Alias (musician)

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Birth nameBrendon Whitney
Born(1976-04-05)April 5, 1976
OriginHollis, Maine
DiedMarch 30, 2018(2018-03-30) (aged 41)
GenresHip hop
Instrumental hip hop
Occupation(s)Producer, rapper
InstrumentsSampler, drum machine, synthesizer, guitar
Years active1996–2018
LabelsAnticon, Mush, 6months
Associated actsDeep Puddle Dynamics
So-Called Artists
Alias & Ehren
Alias & Tarsier
B. Dolan

Brendon Whitney (April 5, 1976 – March 30, 2018), better known by his stage name Alias, was a producer and rapper from Hollis, Maine.[1] He was a co-founder of the indie hip hop record label Anticon.[2]


Alias originally performed as a rapper with Sole in the group Live Poets. He also produced his own songs, but would still rap over another producer's beats. He moved to California in 1999 to start the label Anticon, as well as to focus on his music. Later on, as Alias began working with Anticon, he produced tracks for the emcees on the label.[citation needed]

In 2002, Alias released his first solo album The Other Side of the Looking Glass. He produced and rapped on the album.[3] After that, Alias moved away from rapping to focus solely on production. His production work also moved away from sampling and began to involve more synthesizers and instruments such as guitar. He released his first instrumental album Muted in 2003.[4] The compilation of his remix works, Collected Remixes, was released in 2007.[5] He returned home to Portland, Maine in August 2007.

In 2008, Alias released the album Resurgam. The album is titled after the Portland city motto, which is Latin for "I shall rise again." "Well Water Black" featuring Yoni Wolf of Why? was a popular song from the album, but was never officially released as a single.[6]

In 2011, Alias released the instrumental album Fever Dream.[7]

He died on March 30, 2018 of a heart attack at age 41.


Studio albums


  • Three Phase Irony (6months, 2001)
  • We Ain't Fessin' (Double Quotes) (Anticon, 2002) (Deep Puddle Dynamics)
  • Eyes Closed EP (Anticon, 2003)
  • Plane That Draws a White Line (Anticon, 2006) (with Tarsier)
  • Resurgam Residual EP (Anticon, 2008)
  • Indiiggo EP (Anticon, 2014)

Compilation albums

  • Bits & Pieces (2000)
  • All Things Fixable (Good with Money, 2005)
  • Collected Remixes (Anticon, 2007)
  • All Things Fixable 2.0 (Good with Money, 2011)


  • "Rainmen" (Anticon, 1999) (Deep Puddle Dynamics)
  • "Sideshow" (Mush, 2001) (So-Called Artists)
  • "Final Act" (Anticon, 2001)
  • "Unseen Sights" (Anticon, 2004)
  • "Dr. C / 5 Year Eve" (Anticon, 2006) (with Tarsier)

Guest appearances

Compilation appearances

Production credits



  1. ^ Alias at Allmusic
  2. ^ Grandy, Eric (August 31, 2011). "Alias: Fever Dream". Pitchfork Media.
  3. ^ Thomas-Glass, Daniel (July 2, 2002). "Alias - The Other Side of the Looking Glass". Dusted Magazine.
  4. ^ Tabron, Chris (September 19, 2005). "Alias and Ehren - Lillian". Dusted Magazine.
  5. ^ Kerr, Dave (8 September 2007). "Alias: All Things Remixable". The Skinny.
  6. ^ Lily Clarke, Mia (November 7, 2008). "Alias: Resurgam". Pitchfork Media.
  7. ^ Woolfrey, Chris (August 5, 2011). "Alias – Fever Dream". Consequence of Sound.

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