Alexi Murdoch : biography
Alexi Murdoch (born 27 December 1973) is a British musician and songwriter, currently living in Berlin.Elms, Robert (April 22, 2011), "BBC London 94.9".
Murdoch was born in London to a Greek father and Scottish-French mother and raised in Greece until he was ten, when his family moved back to the United Kingdom, settling in Scotland.Hoard, Christian (September 21, 2006), "ALEXI MURDOCH". Rolling Stone. (1009):24Wise, Catherine (June 6, 2003), "A NEW REASON TO JUST SAY NO." Entertainment Weekly. (713):78
Murdoch moved to the United States in 1992 to study at Duke University, before moving to Los Angeles, California to be with a girlfriend. He first gained notice when an influential Los Angeles DJ, Nic Harcourt, began playing his music on the radio station KCRW. It led to much interest from the LA's music industry, which Murdoch largely ignored, turning down advances from record labels and opting to release his music independently.
His first album Time Without Consequence was met with wide critical praise, gaining him five stars with Alternative Press as well as placing him on Rolling Stone's Top Ten Artists list. His newest release Towards the Sun is gathering higher praise still in both the U.S. and in Europe. PopMatters, giving the record a 9/10 calls Murdoch's performance "hauntingly beautiful" and "heartbreakingly lovely". Q magazine in the UK give the record four stars with this to say: "Acoustic troubadour makes stunning second outing. Anyone who harps on about how the songwriters of today don't match up to those of yesteryear should be directed to this remarkable second record."
He self-published the EP Four Songs through independent record stores and website CD BabyLanger, Andy (December 2003) "(Derek Sivers)". Esquire. 140 (6):173 in November 2002. CD Baby sold over 50,000 copies of the release, becoming the site's all-time bestselling record.Newman, Melinda (December 10, 2005), "Rock Hall Of Fame Names Class Of '06". Billboard. 117 (50):44
In 2003, he performed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and that year's Sundance Film Festival.Newman, Melinda (March 29, 2003), "The Beat". Billboard. 115 (13):9 and, in 2004, at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference.Hay, Carla (November 6, 2004), "Director Columbus Shopping 'Underground' Film". Billboard. 116 (45):12-26(November 2, 2004), "Film & TV Music Confab Adds McG To Marquee Speakers". Billboard. 116 (47):14 In 2004, the song "Orange Sky" from the EP also became the most-played song on Philadelphia indie station WXPN.Newman, Melinda (June 24, 2006), "Spread The 'LDN' Love, Please". Billboard. 118 (25):58
Time Without Consequence
Murdoch's first album, Time Without Consequence, was released on June 6, 2006 on his own label, Zero Summer. As with the EP, Murdoch continued to turn down the record deals he was offered from numerous major labels in order to maintain creative control. (The record was distributed nationally through Sony BMG.) Time Without Consequence peaked at #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
On June 9, 2006, Murdoch began a 34-city tour in conjunction with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, with most bookings at independent record stores.
The album became one of the most licensed albums of the decade, receiving placements on dozens of films and television shows. "Orange Sky" appeared in The O.C., House, Prison Break, Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Ladder 49, and in promotions for Oscar nominated foreign film, Paradise Now, Southland and a Honda commercial. "Home" appeared in a season 2 episode of Prison Break. "All My Days" was featured in The O.C., Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, Without a Trace, Stargate Universe, and a promo for Southland. It has also featured as the opening song in the movie Real Steel. "Song For You" appeared in Everwood. "12" appeared in the shows "Brothers & Sisters" and "One Tree Hill." "Blue Mind" was featured in the 2008 adventure film The Sharp End,, and several episodes of Dawson's Creek. "Breathe" and "All My Days" were used in Stargate Universe, and the 2008 film Tenderness, where the album Time Without Consequence is also shown on a scene of the film. "Wait" was used in the shows Defying Gravity and Parenthood. "It's Only Fear" was used in the Brothers and Sisters. Several songs were used in a surfing documentary One California Day. "Crinan Wood" was used in the episode Chuck Versus the Masquerade from the show Chuck.
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