Dax Pierson "Live In Oakland" in Bandcamp Daily "Best Electronic Music On Bandcamp - Jul 2019"
"The history behind this record is dramatic. Among various other roles, Bay Area musician Dax Pierson is an affiliate of the Anticon collective—he was in Subtle with Adam “Doseone” Drucker and Jeffrey “Jel” Logan. In 2005, he was severely paralyzed following a road accident on tour with that group. His work since then has been an experimental process of finding out what he can do with his limited movement, using iPad apps and other tools, and this extraordinary document shows just how sonically ambitious he’s become in those intervening 14 years. He references this history directly on the record’s opener, which revolves around a layered voice intoning, “Don’t take your physical abilities for granted, for you can lose them with a snap of the neck,” before building up an orchestra of disjointed sounds. And through the following seven, mostly lengthy, tracks he creates a very personal vision through drones, distorted hip-hop beats and disembodied voices; clearly, this is a talent that can’t be contained." - Bandcamp
Dax Pierson feature in KQED ARTS: "Dax Pierson's New Album Confronts a Near-Death Experience and Turbulent Recovery"
"Visceral and stirring, Live in Oakland is Pierson's way of clearing his throat and letting people know that he's still here—and why he's been laying low. It doesn't paint a falsely inspirational portrait of surviving a near-death experience or living with disabilities. Instead, the album allows listeners to course through the messy, uncomfortable and sometimes ugly emotions that have been part of his recovery process. Pierson is already working on his next album—which he says could take a more poppy form, gesturing to an entire shelf of Prince vinyl he's been collecting since the age of 12."
Dax Pierson Cover Story in East Bay Express : East Bay Express Cover Story: "The Musical Reinvention Of Dax Pierson"
"The song "Treading Water" samples a recording from a doctor's appointment in which Pierson is updated on the degenerating condition of his spine. He's developed a bone spur, and the third and fourth vertebrae of his lumbar spine are slowly being fused together — but the upside of a degenerating spine is that a loss of motion means the eventual arthritis will be pain-free. He's treading water both as a physical body and creative force, losing as much ground as he gains. It's an open question whether or not technology will someday enable him to swim upstream, even though he's already ahead of the curve.
The eerie rhythms lurch erratically, not unlike the forward march of science against the suffering left waiting for its cure, before a closing number of throbbing, danceable techno swings and grooves to the wheelchair percussion. Elsewhere, there are sweeping, almost orchestral oceans of synth drones, painting abstract sound poems in the air."
DAX PIERSON on The House List Podcast
DAX PIERSON "Live In Oakland" Review in Pitchfork "Great Records You Might Have Missed Summer 2019"
DAX PIERSON "Live In Oakland" Review at I Heart Noise "Live In Oakland By Cristopher Michael Barnes" - August 2019
DAX PIERSON "Soulpsang" + Micro Interview on Resonance FM / ATTN MAGAZINE Podcast #24 - July 2019
DAX PIERSON "Live In Oakland" review in The Moderns Blog - August 2019
DAX PERSON "Live In Oakland" review in Cassette Gods - Feb 2020
DAX PERSON "Live In Oakland" review in KFJC - Feb 2020