Best known for:
“Alexso feat.QIQI ‘跟着感觉走’.”
Tune of the year:
“Skemaddox & Alexso ‘Hit Em’.”

From: China

Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “Maddix.”

Echo Stage Records label boss Alexso hasn’t had much time to stand still this year. In March he released ‘Mu Lan’, a high-energy thumper, with drops and stabby synths a plenty, following this up in April with ‘Hit Em’, a bassy, groove-laden cut made with Skemaddox, and the warbly electro banger ‘Cardi’ in July. ‘Disruption’, perhaps his most theatrical release to date, landed in September and made good use of traditional Chinese instrumentation alongside his signature drops. The stompy number is a great example of glitch-hop, a sub-genre the electro DJ continues to champion at his label.

Alexso was quick out the stable when China re-opened its clubs, with his first set at the Dreamland Music Festival in October last year, followed by a slew of performances across the Republic. Since then, he has kept busy with a ring of tours, studio sessions and even a collab with Fatman Scoop. Over the next few years, he plans to grow his international base, bringing his euphoric and vocal-heavy sets to the wider world.

How was your first gig back after lockdown?

“It was in October 2020, at Dreamland Music Festival in a desert. Due to the impact of the epidemic, the audiences dropped by at least 70% this time, as many people were still worried about the risk of infection brought by crowd gathering.”

How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?

“I had more time to spend with my family and completed more work in the studio. I started my TikTok account, and it racked up more than 30 million views in three months. Five months after the outbreak, performances in China began to return to normal, and I became even busier than before.”

What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change?

“Feasible environmental protection measures should be taken when planning a music festival, such as the use of recycled environmental protection materials for the stage, booth and tent construction, the use of recycled paper for tickets, brochures and other paper products…”

What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?

“Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 and XDJ-XZ.”

What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?

“ALOK ‘Don’t Say Goodbye.”