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U-KE-MI: Ukemi to me means, to be able to learn to fall in life (physically and emotionally) and get back up again…over and over…until you get it right. And when you do get it right, you keep at it…with no end in sight.

Ukemi [Patrick Alvarez], 26, is a first generation Spanish-Italian American who calls Houston home.

Instilled with a love for music of all genres from an early age by his international family, Ukemi grew up with a particular fondness for rock and hip-hop music until he stumbled across electronic music. He cites artists such as Prodigy, Daft Punk, Laidback Luke, The Crystal Method, Dirty Vegas, Fatboy Slim, Miike Snow, and the Chemical Brothers as important influences.

By the age of 18 (eighteen), Ukemi was a club scene music scene convert. Through some friendly contacts, he made his first appearance in College Station, Texas DJing at Northgate. The resulting compliments and support convinced him to purchase two turntables and a mixer and delve into the art of beat-matching and phasing. Ukemi supported himself throughout college by DJing around town while learning to produce on his time off from DJing and school. He recently graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Earth Science and minor’s in Global Business and Entrepreneurship.

With currently 7 (seven) years of DJing under his belt, he won 1st place at the Brewski’s DJ Battle and best DJ of Katy, TX in 2011. Shortly afterward, he hosted a college radio show titled “The Ukemi Broadcast” on Coog Radio which featured on-air live mix’s and discussions regarding Electronic Dance Music. He holds weekly DJ residencies in the Houston area and is pursuing a wealth of opportunities in music. Ukemi has had the pleasure of sharing center stage with many established electronic music producers while providing opening sets for: 12th Planet, DirtyPhonics, Le Castle Vania, Nerd Rage, Mak J, and Project 46.

Ukemi has been producing for several years and doesn’t limit himself to a particular genre of music. He continues to make mashup’s, remix’s, original productions, and even helps other artists and bands with various mixing goals. He is eagerly looking towards his growth and development in his music career.

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