Sebastián Veytia remains both a powerful presence and a driving force behind the underground techno scene in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since the early 1990´s, he brought the previously unknown genre to the attention of the city’s masses through several radio shows comprised of industrial music to techno. Later Sebastián co-founded Nopal Beat Records, key label responsible in bringing the work of Mexican artists and their music into the country’s limelight and reaching corners of the world from China to Venezuela.
Driven always by his passion for Dj’ing, Veytia quickly rose to prominence when he moved from behind the scenes to center stage. His vast experience and profound insight of electronic music can be heard clearly in his sets, flawless selection and uncanny flow. Follow Sebastián’s new music on Soundcloud and Facebook.
Official announcement of our upcoming release; Circle 3 EP by Mutate with remixes by Luis Flores, Mike Parker & Project 313. This will be the 9th Blank Code vinyl release and 3rd in the Circle EP series. The EP will release later this year on both vinyl and digital [mp3/wav] formats.
Los Angeles native Danny Astle, aka Template, has been an underdog role player in the techno scene for the past few years. He manages In:volve, a group of DJ’s and series of events in LA that have played host to the likes of Cell Injection, Raiz, Paul Birken, Luis Flores, Kris Wadsworth, Santiago Salazar, Black Asteroid, and Andrei Morant. He also co-operates an up and coming record label known as TXTRL, which will feature original material from label members and remixes from international artists that have a serious influence on the TXTRL sound.
Rex Sepulveda hails from Detroit and is one of D-Records original producers. His long tenure in the Detroit Electronic Music scene has enabled him to develop a consistent ability to capture the subtle elements of music being produced globally and implement them into a sound that is distinctly Detroit while at the same time having an evolutionary sound.
Rex is a consummate producer, spending most of his time behind his computer laying down amazing tracks, most of which are for use in his now epic live shows. With technology speeding up, Rex has been able to successfully integrate his DJ skills and live performance of his own music into one seamless package that always works well on the dance floor.
We are excited to have DJ Hyperactive back on the podcast series with this 3 hour set recorded live from Scene 23. The event took place on July 26th, 2014 at the Works in Downtown Detroit along side artists Angel Alanis and Deraout from Colombia. DJ Hyperactive was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. Rocking vinyl for over 30 years and soon jumped in the studio at the start of the 90s. His early output surfaced on his own imprint, Contact Records, along with releases on pioneering labels such as Drop Bass, Communique, Sounds, Analog, UC and the list goes on. In ‘97 DJ Hyperactive headed west to kick off the opening of Higher Source Records & Gear in Huntington Beach. This move also marked the start of 4 Track Records (now 4trk). After nearly a 20 year run in Los Angeles, he decided to return to Chicago and set up camp again.
After seeing chart topping success of Len Faki’s remix of Hyperactive classic “Wide Open” on Len’s Figure label and the release of his 25HRs in A Day ep with Raiz and Markus Suckut remixes on Los Angeles based Droid Recording run by Mr. Drumcell. Hyperactive’s current focus is set on a list of remixes and the re-launch of 4trk (vinyl + dig). Recent remixes include reworking of “The Word” by Luis Flores on Detroit based Blank Code Records and remix of Impact Unit’s “Silent Steps”. Upcoming remixes list consists of Manic Brothers “Sledge Hammer” on Sian’s Octopus label, Andre Morant’s “Signals”, and co-remix of Beltway w/Submerge both to see release on 4trk!
The next Blank Code podcast comes from Guadalajara, Mexico based artist and Bar Americas resident DJ Arturo Mendoza aka Format. Arturo’s music ranges from minimal, to peak hour techno and house depending on the night club or venue he’s playing. Format consistently shares the stage with artists from Carl Craig to Tommy Four Seven to Troy Pierce only name a few. This gives him the hands on experience as an artist to develop this unique skill, and to control the dance floor from start to finish. We look forward to much more from Arturo in the future, but for now enjoy this week’s exclusive podcast by Format!
Today’s podcast comes to us from Canadian based DJ/producer Catacomb. Catacomb is a local artist based in Toronto. His inspiration in techno draws upon UK, German and early Detroit influences featuring hard-edged, dark and organic sounds. Catacomb got his start in early 2011 working with Zero-Percent, an independent event organizer. More than a resident he had a hand in organizing the events and booking the talent. Zero-Percent was successful in bringing international techno acts to Toronto such as Sasha Carassi, Erphun and Subfractal.
Catacomb founded Opaque Shift in early 2013. Under the name, he has worked as a journalist interviewing the likes of Perc, Luis Flores, Orphx, Mick Finesse and more. Opaque Shift has organized their own events and had a hand in promoting others as well, which have included acts such as Adam X, Luis Flores, Altstadt Echo and Joel Morgan. The group also releases a podcast, which is hosted by Catacomb.
Enjoy this week’s Blank Code Podcast by Catacomb.
Maria Goetz is a newcomer from the Midwestern United States influenced by dark, funky and obscure techno. She began playing and producing music after graduating college in 2012, and has since been featured on labels such as Japan’s Torque, Illegal Alien Records, Chicago Jaxxx, Format Recordings, Klientele, 611 Records, and Heaven To Hell Records, and has already played at numerous places from Berlin’s Tresor to Tokyo’s club AIR.
Maria has a full studio schedule this year with upcoming remixes on Elmart and Chicago Jaxxx, and collaborative remixes with partner-in-crime Angel Alanis, including a Diarmaid O Meara remix on Nachstrom Schallplatten, Krenzlin & Drumcomplex remix on Complexed Records, and Andre Ramos remix on Dystopian Rhythm. Keep up with all of Maria’s work on Soundcloud and Beatport.