This time last year, US-based Israeli psy-trancer Astrix, aka Avi Shmailov, was laid up in bed recovering from a back operation. However, he put the time to good use by starting work on his third album 'Red Means Distortion'. It's finally ready after some interruption from a hectic tour schedule, and Avi's fastidious need to replace older tracks with new material. It's going to see the light of day at the beginning of 2010, along with a massive world tour lined up to promote it. When Astrix isn't sprinkling dancefloors with his trance magic, he spends any free time he has in the studio writing and producing. "I released a 2Gb memory stick called 'One Step Ahead' containing 12 tracks and three video clips. It was a first of its kind for me, and was a very exciting product." In 2009, Astrix got to remix one of his favourite bands, whipping Infected Mushroom's 'Killing Time' into shape. His 'Dharma' track appeared on the high profile 'Heat Seekers - Israeli Trance Allstars' compilation, and a series of high energy gigs across the globe continued to secure his position as one of the scene's key players. Astrix plans to build a new studio, "and explore more complex music productions, like remixes and commercial electronica, but always with my trademark sound and groove."