Praised by SPIN Magazine as bringing the “avant-garde element to Detroit techno,” 26-year old Altstadt Echo has made an immediate impact on the American techno scene in his early years. After performing at the Movement Electronic Music Festival in 2014, Altstadt launched his own experimental techno label Modern Cathedrals, announced by Resident Advisor with a front-page feature article. In addition to having his original works remixed by legendary techno artists such as Terrence Dixon, Donor, and Jeff Derringer, he’s shared the stage with notable figures such as Regis, Silent Servant, Vatican Shadow, Rodhad, Luke Slater, and more. But he hasn’t limited himself to production and performance; over the last two years, he’s organized an astounding sixteen events in the Detroit area (three of which were given the distinction of being Official Movement afterparties) featuring headliners ranging from Rrose to Shifted. Further branching out, Altstadt Echo is the founder of techno-focused web magazine Dub Monitor, which has served as a platform for interviews with artists including Speedy J, Lucy, Oscar Mulero, and more. In 2015, he looks forward to releasing two additional EPs on his own label (in vinyl and digital formats) and performing at the Great American Techno Festival in Colorado.
Greg Schappert (aka Donor) is a DJ/Producer based out of Brooklyn, NY. Having lived in cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Tokyo and Brooklyn, where he currently resides, Greg has acquired quite a few musical inﬂuences. However, it was the mid to late 90’s sounds of cities such as Birmingham and Detroit that laid the foundation for what originally sparked Greg’s interest in electronic music and for what would later inﬂuence his production.
As a solo artist, Greg is currently working along side some of the industries most inﬂuential labels; including Stroboscopic Artefacts, Semantica Records, Perc Trax and Prosthetic Pressings.
Our next Blank Code podcast by Luis Flores (Live), was recorded at the Droid Behavior & Blank Code annual Movement Electronic Music Festival official after party ‘Interface | Scene’ on May 24th, 2015. Luis has some of his music on the Blank Code Record label including the “Rituals of Submission EP” and most recently on Mutate’s “Circle 3 (Luis Flores Remix)”. Luis has become an important artist to our label and likewise to our events in Detroit where this podcast was recorded. Download and enjoy this set by Luis Flores.
Since being introduced to electronic music back in the early 90’s, Audio Injection has been hooked. At the early age of 15 he started Djing and playing out at local underground events and raves around the Southern California area. You would find him spinning various styles from house, acid, & techno to hardcore techno.
After years of DJing he then decided to learn to produce his own music, which landed him his first releases on labels such as Monoid, Stimulus, 4 Track & local label Droid Recordings. Since being associated with local event production group Droid Behavior in 2003, you can find him as a resident at the infamous Interface warehouse events as well as a regular producer for Droid Recordings. Over the years his music has gained worldwide attention and onto the playlists of many big players which eventually led him to gigs at some of the worlds biggest clubs including Berghain in Berlin and Fabric in London. He is also now regularly touring all over the world in Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Central & South America, all throughout Europe and the U.S.A.
In early 2011 he started a project called ‘Truncate’ which focuses on the deeper, and more raw side of techno. His Truncate releases have been garnering support from big players such as, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing, Speedy J, DVS1, Luke Slater, Ben Sims and many more.
With his heavy remix, production and touring schedule there is no slowing down in the near future for David as he continues to shape his own sound, putting Droid Behavior and Los Angeles on the techno map.
Jeff Derringer is a producer and performer based in Chicago, and a resident at the city’s most notorious nightclub, Smartbar. Over the course of the last five years, Jeff has established himself as an emerging figure in the techno underground. With releases on Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe label, as well as Perc Trax, M_Rec LTD and the infamous Soma in Glasgow, Jeff’s reputation as a producer and DJ continues to rise internationally. Live, Jeff weaves a combination of Ableton and Maschine to concoct a hybrid set known for its abstract intensity and pounding rhythms. Audiences across America and into Europe (at Berlin’s Berghain and Amsterdam’s Ruigoord) have all raved about his sound.
As the creator and curator of the Oktave event series, Jeff brings techno’s most innovative artists to Smartbar, Chicago’s premiere dance club. Started in 2009 in New York, Oktave has become one of the world’s most recognizable techno events, known for its relentless pursuit of the finest sounds in the genre. Since moving the event to Smartbar in 2010, Oktave has hosted the Chicago debuts of Donato Dozzy, Silent Servant, Cio D’or, Peter Van Hoesen, Black Asteroid, Tommy Four Seven and dozens more.
Joel Morgan is a native of Detroit, Michigan 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. Joel is a down-to-earth and no-nonsense kind of guy. His personality, in combination with his background as a life-long drummer gives rise to a compositional sound that is raw, gritty, rugged, and rhythmically-gridlocked—no fluff or excess, yet still dynamic.
Joel’s passion is fueled by the richness of Detroit’s techno scene, in which he plays an active role as a producer with Blank Code Records and is a frequent performer at Blank Code events year round. He’s an artist who intentionally and enthusiastically weaves what has become a nourishing network of fans and fellow DJ’s. His work as an artist has steadily matured since starting his music career and many have watched it continue to unfold as Joel has consistently pushes himself to develop a sound that’s like no other.