Alex Carapetis

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Alex Carapetis
Birth nameAlex Carapetis
Also known asYoung Pirate
Born (1982-04-27) 27 April 1982 (age 36)
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Genres Rock
Occupation(s)Drummer
Songwriter
Instruments Drums, bass
Years active2004 - present
Labels Cult Records
Associated acts The Voidz
Nine Inch Nails
Phoenix
Kesha
Kelis
Wolfmother

Alex Carapetis (born 27 April 1982) is a professional drummer and current member of Wolfmother and The Voidz. [1] Alex currently resides in Los Angeles.

Wolfmother Australian band

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The Voidz American rock band

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Early life

Born in Adelaide, Australia to Greek Cypriot parents, Alex studied jazz at the Elder Conservatorium in 2000 before moving to Sydney to further his music career. He finally relocated to the US in 2005 at the age of 23. His father is a Greek Cypriot and his mother is an Australian national.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

Career

Touring

In October 2005, Trent Reznor hired Carapetis to be the touring drummer for Nine Inch Nails on their With Teeth World Tour alongside openers Queens of the Stone Age and Autolux. [2] In 2006, Alex toured as a drummer with Phoenix on their 'It's Never Been Like That' tour through the US and Europe and finished the year touring with Juliette Lewis and the Licks.

Trent Reznor American musician

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Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

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YearArtistRegion
2002 Emmanuel Carella as support for Christina Aguilera AUS
2002 - 2004 Jimmy Barnes AUS, NZ, ASIA
2003 Jade Macrae AUS
2004 - 2005 Delta Goodrem AUS
2005 Amel Larrieux US
2005 Nine Inch Nails US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina
2005 Saul Williams US
2006 Phoenix US, Europe
2006 Juliette Lewis and the Licks US, Europe
2007 J*Davey as support for Prince US
2007 Elliot Yamin US
2007 Admiral Freebee US
2008 Mica Paris Europe
2008 Kelis Europe
2009 Perry Farrell US, Live at Lollapalooza
2009 Julian Casablancas World
2010 LP US
2010 Kesha Europe
2010 - 2011Alex BoydUS
2011BeardoUS
2011 - 2012Vicky CryerUS
2012Mr. Little JeansUS
2013 The Dead Daisies US, AUS
2014 Andy Rourke (of The Smiths)US
2014 Julian Casablancas+The Voidz World
2016 Wolfmother US, Europe
2018 The Voidz World

Studio Work

Alex has worked on various studio recordings with notable artists such as Sky Ferreira, Noah and the Whale, Passion Pit, Robbie Williams and Lenny Kravitz. [3]

Sky Ferreira American singer, songwriter, model, and actress

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Noah and the Whale band that plays indie rock

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Passion Pit band that plays synthpop

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Julian Casablancas+The Voidz

After touring extensively with Julian Casablancas in 2009, Alex once again joined forces with The Strokes frontman on his new project, Julian Casablancas+The Voidz. The band, also composed of Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter (guitar), Amir Yaghmai (guitar), Jacob "Jake" Bercovici (bass guitar, synthesizers) and Jeff Kite (keys), began recording in 2013 in New York City in a DIY studio above Strand Book Store. They completed their first record, Tyranny, in 2014 and released it worldwide on September 23, 2014 to favorable reviews and press, including a covers of NME Magazine, [4] Plugged and Alt-Citizen and TV appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Le Grand Journal. Carapetis is credited as a songwriter on 'Human Sadness,' the second single off of Tyranny. The band toured extensively throughout late 2014, including stops in the US, South America and Europe. [5] In 2015, the band will continue to work on new music and tour, having already confirmed dates in Barcelona [6] and Paris.

Julian Casablancas lead singer and frontman for The Strokes

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The Strokes American rock band

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Solo

In 2015, Alex began further work on an as-yet-to-be-titled solo project, performing under the name Young Pirate. He is currently working on his first solo EP which will feature original compositions and key guest vocalists and rappers.

Endorsements

Carapetis is currently endorsed by US brands SUPRA shoes, KR3W Denim and Wildfox. He has previously worked with Vans [7] and Diesel.

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