Alex Ives aka SPECIMENS is an experimental, electronic producer based out of South London. His sounds are heavily indebted to artists such as William Basinski, Fennesz, Lawrence English, Ben Frost & Tim Hecker. As well as a love for these more ambient / drone leaning artists, he has a real appreciation for the experimentation of Kraut Rock heavyweights such as Can, Faust and Tangerine Dream. No-Wavers Suicide and electronic artists such as Ron Morelli along with neo classical artists such as Max Richter & Dustin O'Halloran all form a patchwork of inspiration which feed into his sound in some capacity.
He started life playing guitar and drums in a number of different punk bands and still plays in the London based Garage Rock band Thee MVPs & Post Punk outfit Ice Baths. This inability to be content with one musical outfit and incapability to stay satisfied with one project led Alex to try and create something that would contrast the frantic sounds and nature of his other bands, in which he is often playing around Europe and the UK on a very regular basis. The SPECIMENS alias is one that he tries to channel some inner calm and create something reflective of his more introspective leanings, it is also a platform which allows him to collaborate with different types of artists, both musical and visual which his other projects perhaps don't allow with the same freedom.