It may be odd, but the sport of boxing has inspired a hardcore techno music artist to incorporate boxing in his music. Noel Alexander, who goes by “DJ Nexone” in the music industry and is part of AZ Hardcore Junkies, a group of artist who bring a raw sound with a radical beat. Nexone will be one of the headliners at the “GroundZero” Festival in Bussloo, Holland on Sept. 1, he will be playing to an estimated crowd of 20-thousand people.
His love for boxing transfers to his music, Nexone has some new tracks coming out that pay tribute to boxing, something he says he did out of respect. His new CD is called Nexone “Pound for Pound” and include some tracks titled “Going the Distance”, “Bloody Hand” and “Pride and Money” to name a few.
Hardcore techno is an electronic type of music and is categorized into different styles. DJ Nexone and AZ Hardcore Junkies (Click Here) fall under the category of “Gabber” style of hardcore. To put in perspective, imagine a distorted sound mixed with a heavy bass drum sound. Gabber style is popular in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Scotland to name a few.
For Nexone, it’s been an amazing journey that stemmed from the days growing up in California. Born in Los Angeles, Nexone learned the importance of family and values at an early age, his parents came to the United States from El Salvador and settled in Los Angeles. He says his father was a hard worker and together with his mother, taught Nexone that you can achieve anything if you live right and put your mind to it. Nexone said that before his parents came to States, his father dreamed of owning a recliner chair, something that most people would take for granted. But for his father it was more than that, it was the dream of a better life. It’s kind of a joke, but his entire family now have recliners in their homes, in a way it’s a reminder and tribute. Today, his parents could not be more proud of him and continue to encourage Nexone to follow his dream, deep down it’s their dream too.
At 32-years-old, Nexone says its been a re-birth for him music wise. He learned to DJ in Los Angeles back in 1997, a year later he played his first show at a BBQ, yes a BBQ. Barbeque parties were a big deal back in the day he says. He continued doing shows in Los Angeles promoting and as a DJ at parties. In 2000, Nexone moved to Phoenix and continued doing shows but strictly as a DJ. His first show in Arizona was at the Nile Theater in Mesa, and the rest is history.
Whether a fan or not of hardcore techno, one has to respect the creativity and ingenuity that these artist possess. It is popular and respected worldwide and appears to have no end in sight.
If you would like to know more about DJ Nexone, he was recently on Max Boxing Radio’s, Punches “N” Bunches Edition, hosted by Tony Whitby and myself. Click here to listen.