This week’s podcast comes to us from Alberto Pascual. Hailing from Madrid he has been involved in the local techno scene for many years. He has kept active in the studio and his productions have been featured on releases from labels such as Plus 8, Drumcode, Ex Aequo, and his most recent Modeler EP on CLR. Sit back and enjoy this fresh new mix by Alberto Pascual.
Los Angeles transplant via the East Coast, Villain‘s sound has always been on the darker, edgier side of Techno. His label partnership with London’s Voidloss led to ongoing releases throughout the years on Singularity, including a full length album in 2012.
The podcast for Blank Code showcases not only his own productions, but some favorites from earlier this year. Currently, Villain is working on releases for the upcoming year, as well as tweaking his ongoing live performance.
Techno craftsman Andrei Morant holds a focus as sharp and abductive as his sound. A paramount figure in the Houston underground since the early 90s, the North American artist also known as Jack Mackrel quickly established himself as a professional. Morant started DJing in 1986, and only three years after his first gig in 1990, embarked on his production career. Over 50 releases later, he is now recognized world round for his catalog of insurgent beats, and is featured on respected labels such as Planet Rhythm Records, Starkstrom Schallplatten, and Gynoid Audio. Never faltering in his commitment to innovative techno, Morant unleashed a creature of his own machination – Scope Recordings. His new label and recent production endeavors reflect his weighty history, as well as his knowledge of avant media and style, resulting in a finely tailored, powerful impression.
Paulina G comes from Toronto and finds her passion rooted in the raw side of techno. Her biggest influences include Luis Flores, Brian Sanhaji, and Truncate to name a few. Paulina collaborated with Catacomb in late 2012 and joined his collective Opaque Shift to disseminate the techno scene throughout Toronto culture. She’s played regular events inside the Guvernment, Li’ly Lounge, and at several events hosted by Zero Percent. Keep up with Paulina’s music on Soundcloud and enjoy this week’s exclusive mix by Paulina G!
For some people, Techno is not just music…. it’s a religion. For even fewer, this religion is the driving force that guides them in everything they do. ZIX is a pioneer amongst these people. With a style that never fails to get the dance floor pumping, ZIX has firmly established himself as one of the most revered techno DJs in Holland. People who follow ZIX come to see his performances knowing they will be taken on a journey. Those who aren’t are hooked the minute the first beat drops.
ZIX hails from the South of Holland. Named Ziggy, after David Bowie’s infamous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, ZIX was destined for a career in music. As a youth, he was exposed to an eclectic mixture of music. However, it was Steve Rachmad’s “Emerging” CD that first inspired him to play Techno. “It was a style and kind of set that I’d never heard before – very unique on its own. It totally blew me away with its depth and energy.” Immediately he embarked on a quest to create a sound of his own – personal, unique, and full of emotion.
With more than a decade of experience touring and playing festivals around the world, ZIX has established a reputation for igniting the dancefloor with his high energy sets. In April 2004, he joined the renowned DommelVallei organization as its first resident DJ and firmly established his relevance in the underground dance culture of the Netherlands. DommelVallei started as an underground Techno organization, throwing parties in warehouses, under freeway passes, in the woods – wherever it could – to give real techno lovers an alternative to the commercial music that was dominating parties and the airwaves at the time. The events have since taken on a life of their own, with classic parties such as the legendary AlleyGator parties at the Effenaar, PACT, the most popular Queen’s Day festival, and the E-troit Festival and parties.
The past few years have seen ZIX steadily on the rise, in high demand as well as emerging as a favorite DJ amongst global known entities. Remixes of his tracks are getting played around the globe. With his regular performances at Awakenings, the popular DommelVallei events and the BangTech12 bookings, ZIX is the one to keep an eye on.
Annie Hall is recognized internationally as one of the most elite Spanish producers of her time. At her production level, the technique developed into authentic mental journeys, advanced electronics, exciting and expressive, fit for the dance floor or to listen at home. Annie’s productions have seen the light in the catalogs of Semántica records, Minuendo, Miga, Software records, D1 Recordings, Icon of Desire, Micron Audio, Blank Code & Detroit Underground label where she currently works.
This mix was recorded from our recent Official Movement pre party at The Works in Detroit on January 11th, 2014. Annie’s set was the opening set for Ostgut Ton’s Function. In recent years she has performed at many of the best festivals and clubs all over Europe, USA and Canada, festival-Sonar (Barcelona) (festival-DEAF (Dublin), JMM club (Turin, Italy), Bleep 43 – (London), LAUNCHMEAT-festival (Prague), Cyneart-Dressden festival (Germany), Baazar-(Porto) – Friendly Integration (Los Angeles, California) – Blank Code (Detroit), Movement Electronic Music Festival Detroit, and many more.
The next mix on the Blank Code Podcast comes to us from Blank Code artist Joel Morgan live at Scene 18. Joel is a native of Detroit and is part of its ever-present music scene. He has cultivated his roots in this community, and continually sharpens his skills as a DJ and producer. He diligently experiments and creates his music with genuine love and talent. Enjoy this live recorded set by Joel Morgan.
Measure Divide is the new project of music producer Fahad Ahmad who is better known to us as one half of techno powerhouse duo Subfractal. After working for more than five years pushing the envelope of Techno under the Subfractal moniker, he decided to start a new platform for his own expression.
His commitment to finding new and innovative techniques to produce groundbreaking techno led him to start this project. After hearing the first few productions it comes without a doubt that Measure Divide is his channel to satisfy his thirst for earth shattering deeper, harder and darker techno. The distorted sound design, rumbling low-end and big fluxes of synths are essential to his sound and are showcased in his productions.