If I listen to a track ONE TIME and by the end of that track I have to listen again JUST so I can sing along it’s awesome. Tokyo Dawn Records describes their label as future soul & I’m going to say that everyone in the universe is going to love this one. Really dig the lyrics so I am looking forward to more Stan Smith after reading his bio. I’m such a music lover & anytime I find someone that speaks about how music is their therapy I totally relate. AND I just found out there are 3 more days to vote on WHICH remix of this song you like!! STAN SMITH REMIX CONTEST
Why should you listen to this? A slew of tracks that haven’t even been released yet. I LOVE new stuff, 2 of the tracks are not even named yet!! Overall it’s a chill mix but then you’ll start doing that foot tap thing & before you know it yr like, “Hum, I wonder if anyone wants to go out dancing.”
Currently Axis Mundi is working on his 2nd album. A majority of the tracks from Axis Mundi’s Soundcloud page will appear on his second album “Ara Nova”, which will be five tracks.
He’s work has also been on about 20-25 miscellaneous compilation and versus tracks which are found everywhere. I’m excited to learn more about the work and experience this Asheville, NC producer has!
Axis Mundi getting psychedelic
What crews are you working with now.
I am with a couple of crews now. TOUCH Samadhi (Facebook) (Youtube) This is an Asheville-based crew which has since spread across the US. Possibly abroad as well. TOUCH was the biggest reason why I decided to move to Asheville. They have all been huge role models to me. Kri Samadhi in particular has been somewhat of a mentor (even though he may not realize it until now) and someone that I hold a lot of respect for and look up to. But he’s not the only one. They have all become very good friends to me personally, and have been very supportive of me, even though the type of trance I create is perhaps the most far removed from most of their personal tastes. I was very honored to become part of their circle and I feel a lot of loyalty towards them.
Anomalistic Records This is an Atlanta based trance label, which is also very much like a family. There are Anomalistic members all over the USA. The label focuses on releasing music which… doesn’t fit in with any particular niche, though the tendency is towards very fast, abstract sounds (even for this particular genre of electronic music). David “CinderVOMIT” Sheker is one of my closest friends. This label released my first album and I’m proud to be involved with them and with the yearly “World Bridge” party which has become an event I look forward to every year. This year’s World Bridge, the seventh, is slated to be the last in the series.
There is also the Goa Gil crew, called “Those People”, also based out of Asheville, and also heavily involved with the World Bridge festival in the summer, and the bi-annual Goa Gil event in Spring at Deerfields. Over the years these folks have become very dear to me as well. I’ve learned a lot from them.
There are a few other crews which I’m also closely allied with. Xexify in southern California, Atrium Obscurum in Texas, and Cosmic E.G.G. in Minnesota (many of whom also cross over with Anomalistic) are also very good friends and supporters. I always enjoy their company and the events they do. They are very good people.
I also have a side project called “Elves of Appalachia” (soundcloud) with David “CinderVOMIT” of Anomalistic and the “Datavore” act. We’re just finishing up an EP which will be out on Anomalistic very soon this year.
I’m very thankful to have gotten to know these groups in my career.
The Axis Mundi is the the center of the world center, how did you decide to select that as your name?
I first heard the term through another hobby of mine – tabletop RPGs (role-playing games). Later (before I seriously got into electronic music) I also used “Axis Mundi” as a general internet and gaming handle online. The more I read about the “Axis Mundi” concept, the more it resonated with me, and it sort of stuck. Even some of my most long-term friends call me “Axis” even though they are well aware of my true name. At this point, I don’t think I could get rid of it if I tried.
In the trance community, there have been a few other “Axis Mundi”s before me. I believe I’m the 4th. Once I found out there were others, I wondered for a bit if I should consider a name change. I even tried to do this, but it turned out to be futile, obviously. I’ve never had any issues with using this moniker, though, and no real confusion amongst other people, so there was never any real reason to change it besides my own self consciousness, so I never really bothered to. “Axis Mundi” seems to have chosen me as much as I chose the name.
It’s Latin, also, which I really like. I’m a languages prodigy. I speak five other languages besides English, with varying degrees of fluency. So I think the name also says something about who I am, in its own way.
I just saw that you are working on drum & psy-trance bass! JUST NOW! How is this different from what you tend to create? Download available online?
Hehe, not yet, though this bit I’m doing now will be the first track on my second album, “Ars Nova”, soon to be released. I’ve always enjoyed other types of music. In electronic music, I’m a big fan of breakbeats, drum and bass, downtempo, industrial, ambient, and IDM. I try my best to incorporate these influences into my trance music, which is why a lot of it sounds very irregular and experimental. Even in my “normal” trance, most of it is in non-4/4 timings, with fractional tempo changes, and subtle broken beat sections. I thought it would be nice with my second album to push my boundaries a bit further and make a psytrance-influenced track that wasn’t actually psytrance in itself. I’m told by those who have listened to it that it’s well done and “sexy”, so I’m probably going to explore these avenues further.
I also have a pet project which is IDM/glitch in nature and mainly geared towards fully live performance, meaning you don’t hear any sounds at all unless I’m pushing buttons and keys and turning knobs like a furious madman. I love hardware and controllerism, and the language of MIDI. At this point, though, this is a personal affair, though perhaps after my second album is finished I’ll devote more time to persuing this with a bit more seriousness and maybe even perform it onstage at the right event. I’m taking my time with it, though.
I have had such a blast when I’ve previously tranced in Asheville, NC. How would describe the North Carolina psytrance scene?
For a town this small, there’s a HUGE arts and music scene in general. Moog Synthesizers also has its headquarters here, and these and a lot of factors mean there are tons of electronic musicians who produce stellar work… true audio geniuses. But you never hear about them, because they aren’t necessarily interested in promoting themselves and having a big name about it. They just do it because it’s fun and it pleasures them to do so. This is an important aspect of this area.
As far as Trance goes, TOUCH Samadhi and THOSE People have been here, pushing the trance scene, helping it grow, doing events, making music, etc. since the late 90’s. That’s old-school in this genre. As mentioned earlier, I’m very glad I discovered it when I did. I couldn’t have gotten to the point where I am now without these crews and the Asheville local scene, and as far as I’ve gone up to this point, I still see horizons in every direction. The Asheville scene has been a big influence on me in the way I view my place and direction in music.
Even (and especially) now, I oftentimes feel humbled by the sheer amount of talent, enthusiasm, and dedication that exists in this area and its people, and it humbles me when I listen and see what other people are doing around here.
When was your initial influence to Psytrance? What was that experience like?
Before trance, I used to listen to a lot of heavy metal. I was first turned onto psytrance via my high school exchange year in Germany, when I would listen to late night radio there. I didn’t know it was “psytrance” at the time, all I knew was that it was the first electronic music I could relate to, and listening to it made me feel very, very good. After a short while I stopped listening to metal altogether, and I began changing in a lot of ways for the better.
Some of the first names I listened to were Hallucinogen, Infected Mushroom, Juno Reactor, Koxbox, Etnica, Astral Projection, Talamasca, and others. Nowadays, my tastes have changed somewhat and I listen to different artists. But I still respect these old acts for what they did, and in some cases, still do.
To date what is the best experience you’ve had djing?
Wow, there are so many. My primary reasons for doing what I do are the travel and the people I meet. I’ve been very blessed to have played all over the States as well as two Europe tours. Some of my most memorable were:
Playing with Sectio Aurea on top of a mountain in Switzerland. The dancefloor literally dropped off into a huge cliff, and while I was playing, I could look out across the black midnight sky and see a massive thunderstorm flashing lightening behind a distant mountain, silhouetting the Alps for a few seconds with every bolt.
Playing in front of thousands of people at Indian Spirit ’09 in Germany. When I started, I had the shakes and thought I would faint. Looking up from what I was doing and seeing a sea of dancing heads under the black and strobe lights… there’s nothing like it.
Playing in the Mojave desert outside of L.A. in Spring. At night, the sky was perfectly clear and I could see more stars than I’ve ever seen at once in my life. Thanks to that, I now know what it looks like when the sky cracks open – and I was completely sober, too.
Playing near the tree line on the side of Mt. Hood in Oregon with Secret Society. Even though it was May, it was COLD up there – we literally drove THROUGH a snowstorm to get to the venue, and it was snowing while I was playing! The wilderness there was virgin, untouched, and felt very primeval.
Playing/being at a very small “family” style party with a crew of Germans (the “Klabusterbaerenbaende”, which, loosely translated, means “The band of some strange little animal which burrows up into your ass”. They rented out a villa on the coast of Southeastern Spain, in Benissa, and the whole affair lasted a week and a half of the most solid, uninterrupted debauchery I’ve had the pleasure to indulge in. They did it totally “Fear and Loathing” style, complete with a special briefcase – I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.
Opening for Psykovsky just about a month ago right here at home, in Deerfields. The party was a huge success – half experimental glitchy IDM (on Friday) and some of the most exotic psytrance on Saturday. The promoters, all personal friends of mine, were doing that as their first event – a very daunting task, but the event went off without a hitch and was without a doubt one of my favorites of all time. It was an honor to open up for Psykovsky, an artist I greatly admire presently, and I’m glad I played before him and not after him, because I have no idea how anyone could have followed after what he did. He really blew me out of the water in all the right ways.
Any thanks you’d like to give out?
Besides those whom I listed in the cover art of my first album, “One Foot In Fantasy”, well, I’d like to thank all of those people again, and especially my Mom, my beloved sister Dakota, my fiancee and the love of my life, Mary Johnson, Jerry Ricks, Myrkabah, Somadelic, Vic and Triplag Music, Oblium, the Anomalistic crew, Elves of Appalachia, TOUCH Samadhi, Those People, Atrium Obscurum, Mind-Expansion Records, Xexify, Cosmic E.G.G., and more… I’m reluctant to name individuals beyond that because there are so many, and I don’t want to accidentally leave anyone out. I’d also very much like to thank each and every person who’s ever given me a shout out, a hug, a congratulations, a “Like”, a “Favorite”, etc…. every time I hear or see appreciation for my art, no matter how small, it makes me feel really, really good about my art, and gives me a bit of strength and courage to continue doing that, and to keep pushing my own limits. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I never, ever, ever could have done, or do, what I do without your kindness, love, patience, understanding, and support.
Axis Mundi is played in Texas at Armadillo Area, Hugh Springs on June 23 for Embodied Awakening. Hope you asked for Monday off because you’re going to need a rest after this weekend.
You attended the infamous illegal London M25 Acid Parties. How were those parties different from the events you started going in the early 90s?
The early parties had a more underground feel to them. There were great events in the early nineties they tended to be at licensed venues which had a kinda glossy feel to them. I loved the derelict warehouses and archway venues and the outdoor parties were always the best. Hundreds sometimes thousands of people travelling in convoys to secret locations in and around London. Great fun, always trying to stay one step ahead of the plod . Music started to split into its genres more in the early 90s, but my DJing was underway so I was enjoying these times . Now we were attending parties at licensed venues up and down the country every weekend where I would usually play at after parties if I could wangle it . They were mostly indoors but at least they were more likely to go ahead all night .
Psychedelic trance is notorious for having high BMPs, as a DJ that played Harcore and Breakbeat, how was this progression for you? What drew you to psytrance?
The break beats and hardcore BPMs I used to play and still love, were around 147 bpm to 160 BPMs. If anything I’ve slowed the tempo down, things were starting to sound too fast. Then I discovered Trance with labels like Time Unlimited and Noom Records and settled right into it. Goa Trance / Psy just kind of crept in as I found the Dragonfly label, Matsuri and stuff like that . A totally natural progression I think as my first love of music was with the early electro of the 80’s, Streetsounds Records etc. Always loved a TB303 bass line me.
What I loved about the Psytrance scene was how underground it felt and with a much more tribal element to it and outdoor gatherings were back! The music was amazing, Slinky Wizard Astral Projection , Doof , T.I.P. Etnica. Just couldn’t get enough of these sounds .
You’ve said you’re not a fan of the commercialization of raves although you did have to deal with parties getting raided, what do you think of the path that music festivals have taken so far in the UK?
What gear/software are you currently using to produce? Are there any producers that you are looking forward to working with?
At this time I use Ableton Live with tons of different softsynths and Traktor to DJ with . Myself and Joe Markendale (Sonic Species) are trying to find time to write a track together so very much looking forward to that . I’d also like to do some work with Anti-Spin in the UK . I’m open for collaborations for sure.
As a Live Act what does your act involve? Does it have anything to do with your name “Extrinsic”?
My live act is still in developing stages , for now nothing too complicated it will be a mix of my own work using Ableton Live . My main approach is to stay focused on the sound and the delivery of a nice production . And the Extrinsic name represents the style of music you’ll hear me play -Alien , outlandish .
I’m excited that you’ll have new tracks that will be featured in your set at Embodied Awakening, Which of your own tracks do you like the best so far?
From my old batch of tracks , I liked Beautiful Moments, Supernatural Being and Psychedelic Liberation which has just been released on Yo-Soy records. These tracks can be heard on my soundcloud. My new stuff is a funkier more manacing sound, as can be heard on the MoonRunner mix on my mixcloud. So I’ll be intergating my own material with the best sounds I can find for you …… I’m looking forward to partying with you A.O. – See you soon
Big shout to all the Psylicious crew , Triba crew Ben , Wazza , Nelly , Mark and Padman and Love to my family xx
Extrinsic is with Psylicious Artist & DJ Collective with stablemates such as Zetan Spore, N.A.S.A, Twisted Reaction, Earth Angel, Polypheme, DJ SSK, New Age Hippies, Kenesis and Talamasca ….. Extrinsic creates, performs and DJs psychedelic trance music, bringing a blend of euphoric yet twisted soundscapes and groovy, pounding basslines to the trance floor. For bookings please visit www.psylicious.com (from Soundclound page.)
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Atrium Obscurum Park Party and Potluck
Come and hang out with us for a lovely spring day full of music,food and friends at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. The pavilion is located at the entrance to the park off of 7th st. For directions please address 2401 West 7th St, Fort Worth 76107.
Join us for some good times, with good people, while listening to good music. This ones for the kiddos, the doggies, the frisbees, the footballs, the hula hoops and whatever other things you feel like tossing around.
For max comfort bring: camping chair, hydrating beverage & baby wipes.
Our intention is for this gathering to be a potluck. We encourage those who wish to attend to bring something to donate to the spread. We will provide plenty of plates, plastic-ware, napkins. This gathering is BYODrinks.
Your musical entertainment(not in order or appearence)…..
Please adhere to all park rules, and be sure to leave no trace. Everything must be as clean if not cleaner than we found it.
I just made this amazing work of art (in paint ha ha ha) to show where to turn, where to park & where the potluck & music will be.
Trinity Park off W 7th Avenue
Blue arrow is where you drive IN to park. Red arrow is 1st parking lot on left hand side, usually full. Orange arrow is extra parking across from a duck pond, my 4 year old nephew LOVES this pond. Yellow arrow is the pavilion (w/bathrooms)m which has a massive shelter for overpower sun or rain. There is cement slab people have skateboarded on. In front of the pavilion is a wonderfully kept lawn that the hula hoop folks play on. Green arrow is the hill that we glide down on cardboard boxes & look silly doing.
I’ve been waiting for this past Friday night all week long. I’m a long time fan of house producer Sunshine Jones and this event was also in celebrate of one of my favorite dance floor people. Perfect combination.
First time I heard Sunshine Jones perform in person was at Texas Fall Festival and I totally got into his vocals and completely cried with joy on the dance floor. Yes, I’ve been know to allow music to take me to a very high level of happiness and get teary eyed. There is much more to the performance of Sunshine Jones than any other vocalist that I’ve ever seen.
While I’m wrapped around some amazing music, I totally lose it while Sunshine Jones is singing the most beautiful and true phrases I just think, close my eyes and go back into my mind. I am surrounded by all these people who I’ve shared the past decade of my life with. I look over at Jen as she’s twirling around with a HUGE smile on her face and I’m filled with so much joy. I can’t believe how thankful I am to have this life, these experiences and all the hugs I’m getting. Fuck, I felt like it was MY birthday!
I’ve been around a various amount of people throughout the course of my life and seen them go through dynamic conditions as their live unravels around them. I would hug a friend of mine & just hold them and think of all we’ve been through together. I’m so glad to have them there. I know I’ve had situations around me unfold and been completely unable to do anything to protect those I care because humans just have to experience those lessons. I can’t believe all these things were going through my head as I was dancing. This is just the type of experience I was having while Sunshines Jones sings! I wasn’t even drunk although I could have been had I gotten to Elm Street Bar earlier as drink were $2. I double fisted vodka sevens for the whole 15 minutes before 11 PM.
There were intense breakdowns as Sunshine Jones would sing ask the crowd, “Why don’t you do it now?”
I’m like thinking he’s talking to ME. What am I am doing right? I’m getting musically healed. I’m actively meditating while wearing my bad ass shoes w/a 3 inch heel that I didn’t realize aren’t perfect for dancing non-stop for 3 hours. I’m getting preached to right now: Open up your mind. Open up your head. Open up your heart. Open up your mouth. Do it right now.
I just started crying with joy. I love stuff like this. Everyone was hands up wild during this song. It was perfect. I was physically sore Saturday morning. Awesome party. Happy birthday Littlz. If you have the opportunity to hear Sunshine Jones live – you better get your ass there. No fucking excuses. This event was $7! Deal of the year!
This past I started reading Sunshines Jones blog & found this post Gas masks and crazy-girls. I really just soaked in how love can be so different from one person to another person and through out all different relationship types. I just found it so strange how open I can be with complete strangers and yet completely closed off to someone that has known me my entire life. Like say, oh I guess, mi madre. Any I had this on my mind while taking to people I’ve known my entire adult life and thought, “Wow, this person really knows a lot of werid things about me” and at the same time I just met a couple of the balcony. I was talking to them about their upcoming wedding and completely enthralled for them as I’ve considered marriage a couple of random times but the idea of losing my self in loves scares me to death. Then this stranger tells me how excited she is to marry this person and “settle down.” I loved her face as she looked into the future. I live for stuff like that.
Later this weekend as I was looking for MORE music Sunshine Jones has on the Treehouse Muzique label I find this: Fall Down. Seriously beautiful more downtempo song. I’ve recently been focused on psytrance as Embodied Awakening is not too far away so it was AWESOME to get back to the music I started dancing to when I was 17. Just hurt my face this weekend with all the beautiful vibes, spiritually kissed music and the energy that Sunshine Jones put into his set. XO.
First gig I ever played was in Dallas, August 2009, Integrated UPROAR @the Cavern where I tagged with the almighty PHOOKA It was a mega Texas line up featuring Mundo (Dub Assembly), MAD CLASSY from Austin and BMC From Houston. Very heavy hitting players that shaped the dubstep and DNB scence here in Texas so it was more then an honor to be a part of.
I call my self a Bass DJ. I do not limit myself to a certain genre because I love all music . I have been in the EDM scene since I was 15 and started off listening to progressive trance, so I can’t really choose a certain genre to pin myself too since I’ve listened to it all. Mind that if I had to pick a genre to best describe me as a person it would be DRUM N BASS hands down. I live walk & breathe the intensity that drum & bass brings to a dance floor . MY slogan is: drum & bass is my heart, hip hop is my soul, and dubstep is my booty.
So glad you could take the time to tell me more about what you’ve been up to.
Well 2012 I have put my main focus on producing music and less on giging out. I felt that was the only was going to advance in the music industry and have longevity in it. So 2012 is all about learning as much as possible about making music and finding my own sound .
Athena Hernandez dropping bass in Costa Rica
I’ve noticed that this past year you’ve been djing internationally. What is the first thing you notice about your international gigs vs the ones you’ve played in the states? What countries have you played in so far?
2011 I had the pleasure of invading Central America and playing in Guatemala (Antigua, Guatemala City) , Costa Rica (San Jose) and Honduras (Utila). I noticed a huge difference in the type of music they liked to listen to. This was during the time DUBSTEP was blowing up and DNB was not as popular in the states.
So traveling to Central America I had an arsenal of a variety of music from Electro to Jungle I was ready for any crowd. First gig in Guatemala I played with MAX GRAHAM a TRANCE god and he gave me the best advice about playing in different countries BE YOURSELF and play what you feel inside. And I did I played all different types of genres and they loved it except the dubstep. I found it odd that the biggest thing America at the time was not something accepted quite yet here, but they LOVED the drum n Bass . Honestly they couldn’t get enough of it and it was a bit refreshing since Dubstep at the time was dominating the scene back in texas. Also through my mini tour I learned to appreciate the availability of tools and resources I had to to be a dj . All the DJ equipment and music was triple the price over there and they mke an average of $8-10 a day. SO the DJs I meet where truly passionate because they had to make tough financial decisions in order to sustain their dream.
Athena in Guatemala with trance god: Max Graham
Of the music that your currently playing, what are the tracks that never fail you?
Wow this is a hard question since I really try not to repeat to many songs since there are so many genres I experiment with but if I had to choose
This Friday you’ve playing at Trees, opening for Distance of Chestplate Recs, he’s pretty bad ass & you’ve playing with some incredibly talented producers – have you ever been all starstruck before?
YES ! ANDY C at SXSW this year I think I forgot my name for about 5 minutes after meeting and taking a picture with him . I felt like a ten year old little girl meeting Justin Bieber. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole night and kept on checking my phone to make sure the picture was still there – ha ha .
Athena meeting drum & bass legend, Andy C, future baby daddy, at SXSW
Now that you’re a Houstonite what do you miss about Dallas? And of course, what kicks ass about Houston?
You know I miss the tight knit DNB community that Dallas has as well as all my amazing friends. They all just ate, slept and lived music 24/7 which helped keep me inspired and driven to live my dream. I have yet to meet a group of amazing people like that in Houston but I’m sure in time I will. Houston is where I am originally from so it kick’s ass that it produced someone as awesome as me. No but for real I love Houston’s diverse culture and how authentic they are here. You can always find authentic food from indian to Persian just about any where in this city . Growing up in this city taught me to be opened minded to other peoples cultures and to embrace and accept the differences between us.
Athena with Britnibritnibritni Shepard of Two:Tone
One of my favorite things to do at Trees is drink and bass out to music, when you party what is the Athena drink of choice?
Drink of choice would be a Goose, soda and lime
Athena's inner diva striking a pose while djing at Nocturnal 2010
Thanks & shout outs!
Shout out to Chris ( Phooka) for always being supportive and being my endless teacher of La Musica . Eli AKA Mass Destruction for showing me drum n Bass and being my other mentor. Jason Mundo For always encouraging me and teaching me about dubstep . Battle Tech, Two Tone, Dustin Knight and DUB ASSEMBLY for believing in me and giving me a chance to play a their weekly’s and shows .