Traxx is no fan of labels. That is why he does not define himself as a DJ or a producer. Rather, he could be said to be an artist of sound, a man who blurs the lines between genres and simply lets himself be taken by what a given melody or rhythm suggests to him, taking pages from a number of influences ranging from early disco, experimental dance, industrial electronica, hip hop or jazz.
That is why the sessions by this Chicago genius are as unpredictable as they are pleasantly surprising, including everything from avant-garde and eclectic sounds to unending old school tracks. This is the spirit behind Nation, the platform he created in 2007 to gather creators (JTC, D'Marc Cantu, Saturn V and many others) who, like him, push the Jakbeat sound to places where anything is possible.
"Traxx is my favorite DJ in the world and while many DJs can't successfully execute their ideals in their own productions, his music is exactly the kind of amazing stuff that he would spin. His overwhelming passion for great music comes through in his production. The pinnacle of his art, whether he is DJing or producing, is his ability to seize the moment and make crucial changes only when they are necessary. His art is not just a 'back to basics' approach, but a refinement of styles that have been abandoned for music with slick transitions and needless ornamentation. This is Jakbeat in its rawest form." Tadd Mullinix aka James T Cotton, Dabrye, Saturn V, 2AMFM, X2
Traxx is a lover of music — one with a passion so intense that it overcomes genre divides to weave an altogether original, exciting, and multi-textured musical fabric which envelops both the avid clubber and the home listener, as well as everyone in between. Not content to be labeled as merely a DJ, a producer, or even a DJ/Producer, Traxx is a self-described “artist of sound.” A sound that is distinctive and highly emotional which defies classification and invites analysis and discussion. From eclectic and avant-garde tunes to old school jack tracks and far beyond, Traxx hears it all without discrimination, pretension or elitism.
Traxx has released music on numerous underground labels in the US and Europe including Gigolo, Relief, Muzique, M/O/S, and Crème. His music has come to the world under a bucket load of alias' including Dirty Criminals, XX Art, Mysterio, ViLLan X, Saturn V (with Tadd Mullinix), X2 and more. He's also collaborated with the heads of underground acts
including DJ Hell, Green Velvet, Legowelt, Mount Sims and many more to shape his unique definition of Jakbeat that's was created among James T. Cotton and D'Marc Cantu in the early years between 2005- 2007.