Aylex Thunder is a multi-talented entertainer, athlete, and creative entrepreneur whose mission is to provide accessible education to the world in the most entertaining ways possible.
Famous for his viral content in music, comedy, fashion, badminton, and luxury lifestyle niches, Aylex has accumulated a following of over 4.5 million across social platforms and has worked with brands such as T. Lamborghini, The Dalmore, Royal Conservatory of Music, and more.
Perhaps best known for his viral video that sees him knocking on the door of mansions and asking the homeowner if he can ‘come in and play your piano.’ Which has spawned numerous iterations including offers to ‘pet your dog’ and ‘sing opera.’
A fierce passion for learning and self-improvement drives Aylex. He mastered piano by age 10, was the provincial Badminton champion at age 18, toured China as an opera singer and MC at 22, and founded entrepreneurial ventures in fashion, luxury real estate, Web3, education, and new media.
Aylex’s content is clever, informative, daring, and always entertaining. When he is not working on one of his companies or creating content, Aylex enjoys cuddling dogs, driving motorcycles, training martial arts, listening to music, and learning new skills.
In all aspects of his life, Aylex stays true to his passions for learning and educating. He dedicates two hours a day to learning new skills and donates 100% of the profits from his Web3 company to charities focused on providing accessible education. No matter what the undertaking is, Aylex Thunder repeatedly finds success because of his persistent drive and insane work ethic.
IN HIS WORDS
“I have had a few piano teachers throughout my childhood, but mainly I was self-taught. I played to level 10 RCM repertoire by age ten but shortly stopped soon after as I pursued my career as a professional badminton athlete. Fortunately for me, since my social media career started during the pandemic, my audience has grown a love for my piano playing, motivating me to create music for others.
“I have played over 50-100 pianos, most during my content creation days. Creating videos requires me to play in many locations and compare many types of pianos, from the most premium pianos in the world to the dilapidated street pianos you find down your block.
“My playing has taken me to very interesting places, such as in millionaire’s mansions where I knock on their door – uninvited – and ask if I can play their piano. That said, pre-pandemic, I did many more stage performances, more for acting, MCing, and opera. I am trying to remember the biggest audience in outdoor concert venues, maybe a couple of thousand people. But now, my biggest audience would be my online platforms, producing over 100 million views a month. I often play on public pianos, but the general rule of thumb is that if there is a piano there, you can expect me to be on it.
ADVICE FROM A CREATOR
“If I could share one thing with aspiring performers, I would say do not be a social media superstar, that is not what I think of myself at all, and if you think of yourself as that, especially at a young age, it can lead to a life of doubt and depression. Even adults nowadays experience this. Instead, social media should be a platform for you to achieve your goals.
“If your goal is to be the world’s greatest pianist, you need the platform to let the world know who you are.
“If you build social media just to be famous, you will soon lose yourself and your goals. Learning is always key; that is the only thing that you can keep with you your whole life.
“For me, I have two primary goals—one goal for myself and a goal for the world.
“For myself, I want to become the world’s greatest entertainer—a person who can bring others joy regardless of the platform, instrument, or audience.
“For the world, I want to provide accessible education. I was blessed with a life of education, and I want to provide it to others as well.
“An essential part of reaching fulfillment in life is having no regrets; everyone should have an equal opportunity to pursue their goals.
“As I mentioned, I have played many pianos over the years, including every piano at Showcase Pianos in Vancouver. “It is hard to say my favourite piano, as every piano has a different touch, sound, and energy designed for different use cases. But if I had to choose one, the Fazioli Semi-Concert Grand for the touch and depth of the instrument are mind-blowing.
“I first met Manuel Bernaschek, the owner of Showcase Pianos, when I was a little kid, maybe in high school. I would see him around at events but had yet to really connect with him. It was not until later, when I started my social media career that I felt the welcomeness and kindness he showed in supporting me; I am very grateful for that.
“One of my fondest memories on my journey has been creating a family I work with daily. My team members are also my best friends, and working together and having goals that align is just so amazing. “I have zero regrets, believe it or not. Life is too good. Regret is only a mindset; practice gratitude, and your life will be fulfilled.”
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- Helen Siwak is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Marketing & Communications Inc and publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine and digital women's lifestyle magazine EcoLuxLifestyle.co. She is a prolific content creator, consultant, and marketing and media strategist within the ecoluxury lifestyle niche. Post-pandemic, she has worked with many small to mid-sized plant-based/vegan brands to build their digital foundations and strategize content creation and business development. Helen is the west coast correspondent to Canada’s top-read industry magazine Retail-Insider, holds a vast freelance portfolio, and consults with many of the world’s luxury heritage brands. Always seeking new opportunities and challenges, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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