Alex Somers

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Somers at the Riceboy Sleeps launch

Alex Somers (born March 7, 1984) is an American visual artist and musician from Baltimore, Maryland, who attended Berklee College of Music and Listaháskóli Íslands. Somers runs a recording studio in downtown Reykjavík where he has produced, engineered, and mixed since 2010.

He and his partner Jónsi produce music and visual art under the name Jónsi & Alex. The pair have released an album and a picture book, both titled Riceboy Sleeps. Jónsi and Alex have also collaborated on Jónsi's solo project. Alex co-produced and played instruments on Jónsi's album Go. He then joined Jónsi in his five-piece live band, playing guitar and keyboards for the world tour in support of Go. Somers has produced and mixed a large number of records, including those of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Julianna Barwick, Briana Marela, Death Vessel, Sin Fang,[1] Pascal Pinon.

Somers has been vegan since 2004,[2] and a raw vegan since 2007.[3]

Sigur Rós[edit]

Alex Somers has worked as Co-Producer/Mixer/Engineer on several Sigur Rós releases, including Valtari, Kveikur, iTunes Festival: London 2013 and Brennisteinn EP. Somers has also worked with the band on their artwork/designs. Most notably on their album Takk...,[4] which received Best Album Design at the 2006 Icelandic Music Awards.

In 2005–2006, Somers and Lukka Sigurðardóttir collaborated forming the design team "Toothfaeries", who made all of the official hand-made merchandise for Sigur Rós sold at the Takk... tour.[5]

Parachutes[edit]

Parachutes was a band formed in 2003 as a duo consisting of Alex Somers and Scott Alario.[6] The band was named after a common term for dandelion seeds. They recorded in Alex's kitchen and living room, and commonly experimented using household objects and toys as instruments. After two albums and an EP, Parachutes stopped making music in 2008.

  • Parachutes - Parachutes (2003)[7]
  • Parachutes - Susy (2004)[8]
  • Parachutes - Tree Roots EP (2008)[9]

Discography[edit]

Album Artwork[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "saoing faoing, Two excited young men in the studio. Started". sinfang.tumblr.com. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Josef Lincoln (2017-02-17), "Why I'm Vegan" Podcast with Alex Somers, retrieved 2017-02-18 
  3. ^ Peltonen, Sari (August 18, 2009). "Raw in Reykjavík". The Reykjavík Grapevine. grapevine.is. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise – sigur rós news " 2006" January" 25". sigur-ros.co.uk. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "sigur rós - new t-shirts in the making". sigur rós. 2005-07-01. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Parachutes". Parachutes. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Parachutes, by Parachutes". Parachutes. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 
  8. ^ "Susy, by Parachutes". Parachutes. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 
  9. ^ "Tree Roots, by Parachutes". Parachutes. Retrieved 2018-08-01. 

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