He was born in Russia in 1981 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. He began recording music under the name Astrix in 1997, sometimes misconceived to be taken from the “Asterix” comic books. An interview on UK clubbing website Harderfaster.net revealed the name was chosen for simply sounding good, and not directly influenced by anything in particular.
In 2006 Astrix reached #41 (+34 raise) in DJMag’s “Top 100 DJs” yearly rank along with raise of several other Israeli musicians (the highest being Infected Mushroom ranked #12) marking significant worldwide popularisation of Israeli electronic music scene.
In 2007 Astrix reached to #18
During the late 1990s and into the early 2000s he continued in this style and collaborated with several major Israeli trance artists such as Yahel and the Eyal and Oren Barkan. In 2001 he collaborated with Alien Project on the album “Midnight Sun,” which marked his switch from nitzhonot to full-on psytrance.
Astrix is musically influenced by Infected Mushroom. “I look up to them for inspiration and for some kind of spiritual fuel as it were.” Other influences include Linkin Park and Tiësto. “I also have a love for mainstream bands like Linkin Park, and for ‘club personality’ I like Tiësto, he inspires me very much to see how well you can mix business with music and how big you can become from something that was so small in the beginning.”
Astrix has worked with:
- Infected Mushroom
- Alien Project
- Atomic Pulse
and other musicians.
Eye to Eye (HOM-Mega Productions) (2002)
- Artcore (HOM-Mega Productions) (2004)
- Coolio (HOM-Mega Productions) (2004)
- Closer to Heaven (Tokyo Dance) (2007)
- Psychedelic Academy (compilation) (Hit Mania UK) (2005)
- Red means distortion (upcoming)
- Future Music (2007)