The rise of technology of the modern age has influenced every aspect of our society, and music is no exception. EDM has swept across the globe, helping DJs and music producers like Jeff Abel, better known as “Excision,” gain prominence. In case you’re unfamiliar with Abel and his role in the EDM industry, here are some things you need to know about Excision:
1) Excision has founded two record label companies.
Following his first release in 2007, Excision founded electronic music label Rottun Recordings. He later founded a second label, Destroid Music, after collaborating with artists such as Space Laces, Far Too Loud, and Downlink. As of 2015, Excision plans to release more songs through Destroid Music in the near future.
2) He’s had Tinnitus since he was 2 years old from a car accident.
Excision warns his fans to wear earplugs at his shows to avoid hearing loss and even sells earplugs at his shows for this reason.
3) Excision manages his own visuals and lightings on tour.
He justified this preference in an interview, saying, “I am a strong believer in maintaining quality control, and we are pulling off things far beyond what our budget should allow because of my constant involvement.”
4) He considers his greatest milestone to be when he made enough money from music to move out of his parents’ house.
His second greatest career milestone came when he headlined at Red Rocks amphitheater in Denver, Colorado.
5) His 2014 tour featured animations created by many influential television and movie animators.
People involved with The Walking Dead and the Transformers series were among those involved in the tour’s production.
6) Excision is a huge sci-fi fan and watches many sci-fi tv shows during his free time.
Some of his favorite shows are Almost Human and Black Mirror. During an interview, he commented on the modern age of sci-fi by saying, “Sci-fi fans are spoiled these days. It used to be so niche, but now with comic book movies ruling the theaters, you can find something in the sci-fi genre on any platform, for every level of geek.”
7) He likes to balance out the intensity of his shows with quiet, leisurely activities.
Excision has said he prefers activities like going to “check out some redwoods in North Cali that you can drive through, wander the forest feeling about the size of a bug, go snowboarding and really get that peaceful Zen feeling, or simply retreat to my bunk, put some headphones on and get lost attempting to design the craziest sound my brain can imagine.”
8) Excision’s most recent studio album, Codename X, was released through Rottun Recordings on February 3, 2015.
Some of the most popular songs on the album include “Out of Time,” “Robo Kitty” featuring Downlink, and “Push It Up” featuring Space Laces.
9) Excision dropped out of the business program at the University of British Columbia in 2005 to pursue his musical career.
He continues to support this decision every day, saying that it was what he “needed to do.” He also stated in an interview that, “my parents weren’t too impressed, but they had some level of faith when they saw I was putting in 12 hours a day to get better.”
10) Excision’s sound system is so loud that it can cause physical damage to smaller venues.
Excision’s 100,000-watt PK system is composed of 40 subwoofers and can cause actual structural damage to certain venue locations, such as fracturing drywall and shattering glass bottles. As of now, there are no reported incidents of an individual going deaf after one of the shows, but he still takes precautions anyway.
11) He thinks that some forms of dubstep have emerged onto the mainstream music scene.
In an interview, Excision expressed his views on contemporary dubstep music by saying, “ I still think dubstep straddles the line between mainstream and underground, and certain kinds of dubstep have definitely become more mainstream now…Instrumentals are the core of dubstep, and the mainstream stuff is very vocal driven. So as long as the core of dubstep stays instrumentally driven, then dubstep will always stay underground.”
12) He had a strong childhood affinity for dinosaurs and paleontology.
Excision has stated that his childhood dream was to grow up to become a paleontologist, but fortunately for the world, his real career took quite a different path.
13) Excision’s personal music preferences include Nu-metal music, “chill” EDM, and popular rock from the late 80’s.
Some of his favorite bands include Metallica, Slayer, and Slipknot.
14) Like many other musicians, Excision can recount many bizarre incidents that have occurred on tour.
During one tour stop in South Carolina, Excision and his crew were harassed and photographed by a 70-year-old man in a likely litigation trap. During another tour, he accidentally left his sound technician behind without a cell phone or money.
15) Excision is a fan of Rick Astley and the meme sensation known as “rickrolling.”