Considered one of techno's most historically influential characters, co-founder of Underground Resistance together with Mad Mike Banks, founder of Axis Records and all of it's sublabels and well-known for incorporating many contemporary artstyles in his work, only one man can fit the description: Jeff Mills. Tonight alongside the wizard we present Sigha from London.
JEFF MILLS (axis records) US
SIGHA (avian_our circula sound_token) UK
Supported by Ampere Residents
Jeff Mills, along with Robert Hood, Carl Craig, and Joey Beltram, is one of the biggest American names in techno. Championed for his music's relentless pursuit of hardness and his stripped-down, almost industrial DJ sets, Mills is the latest in a long line of Detroit-bred talent to take on an international reputation.
A founding member of noted Motor City 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 noted German label Tresor.
Mills' UR-related releases (including The Punisher and Seawolf ) 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 Not surprisingly, his post-UR sound hasn't eased a bit, although UR's penchant for the four-track has been replaced by higher-quality production.
Prior to his involvement in UR, Mills was a DJ at Detroit public radio station WDET (he was also studying architecture at the time), spinning everything from Meat Beat Manifesto and Nine Inch Nails to Chicago house and underground Detroit techno. He began producing in the mid-'80s, working with Tony Srock on the project the Final Cut.
Mills met Banks through a local garage group Members of the House, who Banks was working with in the late '80s. Mills remixed a track on a Members 12-inch, and his and Banks' shared love for Chicago soul and the harder edge of Detroit techno blossomed into Underground Resistance as a combined business and creative enterprise. The pair, along with Robert Hood, recorded several EPs and singles together, including tracks such as Waveform, and Sonic, before Mills defected to New York in 1992 to pursue a residency at the Limelight club and a solo career recording for Tresor and his own label, Axis. Mills' discography includes two full-length volumes of Waveform Transmissions for Tresor, a live album and rarities collection for the British label React, and the first album in a new contract with Sony Japan, as well as a handful of 12-inch EPs on Axis and several collaborations with Robert Hood on his M-Plant label. In 2000, Mills took more memorable action by scoring a 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.
Over the last few years Sigha is a name that has become synonymous with forward thinking techno and electronic music.
His interest in immersive sound design and experimentation combined with a staunchly British take on the genre have helped him carve a unique path through a densely populated field.
Releases on James Ruskins Blueprint label and his own Our Circula Sound imprint have received huge support across the scene.
His debut album ‘Living With Ghosts’ dropped on Hotflush Recordings in December 2013 to critical acclaim and a slew of hugely successful tour dates.
Not content with simply repeating this, Sigha spent the next year in Berlin expanding his hardware set up and experimenting with modular synthesis.
Simonsstraat 21, 2018 Antwerp