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Javier Álvarez

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There are two artists by this name. One is a Spanish singer-songwriter, the other a Mexican electroacoustic composer.

1) Born in Cuatro Caminos (Madrid) 1969, his musical influences come more from the pop than from traditional song-writters. His influences are ABBA, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, The Eagles, Tracy Chapman, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega and Emmylou Harris.

He begins to study English Philology, and in 1991 it will spend months in London, where it begins to dedicate himself to music. When he returns to Spain he started singing in the Madrid subway and in El Retiro park, then singing on pubs and coffees like the mythical Libertad 8, where he meet other singers like Pedro Guerra.

In 1994 he records his first LP, that will count with the collaboration of artists like Ana Belén, Víctor Manuel, Luis Pastor, Pedro Guerra or Rogelio Botanz. Songs like “La edad del porvenir” or “Uno, dos, tres, cuatro”, will catapult him to the fame. Also it will record a cover of the song “Las casas de cartón”, theme from the venezuelan songwritter Alí Primera.

In 1999, his LP “Tres”, where he experiences with electronic sounds and “more radical” letters, will undergo the censorship from part of the main musical radios.

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