About "Longhair-Productions"

Longhair Productions. Las Vegas/Nevada
Xakestar's respectable agent and manager, Kevin Dunham, established this organization in 2011, known as Longhair Productions, whose supervision, guidance and operation was the most influential factor conducive to the rejuvenation and restoration of the formerly marginalized band, Xakestar. If we had not benefited from the insightful and professionally adjusted promotional efforts of Longhair Productions, we would have been faded out and left voiceless in the harsh and cruel commotion of the contemporary music industry. 

Kevin Dunham briefly defines the basic objectives of the organization as: 
  • Our mission is to create both long and short term goals for indie artists and meet those goals to reach the next level. 
  • Longhair Productions offer a full range of Management Services and we strive to personalize our services to best meet the needs of our Artists. 
Here are the links to the official representative websites and more information. All inquiries to Kevin Dunham: longhairkev@yahoo.com

Longhair at Reverbnation
*Longhair Productions is located at Las Vegas, Nevada.

Crystal Shadow now Finalized, the best representative of Xakestar Music

We finished up finalizing “Crystal Shadow” whose incomplete demo, gaining more than 14,000 hits, was the most popular Xakestar song in accordance with the statistics. To sum up the characteristics of this song, it is a grunge tune mixed with heavy metal, energetic, aggressive, dramatic, doom, and dark influences. The most important feature of this tune is the bass line which turned out to be extremely active, independent and it is our signature, our idiosyncratic mark on this genre. Crystal Shadow sounds like alternative rock/grunge being mixed with Gothic and electronic elements as used by Depeche Mode. We used pads and synths all over the guitar riffs. A possible theme of the lyrics can be criticism of religion, and it is blended with references to dark desires, forbidden realms of the mind; moreover, it is enriched with a mystic and spiritual tone.

You can listen to it in full length and high quality using the links below.

Where did "Frailty and Flares" come from?

Artwork designed and performed by Marek Starx
Frailty and Flares (Marek Starx and Xakestar)

A Tragedy or a trauma, can be considered both cause and consequence. They raise the despair. There is aesthetics to sorrow and despair. 
      The artist is the origin of the meaning, whose personal experiences determines the product's form and content. The self-expression, narcissism in poetry, are the devices which facilitate the birth of the meaning, i.e., the development of the artist's mind.
          Moreover, the personal poems, which are introspective in nature, are occasionally in a close correlation with sadness, melancholy, and madness. The mentioned attributes also make up certain areas of our interest in both poetry and music; for example, the fear, suspense and darkness of Edgar Allan Poe is highly appealing to us. 
          The opposing forces, the coerced social codes, philistinism, cultural codes of bourgeoisie, pop culture, a bad-gone relationship, or existential pain, can be contingent sources or motifs, which enable the poet or musician to express the subjectivity of the mind. It is very probable that the pain which the artist experiences as the primary stimulant to the process of expression and impression, can assist the audience to find his/her inner thoughts in the outside world; therefore, the possibility of sharing the experience is very real. However, we plan to use our particular emotions and state of mind to enrich and modify the perceptions of our surroundings. It is an area of our interest to refresh and animate the perceptions by adding our invented images and expressions. 
            The existential crisis and the repudiation of the well-established moral and social codes surely contributes to the despair; however, the mentioned form of despair and crisis leads to a specific form of freedom that can be considered a new worldview and a sublime intellectual accomplishment or evolution. The above-mentioned freedom originates from a specific form of rebellion which rails against the creation and protests against the human condition, or generally 'being', since this rebellious viewpoint assumes the human condition to be predominately devalued by gradual decay and ruined by eventual death. More precisely, this viewpoint criticizes human condition on the grounds that mankind is forsaken in a state of isolation, uncertainty and vulnerability by its creator (from a metaphysical viewpoint).
           So is there anything as pure and untainted as despair? They purify the inner thoughts and they result in a constant dignity, self-celebration and valuable egotism: the influential poet of the Romantic era, Charlotte Smith in a collection that was a contribution to the rise of personal poems, describes the poems by the phrase: “Querulous Egotism”.
            We invite you to listen to Frailty and Flares (Marek Starx and Xakestar) and Curse on My Eyes: two different approaches to the subjectivity of a specific kind of mind that is troubled by despair and trauma.  

"Detachment" is what defined us.

We invite you to listen to and watch Xakestar record Detachment which defined our style. The lyrics recapitulate the main domains and subject matters which are generally reflected in our music. The key concept of Detachment is explained and elaborated in the video by the help of exclusive paintings and artworks by Behshad Mohtashami; further, there are some visual cues and literary quotes which lucubrates on the concept of Detachment and they focus on and frame this concept within the paradigm of existentialism. Xakestar, hopefully, aims to address issues and themes which can enrich the medium of rock music.   

Some B-Sides which we consider them some of the Best! Part-1

The Unknown Beloved is written by Moe Khojasteh and co-produced by Shandiz Mehrabadi. This song is multi-faceted, multi-layered and is produced with extreme attention to the details, the riffs are more complex than any other Xakestar tune, and the lyrics are recognized Gothic, the melodies are dark, there are traces of ambient lines, there is a highly technical solo, the structure resembles old school thrash metal but the song in general is subjective whose direction changes occasionally, its tone resembles a dour and dolorous narrative, illustrating an iconoclast, sullen and detached mind. It is remastered and the quality is improved,you can give it a listen through the links below:

Are you ready for some old-school Fuzzy Grunge, intense crushing-rock tunes?

Hi There!!! We have two new announcements to make today...

  1. Here I present you a less known song of #Xakestar but as usual it has a #Grunge structure, with #Metal influences, adorned by violent distortions, and embellished by intense wah effects in the intro. This song is accompanied by an incredible, one of the best, vocal performances done by Hani Rajabi and it benefits from his amazing keyboard lines. 

       2. And what we have here, pure Grunge, raw and intense mix, harsh sounding, with traces of Thrash Metal, and a solo which made us what we are now, with some mind-blowing drums, all dark and distorted...

"I am not them" Marek Starx and Xakestar

Dear friends and fans!
we got an important announcement to make, we have been diligently working on a new song, I'm not them, whose words and music is written by our most valuable friend and collaborator, Marek Starx. This song is produced and performed by me, Moe Khojasteh (Founder of Xakestar). This is probably the most intense project we (Marek and I) have ever worked on. I found the origin of the song highly emotional, influential and haunting. So I spent a long time performing the instruments and producing this piece while benefiting from Marek's suggestions and being directed by his exquisite and crucial guidance. Without further ado, we invite you to listen to this piece which embellished Xakestar's song list.

Return to "The North"

Post by Moe Khojasteh

Some poetry written by me, special artworks, a variety of them, quotes from novels I love, some pieces of my own writings, simple animation, combined with a heavy tune which can be described a move towards Thrash Metal. All of these together in a Youtube video presenting perfromance of The North by Moe Khojasteh. Some artworks are designed by Mohtasham Amuei.