Detroit Techno Militia is a record label and a street level DJ/Producer collective dedicated to preserving the legacy of true Detroit electronic music and its proliferation around the world. They take pride in contributing to a tradition that has deeply inspired electronic music aficionados the world over. Detroit Techno Militia soldiers work to maintain and preserve the significance of techno made in their native city, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The collective started as a group of like-minded individuals who have similar inspirations and beliefs regarding to Detroit Techno; where it comes from, where it is, and where it is going in the future. There are currently two united factions of elite DJs, Producers, and Live Performers. The DTM Home Team is made up of performers currently residing in the Detroit Metropolitan Area: T.Linder, Darkcube, DJ Seoul, Neil V., DJ Psycho, and Annix. DTM Recon:313 is made up of Techno Militia members residing in locales across the globe: The Mercenary (Belgium), Doc (New York, NY), Loner.9 (Charlotte, NC), Maxx T (France), Dimitri Pike (Germany), and Shawn Rudiman (Pittsburgh, PA).
The Detroit Techno Militia also features ensemble acts with multiple DJs performing on multiple turntables at the same time. In the summer of 2007, the DTM 5x5 was formed. The DTM 5x5 was the first group in the Techno genre to feature five DJs (Darkcube, T.Linder, DJ Seoul, Neil V. and DJ Psycho) performing together on five analog turntables. On April 17th, 2010, Detroit Techno Militia accepted the Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Electronic Music Group". Their groundbreaking performance on the Made In Detroit Stage at the 2011 Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival stands out as one of the most memorable sets at the three day festival. International techno legend Claude Young remarked that witnessing the DTM 5x5 was the highlight of his entire weekend.
With a worldwide footprint in the world of underground electronic music, the members of the Detroit Techno Militia are no strangers to touring and life on the road. In 2008 a group of DTM techno soldiers embarked on a 3 week international tour, appropriately named the "RECON:313 European Tour". In 2010, the Detroit Techno Militia launched the month-long "2010 Solidarity Tour" which culminated in a performance in front of thousands of party-goers at the Pact Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Queen's Day. In April of 2011, DTM followed up with the "2011 European Tour". This six week long adventure featured 14 shows in seven different European countries, and included an eight hour DJ set by the DTM 2x4 (DJ Seoul and T.Linder performing on four turntables and two mixers) at the 20th Anniversary of the legendary German nightclub, Tresor:Berlin.
After years of incorporation, in early 2007 Detroit Techno Militia formally launched their record label in a partnership with Cratesavers Muzik. After three very successful 12" vinyl EP releases, DTM001, DTM002, and DTM003, they amicably split with Cratesavers and took all of the responsibilities in-house. Their next two 12" vinyl EPs, DTM004, and DTM005 were independently released and distributed. Many of these releases have been charted and played by some of the biggest international names in techno music. DTM's music is regularly featured by legendary DJ, Dave Clarke on his radio show "White Noise" on the Dutch national radio station, 3VOOR12. Today, the Detroit Techno Militia continues to release music on their own vinyl label, their digital label: "DTM Digital", and other internationally distributed record labels.
With over a decade under their belt, Detroit Techno Militia received a prestigious Detroit Music Award for Best Electronic Group. This award is voted on by their peers in the music industry in Detroit. DJ Psycho has also received two individual awards for Best Hip Hop DJ, proving once again that this vinyl master will not be contained to just one genre.
Angie Linder, the founder and label manager of the Detroit Techno Militia sums up the mission statement by saying, "Similar to the restoration of historic architecture; we are not tearing down and building anew. Rather using the existing structure as a basis for our own endeavors. Detroit has always had much to offer musically and it is our mission to make it known to the rest of the world for generations to come."
"It's a battle for the soul of the music"