This website is an electronic music blog organized around my work as a DJ, label owner, publicist, designer, collector, and historian. I’m your host, widely known as Basilisk, but you can call me Xander. I’ve been actively DJing and blogging about underground electronic music since the early 2000s, initially with a strong focus on the psychedelic trance scene, and later with broader interests in techno, house, electro, IDM, downtempo, ambient, and anything else that catches my ear.
In the late 2000s I became known for operating Ektoplazm, a free music distribution portal and label group (consisting of Ektoplazm, Omnitropic, and Drumlore) active through the 2010s, and mostly in stasis since 2018. This particular site launched in 2019 with material drawn from my extensive personal archives but I will be updating it with fresh content moving forward. With this blog I aim to share my love of underground electronic music through finely-crafted mixes, record charts, and articles, while also showcasing some of my own creative projects related to electronic music culture.
I am presently based in Taipei, Taiwan, and welcome bookings that meet my standards. I’m also open to commissioned mixes for channels with a larger reach than my own and a focus on quality content.
This is the latest of several web sites I’ve operated over the years to showcase my mixes, post charts and reviews, list events, and so on. The first of these launched in 2001, underwent numerous changes, and eventually relaunched in 2006 before morphing into a music distribution portal and record label group. Traffic streamed in and the site exploded in popularity—but it became increasingly awkward for me to share so much of my own work on the same platform, which was now more focused on original releases. My old charts, mixes, reviews, and posts were slowly hidden from view as I settled into my role as curator. Now that I have my own site again I hope to restore some of that old content—but not always in its original form.