A producer of heavy and aggressive dubstep who frequently collaborates with vocalists, Jeff Abel goes by the stage name Excision. The British Columbian's first tracks, some of which were issued on Rottun, a label he started with fellow producer Downlink, were released toward the end of the 2000s. For his debut album, however, he signed on to Mau5trap; X Rated, featuring appearances from the likes of Downlink, Datsik, and Mr. Hudson, was released in 2011. The more intense album Codename X, which arrived four years later, debuted at number three on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, aided by singles like "Bring the Madness" and "Robo Kitty." Throughout his ascent, Abel was active as a DJ and performer, and released annual mixes in his Shambhala series. His third full-length, Virus, followed in 2016 with guests such as Dion Timmer and Protohype. Behind singles "Africa" and "Final Boss," it debuted a spot higher on the dance chart.
The next year, Abel launched his very own music festival, Lost Lands, which featured Seven Lions, Zeds Dead, Kill the Noise, and more. In 2018, his fourth full-length arrived. Apex included collaborations with the likes of Space Laces, Illenium, Dion Timmer, and more. ~ Andy Kellman