Inxec is sitting pretty in Mexico when we have our skype date a few weeks back. He’s come a long way from toggling a Playstation handset to make music all those years ago, finding himself to be something of a programming prodigy and his musical architecture has jumped in leaps and bounds, as releases become symbolic soundtracks and gigs abroad see him begin mapping the globe. Because yes, this is only the beginning.
Inxec got his leg up when he was signed to Jay Haze’s Contexterrior Label in 2006 and a string of releases saw him begin crafting his special take on electronic music, without the pressures of having to release a certain sound. ‘A friend of mine Shadi Megalaa from Igloo Records introduced me to Jay and it all started from there. I had a few releases on the label and it was the right place for me to start as he really gave me the artistic freedom to do what I wanted with my sound.’ Having now had releases on Cocoon, Cr2, Baracca Music, Turningspork- Haze’s headier techno label -and Leftroom, he has a strong feel for his music direction.
‘Some labels want you to make a certain sound to fit into what they’ve got going, but the labels I work with appreciate you as an artist and let that be your musical journey, and that’s important.’ Inxec’s sound spans the house and techno spectrum with glitchy-minimal elements and a dash of funk. His sound and effects are meticulously placed with an experimental tip coming from his reprogramming past-time, which has seen him ‘rewire’ his Ableton software with another called Maxwell Live and ‘having the best of both worlds’ to produce his trademark weirdness.
I ask why he made the move to Munich and not Berlin, the touted ‘Electronic Music Capital of the World’. ‘I moved to Munich a few years ago, and have to admit, I moved there for a girl, which didn’t last. I was only there for a year but it helped me get into the scene in Germany, I got my foot in the door at Harry Klein and was resident at the club there for 5 years. Berlin is great but it’s hard, it’s very competitive and it’s all ‘hype, hype, hype.’ I’m not into that really, I’m not much of a people person.’
Returning to London Inxec is happy to be back with the brotherhood although the state of the club scene has seen recent turmoil once again. ‘Ye it’s always in a state of flux. The girl I’m seeing at the moment is the owner of T Bar, and she just found out its gone into administration, so it’s not the best time. It’s kind of like the delayed effects of the recession, it’s sad. The scene has been moving back into the warehouse and secret party culture which excites things a bit- it’s not all about the clubs.’ He mentions Lo Kee, Half Baked and Mulletover as some of the underground parties vibing in East London at the moment.
‘Musically, it’s a hot place to be, all my friends are here and everyone’s doing great things, so I’m happy to be back in the creative mix of it all.’ Among the friends he speaks of are long time production partner Matt Tolfrey- their 2009 release Jerk was without a doubt one of the soundtracks to last summer and Hector, who in 2009 was signed to Mobilee and made waves on the underground circuit with his first release for the label, Got Fringe. ‘I have an EP coming out with Hector soon. I’ve also got one with Mark Chambers coming out- he’s from Dubai, a Radioslave remix, a Nina Kravitz remix and a new EP with Matt Tolfrey on Rekids.
He recently returned from DEMF, Detroit’s iconic electronic music festival where he had the time of his life. ‘It was unbelievable, really next level. I spent a lot of time at the actual festival- I didn’t wanna do the other parties, I was just enjoying being at the festival, there was so much happening. Plastikman Live was just incredible- great production. There was just such an amazing vibe going on, lots of celebrities hanging out- I spoke to Kid Rock and kinda met Carl Craig when I accidentally slapped him in the face!’
On playing his first DEMF set, he feels like it was a coming of age for his career in electronic music, ‘I definitely has this ‘wow’ moment, it was an incredible feeling to be part of it. Although it started raining during my set, which was at the open air arena- right after the first track in fact, and they had to shut it down until the rain stopped. But I got to play again later, at about 3pm when they opened the underground stage and played to like 4 000 people. It was really warm down there, everyone waiting for the rain to stop, so the energy was crazy. It was a truly special experience.’
Take Inxec, Tolfrey, Geddes and throw into the mix American-Berlinners, Shaun Reeves, Lee Curtis and Seth Troxler and you have their whole little team, changing the face of electronic music one up-front beat at a time. ‘I guess we’re a bit of a rowdy bunch. But they’re all great guys, very real people. We talk about things, we don’t blow smoke up anyone’s ass- there’s no hidden agenda.’
On the agenda- his trip to South Africa and the former snake park that houses one of SA’s best nightclubs in Johannesburg, where he drops an exclusive set. ‘A snake park- wow, I’m looking forward to checking that out.’ He says, excited on top of being excited about coming to play while such a big sporting events holds the worlds attention in SA. And on being billed alongside the legendary Cosmic Gate; ‘I didn’t know who Cosmic Gate was until I was booked to play in South Africa!’ Ah, such is the life in Technoland.