Focus: Dax J - James Demon

  • Thursday, April 25th • Bar opens 8PM, Club 10PM. Advance Tickets on sale Friday, March 29th @ noon. Known for his lifelong dedication both in the studio and behind the decks, Monnom Black label boss Dax J is set to make his Flash debut on Thursday, April 25th. Having played some of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals plus a number of electronic music awards and nominations, Dax is a force to be reckoned with on the dancefloor and we are excited to see him takeover Club Level. He is joined by Berlin-based Occultist label founder James Demon, who has blended his passion for music and the esoteric into a single entity. Dax J ( UK ) James Demon ( Germany ) DAX J: Dax J is a London-born, Berlin-based artist and the quintessential DJ in every sense of the word. He has carved out and established his own unique sound, firmly placing him at the forefront of a global DJ scene with his own raw and uncompromising style. He continues to be consistently nominated and voted into DJ polls and awards from around the world, all whilst remaining purposefully rooted in the underground. Also known as a prolific producer and successful record label boss, his trademark sound remains in constant rotation from the most respected DJ's in electronic music today. In recent years, Dax has received countless accolades for his devotion to the craft. Being placed into Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, and Groove Magazine’s top 100 DJ’s of the year, as well as receiving nominations from Mixmag, DJ Mag and the DJ Awards for Best Techno DJ, Best Breakthrough DJ, and Best British DJ. He's known for playing notable closing sets at monumental parties including Awakenings for ADE in the infamous Gashoulder, and a 10-hour marathon set in the world’s most notorious club, Berghain. 2018 saw Dax release his 2nd solo album “Offending Public Morality” on his own label Monnom Black, which was picked by BBC Radio 1 as their “Biggest Record of the Week,” as well as entering the “Top 50 Albums of the Year” from Apocalypse Mag, Tsugi and DJ Mag who also featured Dax on their front cover. Furthermore he was enrolled into the BBC hall of fame that year by releasing his debut Radio 1 Essential Mix, while also having his 4-hour closing set at NeoPop Festival picked as “Best DJ set of the year” by Be.At.TV. Preceding this, Dax released his highly acclaimed debut album "Shades of Black" in 2015 once again on Monnom Black. Mixmag awarded it "Album of the Month" and it reached the No.1 spot on Juno Records with Hardwax describing it as "Brilliantly banging". Dax grew up listening to the UK sounds of Jungle, Drum n Bass and Garage. Being heavily influenced by heroes like Goldie, Andy C, and Bad Company, his love for the underground meant he soon started to DJ on pirate radios at the early age of 15 while he was still at school. He became an avid vinyl collector buying from London’s infamous "Black Market Records" on a weekly basis, whilst at the same time producing and crafting his sound. During his time studying music at university, his first vinyl releases came in 2005 on Aphrodite & Mickey Finn’s classic Jungle label "Urban Takeover" under alias "Dangerous" and his own imprint back then "Xplicit Sound”. Within a short space of time by the age of 19 he had forced himself into the Drum n Bass scene, starting to play in the small rooms at major raves in London for legendary promoters such as United Dance, One Nation, and Movement, to name a few, as well as holding down a residency on London pirate radio station Origin 95.2 FM. In 2007, Dax graduated and decided to take a year to go traveling. The decision would completely change the path of his musical career. It was in this summer that Dax spent a whole season in Ibiza. From that point on his passion for cutting-edge 4 by 4 beats took over and a brand new direction presented itself. Fast forward on and Dax’s love of classic UK club culture still remains deeply rooted inside him, influencing his productions and DJ sets to this day. He runs his own record label and studio in Berlin where he continues to work tirelessly on his craft. With a constant supply of music set to be released and a tour schedule fully booked up a year in advance at the most important clubs and festivals around the globe, the UK artist is firmly set for many more successful years to come. JAMES DEMON: As a child this rising demon was drawn to a bevy of musical outlets. James Demon learned how to sing and to play the cello before high school. It was obvious that the universe had granted this boy with the gift of creativity. Little did he know that one day the music would become his entire world. James Demon was born Matthew Pentycofe on April 8, 1983 in Rochester, New York. This Aries fire sign was destined to seek out a life full of excitement and impulsive facets. James found himself embarking on yet another way to express himself through performance art within the realm of musical theater. With a more mature adolescence around the corner, he then found the electronic dance movement. At 17 years old with turntables in possession, Matt was just fresh out of high school living in Las Vegas. Feeling an even grandeur need to express himself, and armed with a relentless desire for his newfound fixation, he was on a mission hitting every record shop he could find. His first vinyl purchase was Ben Sims Magnetic EP and he was instantly hooked, buying every record he could find. Spending the next few years jumping from different styles James eventually decided to put all of his focus into finding his own sound and creating a brand for himself. Drawn towards the more obscure, sexy, gothic and witchy soundscapes, this minimal-loving being had finally found his niche. He was re-born with a mission at hand to solidify a harmony between polarities like masculine and feminine, light and darkness. His love affair with music and the occult began to blossom into one entity. After studying music business in college, James was ready to embark on his next musical adventure. He decided it was time to bring his love for the esoteric and music together in the form of a record label called Occultists, which launched in 2015. James has been an unstoppable force ever since.
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