Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills is one of the biggest American names in techno. A founding member of Detroit institution Underground Resistance, Mills helped build the artist roster and label ideology (as well as much of its back catalog) with partners “Mad” Mike Banks and Robert “Noise” Hood before moving to New York in 1992 to pursue more vigorously his solo and DJ career (with a resident spot at the legendary Limelight and a recording contract with the Tresor Records label). Mills’ UR-related releases are stripped-down and erratic, fusing elements of hardcore acid and industrial techno to the sparse Detroit aesthetic. Not surprisingly, his post-UR sound hasn’t eased a bit, although UR’s penchant for the four-track has been replaced by higher-quality production. More recently, Mills has raised his music to the level of high-art, scoring the new soundtrack for Fritz Lang’s 1926 film Metropolis, screened around the world at venues including the Museum of Music in Paris, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the Vienna International Film Festival.