Niko Maxen is nothing short of a musical obsessive. He’s also one of the new wave of DJ’s and Producers making moves in his home city. Not bad considering that city is Leeds – a place with a rich rave and party heritage
Niko Maxen is nothing short of a musical obsessive. He’s also one of the new wave of DJ’s and Producers making moves in his home city. Not bad considering that city is Leeds – a place with a rich rave and party heritage going back to the dawn of electronic music.
Niko grew up submersed in a household filled with music, often dancing around while his mother cleaned to the sound of soul and disco flowing out from the family gramophone, It was during these childhood years Niko was exposed to the beauty of vinyl collecting, as his mother nurtured a large collection of funk, soul and R&B, something Niko would later go on to inherit after her passing.
Out of this passion and love for the vinyl format, Pathway Traxx, the vinyl only label was born in 2013. Originally created as a platform for Niko’s own productions, the label soon gathered support amongst the underground scene, and provided a welcome home for new breakthrough artists to sit alongside more established acts of the underground scene.
Niko’s first release on Pathway Traxx under an “Unknown” alias literally catapulted the label from zero to hero as it shot straight to No.1 on both Juno and Decks.de and later went on to sell out in all stores. Following the huge success of the first release Niko looked to take a back seat to make way for some new talent who could call the label home. Bringing the likes of Liam Geddes, Oli Furness, Jamie Trench, Manooz and Deelicous to the foreground, the label soon became the staple of selectors all across the world.
It wasn’t long before Niko caught the eye of Parisian house hero, and Circoloco resident DJ W!LD, who was drawn to the authenticity of the label and Niko’s work. Niko went on to release the 4 track stripped back vocal pleaser, The Sun Comes after the Rain which again rocked the vinyl charts.
It’s not just as a label owner and producer where Niko feels at home. Over the last few years Niko has co-run the underground party Beatstreet, which has played host to the likes of Subb-An, Seb Zito, Chris Lattner, Rossko, amongst others. Niko can also be found running Pathway Traxx label parties across his home city of Leeds.
The coming months will see Niko’s profile continue to go from strength to strength as a series of releases are penned in for the label with an ever growing roster of both established and upcoming talent. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open because 2017 is set to be a promising year for this rising star.