Tall with a boyish look and bright blue eyes, André Allen Anjos is exactly what you might expect when meeting a DJ and producer responsible for some of the best nuanced remixes of indie songs. He’s charmingly unassuming and authentic; a self-proclaimed introvert whose passion for his craft is clearly palpable. Originally from Portugal, Anjos moved to Illinois for college and soon after founded RAC, otherwise known as Remix Artist Collective. He began offering up his services - cold call style - to various independent artists and bands. His first big break? A remix of The Shins’ “Sleeping Lessons” off their 2007 album Australia. After a decade of hard work, Anjos won his first Grammy for Best Remixed Recording, becoming the first Portuguese artist to solidify a spot in music history.
Now, remixes are taking a backseat to the release of his second solo album Ego and accompanying US tour in the fall. A meaningful personal project, the album is written and produced entirely by Anjos with a little help from collaborators like Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and musician St. Lucia, to name just a few. DSTLD had the chance to sit down with Anjos in LA to discuss his creative path, new album and why infusing emotion into music is a crucial element of making it great.
Listen to Ego.
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Photos by DSTLD ’s co-founder Corey Epstein.
Video by Christel Chaudet.