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Aleksandr Madrid was born in 1985 in the heart of Texas, where she's lived most of her life. Her heart, however, was left in the great windy of Chicago. It was here where experienced her first snow, her first kiss, and her first earful of alternative music. From The Smashing Pumpkins and Live to Sublime and The Squirrel Nut Zippers, she distinctly remembers the wave of euphoria she experienced when she heard those first bands. She described the feeling as the crashing of feral waves into her mind.
But it wasn't until her seventh grade year in 1997 when she met her first boyfriend, Danny, in BudLong Elementary that she really became a fan for the first time. It was he, the well mannered skater boy with the ripped bell-bottomed jeans who introduced her to the up and coming band of the time, 311. And just like that, she was hooked.
"It was the perfect fusion of upbeat punk, rock, and reggae, and all of their songs carried an almost erotic alien vibe I haven't heard anywhere else. 'Beautiful Disaster' was one of the most sensual guitar riffs I'd ever heard, and to be able to provoke such a particular feeling in someone, I knew instantly that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to tell stories and make people feel."
By age 13, Alek loved music so much that her parents forbade her to listen to the radio for a month, worrying that she would developed a music "addiction". And after witnessing a kiss outside the steps of a small historical church at the center of Lincolnwood her overtly religious decided to send her off to a more seemingly proper environment. So in the fall of 1998, before her 14th birthday, she was separated from her siblings and outside of American soil to a private Christian institution across the border with her mother.
Finding herself nearly alone in a Mexican ghost town without knowing more than a few words of Spanish, and after being labeled as "la gringa" at school, she asked her mother for a companion. A $60 Paracho Michoacan acoustic guitar she named Julie (after Julie Andrews) where she would learn to refuge her soul to this very day. And after just two lessons, she fired her guitar instructor and wrote her first song to the circle of G. Thus, an artist was born.
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