Short Bio

Basilisk is the founder of the Ektoplazm label group and distribution portal, co-founder of psychedelic techno label Techgnosis Records, and a dedicated DJ and curator sculpting waveforms from across a vast expanse of the electronic music continuum. After learning to spin vinyl in the Toronto underground of the late 1990s, he embraced technological change in the late 2000s and adopted a fully digital DJing setup to better practice smooth, harmonic, cross-genre mixing. Nowadays he continues to explore an enormous range of sounds past and present, loosely centered on psychedelic trance but blurring the boundaries with adjacent styles of music, always with the utmost concern for quality.

Full Bio

Basilisk is the founder of the Ektoplazm netlabel group and free music portal, one of the world’s top online destinations for psychedelic trance, techno, and downtempo. With more than two decades of experience behind the decks Basilisk is also an accomplished DJ and curator. Much of his success can be attributed to his tireless work ethic and productive drive; aside from DJing, Basilisk also managed three record labels (the eponymous Ektoplazm as well as Drumlore and Omnitropic), co-founded Techgnosis Records alongside Ben Rama, compiles various artist releases (e.g. Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips, Spectral Circuitry, Dreamshadow, and Organic Circuitry), develops and maintains the Ektoplazm web site, designs album artwork for numerous releases, and champions the cause of Creative Commons licenses and new music distribution strategies for the 21st century.

DJ Basilisk spins an eclectic variety of styles covering all points of the psychedelic trance, techno, and classic electronic music spectrum. Every performance is entirely improvised and custom-crafted to fit with the theme of the event and the flow of the night. With a history stretching back more than a decade, Basilisk is proficient in both vinyl and CD mixing, but now prefers using a laptop and controller to maximize the creative potential of his sets with harmonic mixing and an expert use of effects. A true believer in the classic techno-shamanistic concept of “the set as a journey”, Basilisk prefers to mix up the many styles of psytrance and techno rather than stick to one formula. Depending on the time slot and nature of the event Basilisk is also known for breaking into blistering hard darkpsy, forest music, the more sophisticated side of full-on, the cold and mechanical sound of techtrance, and the pumping energy of progressive, the deeper end of techno and classic house, breakbeat, electro, and more. Old school mid-nineties Goa trance and classic psytrance sets are also available on request.

Basilisk is also dedicated to progressive techno, the emerging fusion of minimal techno, progressive house, and psytrance, a deep and dirty blend of cutting edge electronic music elements and archetypes that will thrill any audience. To explore this territory in a more dedicated way he founded Drumlore in 2009 and the Synaptic FX project in 2011.

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