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From Avi Shmailov To Astrix: A Journey

From Avi Shmailov To Astrix: A Journey

One of the pioneers of Psytrance, Astrix, or Avi Shmailov, definitely rules the roots of the genre. He has established himself as a Class A artist and is clearly known for his unique and melodic style of music. He paved a path for himself to the renowned DJMAG Top 100 list and is currently seated at number 41. He is one of the few artists around the world who makes waves throughout electronic dance music and gaining universal recognition.

Born in Russia to a Mountain Jewish family, he grew up in the midst of Tel Aviv, Isreal. He started spinning his tracks in the early 80s and then started recording music by 1995 under the name of Astrix. At that point, he used to play European new wave and electro music. But his vision widened when he heard Goa Trance for the first time, and since then, went on to release a lot of tracks and his solo psytrance album, Eye To Eye. This album was rated one of the top-most albums due to the superior post-production and Astrix's approach of finding the fine line between the anarchy of the dance floor and the harmony at home-listening. In 2004, Astrix released his second album, entitled Artcore. Psy Trance fans describe Astrix in one word- Consistent. His style remained unshaken during the entire decade.

Once Astrix’s musical sound got familiarized as his brand, he turned to invest the years after to developing his DJ persona. Compiling & producing for leading brands such as: Nu-clear Visions of Israel (Tip/2003), Psychedelic Academy (Hit Mania/2005) and Astrix & Friends (DJ mag/2007). In 2009, Astrix’s label, HOMmega Productions, was the first to release an Astrix digital artist album, on a compact stick flash drive format, One Step Ahead (HOMmega/2009).

He has played at high profile gigs like Skol Beats (Brazil), Brixton Academy and South West 4 (UK), Gathering (Japan), Pacha and Sessions (United States) and Love Parade in Israel, which were attended by more than 200,000 people, all drowning in the Psy world. He cites the likes of Royksopp, Coldplay, Linkin Park, and Chemical Brothers as inspirations for the non-trance elements in his music.

He states that it is the blend of funk and euphoria that sets him higher than most producers. It’s clear listening to his music that he is more of a musician and a rare talent indeed.