Alejo Stivel

Alejandro Stivelberg Katz (Argentina, 1959) is an Argentine singer, songwriter, and music producer. He was the lead vocalist of the Spanish-Argentine band Tequila in the 1970s and 1980s, and during the band’s return in 2008. He has produced over a hundred records.

Biography Alejo Stivel was born on March 22, 1959, in Argentina. He is the son of the writer, film, and television director and producer David Stivel and the actress Zulema Katz. He is the brother of Andrea and the brother-in-law of the late Jorge Guinzburg.

He emigrated to Spain, where around 1977, he became a part of the Spoonful Blues Band along with his compatriot Ariel Rot. Shortly after, the band changed its name to Tequila, also comprising Spaniards Julián Infante, Felipe Lipe, and Manolo Iglesias, with Stivel as the lead vocalist. The group achieved success with songs like “Salta!”, “Dime que me quieres,” and “Rock and Roll en la plaza del pueblo,” releasing a total of four albums between 1978 and 1981: “Matrícula de honor” (1978), “Rock and Roll” (1979), “Viva Tequila” (1980), and “Confidencial” (1981). The band disbanded in 1983, marking the end of Stivel’s tenure as lead vocalist.

After a sabbatical period, around 1987, he began working on jingle production alongside Nacho Cano, a member of the Spanish group Mecano. They co-owned the Fairlight studios on Cristóbal Bordiu Street in Madrid during the 1980s. Initially, he dedicated himself exclusively to jingles, and about three years later, he combined this activity with record production. He has continued this work intensively, producing over a hundred albums in his career, many of them in the pop genre. As a producer, he achieved significant success, especially in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Notable works include “19 días y 500 noches” (1999) by Joaquín Sabina and debut albums of artists who would later become famous, such as “Dile al sol” (the first album by the group La Oreja de Van Gogh, 1998) or the self-titled debut album of El Canto del Loco (2000).

In 2007, he presented the musical show “Soulería,” an idea executed by the singer Pitingo, which involved fusing black music with flamenco and was a great success. In 2008, amidst a decline as a producer, the return of Tequila to the stage was announced, with Alejo Stivel performing the band’s songs in a major summer tour. In the same year, he served as a music producer and was responsible for selecting contestants for the Spanish Television program “Hijos de Babel.”

On March 31, 2011, he released an album titled “Decíamos ayer,” featuring songs by Los Secretos, Joaquín Sabina, Pablo Milanés, Formula V, etc. The album, produced by Stivel himself, featured Josú García as an associate producer and included musicians such as Pete Thomas, Josu García, Julián Kanevsky, Mac Hernández, and Mauro Mietta. It also featured collaborations with Pereza, Carlos Tarque (M Clan), and Ramón Arroyo (Los Secretos).

In June 2013, he closed his legendary ASK studio in Madrid and retired from production to focus on his solo music career.

Discography With Tequila

Matrícula de honor (1978)
Rock and Roll (1979)
Viva Tequila (1980)
Confidencial (1981)
Viva Tequila(Edición Japonesa) (1981)
Adiós, Tequila! En Vivo (En Directo En El WiZink Center / Madrid / 2018)