Next up is a live recorded mix by Anthony Jimenez on October 18th, 2014 as an opening set for Dasha Rush at the Blank Code series event SCENE 26. After founding the forward thinking platform ‘Khombat’ in Cleveland in late 2011, Anthony Jimenez relocated to Detroit to explore the birthplace of techno and to expand his artistic reach as a DJ / producer. Anthony instantly connected with the growing local scene by producing his own events and performing at Blank Code’s “SCENE” series events and Dub Monitor’s “I AM NOT TO BE TRUSTED” in Ann Arbor.
Anthony has since performed alongside artists such as Regis, Luis Flores, Developer, Silent Servant, and Dasha Rush while simultaneously crafting his debut release Time Under Tension EP for Blank Code Records released on August 25th, 2014. His signature style could be described as consistently deep and driving, lending itself to the complex looping and layering-rich performances he has become known for. Keep up with new music by Anthony at Beatport and Soundcloud.
Milkplant is Justin Pennell, He is the From 0-1 label founder and co-owner with longtime friend, Sone. Originally from the city of Milwaukee in the Midwest, he moved to Seattle in 2004 and in 2010 relocated to Oakland, California where he currently resides. Nearly 25 years of combined DJ and production experience has given him the opportunity to witness many trends in electronic music come and go, but Techno has always been number one.
Starting as a DJ at the age of 19 in 2000, he discovered Heiko Laux, Stewart Walker, Plastikman, Ben Sims, Speedy J, Fuse, and Theorem from records obtained from ‘Nice Music’ in Madison, Wisconsin at the peak of the Midwest rave scene. From then on he forged a path that led to production by 2004, and record label establishment in 2008. In the fall of 2014 he released ‘Time Dilation‘, a four track 12″ EP on From 0-1; charted by Gary Beck, and Paul Mac at #2, and #1 in their November 2014 Juno charts. Keep up with new music by Milkplant on Soundcloud and Beatport.
Drumcell - born Moe Espinosa in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley. Far away from the glamour and glitter of Hollywood he cut his teeth growing up in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood and still draws inspiration from this cultural melting pot. It also remains the area where he and the Raíz brothers Vangelis and Vidal – who together founded the Droid Behavior events collective in the early 2000s – hang out and regularly plot their widely known and respected Interface warehouse events.
A classically trained musician in his youth, Moe came to circulate around the Noise, Punk and Industrial scene, playing guitar and singing in various bands until he discovered the early ’90s L.A. rave scene. He fell in love with this music and immediately dove deeper to find out how it was made. Thats was when he was introduced to the science of synthesizers that played a big part in Techno’s early years. His enthusiasm for those exciting, synthetic sounds was beyond words, and the following years he hardly left the studio of his day job to work on his own productions in a little back room at night. When he handed out his first self-produced, self-pressed vinyl’s at the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and some of the DJs played his record the very next day on various stages, he was chuffed and ready to go all the way.
You can still hear his Industrial and Noise roots in everything he is doing. His debut album “Sleep Complex” – which was released in winter of 2013 on CLR – is characterized by a complete disregard for genre limitations and is everything but a conventional Techno album. Drumcell is a science-fiction-movies-loving technology geek with a Punk Rock soul, who has explored and discovered the analogue world as much as the digital world of music production, to finally combine them into his very own raw, suspenseful and hypnotic style. He is literarily addicted to analog synthesis and spends countless hours in his studio, ceaselessly experimenting and searching for new, mind-expanding sounds.
Orlando Solis also known as Submerge is an American electronic music producer and DJ from Chicago, and son of successful musician Jose Luis Napoleon Solis. The techno aficionado can now be found playing some of the world’s most renowned places such as Berlin’s Berghain, Spain’s Fabrik, Vienna’s Camera Club, Nature One, and Def-Con 1 festival. Known for running the label Impact Mechanics, Orlando Solis own productions can also be found on the pristine label Mote Evolver, After successfully touring Europe several times in 2010, his appearance has been in demand each and every year. Submerge’s technical knowledge has landed him an endorsement by the respectable company Allen and Heath and his knowledge of IT has also landed him work at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Israel Toledo is one of the most Mexican exported Techno DJ’s, in his sets he normally likes to spin hybrids of Techno. In 2004 he produced the remix “Quetzalcoatl” for Corvin Dalek at Mark Reeders German label MFS-FLESH, the same year the remix was edited on the Love Parade’s compilation on the Mexican edition and Poland for LIFE Magazine. That year Israel Toledos track / EP called “Edge of Empire” was released at the Dutch Techno label Klirfactor /Highland Beats featured on the b-sides with Jorg Henze and Lars Klein. In 2005 Israel edited again on a German label, this time was on MASTERS OF DISASTER(013), a very known techno label with his track called “Mexico City”. He starts that year his own label called “Assassin Soldier Recordings” and become the first Mexican techno label on vinyl, the first label release called “Allies Coallition EP” included artists such as Nimbuz and Jan Liefhebber from Holland. After that, Israel Toledo’s releases and remixes are showing up on many labels worldwide. Now a days he is the host in his radio show called “Naranja Electronica” at the largest Mexican radio company called EXA F.M 104.1 fm in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, every Friday night.
Next up on the Blank Code podcast we’re happy to give you this ambient mix by Minneapolis artist Doubt aka Ian Lehman, recorded live at Intellefunk on November 14th, 2014. Under Ian’s newest project Doubt, he’s released 2 EP’s on DVS1‘s label Mistress, a remix for Axkan on SecreTechno and most recently his Poor Dog EP on Don’t Be Afraid Records. Keep up with new music by Doubt on Beatport.
It’s our pleasure to give you our next Blank Code podcast by DJ Reka. Reka is an official resident of Tresor and an up and coming techno artist from Berlin. Her techno sets gravitate towards deep, dark, and both classic and more avant-garde sounds reflecting her personal need for consistent exploration and mutation.
Currently she is working on new releases as well as involved in other interdisciplinary projects including video and design, which will hopefully be revealed before the end of this year. Keep up with Reka’s new music and news on Facebook & Soundcloud.
Tom Newman aka Acid Pimp & Poker, has been an integral part of Detroit’s electronic music scene since the very early 1990′s. While the Detroit legends of the 1980′s were on tour overseas, returning home only once or twice per year, it was DJs like Tom Newman headlining the legendary underground warehouse parties that are still revered and imitated today. Taking on alias’s such as Acid Pimp and Poker, Tom is responsible for classic releases on Cheshire, early D-Records, as well as new releases on labels such as Snork Enterprises.
Tom was exposed to the beginning of Detroit techno and early Chicago acid house through DJs such as Ken Collier, who’s club Heaven opened at 3am, and Richie “Rich” Hawtin, who had an industrial night every Sunday at a basement club called The Shelter. By 1993 Tom had one of the most impressive collections of underground acid records in the city, and was convinced by legendary promoter Jason Huvaere of Paxahau / Movement to DJ a party with Stacey Pullen at the now legendary 1217 venue. In 1994 Tom released his first of many classic records on Cheshire under the moniker Acid Pimp, which had exclusive distribution through Dan Bell’s Seventh City.
By the late 1990′s, Tom was headlining events every weekend across the US and Canada. It was around this time when Tom was approached by Rich Hawtin with two other friends to form D-Records as a sub-label of M-nus. Having the opportunity to perform at Tresor Berlin in 2001, Tom became inspired to form Friction Detroit, which was the only all techno club night in Detroit and hosted local and international headliners including Chris Liebing, Ben Sims, Regis to name a few.