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DJ Trax

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DJ Trax was an early starter when he first started drumming at the age of seven. By eleven he was breakdancing and he began scratch DJ`ing at the age of thirteen. He formed a hip hop group with two MCs at the age of fifteen called Mixrace.

When he was sixteen he recorded his first Two tracks in a professional studio and then to an up and coming record company called Brain Records.

The two tracks were snapped up and released in 1989 under the group name Rawtrax.

At around the same time Trax mailed out his first mixrace tracks to a newly formed but very credible label Moving Shadow, who immediately requested a meeting. A week later he signed his second recording contract and went on to release the classic `Two Bad For Ya` and `The Future Is Before Your Eyes` E.P. Both tracks were a lot faster than any other tracks released up to that point and for many years after, at 180bpm the tracks were clearly landmarks.

Trax stayed with the quickly developing Moving Shadow for the next three years and as well as releasing a follow up Mixrace E.P he released his first solo E.P `One Man One DJ` and also the solo follow up smash `Hightime.`

Despite the success of the past four years Trax craved for more and formed his own labels with Mixrace partner Brown in order to have more control on the releases and promotion side. So in 1994 the labels Stronghold and Mobhanded were formed with two business partners and with them the birth of new aliases Brown and Dangerman, Broken Silence, M.I.D and Parallel Worlds. For the next three years Trax recorded many solo 12s as well as collaborating with Brown under various aliases on many different labels including Stronghold, Nautilus, Offset, Timeless, Mixrace Productions and Mobhanded. He also recorded two 12 with Moving Shadows `Hyper on Experience`.

Trax began experimenting more and more with various tempos on Nautilus records and gradually began making more down tempo breakbeat tracks than Drum and Bass releases.

Trax noticed the Drum and Bass scene was changing, no longer did as many people seem to want tracks that challenged the norm. The market had in his opinion began to become stagnant. However the down tempo/ breakbeat scene there were no rules and happily welcomed new styles. This reminded Trax of the early Hardcore/ Drum and Bass days. In 1997 Trax signed to a record company that strongly agreed with his views, Wildlife and released an E.P under the alias of Pure Indigo.

Shortly afterwards he released another E.P on Beats and Pieces records which gained him many new fans including Laurence Garnier, Giles Peterson and Mixmaster Morris.

In 1998 Lacerba records contacted Trax and requested permission to license the track `Flowing` As well as the master DAT containing `Flowing` Trax sent half a dozen new tracks he thought Lacerba might be interested in, they quickly agreed and offered Trax an album and a single deal and promptly released the Define Funk ? EP. Trax locked himself in the studio and wrote the Rhythmic Delusions L.P which was greatly received when released in 1999. Followed by a series of 12″s and remixes for the label.

Since the demise of Lacerba Records Trax has worked for various companies including Miami based Kriztal, German based Mole Records, Goodlooking as well as a remix of the infamous Kurtis Blow classic `The Breaks.`

In 2004 Trax returned to his dnb roots and released a Great Track with singer/songwriter Lava Flo on the Outsider Label. As well as some great 3 deck dj shows mixing hip hop scratches with dnb as only Trax does.

Since he`s return to Dnb Trax has released a number of great 12″s on Outsider, Paradox Music, Crisis, Ociris, Subvert Central, Misspent Music and Syncopathic Recordings. Alongside Styles Partner Nucleus he also mixed the Outsider CD `Age Of Outsiders.`

For the last year Trax has also ran a Sucessful night In London called Styles with Nucleus. The two play for 8 hours back to back with a a variety of beats from Downbeat-hiphop-breakbeat-brokenbeat-classichouse-latin-Funk-Nujazz-Dnb-Electro and many of genres. The Ethos on the night follows Trax and Nucleus old school philosophy that the DJ is there for the crowd and watching and reading the crowd is just as important as skills…

Trax is also a resident for both the award winning Night IChIOne in Amsterdam and Ruffskool in Belgium.

Along side Trax`s many release he has also worked on Multimedia projects and has had a string of tracks licensed for TV. Although he continues to release records. He is also on a mission to take the trax sound to TV and Film.

Trax well and truely put his foot on the gas in 2009 as well as further 12"s on various labels he releases a downbeat/midtempo album on his new label Audio Buffet, Wrote two tracks for an award winning feature film `Shifty` and released a second album entitled Thoughts In Widescreen that featured on the front cover of Kmag/Knowledge Magazine. T.I.W was a joint release between the mag and Trax`s Audio Buffet.

But two albums wasnt enough for Trax in 2009 and he swifty followed with Thoughts in Widescreen Remixed which featured remixes from Resound, Insight, Fanu, Nucleus, Sub, ICR, Atlantic Connection, Ricky Force, DSP, LM1, Double O and Trax himself.

In 2010 Trax plans to release a further two albums one of which will be a hip hop collaboration with US crew Assorted Anonymous. Watch This Space.......

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