Excision is the alias of Jeff Abel, a dubstep DJ and music producer from British Columbia, Canada. He frequently works with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and Downlink. As one of the first dubstep producers and DJs in North America, he has played a significant role in the genre's growth in popularity, and also the development of a more aggressive approach to dubstep production. His first release was in 2007. Excision's signature sound takes influence from the morphing basslines of drum and bass, the aggressive energy of heavy metal, and the laid back vibes of hip hop.
Upon the selling out and repressing of his 2007 release, “No Escape” on his own label Rottun Recordings, it became apparent that there was a large demand for the aggressive side of dubstep. This was proven to be true when Excision was asked by Pendulum to remix their 2009 single “Showdown.”
The sounds that Excision creates in his songs have become an ongoing topic of discussion within the dubstep community. There has been much debate over how these sounds are created, but Excision is known to use Steinberg Cubase, Apple Logic, Native Instruments Massive, Linplug Albino 3, and Access Virus TI.
His recordings from the fabled Shambhala Music Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2010 have received over a million downloads available for free.
During the year 2011, Excision will be touring with Downlink and Antiserum throughout the United States of America on the "Subsonic Tour".