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DJ Excision promises to leave fans "exhausted"

For Journal Register Newspapers

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For his current Execution Tour of North America, Canadian EDM artist Excision has raised the live performing stakes with more than 100,000 watts of sound and 420 square feet of video screens to show state-of-the-art 3D animations -- "Every bit of cutting edge technology that we can cram into it," he says via e.mail.

But, Excision (nee Jeff Abel) promises, despite all tat he still has "full freedom to cater to the crowd and still be a real DJ."

"You might thing this has been done before," adds Abel, "but every artist I've seen, and I've seen nearly all of them, have a 100 percent pre-planned set that they literally just press a 'play' button at the beginning of the show and fake it for 90 minutes. F*** that!'

"I won't ruin the surprise, but it's going to be an epic set that stays true to my roots (and) still has enough diversity to make everyone happy. Expect to leave exhausted."

Excision, meanwhile, plans to get even more diverse in the near future. After two albums under the Excision moniker -- both released by deadmau5's mau5trap label -- Abel is now moving forward with Destroid, a dubstep band he formed in 2012 with former Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka. And, he says, it's no less ambitious than anything he's been doing as Excision.

"I really believe that the way we are putting it together sets down a new path for electronic music performance," says Abel, who also plans to keep making new music as Excision. "Yes, it uses computers, but you'd never know it, nor will you see them on stage. To custom MIDI guitars and a fully custom digital drum kit."

He adds that Destroid will have its first album out this spring, accompanied by videos and a graphic novel series, with live dates already booked at some of this year's summer festivals in North America.

"We'll be playing our songs, covers of other tracks (and) songs shared with us by our friends," Abel says. "With intricate alien/robot costumes (and) tons of crazy technology embedded, and the freedom to play each songs differently each night, every set will be truly unique. We will always be working hard to stay at least a few steps ahead of the rest of the industry."

Excision, Paper Diamond and Vaski perform Saturday, March 30, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $20-$40 with a $50 four-pack. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenaton.com

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