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Traxx is a lover of music — one with a passion so intense that it overcomes genre divides to weave an altogether original, exciting, and multi-textured musical fabric which envelops both the avid clubber and the home listener, as well as everyone in between. Not content to be labeled as merely a DJ, a producer, or even
a DJ/Producer, Traxx is a self-described “artist of sound.” A sound that is distinctive and highly emotional which defies classification and invites analysis and discussion. From eclectic and avant-garde tunes to old school jack tracks
and far beyond, Traxx hears it all without discrimination, pretension or elitism.
Traxx has released music on numerous underground labels in the US
and Europe including Gigolo, Relief, Muzique, M/O/S, and Crème.
His music has come to the world under a bucket load of alias'
including Dirty Criminals, XX Art, Mysterio, ViLLan X,
Saturn V(with Tadd Mullinix), X2, and more.
He's also collaborated with the heads of underground
to shape his unique definition of Jakbeat that's was created amongst
JTC and D'Marc Cantu in the early years between 2005- 2007.
In addition to releasing music for other imprints Traxx also started his own label Nation in April of 2007 which has allowed him to develop and recontextualize the various aspects of his sound.
In 2009 Traxx stepped out into the light with his first full length
'Faith' album under his own name for his Chicago based imprint Nation
which received positive response and feedback from around the globe.
Like many in Chicago, Traxx was drawn into house music through the
legendary WBMX radio shows and two trips to see Ron Hardy at the
legendary Music Box. Describing his first experience with house,
Traxx recalls "nothing could compare, things were being discovered..
this period stays with me because of the intense energy that was applied -
it's a feeling, an emotion, a mental state of transcendental connection
-a spiritual force with the higher being through the physical vessel of the body."
His first release appeared on DJ Hell's Gigolo label in the early 00's
under the collective alias The Dirty Criminals which was a Chicago based
collective that featured mainly the work of working with collaborators like
Charles Manier, Mystic Bill Torres, Daryl 'Deecoy' Cura, Brendan M. Gillen,
Matt Nee(Kompute), Josh Werner, Stephen Hitchell plus early on work from
Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being.
In addition to a number of 12"s Dirty Criminals released,
two albums were very well received in Europe -
2004's "Organized Confuzion" and 2006's Collision Between Us And The Damned" which featured a cover of an early unreleased version of "Acid Tracks" by Phuture that was played around Chicago.
Traxx also contributed vocals to the track "Let No Man Jack" on Hell's
"NY Muscle" album on Gigolo but it's perhaps on his many mysterious
12"s that Traxx has set the ground work for in the last seven years where
there's been a constant stream of them burning up dance floors with the
new sound of Jakbeat that's shaping the scene by releasing an
'Adjustment Production' for Gavin Russom of DFA's LCD Soundsystem
from 1 of his current alias projects as Mutant Beat Dance for a sombre
tingling cosmic, deep disco brilliance concept, and also releasing with
New York label Rong Records with another excellent 2 track release of
'Another World/New News Is Old News' to releasing a stunning solo
project on MOS Deep Under The Poetic Painter M pseudonym, with
a frenetic yet hypnotizing house track that echoes memories of downpitched Newbeat material and the hooky coldness of new age, following thru with
incredible support and feedback in 2012 then again with another solid production from analog machinists Traxx and Wanzer for another Mutant Beat Dance
release for the Rush Hour label with 'Let Me Go' featurinf naughty Wood on
vocals that have said that they produced arguably 'the best 80s Chicago house record NOT made in the 80s. -inspired by the early days of house music-
In an age of digital perfection Traxx is analog, when he DJs he plays vinyl
and when he's in the studio he uses hardware. His sound recalls the past
but pushes for the future with an overtly emotional and experimental approach.
Selected discography Traxx
-Discography TRAXX under the names of Traxx, XxArt, X2,
Saturn V, Mutant Beat Dance, MoMo & The Dirty Criminals:
The Dirty Criminals – Are You Saved? Move! – Gigolo – 12“ – 2001
The Dirty Criminals – Organised Confusion – Gigolo – 2x12“/CD – 2004
The Dirty Criminals - Collision Between Us And The Damned – Gigolo 2x12“– 2006
Jak The Box – Kompute Musik 14 – 12“ – 2006
X2/Saturn/DMC-Primitive Cypher – Relief Records – 12“ – 2006
Traxx-Stranger In The Strangest Of Lands – Crème Organization – 12“ – 2006
Traxx-MTT Inversion – Crème Organization – 12“ – 2007
X2-Photon / Solara – M/O/S – 12“ – 2007
Saturn V-H-Sync 'The House Of Muzique' – Muzique Records – 12“ – 2006
X2-Barely A Track – Crème Jak – 12“ – 2007
Saturn V-Your Mind – Crème Jak – 2007
Mutant Beat Dance – In A Daze - Discos Capablanca 2009
JM Strap – The Owl In Daylight - Frigio 2009
Traxx –To The Beat Bizarre/An Insane Abstract Experiment – Lumberjacks In Hell – 2011
Traxx,JTC,D'Marc Cantu – Definition Of Jak Definition Of Hope – Lux Records 2011
The Poetic Painter M – Marie's Transendance – MOS Deep 2011
Mutant Beat Dance – Another World/New News Is Old News – Rong Music 2011
Traxx – Gold (One Blonde Strange Idea) – RVNG International 2012
Mutant Beat Dance – Let Me Go Feat.Naughty Wood/ Rottonfunk – Rush Hour 2012
VILLan X / dcantu – Disparate Implementations – Sequencias – 2012
Mutant Beat Dance- Urban Dust/Sketch III- L.I.E.S 2012
Mutant Beat Dance- Mutated Moods- Light Sounds Dark 2013
Transformation – LIES Black – 2014
Traxx/NpNk – Revenge Of The Poulet Cat – Macadam Mambo 2014
Traxx/Amir Alexander – Howard/Loyola Acid Frenzy EP – Anunnaki Cartel 2014
Musumeci – Tag Fur Tag(Traxx Tape Cut) – Mannequin 2014
Mutant Beat Dance – PolyfonikDizko – Rush Hour – 2015
Traxx/Villan X – Concept 1210 – June – 2015
Orlando Voorn – Flash – Gigolo – 12“ – 2002 (with Filippo „Naughty“ Moscatello)
DJ Hell – Repassion – Gigolo – 12“ – 1999 – (with Deecoy)
Ron Hardy – Acid Edit – Illinois Illuminated – Antenna International
Mutant Beat Dance - The Adjustment of Night Sky for Gavin Russom- DFA 2011
Blondes – Gold(One Blonde Strange Idea) – RVNG International 2012
YSS - Descend - Traxx remix – Under Bron 2013
Appears as vocalist on:
Let No Man Jack (on DJ Hell's NY Muscle album) – Gigolo – 3x12“/CD – 2003
Let No Man Jack – Gigolo – 12“ – 2005
Let No Man Jack (Abe Duque Remix) – Größenwahn 1992-2005 /
Monotoni Durch Automation
(NY Muscle Interpretationen – Gigolo – 2xCD – 2005
Compilation Appearances on:
A Tribute To Robert Moog – Crème Organization – CD – 2006
International DeeJay Gigolos CD 9 – Gigolo – 2xCD – 2006
International DeeJay Gigolos CD 7 – Gigolo – 2xCD – 2003
International DeeJay Gigolos CD 4 – Gigolo – 2xCD – 2000
International DeeJay Gigolos CD 5 – Gigolo – 2xCD – 2000
The Japanese Gigolo Inferno – 2xCD – Music Mine Inc. – 2003
The Box Collection #1 – 5xCD – Gigolo – 2005
Funboy 3 – 12“ – Gigolo – 2006
We Are Gigolo 12“ Showcase No. 8 – Gigolo – 2006
American Gigolo II – CD – Gigolo – 2006
City To City 3 Dj Deep's Journey Through Chicago,
Detroit and New York's Secret House Gems - BBE - 2010
Light Sounds Dark- Ideas Of Reference And The Luna Sea - 1 sided 12"
M.o.M.o- High Voltage Re-Enactment (M.O.M.O Cut + Re Designed It) - 2015
-Nation Release Catalog Discography:
Nation 001 - Traxx/X2- Mysterio/Juz Jak
Nation 002 - Villan X ft. Naughty Wood/2AM/FM - Heartbeat Crazy/Don't Front
Nation 003 - XXart/X2 - This Moment/House Not House
Nation 004 - Beta Evers - Transient - Paralyzed/Foreign Control/Prisoner Of Mind
Nation 005 - The Modern Electronic Element EP(Serie 1) - Saturn V - Locomotion
D'Marc Cantu - In A Time/Beau Wanzer - Fuk u Klaxons
Nation 006 - Prototype Substance EP - Villan X Feat.Naughty Wood+
Jonny Quest - Sikk Truth/JTC Feat.Rodger Devine -The Monolith
Nation 007- Traxx - Faith - Double Vinyl/CD Album
Nation 008- Future Elektronix EP - D'Marc Cantu - It's My Body/
The Maniacs - Luv Eternal
Nation 009- Rhythm Relics EP - Saturn V - The Fresh Heir/ X2 - Modem
Nation 010- J.T.C. - Creep Acid Double Vinyl Album
Nation 011- The Modern Electronic Element Serie 2 Compilation
Nation 012- Nancy Fortune- Remain Human Album
Nation 013- Charles Manier- Charles Manier Album
Nation 014- Red Light- 7"
Nation 015- Beau Wanzer 'Power Outage' 10"
Nation 16.1- The Doomsday Initiative Part 1(2AMFM)
Nation 16.2- The Doomsday Initiative Part 2(Two Dogs In A House)
Nation 17- The Modern Electronic Element Serie 3 Compilation
Nation 18- The Xecond Xoming Of Black Meteoric Star
Kode 1- Charles Manier- Electrocution
Kode 3- Dmarc Cantu- Homefront I