Bouncing back from a severe mental health episode at age 17 that led him to drug-induced psychosis and a suicide attempt, EKKSTACY immersed himself in music. “I really needed something like an outlet,” he says, “because I didn’t have anybody. So I started writing.” Already a fan of the SoundCloud rap that had blown up in his early teens, he now binged on moody indie rock with the same intensity, in his downtime between shifts at an Amazon warehouse.

Working alone and teaching himself as he went, EKKSTACY channeled his musical obsessions and PTSD into songs with brutally honest lyrics about self-harm and sadness, and slate-grey production that recalls early-80s post-punk. When he began posting tracks like his breakthrough single “i walk this earth all by myself” to streaming services, he found an eager audience awaiting him. Three short years later, EKKSTACY has amassed a growing cult following who can’t get enough of the urgent energy of his music that brings the anxious aggression and breakneck tempos of early punk into the doomscroll era.

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