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Hi there! Hope ya’ll are well. I’ve let this blog chill for a bit while I worked on some other areas, and now I have new productions to share. This past summer I collaborated with my good friend WD4D on a track. We brought our vibes together, this one showcasing more of his ideas and production, giving credit where credit is due. What came through is U Kno, a playful hip-hop tune with local remixes enlisted by Sphyramid and OCnotes. The artwork was done by Seattle local Jesse Danger Dyer, the idea being to create a new creature inspired by WD4D’s and my energies combined. Pins celebrating the release are available now through the Care Package Bandcamp. 

Over the last few years I’ve been experimenting more with creating ambient music. This was in a way centered around making background music that has played quietly on my Hollow Earth Radio Disco Droppings shows each Thursday (5PM-7 PST), and going through a personal grieving process about my mother. Recently I felt that enough material was gathered to turn into a release. I used a picture I took right here in Washington on the ferry as the artwork and had my friend Crebenebez master the 4-track release called Ambience. I would say this is the largest original body of music of my own that I have shared so far. Presented on 7 Deadly Records, the label I operate which joins a varied collection of music. This recently was lifted up by Dave Segal over at The Stranger, who named my EP one of the best local releases of 2019.

The same producer who mastered that ambient journey, Crebenebez, followed that up with an adventurous EP One on the Disco Droppings bandcamp. He is out of Vancouver B.C., friend and collaborator with my label mate Working Class, who is featured on 2 tracks. I am super impressed by the way they presented this release to me fully formed, needing zero constructive critiques on the music. I had one small suggestion laying out the artwork done by James Moore, which was for the most part, already realized. Big cheers to everyone involved with that release and Crebenebez for creating tunes with such vibrancy, and for allowing me to release them.

– Jimi Jaxon

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It’s been 2 years since Hxdb was here on Disco Droppings, and there’s no doubt the man continues to be a powerhouse. The site has lifted up a very wide range of styles and individuals over the years, and as I placed this dude’s words into the post, I remembered the deep connection I have with his mindset. Freedom in diversity. If you missed recent Hxdb shows, keep an eye on his page, there’s more on the way. Enjoy this interview, jam packed with sounds!

 

DD First off Severine, I want to say thank you for all the Kickstarter assistance. You’re a busy busy dude, and you took a lot of time out to help me plan my tour, and attempt to get me up to your home spot of Vancouver B.C. Really appreciate it, and hoping we get to play together soon!

HX I’m hoping we can make that happen also, and really, its no thing. I try to help out my friends however I can. :]

 

DD So your new EP Skool Dayz, with those remixes? Wowwwww. Fucking nailed it! I remember hearing the title track in that BBC mix you did last year was it? Tribal, dark, sexy sounds for sure.

HX Thank you! It was a long time coming, and with my hard drive crash, it became an even more distant goal last year. Fortunately I was able to recover and get some incredible remixes from my homies Doctor Jeep, Distal and KRUSHA.

DD The Distal one is unreal. He’s another producer that’s been interviewed on Disco Droppings, good man!

HX He is the man, and I knew I wanted to have him involved with this project. He really did come through in a major way with his remix and delivered the goods.

 

 

DD You’ve been planning two tours correct? How’s all that shaping up? You must be very hypeddddd. I saw that Shambhala Mix and Interview with you recently..

HX It’s been a crazy ride to be certain! It takes a lot of time and effort to plan these tours, but it’s so rewarding to actually see things come to fruition and get to do what I love most. First stops of the tour were Portland and Seattle.

DD How do you feel right now as an artist? I see a huge evolution in the small time we’ve known each other. And you’re no newcomer..

HX I feel like now is the perfect time for me to be the artist I am. There are so many exciting sounds and types of music out there, and I feel very lucky to have a fan-base that is supportive, and understands my desire to keep things diverse and not focus on one sound in particular. Rather, putting all of them into a singular context and giving that context meaning. It’s incredibly satisfying to know that I can open up Ableton, pick a bpm in my head and go right ahead, composing at that tempo without fear.

 

DD What do you hope to leave behind as Hxdb? It really feels like you’re in this for the long haul. I think about legacy, and the impact an artist can have.

HX My goal is to indoctrinate my friends and fans into mindset of being fearless with sounds and tempos. Using my name and reputation as a pathway to open-mindedness with music in general. I hope to be respected by the disparate communities that each of these sounds represent and help to bridge the gaps between them, leaving behind a broader sense of belonging.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon