Beatport and over ten years in the business as a producer, label boss of OMEN Recordings and as a promoter in America who brings music lovers together, making them discover emerging local and international artists, in a friendly and uplifting atmosphere.ith over twenty release already out in
Definitely he ain’t a stranger to the Los Angeles Techno scene, or even the world, Axkan is a talented producer out of Los Angeles. His Techno is highly influenced by Industrial and EBM alongside ethnic rhythms. His darker and noisy style of Techno is a highly sought sound and can be found on several labels, OMEN Recordings, The Cast Project, Reloading Records, SecreTechno, Rheostatus, From 0-1, GBB, Aerotek, Format Recordings, Switch Off, etc.
Familiarise yourself with his music and forthcoming podcasts below, and get in touch with Axkan for worldwide tour availabilities.
Axkan will be in a small tour in Europe for November, this is where you can find him:
17.11: KulturLounge Leipzig, GR
18.11: Golden Gate Berlin, GR
23.11: Batofar Paris, FR
Going thru the high increase of electronic music projects, we can say there is one that has have maintained the most original sound, creating the perfect combination of ethnic roots and electronic contemporary noise elements, we are talking about the project called Axkan.
Kraftwerk, Skinny Puppy, Orbital, Plastikman, Jorge Reyes, among others, have been source of inspiration to create the musical basics of Federico Sanchez, known as Axkan. Since his early ages, Federico was a devoted participant in the electronic movement of Mexico; together with Luis Flores and Álvaro de la Rocha (Chetos), they produced for many years the first radio show dedicated to present exclusively Industrial music: “La Fabrica X” (The Factory X), where representative bands of the 80’s like Front 242 y Skinny Puppy were played fluidly.
As a teenager, Luis as well as Federico started buying musical instruments, to start assembling a project focused in the Industrial music and EBM. The first tools were a sampler Ensoniq EPS-16+, a synthesizer Yamaha YS200 y the sequencer Cadenza for Windows. Later on, Jorge HM was invited to the project; this created the first phase of “Double Helix”, one of the most influential electronic music projects in Mexico.
A few months later, Federico had the opportunity to live some experiences which made him conceive the idea of a different type of music where the percussions and the ethnic elements were more obvious than usual and then blend those with the electronic atmospheres from the end of XX century. For that reason, after working sometime in both projects simultaneously, Federico leaves Double Helix y creates his own project: Axkan, which means: “now” o “the present”, in náhuatl (native Mexican tongue).
Up to this day, Axkan keeps morphing, it doesn’t sound so ethnic anymore like in his first works; also, his musical expression musical has been changing towards a more modern sound, which could fall into dark techno; maybe due to the influence of living close to Detroit and Chicago, this last one where he lived from 2001 thru 2011, before moving to Los Angeles, his current base.
Like a musician, Federico has always been trying to create his unique sound, without trying to fall into a specific genre, without trying to make music that sells records. Although Axkan has been successful and have had the opportunity to play within most of the cities in Mexico, he also had the opportunity to take his music to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Russia and multiple cities in the USA off course.
Early in his carrer he recorded tracks in several compilations, like Toltécnica from label “Arteria”; a Spanish compilation called “The Secret Sounds of Latin-America”; “Tranceformation” and “Toltécnica I” under “Opción Sónica”. He was founder of the Mexican label “NopalBeat” and has included tracks in all their compilations albums, including some tracks and remixes in vinyl format.
After some legal issues with the label NopalBeat and EMI in 2005-2006, Axkan decided to take a break and began to experiment and research into several hardware modular devices, which caught his attention for several years while he stopped formally producing tracks to focus in the deep learning of modular synthesis.
It was not until 2013, after he moved to Los Angeles, that he begin the new phase of Axkan. After he met a modular artist, “ZV_K”, thru a group of hardware aficionados called #FOFN, and got invited to work on a collaboration EP called “A/Z v1”, this fully modular EP was released in 2015 under the European label “Boshke Beats Records” in May 2015.
Soon after, an old Chicago friend, Komprezzor, started a new label called “SecreTechno” and requested a Techno release from Federico, which was planned to include a remix from Luis Flores. This release was very well accepted in the underground Techno community and since then things have been getting busier for Axkan. During 2014 and 2015 he released more remixes and originals in several American labels such as Rheostatus, Aerotek, WeBuildMachines, Format Recordings, Grid Based Beats, From 0-1 and also some releases in foreign labels as Swith-Off Records, Assassin Soldiers Records, K-84 Records, etc.
Los Angeles based OMEN Recordings is an emerging record label founded in 2016 by Federico Sanchez (Axkan) and Tanya Leigh, one which seeks to support the productions of innovative artists in electronic music while also organizing club events and tours designed to bring these artists greater exposure. Together the pair bring 30+ years of music business experience to the endeavor and are each accomplished artists in their own right, having released music on numerous international labels.
The philosophy of OMEN is to support producers and DJ’s to release and perform their music without having to depend on the structure of major labels. The live musical experience of the OMEN sound focuses on darker explorations of modern techno alongside influences from the analog past. However, club compatibility is a must to bring the emotional intensity to the dance floor. The intention is to build and develop our own catalog of talent by looking for artists who can truly deliver a new and unique sound. Strong principals are based around quality music infused with a spirit that will affect and change lives.
OMEN understands the needs of the changing industry. Technology is more accessible than ever and many people are making music; the issues now relate to a lack of guidance and understanding of the music industry; that is where OMEN seeks to fill the gap. The label uses cutting edge technology, advance marketing strategies, and top-tier mastering techniques to support artists with the best quality recordings and promotion. Initially OMEN is planning to distribute only vinyl releases, but it is also planning to support digital formats along with special promo products. OMEN is active online through its website and social media to bring dedicated fans and the techno community closer.
Words: Hassen Belhaj
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