We had the good fortune of connecting with Alvin Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alvin, why did you pursue a creative career?
At the age of 6, I started learning classical piano. I knew by the first year that I was talented at music, because I was able to pick up pieces and concepts much faster than my teacher’s other students. However, I didn’t see myself playing piano as a career, and it wasn’t until one of my first friends in college showed me his DJ controller did I see myself pursuing a creative career. This thought was further solidified when I went to my first Insomniac festival at Beyond Wonderland, and saw the energy that a DJ could dictate through their music and presence. Since then, I have been working towards my goal of one day playing at Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I first started honing my craft as a DJ, I was just a college student practicing in his bedroom on his DJ controller and inviting people over to show them my transitions. My first “gig” was at a hookah lounge, playing hip-hop music for massive crowds of 5-10. Even though I wanted to DJ electronic music, I was excited for any opportunity I got, and even more excited when I got paid a whopping $20 at the end of the night, especially since DJing is something I would do for free. Fast forward to 3 years later, I got the opportunity to play at San Jose Civic Center, one of the first venues I ever went to as a student at San Jose State, and the feeling of nostalgia and pride was overwhelmingly bittersweet.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I actually just moved to LA this month, so I am still finding my favorite spots in the city. So far, if my best friend was visiting the area (will be visiting next month), I would take her to a fancy restaurant like Catch LA and find something relaxing to do, like a rooftop movie. As a habitual person, I would also take her to a coffee shop like Coffee MCO in Koreatown, go to the gym, and take her to Academy to see an EDM artist. To wind down and relax, I would take her to Santa Monica and walk around the boardwalk.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to the team that manages me, We Dream Worlds, and more specifically my managers, Abhi Mehta and Julian Chow. They were integral to my growth as an artist; they not only started managing me by helping me network with industry people and finding opportunities for me, but they gave me a platform for me to build my own brand as well as build skills within the industry.
Alex Hong (IG: @_alexhong) Tommy Khuong (IG: @tkhuongshots)