Excision (musician)

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Excision performing at Spring Awakening in 2013
Background information
Birth nameJeff Abel
Born (1986-04-29) 29 April 1986 (age 32)
OriginKelowna, British Columbia, Canada
InstrumentsDigital Audio Workstation (Ableton Live)
Years active2004–present
Associated acts

Jeff Abel, (born 29 April 1986) better known by his stage name Excision, or X for short, is a Canadian producer and DJ. He frequently works with fellow Canadian dubstep producer Downlink, along with producer Dion Timmer, hailing from the Netherlands. He is the founder of Rottun Recordings. Active since 2004, his first release was in 2007. He released an annual "Shambhala" mix album in the third quarter of each year up until 2017, where he has now started his own Music Festival (Lost Lands) and releases annual mixes.[1] A producer of dubstep, drum, bass, and breakbeat, Excision is known for his dark, bass-heavy sounds created using bass and drums, the aggressiveness of metal, and hip-hop vibes.[2] He is also known for his tours with immense sound systems and huge visual productions.[3]

Abel founded the record label, Destroid Music. Upon its debut, Destroid Music released a full-length digital album. The majority of tracks on the album were produced by Excision, with collaborations with other artists such as Downlink, Space Laces, Far Too Loud, Bassnectar. and Ajapai. Destroid is a dubstep supergroup and live band consisting of Excision, Downlink and KJ Sawka. Destroid is well known for their futuristic robot suits, heavy apocalyptic sounds, and visual productions.[4]


In 2011, Excision released his debut studio album X Rated on deadmau5's record label mau5trap. The album's release was supported by the North American "X Tour" with Liquid Stranger and Lucky Date, in early 2012.[5]

On 15 November 2013, Excision unveiled a 100,000-watt sound system at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield Colorado for the Boomfest event. The event included a very special back-to-back set from Funtcase and Cookie Monsta along with Deltron 3030, Brillz, ill.Gates and Colorado locals, Robotic Pirate Monkey.[6]

Starting in January 2014, Excision began a new tour covering North America with support from Dirtyphonics and ill.Gates. This new tour featured his "Executioner" video and light production. This time around, he brought a new 150,000-watt sound system from PK Sound.[7]

In 2015, Excision released his second studio album Codename X on his own label Rottun Recordings.[8]

2016 saw the debut of a new tour and production system, "The Paradox". The new production system made its way across North America selling out countless venues with the support of Bear Grillz and Figure (musician) on most dates.

On 25 October 2016 Excision released his third studio album, Virus, on Rottun Records. Virus contained 16 songs and collaborations with artists including Dion Timmer, Space Laces, Protohype, and others.[9]

In 2017, Excision announced the inaugural year of his own dinosaur-themed music festival, Lost Lands. Lost Lands took place at Legend Valley, Ohio 29 September through 1 October 2017. The lineup consisted of many of the top bass music DJs including: Excision, Seven Lions, Rezz, Zeds Dead, 12th Planet (musician), Destroid, Kill The Noise, and many more.[10]

on 14 August 2018, Excision released his fourth studio album, Apex. The album took two years to make and it contains 14 songs and collaborations with artists including Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Space Laces, Illenium and others. Excision stated that the album, Apex, is a celebration of all he's accomplished in his career.[11]


Studio albums
  • X Rated (2011)
  • Codename X (2015)
  • Virus (2016)
  • Apex (2018)

Lost Lands Music Festival[edit]

Lost Lands Music Festival is a dinosaur-themed three-day event held at Legend Valley Concert Venue located in Thornville, Ohio[12] that features DJs from all over the world. Some notable DJs who have performed at the event include Zeds Dead, 12th Planet (musician), Seven Lions, and Rezz. Excision also performs several times throughout the duration of the festival. 2017 was the inaugural year of Lost Lands and the event was an instant hit, with all 25,000 tickets selling out in advance of the festival. Lost Lands is a camping festival, with most of its attendees choosing to camp on the grounds for the duration of the event. Lost Lands features two full-size main stages, several sound camps throughout the grounds, and boasts an incredible 1,000,000 watts of bass. In addition to basic General Admission tickets, Lost Lands also features many add-on extras, such as RV camping, VIP, and early entry/pre-party passes.

  • 2017: September 29 - October 1
  • 2018: September 14 - September 16


"Destroid 1 Raise Your Fist" peaked at #50 on the Billboard top 50 hot dance/eletronic songs on August 10, 2013 [13]

Awarded for Best Dubstep Track at the 2012 first annual DMA's (Dubstep Music Awards) [14]


  1. ^ Blistein, Jon (7 October 2013). "Uncharted Territory: OrelSan Climbs; Excision Drops New Mix". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Excision biography | Last.fm". Last.fm. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  3. ^ Aidan, Julian (16 April 2012). "Dubstep DJ Excision brought 100,000 watts of bass to the Fillmore". The Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Destroid Official Website". Destroid Official Website.
  5. ^ "Shows | EXCISION". Excision.ca. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  6. ^ Silverstein, Sean. "Excision to Headline Boom Festival at 1STBANK Center". Rage Colorado. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.excision.ca
  8. ^ "Rottun Recordings". Rottun Recordings.
  9. ^ "Excision Virus". Excision Official Website.
  10. ^ "Lost Lands Music Festival 2017". Lost Lands.
  11. ^ "Excision Apex". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Lost Lands Festival | Sept.14-16 2018". www.lostlandsfestival.com. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  13. ^ "Excision". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  14. ^ "Excision". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

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