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Alexander Lewis Releases Hip-Hop Heavy ‘OMNI.’ and Headlines Debut Show in Los Angeles

Following the release of OMNI., Alexander Lewis’ 7-track EP, the dynamic producer brought his production to life with his debut headlining show at The Moroccan Lounge last Friday.

Following the release of OMNI., Alexander Lewis’ 7-track EP, the dynamic producer brought his production to life with his debut headlining show at The Moroccan Lounge last Friday. OMNI. presents a new sound direction for Alexander, as he departs from his earlier jazz-influenced trap sound and enlists a number of hip-hop collaborators bringing new influences to his trombone-infused production. OMNI. not only puts a focus on several emerging rap artists, but displays Alexander Lewis versatility as a genre bending musician.

The EP opens with the impressive energy of “Clockwise.” The single brings Nick Row in tow as the trombone production takes center stage along with the anthemic trap sound Lewis is known for. As the little known rapper effortlessly rhymes over the track, “Clockwise” is only a fair share of the EPs’ series of hits.

Following William $ feature on “Back Then,” Lewis takes us on the sonic journey of “March.” A song that progresses with a colossal drumline, and then crescendos into a composed chaos of trombones. Another standout track, “Pearl Magnolia” brings a variety of musicians, further expanding upon Lewis’ collaborative spirit. With the melodic verses of Armani White and the assistance of Brasstracks on trumpets, the track brings a feel good vibe wrapping up the project.

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Alexander Lewis live at the Moroccan Lounge. Photo Credit: Quasar Media

In celebration of the release of OMNI., Alexander Lewis brought a high energy set for his sold out headlining show at the Moroccan Lounge. The venue itself is a small intimate space, with a capacity for only a few hundred fans. However, the venue did not limit the producer, but rather gave him the opportunity to get creative. From the lighting design and production set-up, Lewis delivered a mainstage event. Joined alongside EP collaborators such as S’Natra and Brasstracks, the night had a series of secret guest, never failing to keep the crowd engaged.

The set varied from his live rendition of Mr. Carmack’s “Pay for What” to singles such as “Magnolia.” What can be described as a dynamic and well-thought out set, Lewis brought several live elements into his performance, with the trombone being his main focus. It was evident throughout his set, Alexander Lewis wanted to not only challenge himself as a performer, but the attendants to see electronic music in a live and innovative context.

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Alexander Lewis and Brasstracks. Photo Credit: Quasar Media
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Mariana Martinez is a music enthusiast, writer, and dancer currently studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Mariana has channelled her love of music through writing musician interviews and working for KOXY Radio. When she is not DJing as Funky Mar, you can find her front row at any show. She is excited to be a part of the Girl Underground Music team as a contributing blogger. mariana@girlundergroundmusic.com

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