In 2006, EXo becomes the first DJ to pioneer the fresh dubstep genre in Bulgaria - the audience is shocked, yet fascinated by the unexpected beat and bass pressure. That’s enough of a reason for dubstep to become EXo’s primary focus in the years to come. Consequently he proves himself as the leading dubstep DJ in the country – always with up to date selection of uncompromising sound quality.
Up to date EXo has presented dubstep on more than 70 venues, and for the listening pleasure of Bulgarian, Romanian and Greek audiences. He has performed on one stage with artists like MRK1, Foreign Beggars, Bar9, Mary Anne Hobbs, Luke Envoy, et. al. In 2007, on two big venues, HMSU’s Summer Open-air Festival 2007 and at Drum and Jazz 2007, EXo presented his experimental live dubstep project together with popular drummer Victor Alexandrov (known from the Liquid Pension progressive band). At the Aniventure 2010 Festival he presented an on stage act accompanied by the youth talent cello performer Magdalena Petrovitch.
Behind the codename EXo (mind the capital X) we find Gheorghi Penkov - a person known for his numerous activities, both in art and science. Born in 1980, he already has a definite musical experience - as a DJ, producer, promoter, music journalist and beatbox/darbuka performer.
EXo’s interest in music production and mixing dates back to 1995 when he initially got interested in interactive multimedia demos. Together with friend Martin Hristov, Gheorghi starts the demo group Ancient Media, that in consequently released the two demos – Idleness (’96) and Water Illusions (‘97). Demos are highly technological short video productions (10 mins) that render audio and video in real time.
This early interest in multimedia triggers EXo’s passion for electronic music. Between 1998-2001 he produces ambient and downtemp tracks under the SentagriS moniker. Unfortunately most of these never get released, since in 90s there is no label or company interested in such sound in Bulgaria,... net-labels are yet to come. Years later, two of these tracks are included in the digital releases Wamoxyn (2003, Z-dimension) and Acnod Tucmod Tipo (2007, Contone Records).
EXo joins H.M.S.U. by appointment with Dimitar “Targy” Dimitrov, and is with the organization since it’s very first days. By that time he's a junior drum and bass DJ, one that in the course of time gets totally devoted to the classic drum and bass (it's what we nowadays call oldskool). After H.M.S.U’s third openair festival EXo’s focus starts to slowly shift towards jungle, and eventually dub music. During his sporadic 2003-2005 appearances on H.M.S.U. events he selects mostly roots and tech dub. Then suddenly, in 2005, he goes back to dub and eventually reaches dubstep - a new sound that fundamentally changes his view on bass music, and puts his musical roaming to an end.