Electric Zoo ’13 Artist Spotlight: Dixon
For those New Yorkers more inclined to visit Randall’s Island for the Sunday School Groove side of things, Dixon is inevitably a name on everyone’s tongue this Electric Zoo. Storied in his international DJ sets but a rarity with his US appearances, the Innervisions label head, producer, remixer, and highly reputable DJ (number three on last year’s Resident Advisor poll) will make his mark right before hometown hero Danny Tenaglia on the first evening of the Zoo.
In his DJ sets, his draw is in the perfect balance he strikes between driving leads and thoughtful melodies and rhythms — curating a dance floor that has the potential to make its patrons both waggish and contemplative. If you scan the Internet for any hint of Dixon’s biography, you’ll be left with a simple phrase in the DJ’s native tongue — “Es muss nicht immer so weiter gehen,” or rather, “It does not go on forever” — a understated nod to the ethos of the DJ’s earthly mindfulness, a mindfulness which he confronts behind the decks.
Below is DA’s Dixon 101. A few of his most notable and impressive remixes, a few of his label-mates’ best work, and a truly unforgettable Boiler Room set.