Homegrown :: Raxon


You should know the drill by now, each week we get into the ‘nitty-gritty’ with one of our local DJs. We talk shop, production and that age old question; who came first, the promoter or the DJ. In this weeks Homegrown we talk to renowned Audio Tonic resident and producer Raxon.

Where are you from?

Cairo Egypt, currently living in Dubai

Why are you a DJ and why Dubai? Tell us a bit about you and your sound…

Just in love with music and its constant evolution and just wanna share it with people who love it as well…. I could describe my sound as a mix of electronic dance music, I really try to stay away from genre titles as the keep changing everyday

How did you start DJing, vinyl, CD’s or software? Do you think those without vinyl foundations are true to the craft? Do you think the artistry of Djing has been lost?

I had a bit of a strange start as I wanted to get a pair of cdjs but at the time the mk31000’s were just coming out so there was a period of 4 months that there were no cdjs in town so I ended up getting 2 turntables and got stuck with them for a while and eventually learned to play on them and I think that had a good impact me, guess it was a good thing..

I think if people missed the vinyl foundations they could still work with cds, what im trying to say is that they need to know the basics of mixing and beatmatching weather its vinyl or cd before they use the magic ‘SYNC’ button..

Do you think DJ’s also need to be promoters these days or is that still solely the job of the promoter. Without local agents how do you promote yourself to venues and promoters/ bookers?

Well it’s a yes and no answer, because u have to promote yourself in any field, that’s how people will get to know you and there are many ways in doing that.. as a promoter that is your job title, to promote your event/ dj etc…

What does Dubai have that other party capitals lack? Is their room for everyone here to stake claim and have a following/crowd?

I guess It has a diverse crowd and people that just wanna come out after a long week of work and have some fun, its always a tough one because I think people are more driven more of the venue and the type of music played there at the same time, but I guess to build a following is just being consistent in what u do

Do you produce? If so tell us about your studio set up? What is your take on software production as compared to hardware and modular synths?

Yes, I have been producing for almost 4 years now, I always try to use different approaches and a combination of software and hardware… But you cant beat the analogue sound of the hardware synth as the sound is just raw and fat if you are trying to create a bassline in comparison to a soft synth.

Do you think producers make good DJ’s and vice versa, or is it purely a new promotional tool to get DJ’s on the decks?

Not at all on both sides of the questions. I thinks its ‘defo’ a tool to get DJs on the deck but its nothing new after all, we’ve seen many examples of producers making one hit and then just touring the world many years later following that success of that hit

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to for all the wrong reasons?

Always a tough one, but Ill have to say I enjoy most of the gigs I go to I could mention the worst ones but that would be just wrong…

Raxon plays iLL Communications Friday June 22nd for iLL Communications presents :: Under The Radar. You can check out Raxon’s sound here.

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