By Emily Moldenhauer
Hello WORLD! Greetings from Youth Movement Records and its beloved city, Oakland! Here we are, back again with another installment of YMR’s Member Of The Month; a feature where we recognize and honor the young artists, participants and members involved who are consistently contributing, shining, and keeping this youth movement alive and going! Youth Movement Records exists as a home for Bay Area youth to come and use music and art as an outlet, turn that outlet into a voice, and use their voices to empower themselves and their community. Yes, this is a new generation of soul-shakers, life-changers, and ground-breakers... which is why YMR would like to take the opportunity to recognize youth who are making strides and holding it down for Oakland, for all that is... which is dope!
Please check out some words and the VIDEO INTERVIEW (find it by clicking on "Read More" below) of this next featured Member of the Month, and see how he is using his art to uplift himself and is positively representing Oakland with his dope music. Without further ado... Ladies n’ Gents, meet Alex.They say that some do it for the money, some do it for the fame, but some do it for the music because the rest is just a game.
WHO: Alexander Wesley
STAGE NAMES: Fat Boi aka FB, and Snacks
AGE: 18 years
CRAFT: Producer, Beat Maker, Studio Engineer
INFLUENCES: Ryan Leslie, Issac Hayes, Will Bracy, and his Grandma; Audrey Wesley
MUSIC GROUP: New Generation Music (a.k.a. NewGen)
SOMETHING WEIRD: Alex was born premature and his birth weight was the same as his birthday! (No Joke- Weight: 2 pounds, 6 ounces. Birthday: 2/6/92) ... Some say Alex is a walking miracle.
Alex is definitely one of those who is truly in it for the music, and you can tell just by listening to the way he talks about making a beat or mixing a song in the studio. A Bay Area native raised in Oakland, California, Alex grew up with a passion for art and music, but lacked the creative environment to pursue his passion seriously. His grandmother introduced him to the piano and drawing at a young age, but it wasn’t until he stumbled upon Youth Movement Records around 2 years ago that he was able to find a creative, supportive space and community in which he could distinguish and advance in two of his greatest talents; beat-making and audio-engineering. A high school graduate of Oakland School for the Arts, a YMR All-Star, and now a student of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, Alex continues to progress as an artist and leader at YMR and in his community. Alex continues to contribute to our organization by working in YMR’s studio; recording, mixing and mastering our artists’ songs, and also by providing YMR artists and video projects with so many hot instrumental beats to choose from that we couldn’t even count if we tried. Check out one of YMR’s newest projects which Alex’s beats were featured on.... our Job Corps Promo Video... and DON’T MISS HIS VIDEO INTERVIEW (Click "Read More" to find it below)!!!