After recording exclusively with the team throughout 2009 and 2010, these past months he was busy going around the US working with new producers in various studios - New York, Atlanta, Miami and LA.
Alex Gardner was part of the roster of acts that were discovered and developed by Xenomania (which also included groups like Mini Viva and Vagabond). In 2010, he released two singles - "I'm Not Mad" and "Feeling Fine" - and a Italy-only self-titled EP, but his debut album is yet to be released.
Besides Xenomania, Alex has been recording with people such as James Fauntleroy (who co-wrote "No Air" by Jordin Sparks, Ciara's "Love Sex Magic" and "Shades" by Diddy-Dirty Money) and the 1500 or Nothin' collective.
The Wanted have been spending time in the studio with Xenomania. The British-Irish boy band are currently working on their second album, after releasing their self-titled debut last year.
The Wanted have played a big part in resurrecting a previously dying genre — One Direction (whom Xenomania have also worked with) and JLS are other key groups from the new crop of boy bands. For their new album, The Wanted have also been working with Steve Mac and Ed Drewett.
You can watch a recent video of the boys at the Xenomania mansion, with brief appearances by Brian Higgins and Miranda Cooper:
Xenomania is a songwriting and production house based in Kent, England. It was founded by songwriter and producer Brian Higgins.
Since 1996, Xenomania have written, produced and remixed tracks for a string of successful artists including Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes, Dannii and Kylie Minogue, Saint Etienne, Cher, Gabriella Cilmi and many others.