Alex González (musician)

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Alex González
Birth name Alejandro González Trujillo
Also known as El Animal
Born (1969-02-24) February 24, 1969 (age 45)
Origin Cuba-Colombia
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums
Years active 1986-present
Associated acts Maná, De La Tierra

Alejandro González Trujillo (born February 24, 1969, Miami, Florida, United States), better known as Alex González, is an American musician of Cuban and Colombian origin. He is a member, drummer and songwriter for the Mexican band Maná and metal band De La Tierra. He is nicknamed "El Animal" and also sings lead vocals for many songs, including the single "Me Vale". Alex discovered his passion for playing drums when he was only five years old. At such an early age he caught the attention of his kindergarten teacher who gave him a red sparkle drumkit.[1] He took to the instrument very seriously and found himself a teacher by age five.[2]

Alex was in the first version of Maná by age fifteen and hit it big in 1992 with the album, ¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?, which was certified gold in the U.S.[3] Alex cites influences such as Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart and Terry Bozzio.[1][2]

Maná has been a big part of the Rock En Español phenomenon in the United States. They began playing in the U.S. in 1993 and influencing other bands with their success to play in the U.S. too. Alex is quoted as saying "I think it’s incredible that Spanish language bands like ours can sell millions of albums and sell out arenas in the U.S. It’s also cool to see how many “anglos” are now getting hooked on our music." His talent has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine,[4] Drummerworld,[5] Drum (Magazine), among others. He performs exclusively with DW Drums (formerly has used Pearl Drums), Remo, Paiste and Vic Firth.


  1. ^ a b "Drummerworld". Drummerworld. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Modern Drummer". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Mana official website". Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Modern Drummer Magazine | The Online Presence of Modern Drummer Magazine". Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Alex Gonzalez". Drummerworld. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 

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