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The Aikiu

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Imagine someone at the pub calling you ‘Madonna with a dick … but with the voice of Simon le Bon’. Would it rub you the wrong way? Would you give the messanger of said comment a cold hard stare with the evil eye? You betcha. Not Alex Aikiu though.

That’s because it was told by none other than Nile Rodgers; legendary disco innovator with his band Chic and celebrated studio wiz for, amongst many others: Carly Simon, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, David Bowie, Duran Duran and… Madonna.

Alex: “It was during my stay in NYC that I met Nile Rodgers. I played him some of my music and he took an instant liking to it. He also told me I reminded him of Simon Le Bon, the singer from Duran Duran. Which means a lot coming from him. After all, he’s the man behind the sound of The Reflex and Wild Boys”, explains Alex. “He sort of became my musical godfather after that.”

Another godfather for Alex is the legendary photographer/illustrator Jean-Paul Goude with whom he has been working since 3 years and who, of course, successfully deconstructed Grace Jones’ image on Slave To The Rhythm.

“The Aikiu” was born in Paris when Alex teamed up with his friends Julien Vichnievsky and Cedric Pilooski!


Pilooski should be no stranger to music heads; he was of course responsible for the immensely popular edit of Frankie Valli’s Beggin’ that took the world by surprise. The renowned DJ also cooked up remixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Findlay Brown, and is part of the d*i*r*t*y-crew responsible for great compilations such as Dirty Space Disco and Dirty French Psychedelics.

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