Everything about Afro Deezy Axe is just as unique as their name. Their recently released EP, entitled Vagabond, is their debut release under Singularity Records and it was one of the biggest sensations to hit Denton in years.
2014 was the year that mainstream audiences began to take note, and they were voted "Best band in North Texas" by over 3,000 voters in two rounds of voting in the KNTU 88.1 contest. Opening for Immortal Technique and XXYYXX at Oaktopia on the main stage in the Fall of 2014 and performances in Dallas and Fort Worth have them moving forward and gathering larger audiences.
Currently in the studio, Afro Deezy Axe is releasing a full-legth CD in April and we are putting together our first tour which will include all of Texas and central Oklahoma.
Afro’s music is hard to put in just a few words. Genre-hopping across many different styles of reggae, rock, blues and jazz with even some pop sensibilities, all while being inspired by South Indian styles, Afro Deezy Axe takes you on a crazy ride. Their influences are a daunting, cross-cultural combination of the groove and the passion; the expected and the unexpected. Weaving, technical jazz grooves segue into distorted heavy guitars; blues rock phrases cozy up alongside bumping reggae beats, all while complimented by the soaring vocals of Sid Arlikatti take centre stage.
This passion, diversity, and energy is what influences all that Afro Deezy Axe brings to the table, including their riveting live performances. It was precisely this unparalleled intensity that brought them into the spotlight, quickly becoming a fan favorite around town. Refusing to hide behind pre-recorded tracks or rehearsed solos, each of the four members is a master of their craft, delivering a highly skilled level of musical complexity that is intoxicating to experience.
It’s not the type of music you would expect from a young band who started out in the dorms as students in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. It’s clear this group has created a sound that is totally new; even more impressive, it’s accessible and enjoyable to almost any type of audience.
Even the band’s name stands alone and stays in your memory forever. In fact, it’s a play on words they even created themselves by combining a few of their nicknames and inside jokes.
Their message is simple; live free and discover your own reality. Question everything. It’s this universally positive projection of good vibes and passion that binds the band with their dedicated fans.
True to their name, Afro Deezy Axe is a musical experience that’s sure to turn on even the hardest listener.