Jeff Mills presents The Messenger/SleeperWakes (US)
The MUTEK team is particularly proud to welcome Jeff Mills to the festival for the very first time. Jeff Mills was born in Detroit, where he emerged as a principal member of the techno capital’s second wave, alongside the likes of Carl Craig and the Underground Resistance collective he helped found. He began his storied career as a DJ in clubs and on local airwaves under the pseudonym The Wizard. In 1988, he founded house duo Final Cut with Anthony Srock, but soon after Mills shifted toward solo techno work, a working method he would retain for the rest of his career. Connecting with the European community via the German imprint Tresor, Mills also keeps a busy release schedule on his own Axis and Purpose Maker labels. A film buff, many of his releases bear the inspiration of classic films such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. He has composed a new soundtrack for Buster Keaton’s Three Ages.