Xavier De Enciso was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, a predominantly working-class people of color region known for its gritty urban environment. It’s also recognized as an area of L.A. that gave rise to the west coast electro sound with artists like Egyptian Lover and Arabian Prince. It was during this time in the mid-1980s that Xavier realized that his community was a creative force populated with DJs playing funk, new wave, and eventually Detroit techno. At the age of fifteen, Xavier immersed himself in his neighborhoods’ DJ culture. But it was his initial contact to the abstract sounds of techno that dramatically altered the course of his life and gave way to a new direction. He immediately shifted his musical interest and the vinyl record collection accumulating in his milk crates reflected that. In 1990, he received his first experience at promoting techno events in the “back yard party” scene of South, West, and East Los Angeles. By 1992, he was immersed in L.A.’s infamous underground warehouse parties where he became a frequent member at legendary undergrounds such as Double Hit Mickey. Driven by a new vision, he set his goal to play at the undergrounds alongside L.A.’s established DJ roster that included names such as Ron D Core, Doc Martin, Barry Weaver, R.A.W. and Steve Loria. As a DJ, Xavier became part of the second wave of DJs that emerged in L.A.'s famed underground circuit. Crossing cultural and physical boundaries, Xavier’s DJ sets have been witnessed in warehouses, alleys, empty parking lots, deserts, forests, abandoned buildings, sports arenas, convention centers and major clubs. His skills earned him top billing alongside the industry’s most respected artists such as Joey Beltram, Kevin Saunderson, Keoki, Frankie Bones, Doc Martin, Laurent Garnier, John Aquaviva, The Advent, DJ Hyperactive, Jeno, Garth, Mike Dearborn, Josh Wink, Westbam, LTJ Bukem, David Alvarado, Juan Atkins, DJ IZ, Onionz, Mikael Stavostrand, Drumcell, Raiz, John Tejada, DJ Dex, Santiago Salazar, Esteban Adame, Kris Wadsworth, Claude Young, Takasi Nakajima, Different World, Ewen Pearson, Silent Servant, and Peter Van Hoesen, just to name a few.
Xavier's DJ sets are intoxicating-integrating acid house and deep dub techno while maintaining that signature underground sound that has characterized his sets. Known for his programming and seamless mixing skills, he’s taken his sound around the U.S.; from S.F., Las Vegas, San Diego,Salt Lake City, Santa Barbara to Miami, and across the globe to Vancouver BC, London UK, Guadalajara MX, and points in between. As a promoter, Xavier has produced some of L.A.'s most respected raves such as “Ravecycle” (1992), “Opium” (1994- 1998), “Weeble World,” (1996,1997); hosting established artists such as but not limited to LTJ Bukem, Vapour Space, and Gus Gus. He's also produced underground house events under "Citrusoul" with top DJs spinning the decks from 1998-2000. In 2004, he redirected his focus to academic studies and earned his BA (2006) in Chicana/o Studies from California State University Northridge. He continued his academic track and has since contributed to L.A.’s underground scene by writing his Masters thesis in 2009 on Los Angeles’ rave DJ culture of the 1990s from a Chicano perspective. He is currently an instructor at East Los Angeles College.
Furthermore, in 2009 Xavier returned from a self-imposed academic hiatus and formed LOVEFIX, a collective based in the greater Los Angeles area that aims at providing a space for techno and house music where community and the underground sound prevail. With a passion for academia and underground nightlife, Xavier has been invited to speak at conferences bringing forth L.A.’s unique underground dance culture. He has also contributed to Droid Behavior’s D-Node podcast series by interviewing David Alvarado for his DJ set. Xavier is currently working on his own music production under his full name and alias Código-which stands for the Spanish word “Code” and “XDE.”
In addition, he's collaborating with other L.A. techno artists and is set to release music in 2013 under the LOVEFIX Imprint. He’ll make his debut on MODELHART records via Norway as their -05 vinyl release. With a 20-year history Xavier has earned the respect of his peers and has played for L.A. techno heavyweight promoters Incognito and Droid Behavior among others. Handling various projects, he is also in the production phase of a documentary on L.A.’s early rave culture. Through hard work and persistence, Xavier De Enciso has positioned himself once again to play a major role in moving L.A.’s underground into new heights.
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