It’s hard out there for a techno pimp especially in Memphis. There are the tried and true tech fans but mostly blues, folk and dirty south rap rule these lands. Memphis is a magical place full of history and culture just not for techno. They say techno is not understood by most and even less pursue it yet its pseudo-forms can be heard here late night at a dark warehouse or impromptu house party when djs of different paths dip into at the outer reaches of it’s sound. That’s all great and fine… exposure is key and such… Yet, its the heart of techno that is rarely heard, experienced or even acknowledged. For me… it takes a trip to Hart Plaza in May, a flight to Belgium or the seldom party playing fellow techno brethren to really get that feeling. By many, it is often not recognized for what it is nor given it’s due. It’s a feeling, its a sound but more than that, its fuel for a flame that burns deep inside. If you get lucky enough to feel the fever, it can change your life.
Being a dj who plays techno in a city that is fickle at best, only embracing techno for the occasional cheap late night thrill then tossing it to the side like old tattered rags, can make for a lonely trip down my personal music lane. It can wear down the soul.But as most true techno djs do, we press on. I raise my glass to all those techno guys out there – fighting the good fight. It’s in our nature and the music we play, the fusion of technology and soul, its what carries us through and keeps us doing what we do, playing what we play. So, it’s this point that brings me to the current post. Here is my latest mix. A journey into the mind, heart and soul of a techno dj as I take you down the road less traveled.
Time to take this techno on the road again and this time join up with my homies in Knoxville for Teknox29. Alex Falk and teknox crew are putting myself, Michalski (Grey People) and the one and only Oliver Dodd (performing LIVE) on at the Birdhouse. Last time I was in Knoxville, I ended up tag setting with Will Azada and a gang at Headroom in to the wee hours of the morning.(*that bass though O_O)
I’m not sure if these guys are ready for another visit from the Fist but since I’m playing with PROs, I’ll be sure to bring my Techno A-game. Prepare yourselves Knoxvillle.
It’s been a while since i’ve posted. Since half the year is about over so why not drop a line to let you all know about an upcoming 80’s vs. 90’s event Mike and I will be doing on Saturday June 18th. It’s at Mollie Fontaine Lounge, our usual spot for this event. Retro new wave and pop from the most decadent time I can think of… seriously. We will also be in the RED ROOM for maximized floor space and dancing room – also important to note: Mollie’s is now a smoke -free establishment for those who prefer not to smell like moldy street trash at the end of the night. We will make sure to bring the heat this time around (*as we always do 😛 ) so be sure to arrive early get your space squared away and prepare to dance. It’s going to be totally gnarly – like for sure.
It took me a second to realize what Oscar Isaac said in an interview regarding “Ex Machina” but once I caught it, it made sense. The disco scene in this movie was extremely funky and very awkward to watch at the same time. It came out of no where in this movie and since the character hadn’t been around people for quite sometime, what else would you do but, dance. Great movie… we need more like them however, the song in this disco scene is a favorite of mine and I think I’m going to play it on Saturday for OUR HOUSE at Mollie Fontaine’s. Here is the clip from the movie. I’ll probably do the “secret sun rmx” this weekend. Groovy.
If you didn’t make it out to the SNUFF show then…you suck. It’s was a night of techno fueled fun. The live acts were great, the Funktion1 sounded amazing and the djs weren’t too shabby either. I have to say the back room at the hi-tone is a nice little out-of-the-way spot. If you didn’t know it was there you’d probably miss it altogether when you walk in… that being said, it’s perfect for some (hint,hint) more techno shows to come. Thanks to Mikey for putting it on, Adam for bringing the big boy sound and Will for asking me to join him. Techner’ accomplished.