Alistar Records is located in the Fort Knox Complex. Owner, Carlos Jonathan Villalobos, Jr. (aka CJ Villa) is an American composer, studio musician, recording engineer, and multi-instrumentalist who writes and produces original music for rock and pop artists and composes modern orchestral music for trailers, television shows and films.
He also has several "one man band" projects, including his rock bands ANGRY CHIWAWAH and MY THERAPY, the electronica downbeat infused project SONIC HEAD, his EDM dance project, SLKY PMP, and his critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, ESPERANZA (formerly La Esperanza), incorporating Spanish and Flamenco guitars with global dance grooves.
Carlos has also written & performed music underscores for several tv shows and movies. Carlos' first entry into the tv/film music world was when he wrote, produced, performed and mixed the theme song, “Let Me Be The One” for the show Baywatch Hawaii, as well as the original music for the television series in 2000/2001. He has written additional music for the HBO show, Sex & The City, and has featured music on various movie trailers.
He continues to write and produce original music for all media, and is regularly tapped to perform, write and/or produce demos for artists and publishers while frequently contributing music to television shows including CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, Smallville, American Idol, Face Off, Betrayal, Crisis, Empire, among others.
While living and working in Hawaii, he was the recipient of an IBA Award, presented by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society honoring the world’s best radio and television advertising for “Kaneohe” (Murata Creative), a HOKU Award Winner (Hawaiian Grammy) for “Best Reggae Album of the Year” (2000) – Iron Youth (Oshen) and was also nominated for a HOKU for Jalen's "Thinking of You" album, (2000).
He is currently working in Chicago on the show EMPIRE and continues to live and work in Chicago and Los Angeles writing and producing for recording artists.
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