The Golden State, better known as California is host to a true visionary in the music world known by the name Galaxi. Raised on a mixture of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Hip Hop, his musical interest was ignited at an early age. During his school years he was trained in various instruments including the saxophone, piano, guitar, and his primary interest, the drums. As he excelled in his musical talents, his skills as a drummer led him to compete in numerous competitions where he went on to win many awards and recognizable achievements with his school band. Furthermore he has also played the drums in jazz trio’s and jazz ensembles, as well as played alongside his friend the world famous Thomas Pridgen of The Memorials.
Galaxi has been influenced by many styles of music. Everything from the electro-cinematic sounds of movie composer Jerry Goldsmith right down to the adventuristic scores of video games. “I’ve always enjoyed all the elements of music, but it’s the fundamentals such as the instruments and music production that I am most interested in.” In the mid 90′s, after collecting countless tapes, cd’s, and vinyl, he added another selection to his musical catalog. Electronic music with its many genres of downtempo, breakbeat, techno, ambient, and house. It was with this new discovery that he came across another sound that would forever change his life and redirect his career goals. “I remember the first time hearing drum’n’bass. It was shocked that there was a genre of music that incorporates the same drum patterns and music vibes I use to play in my jazz band days. At that point, I knew I had to be part of electronic music.” After collecting many compilations and dj mixes from the electro scene, Galaxi decided to learn how to create his own music. Motivated, he built his own in home studio and began the assembling the sounds of Galaxi.
Drum’n’bass has played a major role in Galaxi’s music production. “I used to spend all day listening to cd’s by LTJ Bukem, Roni Size, Squarepusher, Goldie and Photek, just to name a few.” At the time there were a few drum’n’bass nights hosted in California, but being too young to enter clubs, he could not visit his favorite dj’s live. Undeterred, he bought his own turntables and with the help of the internet stayed in touch with the drum’n’bass scene as he listened to UK radio shows such as Radio One.
In 2002, Galaxi met UK producer and DJ Tidal through his early Advection website. “When speaking to Tidal, it was like I was talking to my lost brother! We had everything in common musically.” They expressed various ideas with one another about the past, present, and future of music. After years of exploring the music scene together, they decided to launch Advection Music together. It was a pivotal beginning of pushing the sounds they created and enjoyed.
Galaxi has shared his musical talent with many artists and performed at multiple events. In 2005, he was booked to open for LTJ Bukem at Progression Sessions in Birmingham, UK. “Dj’ing in the UK for the first time was an honor. That was the first time in my life I saw so many people love the music I created.” Dj’ing in the UK led to Galaxi being booked at more events worldwide. From Chris Inperspective’s Technicality in London to Los Angeles’ club nights at Muse, Dj’ing became his next greatest project in his music life. With releases on ASC’s Covert Operations label, such as ‘Leave (ASC remix)’ and ‘Aurora’, Galaxi began to go back into the studio work on music. With Tidal, the production duo “Deep Gemini” was formed. While creating different tracks together, an Advection mini-tour was done which included events in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York along with Jay Le Roc, Soul Objective, and Mc Smilee. This was the foundation for Advection Music to take its course.
Today, Galaxi is back in the studio at full force. With new releases in the making, he has extended to collaboration’s with ManVSMachine’s label as well. As the year unfolds he continues to push his new deeper sound to the forefront of his production. We anticipate what Galaxi has in store for us next….
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