Dbx Avec John Tejada

Dbx Avec John Tejada

Converts to the holy church of techno speak with great reverence of minimal pioneer Daniel Bell – and with reason. After early exposure to Chicago house and avant garde masters such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich, Bell brought his streamlined rhythmic sensibility to Detroit, where he quickly made a name for himself in the early 1990s as a hot commodity on Richie Hawtin’s influential Plus 8 roster. Working under a number of aliases – including KB Project for housier fare and DBX for more minimalist material – this groove minded experimentalist rapidly branched off on his own. He launched a range of shockwave dispensing undertakings: the labels Accelerate and Elevate (the latter with Theo Parrish), the 7th City Distribution company, and Rotate, a record store in Windsor, just across the river from the Motor City. His 1994 underground hit “Losing Control” gave him the means to fund the labels of like minded funk futurists such as Anthony Shakir's (Frictional) and Dopplereffekt (Dataphysix). Since 2000, Bell has split his time between Berlin and Detroit, released critically lauded mix CDs, remixed a range of revered peers (Akufen, John Tejada), revived the 7th City label with a jolt of fresh talent and maintained a frenetic DJ schedule and hardware only live show. The festival is honoured to welcome Bell – both the man and the myth, having significantly shaped techno’s abstracted, avant garde aesthetic – for his MUTEK debut as DBX, with John Tejada working the drums to enhance Bell’s sequencing and rhythmic flair.

MÉTROPOLIS 2
MUTEK 2015, montreal


30/05/2015

Converts to the holy church of techno speak with great reverence of minimal pioneer Daniel Bell – and with reason. After early exposure to Chicago house and avant garde masters such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich, Bell brought his streamlined rhythmic sensibility to Detroit, where he quickly made a name for himself in the early 1990s as a hot commodity on Richie Hawtin’s influential Plus 8 roster. Working under a number of aliases – including KB Project for housier fare and DBX for more minimalist material – this groove minded experimentalist rapidly branched off on his own. He launched a range of shockwave dispensing undertakings: the labels Accelerate and Elevate (the latter with Theo Parrish), the 7th City Distribution company, and Rotate, a record store in Windsor, just across the river from the Motor City. His 1994 underground hit “Losing Control” gave him the means to fund the labels of like minded funk futurists such as Anthony Shakir's (Frictional) and Dopplereffekt (Dataphysix). Since 2000, Bell has split his time between Berlin and Detroit, released critically lauded mix CDs, remixed a range of revered peers (Akufen, John Tejada), revived the 7th City label with a jolt of fresh talent and maintained a frenetic DJ schedule and hardware only live show. The festival is honoured to welcome Bell – both the man and the myth, having significantly shaped techno’s abstracted, avant garde aesthetic – for his MUTEK debut as DBX, with John Tejada working the drums to enhance Bell’s sequencing and rhythmic flair.

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