Raxon has quickly become known as one of the Middle East’s most respected electronic artists. The Egyptian born DJ is one of the UAE’s greatest exports from the dance music scene. Now based in Barcelona he’ll be performing at Soho Garden on Thursday, April 25th and we thought it would be a great time to catch up with him prior to the upcoming show.
Here’s what he had to say:
Your musical journey started right here in Dubai. How did Raxon become a global name?
I would like to think of it as a guy that just wants to make and play music. I always had dreams and like to start very small to gain all the experience and enjoy the journey along the way, as an old friend once said, its a marathon, not a sprint.
You have a very busy schedule, being an in-demand DJ all over the world! How do you stay focused?
My main focus is making music, i try to make it a point to be well rested and eat “healthy” just so I’m able to work/function in the studio during the week.
When you lived in Dubai, how did the music scene strike you?
Wow that’s becoming ancient history now because the scene has developed so much since the last time I was there. Personally, I think the scene is just great given all the rules and regulations of the city, well done to all the DJ’s and promoters for keeping it alive.
As an award-winning DJ, we’re sure you have had to overcome many challenges. Can you share some of these obstacles with our readers?
I try not to let any of these things get into my head, because honestly it’s totally about the music for me, the challenging or actually the most interesting part is to always try to keep reinventing yourself and keep evolving from the music side of things.
I enjoy the music making process a lot and I learn a lot from it.
What’s the most memorable moment you’ve ever experienced in music?
There has been so many in the last year at least, but I could say the most recent memory was playing in Argentina, its the holy grail for most DJ’s to play for the Argentinean people, such energy and passion.
How do you remain innovative in terms of creating new sounds?
I think age might have a slight factor to that I’m not that old thought lol!, but once you’ve been doing it for a while, you kind of “heard it all before”. It’s the most difficult thing and that’s the hard work part.
Making music is the easy part but trying to make something that will still sound good a year or 5 from now difficult part (test of time). My biggest advice is DO NOT FOLLOW THE TRENDS, and the formula is there is no formula! My main advice is to enjoy making the music, because if you’re not enjoying making the music, how would the public do? It’s energies.
You’ll be performing at Soho Garden later this month. What can we expect to see and hear from you on the night?
Yes I’m excited to play for the first time there and have heard many great things from friends who played there in the last months.
Well, you can expect a lot of upcoming originals and remixes from myself which ill be testing that night.
Can you tell us more about your plans for the next few months? Do you have any new collaborations coming up or destinations that you can mention?
Yes, I’m going to be back to Warung Beach club in Brazil for an extended set, DGTL Festival, Brunch festival in barcelona and Watergate in Berlin with the Kompakt family.
On the music side of things, I’m back on Ellum with a 4 track ep , a collaboration with my good friend Edu Imbernon on Systematic and new music on Drumcode and Cocoon.
So keep your ears pealed 🙂
Great chatting to you Raxon, we look forward to your April 25th performance at Soho Garden.