Updated: Feb 20
Jason McCracken aka "Illektrolab' is one of the more mysterious artists to come out of the highly-influential Satamile legacy; which even with a small discography under his belt, the iconic releases to come from this skilled programmer, producer, and even turntablist have made him a name to look for in the Electro Bass scene. Based around a heavy Sci-Fi aesthetic, where in dystopian times wars are fought via sound, Illektrolab's "Low Frequency Mind Control" technology becomes the weapon of choice to wake up the zombie masses in order to bring the planet back into balance.
Starting off as a youth in the '80s where parachute pants, graffitti, and the growing Hip Hop culture made a huge impact on McCracken, he would soon find that this was his calling in life. As he recalls: "It was sort of a genetic or engraved love affair from the start which led me into early Electro, and most bass heavy broken beat outputs being the sonic story to my life. The deal was well sealed after catching Run DMC and Jam Master J in concert back in the day...few things in the world excited me as much as seeing Jam Master J cut it up while dropping from the ceiling. It was like a ghost, I knew it was all possible but had never seen it live!." As fate would have it, it did not take long for turntables to enter his life, and the rest as we know it is history!
Though having become a well seasoned DJ and performer during the Rave era in the '90s, playing at many events throughout the globe, and even having some of his scratches and cuts featured on the legendary UK label "Finger Lickin'", not to mention a Plump DJ's tools release, Illektrolab as we know him did not make his debut until 2007 when he signed unto the infamous New York imprint Satamile Records while on tour in Japan, publishing the classic 12" "System Check"; one of the label's true hidden dancefloor gems.
Opening doors internationally for the artist, Illektrolab also went on to found the Advanced Robotiks label while hot on the heels of the success of his previous release; around the same time also relocating to the beautiful region of Costa Rica from Arizona, to live out the dream of being in more harmony with nature. While it may be ironic with such dark and gloomy music, McCracken is actually an avid naturalist, and promoter of all things positive in regards to societal change. As he himself states, his vision for our music is that: "one day all of us Electro heads will be united making heads dip, throwing shows globally, and doing things on a more sustainable level benefiting all in the growth process. We are a small piece of the musical puzzle, but we do make a large sonic footprint and I see more heads getting interested at every jam. Its just a matter of time before the right forces come together, and the Electro stars align."
After releasing his imprint's first vinyl release as a limited edition blue vinyl 12", called "Advanced Robotiks EP", 2008 continued to be a positive year for Illektrolab as he not only released the second title for Advanced Robotiks, called "Dirty Robot", but also began having his music proliferate to published DJ mixes; first with Cal Alex's "Rings Of Alcyone" on Alcyone Records, and later in 2009 on the Autonomous Bassheads mix CD on Black Magic Records, featuring "The 6th Chakra".
Since then, Illektrolab has continued to be one of the most respected and looked for artists in the Electro scene. While having taken a short hiatus in the earlier part of the decade after a couple of small digital offerings, the artist made a strong comeback starting in 2016 with the release of the hit "Illahertz", on infamous Shipwrec label, also going on to revive his Advanced Robotiks label with the smashing "Heavy Hitter EP", not to mention his most recent outing on UK Brokntoys label with "Paranoid Android". But there is much more to come, including some must see upcoming shows and tours. Stay tuned!