Excision Breaks Down His Riotous 'Apex' LP Track by Track: Exclusive

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It's a daring transfer to name your album Apex. It's like shouting from the highest of a mountain that you just've hit a critical peak. Excision isn’t any newcomer to the sport, so to listen to him put that on his sleeve is a giant look, and the album is certainly a giant sound.

This 14-track assortment is Excision flexing his muscle mass. He aimed for a wide range of sounds and kinds, and he positively lands on a number of moods, although his attribute in-your-face grime fashion shines all through. This is a large blast of bass. If you’re taking a second to cease dancing, you would possibly simply get knocked off your ass.

Apex is equally an effort of group. He teamed up with a few of his musical besties to create a few of the album's finest moments. Illenium is on right here, as is his good pal Dion Timmer and others. Hear the story of how this crowning achievement got here to life within the track-by-track breakdown beneath.

Excision – "Exterminate"
I wrote this because the opening observe for my 2018 Paradox tour. I assumed it was a terrific opening observe, as a result of it actually felt prefer it set the tone for the album. (It attracts) from all my sounds, each new and traditional. I truly nearly named the album Exterminate, however I didn’t need this track (or anybody track) to characterize your complete album in that manner, since I put in lots of effort to make this album as various as I might.

Excision & Space Laces – "1 On 1"
Ian (Space Laces) and I’ve labored collectively on a ton of tunes. It’s actually enjoyable to work with folks that you’ve spent lots of time within the studio with. His sound design is from one other planet, so after we put our heads collectively, we actually attempt to push some boundaries and discover what else we are able to do. We knew the bar was set excessive from our earlier success with "Throwin' Elbows," and we’re actually stoked with the response this one acquired.

Excision & Sullivan King – "Wake Up"
This one means quite a bit to me,. I wished to write down a observe to assist followers by powerful occasions, and allow them to know that we nonetheless wrestle with all the similar issues they do. In the method, I wished to assist in giving the followers a course for the frustration and to have the ability to launch it on the ground. To me, that meant constructing a track that begins off extraordinarily gradual, captures all of these feelings constructing all through the track, and going from a ballad to one of many heaviest drops doable. I reached out to Keaton (Sullivan King) with the idea, and he liked it proper off the bat. We went by in all probability 50 variations of the lyrics earlier than we had been proud of them, and I made him redo the guitar components so many occasions, I feel I used to be driving him loopy by the tip of it, haha. Sullivan King is likely one of the strongest, influential new names in bass music, and we’ve each been making metal-influenced tracks since we began. I used to be stoked to have somebody that may shred and sing like he can within the studio. I’ve had lots of superior suggestions from followers saying they actually felt the observe and that it helped them, so I couldn’t be happier with how issues turned out.

Excision – "Tonight"
This one went unreleased for some time, by far the oldest observe on the album. (It was) made in late 2016 to make use of as an opener on the 2017 tour. The animation we’ve got for this one is wonderful and at all times makes the gang pull their telephones out to movie (which continues to be bizarre to me, seeing a sea of telephones seem mid-set).

Excision & Illenium – "Gold (Stupid Love)" Feat. Shallows
This mission was a monster to make occur. There are so many issues the world doesn’t see behind the scenes; a lot of completely different folks concerned and all of the trade stuff that may generally maintain issues again. Getting the vocal licensing contracts signed for this one nearly led to this observe by no means seeing the sunshine of day. Luckily, we had been capable of determine all the pieces out. The writing side was superior, although, and dealing with Nick (Illenium) was one thing recent and actually easy. I discover that whenever you seize the emotion rapidly and “trip the wave" the lyrics take you to, the observe is much more cohesive and significant. I used to be stoked after we cranked out the overwhelming majority of this track in a number of days. It positively turned out to be certainly one of my favourite tunes on the entire album. I’m actually pleased with the way it got here out, and the response to it has actually carried.

Excision – "Fall"
People ask about my writing course of on a regular basis questioning how I strategy my music. For this one, it was a little bit of a tough day and was truly my first try at making “Wake Up.” I used to be proud of how "Fall" was coming, however wasn’t fairly ready get the message throughout with out lyrics, so I broke this one off into its personal observe. From there, I centered on constructing the emotion from the unhappy sounding intro right into a heavy launch of frustration and anger. For an instrumental observe, I’m positively proud of the way it rides that curler coaster.

Excision & Dion Timmer – "Home"
Dion and I’ve been writing collectively since early 2014 when he was solely 14 years outdated (now 19). Seeing somebody with such a robust work ethic at that younger of an age was very inspirational for me, and we’ve each been pushing one another ever since. Seeing how far he has are available each his profession and in his musical capability has been a blast to observe. When we discovered this vocal, it actually resonated with each of us, as we’ve spent a lot time away from our family members and our properties. We’ve each felt the ache of loss and not having the ability to speak to somebody we really cared about. Dion and I’ve at all times been on the identical wavelength, somebody the place you’ll be able to end one another’s sentences kinda factor. Having that within the studio makes it actually enjoyable, and we find yourself cranking out songs sooner than we might ever do alone or with anybody else. "Home" is likely one of the tunes that, whenever you're performed writing it, you simply know instantly that it works. This is one we had been feeling actually laborious from the start to the tip.

Excision & Dion Timmer – "Where Are You"
Great story for this one. Dion and I had been goofing round within the studio sooner or later. His girlfriend hadn’t seen the vocal sales space earlier than, so I advised them to go in there and say some creepy shit whereas I put results on her voice. We weren’t precisely planning to make use of any of it, particularly since I used to be simply throwing random results on the grasp channel, however fortunately I hit report anyway. She has a really small sounding voice, so an enormous reverb was sounding fairly cool when she stated “Where are you?” Shortly after, Dion responded with “Brother, might I please have some oats?” Following the vibe of my Detox units, I positively need to make some extra bizarre, mellow, catchy songs like this sooner or later.

Excision – "Power"
Following together with the Detox vibe, this one was an experiment in doing an odd, off-beat bassline that also has a groove folks can observe and name “heavy.” I’m stoked with the way it turned out, and it’s a distinct form of sound that helps break up the album.

Excision – "Vault"
One of my favourite components of establishing a set is creating an epic intro. For this one, I wished to go down reminiscence lane and pull vocal samples from traditional X tunes from during the last 10 years, therefore the identify "Vault." I actually opened up the previous and pulled out vocal samples from tracks that individuals have a robust connection to. I debuted this one at Lost Lands Music Festival in 2017 (Excision's dinosaur-themed music pageant in Ohio) and nonetheless love taking part in it as the gang screams out the lyrics nearly each time. It was extraordinarily enjoyable to create from my very own catalog like this, and the repay once I play it reside is epic.

Excision – "Die For You" Feat. Akylla
I've recognized fellow Canadian ladies Akylla for a very long time and really feel like we tapped into one thing actually epic with our first collaboration “Drowning.” Their vocals have a extremely haunting and atmospheric high quality, and it actually creates the general tone of the observe. As far because the observe itself, I’m unsure describing this one with phrases will do it a lot justice. The lyrics, and what you’re feeling whenever you shut your eyes and hearken to this, actually say all the pieces.

Excision & Dion Timmer – "Hoods Up" Feat. Messinian
It wouldn't be an X album with out some huge highly effective vocals from Messinian (MC and hype man for the Excision-led group, Destroid). One of the perfect issues about working with James (Messinian) is I'll hand him a beat and he at all times comes again with one thing insane and tremendous artistic, if not the identical day then the following on the newest. He simply has that capability to at all times give you magical strains that work completely in context of the track. This tune had initially been launched on certainly one of my compilation releases and on Dion's Textacy EP, however I felt it wanted to be included on Apex as a result of its success on the dance ground, and due to how effectively it really works with the opposite album materials.

Excision & Sullivan King – "Fight Through The Pain"
While “Wake Up” was in regards to the journey by psychological powerful occasions – extra melodic and catchy – we actually wished this one to return to our metallic roots. This one was about powering by and ending what you’ve began. It was superior to work along with his growls and guitars to assemble the beats and drops round. We despatched one another a ton of metallic reference tracks, and the result’s a twisted amalgamation of all the pieces we each love in metallic, a mixture of the traditional and new kinds.

Excision & Space Laces – "Rumble"
I used to be tremendous proud of how this one got here out. We spent a ton of time getting the intro dialed-in to create essentially the most stress doable. Turn this one up, and I promise, it is not going to fail to create goosebumps. I had no alternative however to make it the lead single of the album.

Apex is out now on Excision's label. Dive into its darkish bass depths beneath.