After becoming disenchanted with the complacency of the punk scene in the mid 90's Annix turned to hip hop and techno to vent his own expression of social discontentment, His style is an amalgamation of acid coupled with tribal mayhem and punishing kick drums. His inspiration is drawn from abroad including the sounds of Crass records all the way to the ethics of the Underground Resistance.The message is loud and clear, "This is techno: hard, unrelenting, soulful ...the soundtrack to the new urban sprawl."
After an extended sabbatical, Annix is now available for bookings. Fuck with the programme.
Notorious for his darkside jungle sets as well as his ability to dynamically span a broad spectrum of techno and electro, DARKCUBE's got quite the rep in both Detroit and the San Francisco bay area. He's held residencies in both cities, year after year, and played his share of underground warehouse events. DARKCUBE's been repping Detroit alongside international headliners since 1999, all across North America. No matter if he's playing straight up Detroit techno, electro, jungle, or breakcore, DARKCUBE will mix and blend with a force to be reckoned with.
// DJ Seoul
DJ Seoul is one of America's leading ambassadors of Detroit Techno and Techno Bass. As a soldier for the Detroit Techno Militia, this powerhouse DJ has been spreading the gospel of Techno throughout the world for the past fifteen years. With lightning fast mixing skills and exceptionally technical scratches and juggles, Seoul brings an energy to the dancefloor that is rarely seen. As a producer, his work on the Detroit Techno Militia record label and his remixes for Drugaci Exhibitions have garnered him worldwide acclaim. DJ Seoul gives the crowd one hundred percent every time he performs. This energy is clearly visible and reciprocated by the audience.
If a citizen of Detroit could be considered an asset, then DJ Seoul would be one of the most beloved. By representing his home town globally and by playing Detroit Music, Seoul continues to carry the torch that was handed to him by the greats that came before him. Playing music, from Electro, Techno and Acid, to House, Soul and Rare Groove, this trend setting performer has become known for his style of bringing a Hip-Hop Turntablist flair for mixing and scratching to his DJ set regardless of genre.
Before he was a full-time DJ, Seoul spent many years in the music industry. Raised on the East side of Detroit, he began his musical career at a young age through various counterculture sounds and movements. His formal training began in 1985 with the drums and continues today with both traditional and electronic instruments. Coming from a very diverse musical and cultural background, Seoul cites many different personal influences including Jeff Mills as The Wizard, Terrence Parker, Dave Clarke and Underground Resistance.
In 1996, he co-founded the Bang Tech 12 management company with Greg Montgomery aka. DJ Eclipse. Bang Tech 12 has represented many acts over the years that have gone on to influence the world, including Magda, DJ Minx, Jerry The Cat, DJ Mo Reese and Jacq. Bang Tech 12 has grown and continues today as a leader in the industry with branches in five states. With over 30 different acts under their wing, Bang Tech 12 is a symbol of quality that spans the entire globe.
In addition to a fifteen year DJ career that has taken him across the world, DJ Seoul writes and produces electronic music with great attention to detail. His personal studio is filled with vintage synthesizers and drum machines which he uses to create music with a very distinct sound. He has been featured on Television and Radio worldwide including FOX 2 News: Detroit, and Dave Clarke's White Noise Radio on 3VOOR12 as well as countless radio stations across the United States. One can find DJ Seoul's production work worldwide on the Detroit Techno Militia and Drugaci Exhibitions record labels, as well as his own label; Bang Tech 12
Detroit's Doc walks in the gray area between traditional and experimental. Serving bleeps, bips, and half-naked rhythm structures over a glitchy orchestra electronic melody. His releases have become revered by Detroit hipsters, hackers, and outcasts. His ultra live, live performances are always a spectacle of noise, nonsense, emotion, and energy
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// Neil V.
Born in Detroit, influenced by Detroit. With almost 15 years of working his ass off in Detroit, Neil V has emerged as one of the top upcoming talent to rise from the city that started it all.
With precise tight mixing along with his quick technical skills has given him the opportunity to perform at clubs and events from the East Coast to the West in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans just to name a few. Neil's track selection has shaken dance floors though out the night ranging from hard techno, Detroit techno, tech-house, acid techno, electro and even some deep house!
Neil has played along side with some of the biggest techno acts from around the globe. He has shared the bill with artist such as Adam Beyer, Marco Carola, Robert Hood, Adam Jay, Mike Dearborn and many more…
A veteran DJ with more than fifteen years of experience under his belt; Detroit native, T.Linder has done his homework and paid his dues.
T.Linder takes a no-nonsense, working-class approach to the art of spinning records. He cites old-school Detroit street jocks: The Wizard (aka. JeffMills), Gary Chandler, and Steve "DJ Energy" Crawford among others, as major inspirations for his unorthodox aesthetic. "If someone's going to pay money to hear me spin, I'm going to make it worth their money. The way I look at it, there's too many DJs out there meticulously and methodically blending records that all sound the same. As a listener, I'm easily bored with that. I like to take some risks when I perform, skipping across genres and eras, doing scratch tricks with two copies of the same record. I want to give the listener the experience of hearing something they haven't heard before."
Over the past decade, T.Linder has kept a busy performance schedule that has taken him to literally thousands of events across North America. He has played at most, if not all, of the venues in Detroit catering to Electronic Music. Notably, 2030 Grand River, The Works, Motor Lounge,St.Andrew's Hall, and the Underground Stage at the 2002 Detroit Electronic Music Festival (a gig that he considers one of his career highlights).
In 2007, T.Linder released his first EP entitled DTM002, on Detroit Techno Militia (a record label/artist collective that heco-founded). He has also done remix projects for legendary Detroit Techno producers Scan 7 and DJ 3000.
In the future he plans to continue doing what he has does best, creating and playing timeless records, and asserting his position within the rich history of Detroit Techno. "A lot of DJs are switching over digital technology as a medium for their performances. I've been very reluctant to take that step. I am a vinyl DJ first and foremost, so I'll probably play records until my favorite labels stop pressing them. Mainly because I find them more reliable. I've never had a record crate crash in the middle of one of my shows and kill all of the music. Additionally, I think there's something to be said for the tradition of DJs playing old fashioned wax with analog turntables. Music from the future,made and performed with equipment from the past!"
// DJ Psycho
DJ Psycho (Dezi Magby) has been repping the streets for the last 25 years of his life, dedicating himself to the art of not only rocking the crowd, but making a mix that is as complex as his interests. Mike Banks (UR) himself said, after seeing him for the first time, "Look at him! Just look at him! He truly doesn't give a fuck! Records don't make him. He makes THEM do what he wants them to do!" He's been referenced as being "the split difference between The Wizard and The Tazmanian Devil".His live mixes cross boundaries and genres effortlessly, and his mixes on CD go beyond simply beatmatching records – they tell stories. Being a DJ is not so much how he makes a living as it is how he lives. At this stage in the game, he still practices 3-5 hours daily with no breaks.
Psycho took to the turntables after watching Grandmaster Flash on MTV in 1981. He had already been taking up guitar, piano and percussion, so the musical aspect was already there. He also had uncles in Detroit and Pontiac who introduced him to the game, and by 1983, their training paid off when he started DJing junior high and high school dances. He had co-founded a band the same year, Your'z Truly, playing guitar on stage and various instruments in the studio. In 1987, he met Kevin Klida (DJ Max Jerome), who ended up helping him secure his very first club gig at The Mikatam in Genesee, MI. After that first taste of notoriety, he started smashing everything in sight, touring alongside Digital Underground, Ice Cube and Naughty By Nature, getting his own mix show on local radio station WWCK-105 fm, and procuring the Midwest DMC finals championships 3 years running.
Since then, it's been a rollercoaster ride, with no breaks in his popularity and respect amongst his peers. He's thrown parties in the Flint area as part of the SPICE crew between '91 and '97. As part of Rev. Right Time ('97-'03), he's been written up in High Times Magazine, appeared on the Jenny Jones show and shared stages with Parliament-Funkadelic, The Time, Roger and Zapp, Fishbone, WAR, Hed P.E., Coal Chamber and Drowning Pool. As a solo DJ, he's bumped mixers with DJ Clue, Green Lantern, Skribble, Boy George, Gianni, Michael Myers, and Mix Master Mike, as well as Michigan luminaries such as Punisher, MD!, Billebob, Scan 7, and countless others. He's also a supporter of low-power FM, helping launch RADIO FREE FLINT in 1999. Psyc is currently a member of Funkilinium, a 6-piece R&B/funk outfit that has been nominated twice for Best Funk Band at the Detroit Music Awards.
Influenced by a wide range of artists (starting with Prince, George Clinton, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Thomas Dolby, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Aerosmith and The Beatles) and DJs (Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Premier, Jeff Mills, Jam Master Jay, Carl Cox), his goal is to bridge the gap between what all of these people have meant to him and the future of music, whether it is manning the turntables, making tracks or stepping on stage with his band. 25 more years? It could happen…
RECON:313 // Loner.9
Not much is known about this operative. Normally seen in the Charlotte NC area but can be found working out of SC and also Detroit, this unit has been known to drop PA's that leave dancefloors devastated. Often feared by lesser DJ's and so-called "Live PA's", he has established a reputation as a performer that maintains the best elements of a DJ set (unpredictability, improvisation, and adjusting to the needs of the dancefloor) while maintaining the strictly live, no pre-recorded bullshit, that makes his music the stuff of legend.
Q: How do you describe your music?
It's definitely detroit influenced but not soley. I guess it's best described as Minimal techno but with a lot of Electro and abstract qualities added.
Q: Who are your primary influences?
In EDM, it would Be Rob Hood, Jeff Mills, Drexcyia, Art Of Noise. In Popular Music, It's Prince, James Brown and Miles Davis.
Q: What prompted your move to the Queen City?
College and a better Working Economy.
Q:How does being on the outside of the Charlotte club scene affect your music?
I think it positively adds a bit of angst to my music. Everytime I find myself writing something "pretty" I think of how Charlotte ignores talent for glitz, then I go back to writting something dark.
Q: What future plans do you have for the Loner. 9 project?
To expose the music to areas outside of Charlotte, especially areas that may have more appreciation.
RECON313 // The Mercenary
The Mercenary was born and raised in Detroit, and since an early age, he's been influenced with the social and artistic movements, which arose in that city. Heavily inspired by the early Detroit techno culture, he began collecting records and DJ'ing in 1996. After a move to Chicago in 1998, he began to spin at rave parties, clubs and radio stations around the Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee). In 2000, Der Mercenary began compiling his studio equipment to produce his own techno music and started spinning overseas in Europe. Around the same time, he began performing with more than just decks, using the infamous Richie Hawtin's "Decks Efx & 909" album as an inspiration, and performed with various effects and with his 909 on occasion.
In 2002, he moved back to Detroit, where he acted as the Vice President of Mission: Detroit association – organization dedicated to promoting electronic music and philanthropy in the city of Detroit (www.missiondetroit.org). In 2002-2003, Mission:Detroit threw bi-weekly techno parties in Detroit, which featured der Mercenary as a frequent performer playing beside famous names such as Terrance Parker, Gary Chandler, Keith Tucker of Aux 88, and Derek Plaslaiko. He was also a co-founder of the now defunct www.mp313.org and for over four years he had showcased Detroit and like-minded artists' productions. Der Mercenary has performed in many different countries on numerous occasions, playing at Triebwerk in Dresden ( Germany), Clues ( Belgium), Cologne (Camouflage), and Rewers and Paragraph 51 in Poland. He tag-teamed with Kube72 (Ian Cheshire) for an official Movement 2003 afterparty, and played at just about every popular bar/club in Detroit (including the Works, Corktown Café, O'Blivions, McCarthy's pub, Mission: Detroit, etc.) . In early 2004, der Mercenary moved to Belgium. He has since played in Germany, Belgium, and in Plock, Poland which was filmed and aired on VIVATV. He visited his hometown of Detroit for the Movement festival, where he played at the Nefarious booth solo, and with Derek Plaslaiko, Jeff Samuel, and Adam X. Since moving, Der Mercenary has also been playing in and around Brussels, at the Full Moon bar, for Sam et Allain productions, and has been a guest DJ on Boups radio www.boups.com
The early roots influence Der Mercenary's truly eclectic style to this day. In his DJ sets, Der Mercenary combines the Detroit classics with all forms of techno, industrial and new wave sounds to produce a truly unique dance-floor experience. His fearless, yet flawless mixing style, raw energy and pure delight in spinning translate into original and extremely passionate sets. His own work is characterized by impeccable sound quality, and is heavily influenced by the classic techno and industrial sound.
RECON:313 // Dimitri Pike
Starting music in 1997 as record shop assistant and DJ, Dimitri Pike follows a constant evolution in development of his techno concepts.After being DJ as a guest or resident in major places from north of France and south of Belgium where he moves later, Dimitri Pike started 'The Tuesday Session', an underground radio program in support of the french techno scene. His first EP out on Mirage Records called 'Night Works' was playlisted by DJ's like Oliver Kapp, Damon Wild and Marco Remus.
2003- A first step to the D ! Sean Deason selects the Dimitri Pike remix of his classic tune 'The Shit'. Along artists like Kelly Hand, Christian Bloch and John Clees, the EP was named as one of the best of the year 2004 in Germany. Dimitri Pike plays at the famous Tresor Club Berlin and began soon after a residency with Frequency Berlin, highly respected DJ Team from Berlin / Germany providing music from Claude Young, Pacou, Sender Berlin, etc...
2005- Dimitri Pike is booked by Electric Avenue †for the Fuse In Festival after party in Detroit, playing along the cream of worldwide techno producers. He also produces an exclusive track for DJ Bone Mix CD Subject Detroit Vol.03, one of the most respected labels from Detroit.2006- Jamal Moss offers to Dimitri Pike the opportunity to remix a classic track by legendary Chicago producer Steve Poindexter. The feedback for this release was excellent, proving that Dimitri Pike can touch more than one style of music with success. Playlisted by Ben Sims and Chris Finke for the Split show!
2007- After few years making a name for himself, Dimitri Pike start a new challenge with Wildub, subdivision of Wildtek Virtual dedicated to production of worldwide artists musical concepts ...
RECON:313 // Maxx T.
Maxx-T started a dj career in 1984 when nobody spoke about Techno or House music. On a local radio show, Maxx-T presented the first kind of electronic music, which came from Detroit and Chicago. Maxx-T is one of the French precursors of electronic music, and like Laurent Garnier is still going strong and surviving in an ever changing world. The word Underground is the best way to define him and it is through this definition that he reaches the masses. Indeed, Maxx-T never wanted to call himself a headliner, but these days he is getting top billing and the organizers of the events are taking notice of Maxx's talent and crowd drawing ability. He has succeeded in preserving the motivation, the excitation and the happiness he has felt since the beginning of his musical career.
Maxx-T has been invited to play with some other international artists in huge techno events, like the "Nuits sonores" at Lyon in France and many others. He has also played in famous clubs of the South of France, which is his own region, often as a resident dj. Now Maxx is going to have the opportunity to play in the town of his dreams, the town of his musical roots: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
He dedicates his life to music. Not only the music he plays, but also the music he produces behind his hardware in the studio. He release his first album in 1992 and hasn't stopped producing music since. None of the records that Maxx-T puts on the decks is put by chance. All his sets are well thought out and are used for creating a real consistent story. He wishes to present a real "movie" to his public.
Maxx-T doesn't make any musical concession and he plays the sounds he likes. In July 2005 Maxx-T created the « Code 316 recordings » Record Label. His first EP has been heralded by a large majority of influential dj's and has been named as the release of the month by Trax Magazine. The second opus of Code 316, also presented by Trax magazine, is just hitting the shelves now and is expected to be received even better than the first. Maxx-T production partners on this EP were Rennie Foster and Kan Shinomura of Futago Trax.
Maxx is reaching out even further with the recent announcement that he will be featured on the Uk label Snapshot recordings and he is also going to license his music for Nightvision which is one of the labels owned by Orlando Voorn. Still in the works are collaborations to produce some tracks for Dirty Works (the label of Rennie Foster), Melodika (the label of Fabrice Lig) and more... This is a new beginning for Maxx-T. He had the chance to play with James Pennington aka Suburban Knight and DJ 3000 of Underground Resistance label, Joris Voorn, Vince Watson, Fabrice Lig, Deetron or Olivier Kaiser, and recently with T-Linder, Dj Seoul & The Mercenary from Detroit Techno Militia, and the March 28th 2008 is play in the mytic Rex Club in Paris with Rolando, and now his international career takes a new impulse.
Maxx-T is successful and his success will continue in the future. Therefore, he's staying the same man, a man who likes to share his passion and who takes a lot of pleasure to play real quality music. A sound you have to discover!
RECON:313 // Shawn Rudiman
In 1989 Shawn Rudiman started production work with Ed Vargo as part of the seminal Industrial group T.H.D. (Total Harmonic Distortion). This EBM/Elektro unit became quite popular in the EBM/Industrial music scene of the early to mid 90′s. They released 4 full-length albums, countless remixes and compilation releases on both European and domestic labels. During these formative years, Shawn developed a fascination with vintage music machines. In 1997, he decided to stray from his Industrial-EBM roots to explore the depths of pure rhythm and sounds in Techno music. At this time he also relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The transition from industrial to techno presented a challenge due to the different sound layers and refinement of rhythms, but results proved positive. He began producing Techno and experimenting with live sets at the same studio.
Rudiman's all live sets of non-stop, improvised techno became his trademark. His innate understanding of hardware drum machines, sequencers, samplers and synthesizers gave his performances the fluidity and smoothness of any DJ set, but entirely flexible in direction and tempo (well before the introduction of software live applications). These performances gained international attention throughout the Techno community and became the stuff of legend.
Soon after, Shawn started HyperVinyl Records with Trevor Combee. This led to a longtime friendship with Detroit Techno legend, Anthony "Shake" Shakir and releasing tracks with Dan Bell on his label: 7th City Records. Since then Rudiman has had releases on Matrix, Cache, Finest Blend, Neutonmusic, X-Trax, Sound Architecture, 11th Hour and several others.
He and friends Jwan Allen and Adam Ratana currently run Technoir Audio, an imprint with dozen vinyl releases and a full-length album. Today he resides somewhere in Pittsburgh, still releasing records and remixes. Always a consummate studio enthusiast, Shawn maintains, repairs and builds analog and vintage synthesizers while keeping a busy international touring schedule
RECON:313 // Mad Alba
Mad Alba was born in July 1985 in Bari, Italy. From a very young age, her interest in different musical cultures such as house and dance music and also spread through rock and punk which eventually lead to techno and club-culture. At age 22 she approached the local scene as Djane with numerous performances in the club circuit of Bari. Through the years she has developed a continued and careful respect of the musical experience. She moved to Berlin and started DJing with only vinyl records. This helped build her strong reputation as an underground techno DJ. This provided opportunity for her to play in clubs such as Tresor, About Blank, SK Robinson, Mikz and Tacheles in Berlin where she lives today.
In September 2011, she moved to Detroit where she rocked some of the scenes most well known clubs like as The Works, Exodus and several others across the state in collaboration with DJ Seoul and Tom Linder of Detroit Techno Militia. This travel has definitely and radically changed is approach to the techno concept, which she considers more a social phenomenon and a lifestyle rather than just a musical genre.
In December 2011 she collaborated with the female crew Femme Fraktale. Since January 2012 she is resident of the party Homopatik in About Blank, Berlin. In May 2013 she joined the roster of Bang Tech 12 and was soon asked to join Detroit Techno Militia in April of 2014.