09 August 2013


Vince Aka Akshan, a native of France, was attracted to the synthesizer in his adolescent years. Inspired by artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, cinematic scores, and classical music, Akshan found himself attracted to the seemingly infinite possibilities the synthesizer offered. In 1993, he attended the first 'underground' gathering of electronic music organized in the south of France. It is here that he discovered the magical world of Goa trance and here that his understanding of music was forever changed. Experiencing forerunners to current Djs such as Alex Escalofrio, Akshan was indelibly marked with an interest in those techniques and possibilities of the mixing styles he experienced, as well as the being moved by the powerful clear energies the progressive mix conveyed to those on the dance floor. Inspired by this experience, Akshan began mixing and by 1997 began acquiring the necessary gear to being composing his own music. Despite the demands of a busy job, he dedicates time every evening to increase his knowledge of audio mixing and soundcrafting. Following in the footsteps of inspirations Jarre and Vangelis, he chooses to avoid the constraints of traditional music theory and prefers to let his ear, intuition, and inspiration guide his creativity. The result is a style that it is a lush and subtle mixture of electronics and acoustics. By 2007, the progression of his skills and the influence of artists such as Aes Dana, Asura (Ultimae Records), and Juno Reactor led to Akshan focusing primarily in the realms of downtempo and psychedelic ambient, while still continuing to produce dance floor oriented music. This new musical direction eventually led to Akshan crossing paths with label manager DJ Zen and has culminated in the release of his newest album, The Tree of Life, released at the end of March 2012 on Altar Records.

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