There are few artists carving out a legacy for themselves like Dax J is right now.The British DJ and producer from London has gone from pirate radio to magazinecovers; from the backroom parties to headlining raves at every major technoinstitution the world over, all whilst staying true to the underground with anindividual style all of his own. His technical skill, pure selection as a DJ andattention to high-end sound production has placed him at the forefront of a globalscene, and established him as a singular presence within modern dance music.Recent accolades for his unswerving devotion have included placements in the top100 DJs polls published by Resident Advisor, DJ Mag and Groove Magazine. Overthe years, he’s also received nominations as Best Techno DJ, Best BreakthroughDJ and Best British DJ from Mixmag, DJ Mag and the DJ Awards. He's renownedfor performing mammoth closings at monumental parties including two 10-hourmarathon sets at the world’s most notorious techno clubs, Berghain and Bassiani.Also known as a prolific producer and successful record label boss, his trademarksound remains in constant rotation among the most respected DJs in dancemusic. It’s a style that has evolved over many years, but which was first fullyrecognised on his highly acclaimed 2015 album, "Shades of Black". Upon its initialrelease on his own Monnom Black label, Mixmag named it "Album of the Month",Hardwax described it as “brilliantly banging” and it also took the coveted No.1spot on Juno Records. 2018 saw Dax release his multi-faceted second solo album“Offending Public Morality”. The record won support across the board, includingthat of BBC Radio 1 who picked it as their “Biggest Record of the Week”. By theend of 2018, “Offending Public Morality” also featured in the “Top 50 Albums of theYear” lists for DJ Mag, Tsugi and Apocalypse Mag. Two more events that crowneda year of great success were his enrolment into the BBC hall of fame with therelease of his debut Radio 1 Essential Mix, and Be.At.TV’s choice of his 4-hourclosing set at NeoPop Festival for their “Best DJ set of the year”. In 2021 Daxreleased his third studio album “Utopian Surrealism”, it was picked by GrooveMagazine as their “top 5 albums of the year” with the track "Simulated Reality"being featured at the Beijing Contemporary Art Expo 2021. The following year2022 saw Dax release his fourth album, a response to the war in Ukraine.Residents Advisor described the album as a “highlight showing of Dax’s range” asan artist.The Evolution of an ArtistDax grew up in the UK as an avid fan of jungle, drum’n’bass and garage. He washeavily influenced by early innovators such as Goldie, Andy C and Bad Company,and his love for this simmering underground resulted in him starting to DJ on pirateradio whilst he was still at school. He became an avid vinyl collector, buying hismusic from London’s famous "Black Market Records" on a weekly basis. Notcontent just to play the music of others though, he also started producing musicon his Playstation and so started the early manifestations of his sound.His first appearances on vinyl came while still at university, both on Aphrodite &Mickey Finn’s classic jungle label, "Urban Takeover", and his own imprint, "Xplicit
Sound". By the age of 19 he had forced his foot into London’s storied drum’n’bassscene, initially playing the small rooms at major raves for legendary promoterssuch as United Dance, One Nation and Movement. He took to the airwaves tooand held residencies on pirate radio stations Origin FM 95.2 and Time FM 104.6.After Dax graduated from university with a degree in Sound Engineering, he took ayear out to go traveling, a decision that would completely change his musical
career. Dax discovered techno and instantly developed a new passion for cutting-edge 4/4 beats that would give him a new direction, merging the pulsating
energies of European techno with the uncompromising, rough attitude of hismusical upbringing. It was this experience that set in motion what has become thefoundation of Dax’s unique sound, a blend of rough and sleek hedonistic nightmusic for abandoned warehouses.It’s hard to see what else the young British artist can achieve given how he’salready established himself as a techno DJ, producer, record label head andpromoter at the highest levels. What’s clear though is that his passion for themusic and his commitment to driving it forward in new and unexpected waysremains stronger than ever, and he remains at the front of the pack for those whocelebrate how diverse and deep electronic music can be.
Not many DJs can claim to experience as meteoric, grassroots ascent as SPFDJ. Having established a remarkable energy, style and attitude on the underground techno circuits of both the London and Berlin circuits, she is known for inspiring debauchery and sweat-soaked hedonism on an international scale.
Typically operating at a blisteringly high-tempo, an SPFDJ trip takes no prisoners in its exploration of strains of techno, acid, EBM, hardcore and trance. It’s a style that Ben UFO called “utterly ruthless”, and one that more and more clubbers are submitting to; a gleefully chaotic two-fingers to dance music’s self-serious establishment.In 2018, SPFDJ was inducted into the crew of residents at Herrensauna, the notorious monthly rave that has empowered and transformed Berlin’s queer scene in the past few years. Sharing a lineup with residents, this fertile and (not quite) fucks-free environment has seen SPFDJ’s sets become increasingly dynamic and uncompromisingly distinctive, a key tool in tipping the basement of Tresor over into trademark madness, as captured in an inspiring, increasingly iconic Boiler Room performance.Owing to her access to techno’s bubbling, hardcore underground, SPFDJ established her label ‘Intrepid Skin’ in order to showcase the work of her contemporaries and those producing some of the most challenging tracks in her set. So far, VTSS and Nene H have launched both vinyl and digital music through Intrepid Skin, with further unruly transmissions soon to follow.With a specific, uncompromising musical vision in mind, SPFDJ’s monthly residency on Rinse FM further cements her ability to speak for the cutting edge of rave as well as revisiting the genre’s vast archive; rediscovering, recontextualising and reintroducing some of the most forward-thinking and irresistible electronic music ever made, her dedicated mixes have found favour with both veterans of the genre and a fresh-blooded, thirsty generation of clubbers. Mixes for i-D and Discwoman have further cemented her formidable reputation for mixing the sonically impenetrable.SPFDJ’s recent gig schedule has seen her appear regularly as a key feature of Berghain’s cutting-edge programming in the Säule venue, as well as internationally renowned clubs such as Bassiani in Tbilisi, Concrete in Paris, and Amsterdam’s De School. Deeper in the techno landscape, there were performances at Reaktor’s Unpolished, as well as an invitation to play alongside some of the scene’s heavyweights at the MMA closing party in Munich, and appearing at festivals including Dekmantel, Dimensions and No Bounds. She also continues to play with Universe of Tang, the all-female underground techno collective formed in London, whose wildly imaginative and creative parties saw SPFDJ cut her rave teeth, as well as on Berlin’s roving and formidable System.out Sound rig, gaining valuable insight into the raw technicalities of the rave, as well as the nous to handle huge records on an even bigger system. In a scene of DJs determined to take their stand, precious few can match the impact of SPFDJ.