Here Comes Tomorrow (2006)
  • Undressed ...Remixed (2008)
  • Mystics (2009)
  • Mondo Beyondo (2011)
  • Voyeur (2015)

EPsEdit

  • Very Leggy EP (1999)
  • The Shake EP (2000)
  • Rennsport EP (2000)
  • Beatbox Cha Cha EP (2001)
  • Mucho Tequila EP (2001)
  • Samba 1000 EP (2003)
  • Boop EP (2006)
  • Quentin Quatro-Disco Quatro EP (2013)
  • Quentin Quatro-Quatrophonic EP (2014)[1]

SinglesEdit

  • "Kinky Sounds of Ursula 1000" (2000)
  • "Urgent/Anxious" feat. Cristina (2006)
  • "Electrik Boogie" (2007)
  • "Step Back" feat. Sista Widey (2007)
  • "Zombies" (2009)
  • "Star Machine" (2009)
  • "Rocket" (2010)
  • "Fuzz" (2010)
  • "Hey You" feat. Fred Schneider (2011)
  • "Baby Laser Love" (2011)
  • "Repetez Le Repertoire" (2011)
  • '"Vampire Vamp" by The Fangs, aka Fred Schneider (B-52s) and Ursula 1000 (2012)

RemixesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Album "VOYEUR" OUT NOW!! » Preview Quentin Quatro's Quatrophonic!". Ursula 1000. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2015-12-05.

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