Tek-Know? presents: Detroit Techno Militia

  • Coming from the bowels of the furnace of the grand techno forge we are proud to bring you the DETROIT TECHNO MILITIA! Representing the DTM for their trip to Cleveland we are glad to bring you DJ Seoul (DTM / Bangtech12) Raised on the East side of Detroit, Bill had an early start in music. At a young age, various forms of counterculture sounds and movements heavily influenced him. His formal training began in 1985 with the drums, and continues today with both traditional, and electronic instruments. On October 13th, 1995 it was at the Metroplex Records tenth year anniversary party that DJ Seoul was born. It was at this time that Bill figured out the difference between good music, bad music and Detroit music. Seoul remembers listening to The Wizard's mix shows on WJLB and the Electrifying Mojo on WGPR, and credits those as early influences on his style. From the Wizard's lightning fast mixes to the Mojo's diverse selections, DJ Seoul really began to appreciate the responsibilty of the DJ to constantly be working and perfecting his craft. He also credits Detroit House legends, Terrence Parker, Kenny Dixon Jr., Mike Clark and Theo Parrish as influencing his early career as a House DJ. Later he developed his expertise as an Electro/Techno Bass DJ. He cites influences: Aux 88, Drexciya, Model 500, Ectomorph and Dopplereffekt, and electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Egyptian Lover, Afrika Bambaataa and Man Parrish. It was a natural fit for him to play the music that he loved, representing his home town properly by playing Detroit Music. Playing wide assortments of music, from Electro, Hip-Hop and Rare Groove, to House, and Detroit Techno, DJ Seoul has become known for his style of bringing a Hip-Hop Turntablist style of mixing and scratching to his set regardless of genre. In 1996 he co-founded Bang Tech 12 with Greg Montgomery aka. DJ Eclipse. Bang Tech once represented many acts that have gone on to influence the world, including DJ Minx, Magda, Jerry The Cat, DJ Moreese and 8en. Bang Tech 12 was responsible for many large scale, quality underground events in Detroit in the mid to late nineties including "Sounds of Futures Past", "Rampage", "Vertigo" and Return of the Robot". In addition to a 12 year DJ career that has taken him across the world, Bill writes and produces electronic music with great attention to detail. He collects vintage synthesizers and drum machines which he uses to create music with a very distinct sound. DJ Seoul has been interviewed and featured on T.V. and Radio worldwide including FOX News, WHFR, WCBN, WEMU, WDPM, CJAM, Techno.FM, NDR and Whitenoise Radio on 3voor12. You can find DJ Seoul's production work worldwide on the Detroit Techno Militia and Drugaci Exhibitions Record Labels. DJ Seoul looks upon the future with determination and hope, "The time is over for looking down our noses in disdain at our fellow man because their beliefs are different, or because they lack the teaching to make educated decisions. By creating a knowledge base, sharing knowledge, and teaching the history of Detroit music to the masses, the uneducated understand and the weak become strong. Through education and cultivation, we can destroy the mediocre standards that have been placed as barriers in the music industry" . With DJ Seoul in its ranks, the Detroit Techno Militia will continue to usher in an era of change through the art of noise. T. Linder A veteran DJ with more than ten years of experience under his belt; Detroit native, T.Linder has done his homework and paid his dues. T.Linder takes a no-nonsense, working-class approach to the art of spinning records. He cites old-school Detroit street jocks: The Wizard (aka. Jeff Mills), Gary Chandler, and Steve "DJ Energy" Crawford among others, as major inspirations for his unorthodox aesthetic. "If someone's going to pay money to hear me spin, I'm going to make it worth their money. The way I look at it, there's too many DJs out there meticulously and methodically blending records that all sound the same. As a listener, I'm easily bored with that. I like to take some risks when I perform, skipping across genres and eras, doing scratch tricks with two copies of the same record. I want to give the listener the experience of hearing something they haven't heard before." Over the past decade, T.Linder has kept a busy performance schedule that has taken him to literally thousands of events across North America. He has played at most, if not all, of the venues in Detroit catering to Electronic Music. Notably, 2030 Grand River, The Works, Motor Lounge, St.Andrew's Hall, and the Underground Stage at the 2002 Detroit Electronic Music Festival (a gig that he considers one of his career highlights). In 2007, T.Linder released his first EP entitled DTM002 , on Detroit Techno Militia (a record label/artist collective that he co-founded). He has also done remix projects for legendary Detroit Techno producers K.Hand, and Scan 7. In the future he plans to continue doing what he has does best, creating and playing timeless records, and asserting his position within the rich history of Detroit Techno. "A lot of DJs are switching over digital technology as a medium for their performances. I've been very reluctant to take that step. I am a vinyl DJ first and foremost, so I'll probably play records until my favorite labels stop pressing them. Mainly because I find them more reliable. I've never had a record crate crash in the middle of one of my shows and kill all of the music. Additionally, I think there's something to be said for the tradition of DJs playing old fashioned wax with analog turntables. Music from the future, made and performed with equipment from the past!" Performing opening duties for the DTM will be Truck Stop Tourist - Tek-Know? and Randomseed - Tek-Know? Event is $5 cover Touch Supper Club 2710 Lorain Ave, Cleveland OH, 44113
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