Exclusive Interview: Axel Knox

Axel Knox is an electronic music artist from Dublin, Ireland. He’s released music on labels such as Pop Rox Muzik, PhetHouse Records, Plasmapool Entertainment & many more. Axel recently released his latest EP called Living In The Moment. Check out his Artist Spotlight interview and take a listen to his music below.

How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
I was a massive lover of house music from an early age, the positivity and energy behind the music was a big factor for me wanting to learn how to produce music.
I began using software like Ejay and stuff before finding Ableton, I then watched tons of tutorial videos on the internet and learned as much as I could about production.

Who is your biggest influence(s)?
My biggest early influences where people like Paul Van Dyk, BT, Storm and Da Hool, they all produced such uplifting music in the 90’s and that was a big influence.
Today I really admire Axwell such an amazing talent and an unbelievable ear for music!

What’s your favorite record of all time?
I have two, first Storm by Storm released in the late 90’s is an absolute gem and was years ahead of its time. Secondly Greyhound by the Swedish House Mafia, just an absolute BANGER!

What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
I have tons of upcoming festivals and stuff this year so really excited with them,  but to date the best Club and Atmosphere I’ve experienced was a club in Ireland called Club V. I did a party there about a month ago and crowd was just nuts, i  actually got in trouble with the club owner for playing too long, just didn’t want to finish the atmosphere was insane!

Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
No one in particular to be honest, I’m always open to working with talented people and if the  right opportunity arose I’d be willing to collaborate.

What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
Just after Xmas I did a show in Cork, Ireland, it was an absolute disaster! The mixer cut out three times one of the times because some girl pulled out the mixer plug to plug in her iPhone, you wouldn’t believe it, couldn’t wait to just get out of there crazy set up!

What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
To be honest music takes up about 90% of my day everyday, but when I’m out of the studio I like to watch football or just chill watching t.v nothing too crazy.

What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
Personally I think EDM is in a great place at the moment tons of really talented guys coming through with some really fresh ideas. I mean hands down for sheer partying and fun EDM is the best type of house music by a mile, if you look at every major dance festival in the world EDM acts headline every time without fail even with the so called decline of EDM music, so that must tell you something!
What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
I’ll answer that nice and simple it’s me! Ha Apart from me I think all the new bassy groovy future stuff that’s all over Beatport at the moment will really blow up!
What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
I think its ridiculous I mean how could you value yourself as an artist if your not producing your own tracks? I mean isn’t the whole point of what we do for the love of making music?
As far as buying your own tracks, seriously whats the point, your only cheating yourself if you have no audience.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
I have so much coming up that I’m so excited about, I was recently confirmed to play the Ultra Europe Festival this year which is massive and a dream come true and off the back of recent tracks I’ll be doing Indian and Asian tours over the summer which are going to be insane! I also have tons of Irish and Uk gigs lined up so it should be a massive summer!
In regards to releases I’m currently working on some really exciting stuff and I got a massive track out soon with fellow Irish Dj Rory Lynam which I really think is going to blow people way!

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