Jeff Mills (Axis Records/ Detroit)
Klubnacht GLOBUS – from 06:30am on:
from 06:30am on
Blake Baxter (Mix Media/ Detroit)
Vince Watson (Tresor Rec., Delsin/ NL)
Mad Max (Tresor)
Herr Schneider (Tresor)
|+4BAR:||Patrice Scott (Sistrum Recordings/ Detroit)
Oskar Offermann (AIM, White)
Schoppen Wittes (Frühschoppen)
Jeff Mills. Axis Records 20th Anniversary
Almost from the inception of term “Techno” that emanated from Detroit, the philosophy has stood for an individual’s right to expand themselves through innovation and artistic expression, the direct opposite of the conformist public understanding and expectation. The subservience of commercialism and the status quo. Techno was conceived and designed to offer an alternative.
Jeff Mills is an artist who originates from Detroit who was not only one of the forerunners of this genre, but also defiantly continues to practice this philosophy and carries its spirit to the World; from his extensive work as a radio personality known as “The Wizard” on Detroit’s major radio stations in the 1980′s or his constant touring of the World and his occasional stops in Berlin to play Tresor, his message has not changed. His list of accomplishments is the highest and longest in the genre of Techno Music. In 2007, Mills received the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2008, he was commissioned to create a contemporary installation for the 100 Year Anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto at the Pompidou Center in Paris. From performing his music with Philharmonic Orchestra of Montpellier to re-scoring Fritz Langs’ Metropolis, Jeff Mills has always displayed an uncanny perception of the Future of things to come, all well maintaining a steady persistent flow of impressive albums and releases in the Techno genre. It all documents the development of this exceptional artist.
From his cult label Axis Records, his experimental structures dominate the techno landscape. Often on subjects of the future, outer space and time travel, his motives are not typical. Nor are they restricted to the trends of popular Music. The sound of his productions is unmistakable: with “The Bells” released in 1996 for example, he composes one of techno music’s most played tracks ever. In 2008, he along with his ex-partner Mike Banks of Underground Resistance, released a conceptual album about traveling to and across the rings of the Planet Saturn. In all, his work has always been notable and anticipated.
In 2012, Jeff Mills looks back on the 20 years of his label’s history. The tour will make its stop in the Tresor (Globus) on 23rd of April where he will play a extended 6-hour set reflecting on the sound and creativity that has made his work and label a pillar in the dance music world.
Die Philosophie, die seit Beginn hinter dem Begriff Techno aus Detroit steht, meint Individualität und Innovation und befindet sich in erklärtem Gegensatz zu dem, was man allgemein unter bürgerlichem Konformismus versteht, unter Industriedienlichkeit und Kommerzialisierung. Techno sollte den Menschen eine Alternative sein.
Jeff Mills ist einer der Künstler aus Detroit, die den ursprünglichen Geist dieser Musik auch heute noch in die Welt tragen; daran hat sich seit seinen ersten Gigs in Detroit oder bei uns im Tresor nichts geändert. Auftritte mit dem Orchester von Montpellier, Film-Vertonungen (zuletzt 2005 “The Three Ages” von Buster Keaton), Audio-Visuelle Installationen im Pariser Kulturzentrum Pompidou und immer wieder beeindruckende Veröffentlichungen im Technobereich dokumentieren die Entwicklung dieses Ausnahme-Künstlers. Auf seinem Label Axis Records dominieren düstere Sounds und futuristisch-experimentelle Strukturen. Der typische Klang seiner Produktionen ist seit jeher unverkennbar, mit “The Bells” schuf er gar einen der meistgespielten Technotracks aller Zeiten.
2012 blickt Jeff Mills auf eine 20-jährige Labelgeschichte zurück. Die Tour führt ihn natürlich auch zu uns in den Tresor, genauer gesagt in den Globus, wo er am 23.03. ein sechsstündiges (!) DJ-Set auf einer speziell für ihn konzipierten Bühne spielen wird.
The Klubnacht in general
We’ve decided to welcome the beginning of spring 2012 with a three-floor Tresor Club extravaganza, keeping the memories of our Tresor 21 Years celebration two weeks ago fully intact. And who to headline the night than our dear friend and techno music meister Jeff Mills, whose venerable label Axis celebrates 20 years in the making. Our professional and personal relationship with the electronic music innovator is without peer: after all, it was Jeff Mills together with his partners Mike Banks and Robert Hood who composed the very first Tresor Records release as Underground Resistance in 1991. Throughout the years Jeff Mills has progressed in his style, approach and expression, building his Axis label to international respect and releasing further classic albums on Tresor Records as well. Playing an exclusive 6-hour set tonight in Globus, he will stand side by side with another of our label’s pioneering techhouse geniuses Blake Baxter, who can rock the dancefloor today with equal bravura and continue to secure his place as “Prince Of Techno”. Complimenting this champion line-up is UK’s Vince Watson who has helped further the Tresor club and label with his current cutting-edge releases. Upstairs the +4Bar Patrice Scott‘s raw and emotively charged sound is at the forefront of the latest wave of electronic music from Detroit. Although he’s been around for quite awhile, he’s only been releasing eye-opening music since 2006 that reflect his distinct style that ranges from lush to dark, hypnotic to deep or even a touch of acid. Check out his Underground Anthems collection… Oskar Offermann is the guy behind the Berlin-based White Label, or as they are sometimes know as the “White Family”. He runs it together with his visual partner and former school mate Adam Zawakzki. As a DJ he teams up often with his good friend Edward: tonight is is solo in the +4Bar – check out his Soundcloud sets for a taste. Also on the turntables is resident Schoppen Wittes. The basement Tresor Floor is taken over by three powerhouse Tresor techno residents who will not take no for an answer, and whip the techno sweat beads into grinding motion so get ready for TAG, Mad Max and Herr Scheider – Berlin techno at its best.