Tuesday, April 22, 2008

W.A.R.M.T.H. Official Launch Party

Hey there... I'm SO proud to present this event for DEMF weekend... I TOLD y'all, I would make things happen.


Sunday May 25th | 2008



Doors open at 10PM.- 4AM

Two floors of entertainment, featuring local and international talent:

Alton Miller

KDJ, Moods Grooves | House / Detroit

Alton Miller, one of the founders of the celebrated seminal club the Music Institute (Detroit), is a legend who has played a central role in the creation of the musical volcano known as ‘House music’. Since 1991 Alton has released over 100 recordings for all the top independent labels worldwide (King Street, Planet E, Trackmode, Guidance, Distance, Peace Frog, F-com). After 15 years as a globetrotting producer/dj at the forefront of house Alton has amassed worldwide success and acclaim. For more information

DJ Bone

Subject Detroit | Techno / Detroit

To some he is the champion of the underground. Others see him for the first time and ask the person dancing like crazy next to them, "Where did THIS guy come from?" Think of Detroit Techno and DJ Bone might not be high on your list of luminaries because he is 100% independent and does things on his terms and on his terms only. He won't tap dance or bend to fit the "popular" dj mold. Those who recognize Bone know him for his uncompromising and innovative ways.



Wallshaker Music | House / Detroit

Metro Detroit native Aaron-Carl began his music career in 1996, when he signed to Soul City Records, a label owned by Underground Resistance’s “Mad” Mike Banks. Refusing to be boxed into just one style, Aaron quickly made a name for himself by releasing his first two records – both completely different genres, at the same time. “Crucified,” a deep soulful vocal anthem, met instant critical acclaim; while “Down,” an explicit electro-house track (the b-side to “Wash It”), became – and remains one of Aaron’s biggest records to date.


Gary Martin

Teknotika Records | House/Techno, Detroit

Gary Martin started Teknotika Records in Detroit in 1993 after 10 years of band projects that involved many categories of music from glam rock, neo-romantic 80's pop, to internationally known lounge act "Punch & Kitty". By 1996 he had already released 20 12"s and began to D.J. and perform live internationally to overwhelming enthusiastic crowds. Some of the notable shows were; the Electrogiai Festival in Spain of 05, Plastic Part 1 at the Botafar in Paris 05, the Basement Traxx party at the Rex Club in Paris 2001 (after selling out 100 copies of "Pimping People in High Places" in a few hours), England's famous Tribal Gathering Festival in 1997,The Liquid Room in Tokyo, the closing party of Tresor in Berlin, 3 times at Hart Plaza in Detroit's electronic music festivals, and several local live shows & parties & promotional events. In the 2001 Detroit Music Awards Mr. Martin was a nominee for Best Electronic DJ Performance.


Detroit's Own DJ Surgeon

Cratesavers | Electro / Detroit


Ben Wu

Bang Tech 12 | Techno / Indiana


T. Linder

Detroit Techno Militia | Techno / Detroit



Subject Detroit, Culture Dispatch | Techno, House / Detroit


E. Dubb & The Deaken

Wallshaker Music | Tech House , House / Detroit, Tuscon



Creative Source | Drum & Bass / Detroit


Jeff Comer

House / Detroit

DJ Katalist

Bang Tech 12 | House / Detroit


Kenneth Jeffrey

Drum & Bass / Detroit


plus a very special live performance


Wallshaker Music | Soulful House / Detroit




An intoxicating mix of House, Techno, Electro and Drum &
Bass. A movement to reclaim the TRUE spirit of Electronic Dance Music.


The Detroit Pub (Downtown Detroit)
1326 Brush St. at Gratiot Ave
(across from the Hilton Garden Inn)

Detroit, MI 48226
$15 before midnight, $20 after.

18 to enter, 21 + to drink.



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Presented by

Wallshaker Music,
in association with

Detroit Techno Militia
Bang Tech 12
Culture Dispatch
Montaj Enterprises

Profound Sounds Detroit

Thursday, April 03, 2008

State of the Scene

I'd like to acknowledge some things, if I may... Every place in the world I've ever been to, I've noticed a few things about their Electronic music scenes...

1. Promoters actually stick together and support each other's events. It's not some proverbial dick contest, to see who can throw the biggest parties; who's crew is the best, etc. The promoters actually work TOGETHER -- they don't plan parties on the same night as others (in an attempt to sabotage their rivals). There's plenty of hot spots in Detroit -- it's easy for us to say "MY place on Wednesday... YOUR place on Friday... HIS place on Saturday... etc." But we don't. And it's HURTING us.

2. The DJs/Entertainment are RESPECTED for their craft - by the promoters, that is... None of that "I'll take the bar, you get the door" bullshit. The DJs and entertainment get paid their FEE. (Why would a promoter throw a party when he/she has no budget PLANNED AHEAD and SAVED UP for the expenses?) There's none of that drama where the DJ works his ass off, totally rips it on the decks, but comes home with $20 and some damn drink tickets -- because the night was "slow...") If you are gonna hire 10 DJs -- especially the more famous/heavy hitters, your budget should be big enough to accommodate them. It's a fucking shame that some of Detroit's LEGENDARY DJs and artists can't even make a decent living from their music. Superstar by night, meat carver by day. The same one who rocked it out @ the club last night is the same one you're cursing out at the local drive-thru... What kind of shit is that??? Only here in Detroit, have I witnessed such antics. Back in the day, things weren't like this. But sadly today, they are. ...and it's HURTING US.

3. The PATRONS are used to paying $20 dollars just to even ENTER the club -- to support their scene. (In Europe, most club entrance fees are 25 to 30 EUROS -- and that's for the LOCAL talent!) Why the fuck are WE (in Detroit) running around, acting like we deserve top notch talent, but we bitch about having to pay more than $5 dollars for a cover charge? The festival is coming, and it's approaching fast. We are CATERING to the Europeans (and others) for 3 days. During these THREE DAYS, shit's gonna be the way it's supposed to be. Clubs will make more money. Businesses will thrive. (Hopefully) DJs will finally get paid what they're WORTH... But come on, people... THREE DAYS? Then once the spotlight's off of us, we'll return to the same whiny bitches who can't treat EACH OTHER with respect?

Let me tell you something... DETROIT has the potential to be the Electronic Music capital of the WORLD. You already know that some of the world's best talent comes from Detroit. ...and that's in EVERY category of music, by the way... (but I'll stick to Electronic music for the purposes of this conversation...) Other cities (and countries) are supporting our scene better than WE are! They're buying our records. THEY pay to see OUR DJs. And truth be told, they're laughing at US. They're wondering why the hell WE can't seem to "get it together..."

And I'll tell you what they're doing. They're LURING our talent away. Quite a few of our biggest producers don't even LIVE in Detroit anymore. They've moved overseas somewhere -- where they're respected for what they do. They can make a decent living. They can avoid all of the "hateration" (as Mary J. Blige would call it)...

Now I realize that this post won't save the world. But I HOPE it serves as a wakeup call -- for everyone in the scene... The world is watching us. Can we at least get it together???

In closing, I'd also like to offer a solution... If the DEMF isn't free, and doesn't support the talent WE think it should, why don't WE (the promoters, patrons, producers, etc) band together and create another event? A FREE event? There's enough of us to make this happen. Regular donations throughout the year -- yeah, it's free for the public, but the expenses STILL need to be paid. I say let's do it! Let's create a fund so that this time next year, we can prepare for a "movement" of our own. We could raise enough money to have it somewhere like Chene park, or Belle Isle, or something... We could raise enough money to afford the talent that WE want to support. Have enough stages to showcase ALL of our styles of EDM... D&B, House, Techno, Ghettotech, etc. This isn't impossible, y'all.. WE CAN DO THIS. All it takes is for someone to get the ball rolling... I'm willing. Are you?

In solidarity,

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Ahh, DEMF. The ONE time of year when Detroit artists TRULY get their chance to shine for the world. Ironically, it's the time of year I repeatedly get ignored. Not by the fans, but by the "powers that be." Whoever does the artist lineup for DEMF obviously either doesn't like me, or doesn't pay attention to me.

As you know, 2005 was the first (and only) year I've ever performed @ the festival. Funny how I've been making waves since 1996 -- before this festival even existed. I don't know the politics involved in the selection process, but you'd think at least the "hot Detroit artists" would be first in line. Not to toot my own horn, but damnit, I AM a HOT Detroit Artist! I run a successful label. I sell records. I tour regularly.... What the fuck gives?

I've had plenty of time to think about it. I've tried protesting. I've tried the "proper channels." I honestly don't know what the hell to do... SO, this morning, I wrote a letter to one of the organizers -- ironically, he gave me his email address last year, when I was told I was "too late" to be included in the festival... I wrote him a letter, and in this letter, I was just REAL. Fuck politics. I wanna know why the hell I keep getting ignored at festival time.

Right now, I have a love-hate relationship with Detroit. It's a shithole, but it's home. I HATE the ghetto-minded mentality, but I LOVE the "realness." It's like a bad relationship that you just can't leave. You love him, although he disrespects you and takes you for granted. You KNOW you're better off without him, but there's just "something about him" that won't let you break away. Y'all understand what I'm saying? Detroit has beaten me up and spat me out... But it only made me stronger. And I continue to stand up to this bitch. Scars and all, I'm still standing, motherfuckers...