Aleks Syntek

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Aleks Syntek
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Aleks Syntek in Managua, Nicaragua
Background information
Birth name Raúl Alejandro Escajadillo Peña
Born (1969-09-29) September 29, 1969 (age 44)
Origin Mexico
Genres pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1990–present
Labels EMI
Associated acts Aleks Syntek y la Gente Normal
Website www.alekssyntek.com.mx

Raúl Alejandro Escajadillo Peña (born September 29, 1969 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico), better known as Aleks Syntek, is a Mexican singer, songwriter and producer.[1] He is married to Karen Coronado, sister of talkshow host Ingrid Coronado.

Biography[edit]

From an early age he began to show his talent, and at the age of 11 he began composing his own music and lyrics. It was not until 1984 that his interest in music turned professional, and he assumed the stage name Aleks Syntek, ("Syntek" being a shorthand name for "sin teclados", lit. "without keyboards;" the name was given by a friend from whom he had asked to borrow a keyboard.)

Music career[edit]

In 1989, Syntek composed the songs "Muévete a mi alrededor" ("Move around me") and "Siénteme" ("Feel Me") sung by Mexican artist Sasha Sokol.

On Mexican pop trio Pandora's album, "999 Razones", he wrote "Invisible" and "¿Por qué seguir?" with Alex Zepeda.

In 1990, he wrote "Sacúdete" ("Shake Yourself") and "Escapar de ti" ("Escape From You") included on pop group Timbiriche's album "10". The same year he formed a group called Aleks Syntek y la Gente Normal. His first album, "Hey tú!" ("Hey You!"), included the single "Unos quieren subir" ("Some people want to climb"), as well as "Te quiero así" ("I Love You Like That") sung with Sasha Sokol. In 1998, he covered the song "Preso" ("Jailed") included in the album "Volcán: Tributo a José José", a tribute to the singer Jose Jose.

In 1999 he produced some of the tracks for the comedic drama movie hit "Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas" (Sex, Shame and Tears).

As of 2008, he is working on a crossover album for the English-speaking market. The album will consist of English versions of his past Spanish hits, such as "Duele El Amor" (Love Hurts) and "Intocable" (Untouchable).

In 2008, Syntek collaborated on song "Aquí Estoy Yo" with singers Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal and Noel Schajris, a song included on Latin Grammy Award-nominated album Palabras del Silencio by Luis Fonsi.

On August 30, 2009, he released a new single titled "Loca" also used as the main-theme for telenovela Los Exitosos Perez and first single from his latest album. "Loca" reflects a reimaging of Robert Palmer's[2] "Addicted to Love" music video.[3]

Syntek is credited with singing in the chorus for Somos El Mundo, a production by Latin American artists in order to raise awareness and inspire charity after the tragic earthquake in Haiti. He can also be seen in the music video.

2014 was his six-time Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop Album "Syntek". Released in 2012, the album includes the hit "La Tormenta" (The Storm). His new album "Romántico desliz" includes the theme for the soap opera "Corazones Invencibles" (Unstoppable Hearts).

Remix[edit]

After the release of Kylie Minogue's single "In my Arms", Syntek released his own official remix with added lyrics. This remix was released in early April 2008. The song became Minogue's highest charting single in Mexico at number seven since "Come Into My World" reached number one in 2003.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Awards and comments
2014 Romántico desliz
2012 Syntek Best Latin Pop Album Nominee
2009 Métodos de Placer Instantáneo (with Rubén Blades) Gold in Mexico[4]
2009 1999-2009 (Aleks Syntek album)
2008 Plug & Play[5]
2007 Lección De Vuelo (With Belanova, Jesse & Joy and Bon y Los Enemigos del Silencio) Gold in Mexico[4]
2005 Mundo Live (CD+DVD) (With Ana Torroja)
2005 Videografia (DVD)
2004 Mundo Lite (With Ana Torroja, Benny Ibarra and Soraya)
2003 Multiple
2001 De Noche En La Ciudad Gold in Mexico[4]
2003 Multiple
2000 89-99 (Aleks Syntek album)
1999 Sexo, Pudor Y Lágrimas (Soundtrack) Double Platinum in Mexico[4]
1997 Lugar Secreto
1995 Bienvenido A La Vida
1994 Más Fuerte De Lo Que Pensaba (with Ray Manzarek)
1995 Hey Tú!

Filmography[edit]

Syntek has dubbed characters in animated films, including Rodney Copperbottom in Robots and Vector in Despicable Me.[citation needed]

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