Since his first release back in 2007, Canadian bass warrior Excision has morphed into a global bass music demigod with a reputation for delivering a unique combination of raw, brutal and unforgiving sounds known to twist and shatter the standards of electronic music. As the reigning champion of explosive, unforgiving bass music, Excision is responsible for founding esteemed bass music label Rottun Recordings, forming Destroid, the first ever live dubstep group, and consistently setting the live performance bar to new heights with visionary tour rigs that are equally brutal on the ears and the eyes.
With a name that quite literally means “removal by cutting,” Excision and his music have thrashed their way across the globe with a style prone to rattling brains, mangling minds, and annihilating any speakers that cross its destructive path. As his namesake suggests, Excision’s sound remains consistently filthy, brutal and unrelenting every step of the way, with the newest installment of his highly anticipated Paradox tour bound to live up to his name and exceed all expectations. We caught up with Excision just before his three-night stint at the Hollywood Palladium to uncover the tracks that influenced his music career since the beginning and helped shape his unmistakable, signature sound.
I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for The Prodigy.
The Prodigy “Smack My Bitch Up” (XL Recordings, 1997)
“This was the first electronic music I heard that wasn’t house. It changed everything. I instantly went and asked my friend who was playing it what it was, and then I went right out and bought the album. I listened to it on repeat for years because I couldn’t find anything else like it. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for The Prodigy.”
Korn “Dead Bodies Everywhere” (Immortal/Epic, 1997)
“Korn was my intro to heavy music. Slipknot, Pantera and Slayer soon followed.”
Daz Dillinger “My System” (DPG Recordz, 2000)
“I always used to play this in my car with 15-inch subs; it was the loudest sound system in my school. This song is probably where my love of extreme bass started.”
Dieselboy Project HUMAN (Human Imprint, 2002)
“After years of The Prodigy being the only electronic act I could find that wasn’t house, I came across this Dieselboy mix. It opened up the entire world of drum & bass and started me on the path to becoming a DJ and producer.”
Vex’d Degenerate (Planet Mu, 2005)
“The first dubstep I ever came across. I was on bleep.com searching for D&B and this album was miscategorized. I’m glad it was because it allowed me to be one of the first dubstep DJs in North America.”