During a time of social upheaval, people tend to turn to art for a distraction. Whether as a tool to fire up the revolution or as a distraction from the bleak reality of life, art, and music, in particular, has always played a central role in the social fabric.
With COVID-19 lockdown in full swing across the country, a lot of musicians were forced to step back and postpone or scale down their projects. Indeed, social distancing and stay at home order mean live performance and shows are no longer possible, shutting down practically one of the main sources of income for many of these musicians.
Amidst all of this chaos, one musician decided to keep his outlook positive and spread a message of positivity. Meet Aaron Paul, also known as EL3CTRXX, a Southern Florida-based DJ and Producer.
Born in Kokomo, IN, but grew up in Louisville, KY, Aaron started his foray into music back when he was still in college, DJing for parties and events around campus. While initially, he drew a lot of inspiration from the budding scene of hip hop for his mixes. But later on, he began to shift into a more dance heavy set, with major influences from Paul Oakenfold, Daft Punk, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyke, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, and Diplo.
Aaron’s shift into the EDM music scene culminated when he moved to Southern California in the early 2000s. During this period, which happened to be when EDM started to break into mainstream popularity, EL3CTRXX was exposed to a variety of dance music and acts. Whether it was from watching performances by industry’s big players or just simply being so close to Los Angeles and Hollywood, where practically all of Showbiz is happening, he took all of these experiences in and put it into his own mixes and shows.
With over 15 years under his belt as a producer and a DJ, Aaron has played major events across the country under the stage name EL3CTRXX, including the prestigious Kentucky Derby celebrity event, The Derby 100, where he headlined for the past several years. EL3CTRXX also maintained a strong following online, with over 39,700 followers on Instagram and 10,000 followers on Soundcloud, where he released some of his works.
Being rooted in the dance and party scene, a lot of people may think of EDM as one-dimensional. But the history of EDM actually stretched back to the disco era in the 70s, which on its own, is a genre of music that was born out of the body liberation movement. Aaron understands this and, for his part, decided to use his music as a way for him to tell his story and to spread messages of positivity.
That message is definitely crucial during a time of chaos and uncertainties, the likes that we are currently in at the moment. Aaron believes that even though each and every one of us has our own unique story in life, there will always be moments of shared connection and emotions that people can relate to. His mission is to tap into that and put that into parts and pieces of his music to remind people that we are in this together and that there will always be hope, even in the darkest of places.EL3CTRXX’s first full-length project, RUN, is set to be launched this July 24. Follow EL3CTRXX’s on Instagram and visit his website to find out more.