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Background information

Jerusalem, Israel

Ra'anana, Israel
Genres Electronic, psytrance, dubstep, house, industrial, electronic rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Chemical Crew
Associated acts Void, GMS, Exaile, Tube, Paranormal Attack, Talamasca
Members Asher Swissa
Past members assaf bivas

Skazi is an Israeli psychedelic trance DJ formed in 1998, by Asher Swissa.


Skazi was formed in 1998 by Asher Swissa, producing Soft Psy-Trance Electro Punk music.

Swissa began his musical career as a punk rocker in 1990, when he formed a group called Sartan Hashad (en. Breast Cancer) together with three friends. The band played in small venues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and enjoyed limited success in the Israeli punk scene. In 1996 Asher left the band to develop his career and to write and perform music which would appeal to larger audiences. He started making trance music, but still kept a hard rock sound, playing electric guitar riffs in many of his tracks. In 1998 he adopted the stage name DJ Skazi.[1][2]

Recording career[edit]

Skazi's first album, Animal, was released in September 2000. On this album Skazi combined live guitar riffs and techy hardcore sounds. While the music meshed with other Psy-Trance, it shared elements of Hard House and Techno record label, Chemical Crew.[3]

Skazi produced four compilations between the years 2001 and 2004 (Zoo1, Zoo2, Zoo3 and Most Wanted). Skazi has also been involved in collaborations with other artists.[4]


Skazi at a Rave in France


  1. ^ Yoram Bar, Review of Sratan Hashad Concert, Kol Ha'ir 26 February 1993 (Hebrew)]
  2. ^ DJ Skazi - Profile, Progressive Trance Network, retrieved 2010-06-08 
  3. ^ Album review - Most Wanted Presents DJ Skazi - ??????, Saiko Sounds Catalog, 14 November 2003, retrieved 2010-06-08 
  4. ^ DJ 26 Bryan aka Stomp (2008-11-01), "Rock That Trance - Interview with Skazi", Rolling Stone, retrieved 2010-06-08 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Skazi's Discography on Discogs, Discogs, retrieved 2010-06-08