Alex Lee &         Le VICE

Alex Lee & Le VICE

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandHip HopR&B

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh! Edgy Hip-Hop played by a live band with an Electro-Pop Sound. Makes The Girls Wanna Dance and the Hipsters Do the Knee-Shake. San Francisco Bay Area "Emerging Artist of 2009" Finalist (#3) by SF Deli Magazine. 2 songs by Alex Lee were licensed to America's Next Top Model.

Biography

Alex (A.Lee) has been a successful hip hop solo artist for a number of years. Her singles “Hotter” and “Do It Big” were featured on America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 10 & 13 Final Runway Shows). In her new role as front woman for Le Vice, she has set aside her traditional “hip hop” stylings to experiment with a full band format. Now a seasoned vocalist, she delivers soulful melodies reminiscent of the disco age and early 80’s, which she combines with a powerful pop sound and rootsy hip hop swagger.

While Le VICE has been defined as Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop the band views their sound first as 80’s Electro, Disco, and Funk which is supported by a backing theme of Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop. Their LARGE sound, which includes cosmic and ambient synthesizers, aggressive bass lines, hard-nose drumming, and funky guitar licks, is carefully topped off with potent rhymes and soulful singing.

Sean "Stilli" Stillinger is a precise yet expressive bass player and keyboardist. Originally schooled in jazz, r&b, and classic composition (romantic and post romantic) he eventually found his way into the punk/post punk scene. Over the years he’s performed in a number of bands ranging from Indie/Folk to Jazz to Hip Hop and Drum & Bass. As one of the main songwriters on this record, Sean delivers funk-filled Rick James baselines and moving musical arrangements.

Renzo Staiano simply rips on guitar. As a professional touring musician in both Boston and California, he is well versed in many styles including Funk, Jazz, Rock, Afro-Peruvian, Classical, Son, Metal, and more. In Le Vice, he’s an addictive songwriter who specializes in that essential Quincy Jones guitar sound that makes even the most-self conscious individual want to get down.

Darrin Thomas is a solid, heavy-handed, good old-fashioned hip hop and soul drummer who came from a musical family (both his father and uncle were musicians). He first started playing drums at the age of 7 and as teenager found his way into gospel music and played regularly at his church. He has parleyed his years of experience into solid, driving beats which sound like a perfect balance between relentless disco tempos and the soul-filled drumming of Questlove from The Roots.

Discography

"Le VICE" March 2, 2010.
"Doin' It Big" single featured on WB's America's Next Top Model Season Finale Fall 2009.
"Headphone Heroes" October 2008.
"Hotter" single featured on WB's America's Next Top Model Season Finale Spring 2008.
"The Channel" December 2006.

Set List

Currently we have 75 minutes of material and can play one or two sets.

60 min set:

Shy Guy
Say A
Hard 2 B Ill
Uh HUH
Jack Move
Hotter
2 O'Clock
She Wanna
Why Fight

You Know What - NERD
Show Me What You Got - Jay Z

Other Covers:
Lollipop - Lil Wayne
Rimshot - Erykah Badu
Today Was a Good Day - Ice Cube
Flashing Lights - Kanye West
Float On - Modest Mouse
Get Your Money - Will.i.am
Death of Autotune - Jay Z