One Thing in My Mind
Northwest Oregon native Axent may have taken a long and winding path to the release of his debut album titled "One Thing In My Mind," but one thing is clear: He has arrived. After graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in business management and marketing at the age of 22 he began pursuing a career in music even though he had never wrote a song in his life. As he put it "Music had always played a big part in my life and I fell in love with hip hop at a young age. Somehow I just knew I could do it and do it well. One day, I think I was about 19, I just decided to start writing freestyle rhymes for fun in class. Soon I was writing to industry beats and recording verses on cassette tapes. Eventually I hooked up with my homey T-Bo, who gave me some beats to write to. Soon after I bought a mic and a Roland digital recording studio and started doing my thing ." In 2004, a humble but confident Axent began laying down his first studio recordings at Lost Studios in Portland with the help of engineer Tom Ripper. In just over a year and a half he had recorded more than 25 songs at the studio before deciding to build his own home recording studio. "I learned to record, produce and mix on my own. I wanted to be able to do it all. Not to mention I could make new music at my convenience and a faster pace." True to his words, in the summer of 2006 Joshua Grossman (aka "Axe") created JMG Records and began recording his debut album "One Thing In My Mind" in addition to working full-time at a local radio station conglomerate. Along the way, Axe learned the ins and outs of engineering and mixing by both educating himself through reputable sources and trial and error. In the end, he hopes the countless hours he spent preparing "One Thing In My Mind" for distribution will result in a much smoother start-to-finish process in the future, hopefully enabling him to eventually sign and record additional artists to JMG Records. As an artist, Axent blends a unique and witty writing style with his versatile rhymes and seamless flows based on a variety of subjects, stories and life experiences. He is truly a lyricist, a rapper with substance. Axent's goal is to make quality music with relevant themes and content, whether clean, explicit, serious, engaging, emotional or fun. But make no mistake he is all about being true to the music. He is who he is as you see and hear him. There is no fake image. There are no gimmicks. Rather, Axentmusic or AxeTracks as he likes to refer to them have something refreshing to offer to every rap, hip hop, and R&B fan alike. On his debut album "One Thing In My Mind" Axent displays a broad range of both depth and talent on socially relevant and thought provoking tracks such as "I Gotta Go", "Out of Time" and "Flow Free". On other blazing hot tracks such as "Doin My Thang", "U Don't Know Me", and "I Wish" Axe comes with hard-hitting punchlines, clever metaphors, and distinct wordplay all his own. He slows down to show a little of his sensitive side and how he vibes with the special ladies in his life on singles "Unconditional" and "I Can Take You There". Not to mention Axe's smooth flowing, head-bobbing club songs such as "Lite Dat Fire", "Another Night", and "Just What You're Asking For." "My goal on this album was to let people see and hear what I'm all about. In other words, I wanted to showcase my all-around depth and skills on the mic and in the studio, while at the same time letting listeners know and feel who I am. I'm not a one trick pony. I'm never satisfied with where I'm at. I always recognize areas I want to...no, that I've got to improve upon. I learn from my experiences and my mistakes. I'll never stop working hard on, not only, making better music, but also continuing to grow as an artist and as a man..... People should expect the unexpected from me. Believe me, it only gets better from here....this is only the tip of ice burg as far as what you'll hear from me (Axent) in the future. I will be heard, and I will be respected, but I will earn it."