Musik Matters presents FRANCOIS K (NYC) @ Goldfish – Sat 9th June


After hosting the main stage at The Spice Ibiza festival and the side room at Bedrock with John Digweed, Musik Matters returns to Goldfish to bring you the legendary Francois K on Queens Birthday Long weekend.

Includes support from Soul Of Sydney Blockparty and Our House Sydney DJ – Phil Toke. Support also from Garry Todd, Matt Cahill, Ben Ashton and Alan Thomas.

Limited $30 tickets available from Resident Advisor at http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?363817

 

 

 

 

LOCAL SUPPORT ON THE NIGHT FROM OUR HOUSE SYDNEY DJ’s

http://www.ourhousesydney.com

 

 

Musik Matters presents FRANCOIS K (NYC) @ Goldfish – Sat 9th June


After hosting the main stage at The Spice Ibiza festival and the side room at Bedrock with John Digweed, Musik Matters returns to Goldfish to bring you Francois K on Queens Birthday Long weekend.

Includes support from Our House Sydney DJ Phil Toke, Garry Todd
Matt Cahill, Ben Ashton and Alan Thomas.

Limited $30 tickets available from Resident Advisor at http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?363817

LOCAL SUPPORT FROM OUR HOUSE SYDNEY DJ’S – DOWNLOAD BELOW

PRINCE SYDNEY CONCERT AFTER PARTY Tribute – HOSTED BY SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’S + Friends @ Civic Hotel (Upstairs) Free Entry


PRINCE TRIBUTE – AFTER PARTY

This SAT MAY 12TH @ (Upstairs @ Civic Hotel)

Music by Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends; Phil Toke, JuzzLikeDat, C-Man, DJ Jon & Johnny Bones

Up Stairs @ Civic Hotel

EMAIL US soulofsydney@gmail.com or JOIN THE GROUP FOR INFO HERE

Prince after-party Facebook event HERE

Prince Sydney Tour Tribute: Prince – The One (Timmy Regisford & Adam Rios Remix)


With Prince embarking on his Australian Tour this year, we thought it would be appropriate to post a remix of his track “The One”. Its difficult to remix a Prince track and leave it having some dignity, but Timmy Regisford and Adam Rios do a great job here.

For tickets to Prince’s Australian Tour go to http://www.princetour.com.au/

SOUL OF SYDNEY: FREE AUSTRALIA DAY SOUL FUNK HIP HOP & DISCO BLOCK PARTY PICNIC (THURSDAY 26TH JAN) (FAMILY FRIENDLY, PET FRIENDLY, SYDNEY FESTIVAL)


Our next event will be on Australia Day (26th Jan) Blockparty Picnic!
Info VIA Facebook Event –> HERE
We will be in a parkside location around Alexandria from around 12 pm till late.
Open Decks, Family Friendly, Pet Friendly MUSIC HEADS PICNIC
DJ’s playing an eclectic mix of day time SOUL, FUNK , DISCO, HIP HOP & REAL HOUSE GEMS.

Our House Sydney & Soul of Sydney Present:

SOUL OF SYDNEY: Free Australia Day Block Party Picnic/BBQ

Soul of Sydney & Our House Sydney will be hosting another special family friendly FUNK picnic to celebrate the Australia Day in the right kind of fashion.. With a stack of good mates, in the great outdoors in the sunshine and with DJ’s playing REAL music in a family friendly atmosphere.

We have a stack of DJ’s on rotation playing a stack of daytime SOUL, FUNK, HIP HOP & HOUSE joints from the likes of James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Masters At Work, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla, Larry Levan, Sade, Jill Scott & Frankie Knuckles just to name a few.

Real Music, Real People Enjoying in a Family Friendly outdoor environment!

DJ’s:

  • Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends;
  • PHIL TOKE, (Our House Sydney)
  • EDSEVEN
  • TERRY A
  • MICHAEL ZAC (Our House Sydney)
  • EADIE RAMIA (Our House Sydney)
  • C-MAN & JUZZLIKEDAT (Back of Back)

Open Decks, Open Mic & Open Floor (for all you dancers)

If you are interested in supporting, performing or need to get in contact please shoot us an email on soulofsydney@gmail.com as we will be updating venue information very soon.

Peace & Blessings;

Phil & Sam @ Soul of Sydney & Co.
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com.au

AUSTRALIA DAY Facebook Event

BLOCK PARTY Facebook Group

Blockparty Picnic Mixtape #3 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney/Soul of Sydney)

JAN 2011

Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months. Expect a stack of similar vibes for Australia Day!

Download

Tracklisting

  1. Intro Barack Obama
  2. Bill Withers- Lovely Day
  3. Gwen McCrae- Funky Sensation
  4. John Davis Monster Orchestra- Ain’t That Enough For You
  5. James Brown- Funky President
  6. The Commodores- Brick House
  7. Average White Band- Pick Up The Pieces
  8. First Choice- Love Thang
  9. Angela Winbush- I Love You More
  10. Convertion- Lets Do It
  11. Komiko- Feel Alright
  12. Geraldine Hunt- Cant Fake The Feeling
  13. Richard T Bear- Sunshine Hotel
  14. Lenny Williams- You Got Me Runnin (Krivit Re edit)
  15. The Salsoul Orchestra- You’re Just The Right Size
  16. The Salsoul Orchestra- Salsoul Rainbow/Obama Victory Speech
  17. Diana Ross- No One Gets The Prize
  18. Diana Ross- The Boss

If you haven’t sent you for mobile number can you please forward to soulofsydney@gmail.com in the event we do have to move the party last minute?

Check out some of the SOUL TRAIN FUN from our last few parties

A Few points that might help you organise you day better;

  • It is a FAMILY FRIENDLY PICNIC first and foremost so might be a good idea really to pack for a Sunday Picnic in the park (eski/ picnic basket, fruit, drinks and something to sit on etc.)
  • We have a spot with a stack of grass around with plenty of room for kids, it is 5 mins from city around Alexandria, there is shade but best people bring some hats etc.
  • We will have a Sound System with selectors playing an eclectic mix of real music including everything from Sade to James Brown to De La Soul, Erykah Badu & Masters At Work, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles.
  • It is open decks with rotating DJ’s (but best people get in touch via soulofsydney@gmail.com if keen to play to confirm time slots)
  • We usually aim to get everything starting at about 12pm with ending time around depending on vibe.
  • We will be waiting for the weather forecast before we make the call as it is outdoors, if it does look like it’s going to rain then we will simply move till next sunny Sunday. (We will be in touch a few days out for the event via email & on the day via SMS in case we have to move the party, so we will need your Mobile details too so we can get location details quicker)
  • ARTIST CALL OUT: If you are a local Musician, MC, Singer, Percussionist or DJ then we are very keen to hear from you if you would like to play, especially if you down to play percussion along the Djs in an open jam vibe for Sunday. (we are hoping to get thing going as a regular Sunday afternoon local soul funk and hip hop open jam session so if your keen to be part of it let us know)
  • For local Soul music fan then we simply wants you there enjoying the music, so get a group of friends together, spread the word and come down for a day out it the park to some real music.

Thanks again for getting behind the idea kids.. Sydney definitely needs more people like YOU!

Pray for good weather & hope to see you all at the next one.

About the Block-Party Picnic Movement

In the name of spreading REAL MUSIC! SOUL OF SYDNEY, OUR HOUSE SYDNEY & TONE have teamed up to put forward a small number of hush-hush out door POP UP street & park-side throw-downs during summer.

The idea is a series of free Pop-UP Sunday afternoon family friendly Picnic’s in various outdoor locations around this beautiful city, featuring rotating sets from local DJ’s & Artists still flying the flag for quality music in Sydney.

If you like the idea of hearing everything from James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla & Masters At Work & Frankie Knuckles in an outdoor location where you can have a Sunday Picnic in the sunshine, then join us as we celebrate the gift of great music, in a relaxed environment with friends and al-fresco on picnic blankets!

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THE BLOCK-PARTY MIXTAPS:

#1- SOUL OF SYDNEY TRIBUTE TO OBAMA

Mixed by: Phil Toke & Soul Of Sydney, of Sydney Australia

Running Time: 74 minutes

DOWNLOAD:

at Sound Cloud or Here

Track List

  1. The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Midnight Groove,<Soul Of Sydney Edit>
  2. Fatback Band – Mister Bass Man
  3. The Head Hunters- God Made Me Funky
  4. The Honey Drippers- Impeach The President
  5. The O’Jays- Give The People What They Wantblack power to the people usa america obama barack flickr soul funk disco ohm collective phil toke obama tribute mix sydney
  6. James Brown- The Boss
  7. Bill Withers- Lovely Day
  8. Herb Alpert – RiseYObama EDIT>
  9. James Brown – Funky President
  10. Maceo & The Macks – Soul Power ’74
  11. Donald Byrd- Change- Makes You Want To Hustle
  12. Curtis Mayfield- Right on For The Darkness
  13. Stevie Wonder- Black Man
  14. The Blackbyrds- Rock City Park
  15. Odyssey- Going Back To My Roots
  16. John McLaughlin- Planetary Citizen
  17. Issac Hays- Theme From S.H.A.F.Tt black President.
  18. The Beginning of The End- Funky Nassau (Part 1)
  19. George Clinton – One Nation Under A Groove
  20. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
  21. Lonnie Liston Smith- Expansions
  22. George Benson- You Can Do It < Phil Toke & Soul of Sydney ‘I Have A DREAM EDIT’
  23. Roy Ayers- Evolution

#2- Blockparty Picnic Mixtape 2 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney)

Dec 2011

Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months.

Tracklisting

1.The Last Minister – Tribute to the JB family
2.Lyn Collins – Think (Jski edit)
3.Kool & The Gang – Love and Understanding
4.War – Galaxy
5.Jimmy Castor – E man boogie
6.Jesse G – thats hot
7.Change – A lover’s holiday
8.Nijel – Dance so fine (instrum)
9.Brothers Johnson – Stomp
10.Superbreak disco edits – Body Bait
11.Society – Can U rock?
12.Phase II – Reachin
13.Terrence Parker – Love’s Got me high
14.Teddy Pendergrass – Only you
15.Sylvester – Over & over

SOUL OF SYDNEY: FREE BLOCK-PARTY PICNIC #3 THIS SUNDAY 18TH DEC 2011


Just a quick heads up on the SOUL OF SYDNEY FREE BLOCKPARTY PICNIC THIS SUNDAY 18TH DEC  IN ALEXANDRIA.

Sun 18th Dec from 12pm-7,

Parkside Location in Alexandria

DJ’s include;

  • Gian Aripino & Tom Tutton (Tan Crackers Soul  Club)
  • MK1 (Sounds of the Zulu Nation)
  • Ben Peterson (Tone)
  • Our House DJ’s : Phil Toke, Eadie Ramia & Michael Zac & Phil Hudson.
  • Soul of Sydney DJ’s + Friends

We have picked a Parkside location in Alexandria stack of grass and trees for shade etc.We will be sending out a message later on in the week via and Email on exact location but just waiting to see if the weather holds up.

DJ’S playing Sunday include;

  • Soul of Sydney DJ’s + Friends; Including;
  • Gian Aripino & Tom Tutton (Tan Crackers Soul  Club)
  • Phil Toke, Eadie Ramia & Michael Zac (Our House DJ’s)
  • MK1 (Sounds of the Zulu Nation)
  • Ben Peterson (Tone)

A  Few points that might help you organize you day better;

  • It is a family friendly picnic first and foremost so could be a good idea really to pack an eski/ picnic basket, fruit, drinks and something to sit on etc.
  • We have a spot with a stack of grass around with plenty of room for kids, it is 5 mins from city in Alexandria, there is shade but best people bring some hats etc.
  • We will have a basic DJ set up playing everything from Sade to James Brown to De La Soul, Erykah Badu & Masters At Work. It is open decks with rotating DJ’s (but best people get in touch via soulofsydney@gmail.com if keen to play to confirm time slots)
  • We are hoping to kick off by 11pm till around 6 or later depending on vibe
  • We will be waiting for the weather forecast before we make the call as it is outdoors, if it does look like it’s going to rain then we will simply move till next sunny Sunday. (We will be in touch later in the week via email and on the day via SMS in case we have to move the party so we will need your Mob. details too.)
  • If you are a local Musician, Mc, Singer, Percussionist or DJ then we are very keen to hear from you if you would like to play, especially if you down to play percussion along the Djs in an open jam vibe for Sunday. (we are hoping to get thing going as a regular Sunday afternoon local soul funk and hip hop open jam session so if your keen to be part of it let us know)
  • For local Soul music fan then we simply wants you there enjoying the music, so get a group of friends together, spread the word and come down for a day out it the park to some real music.

Thanks again for the support we have been inundated with positive feedback after the last party, will be in touch by week’s end,Here is a clip of some of the fun from the last party a few weeks back, right after a storm when we were forced to move for shelter in a brick pit for an afternoon of classic Chicago HOUSE, SOUL, FUNK  and.. ERIC B and RAKIM!

DEEP HOUSE,DISCO: A journey into the last 20 years of House Music Feat. Alton Miller (Music Institute, Detroit)


Legendary Detroit producer/dj and House music forefather Alton Miller will be playing a special show this Sunday (April 24) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famed Detroit club, The Music Institute and show exactly what  HOUSE music means to him. Expect him to touch on plenty of his inspirations and records that shaped the way he listens, plays and produces his music.

If you are keen to hear what the man has to say about music, he will be appearing live on Sydney’s weekly REAL music lesson ‘Departure Lounge’ with Trevor Parkee on 2SER 107.3 FM this Saturday between 3-5pm. He will also be doing a guest spot on our man Joe Stanley‘s Bondi FM show this Sunday afternoon between 4-6pm to warm up what will be a huge night at Manhattan Lounge.

Presale tickets are available from Our House Sydney

Check out this dope write up on THE MUSIC INSTITUTE

Chez Damier
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What was “The Music Institute”?
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997
The Music Institute was Detroit’s answer to such legendary house and garage clubs as New York’s Paradise Garage and Chicago’s Powerplant.
At the beginning of this music, the MI was the only place where you could hear Detroit Techno the way it ought to have been heard; loud. Bumpin’. Funky.
The MI (along with the smaller UN club) was the last gasp of young, black intelligentsia; the final celebration of the unique, creative vibe of the “cool” kids from Northwest Detroit; a vibe long since supplanted in more recent times by the relentlessly shallow and low-class gangsta aestethic (“keepin’ it real, son”) of hip-hop.
But in 1988 and for two years, Derrick May rocked the turntables from midnight to 8-9 am with UK Acid House, Chicago House and the first Detroit Techno classics that the world would later come to know: Suburban Knight’s “Motor City Pressure” (later to be released as “The Art of Stalking”), Model 500’s “No UFOs“, Inner City’s classic “Good Life” and his own anthems, “The Dance”, “The Beginning”, “Nude Photo” and many others. Although others spun at the venue; Mayday was the star of the show, and fuck anybody who says different. Many times, he’d play tracks right off a Fostex two-track recorder that he’d just cut hours before at his studio, something I never got over. He’d beat mix between the reel to reel and 1200s and back, using the pitch control on the reel. He’d cut, edit and destroy other people’s tracks, too, as he did with his fucked-up psycho re-edit of the MI theme “We Call It Aciiiieeed” by D-Mob (which I still have on reel).
Although some newer heads deride him as a has-been, Derrick in those days did by hand what many of the current Techno producers do digitally. No DATs. No acetates.
The MI, through Derrick, brought a European vibe to our city, something that there never was before. Before, we were just a bunch of middle-class black kids who read The Face and GQ and Melody Maker and dreamt about what London or New York would be like; now ABC and Depeche Mode came to the MI in its heyday to witness the relentless Mayday at work, and to hang out with us. Real Brits ! Real accents ! In our club !
A no-liquor (pop and juice only) policy kept the MI open without incident to all comers. The older kids, the Cass Tech and Renaissance high school kids, the gay crowd and girls girls girls. All in one house; pre-rave, pre-drugs. One strobe light and House Music All Night Long.
But, ultimately, that’s what did MI in at the end. The frat boys wanted alcohol. The older kids didn’t like high schoolers there. The girls came to dance, not to get hit on; which made the straight guys mad, as did the healthy presence of a gay clientele at the club (in fact, in those days, the only white faces in the crowd would be the more-adventurous House-loving gay kids and their fag-hags).
Then with the twin debuts of NWA and 2 Live Crew, gangsta hip-hop and booty music (always an East Side thing in Detroit) supplanted House and Techno with the youth. Europe became more lucrative for a lot of Detroit producers as they turned their sights overseas. AIDS destroyed the previously open and fun-loving gay community who had always welcomed straights into their world, and whom House Music had belonged to before Chicago, New York and Detroit had given it to the rest of the world. The talented, smart kids went on to college, only to ultimately leave Detroit (and who could blame them ?).
But for a second, it was there.
There were tears and hugs on the last MI night back in 1990. Every person in Techno at the time, along with a house packed to capacity, jacked their last jack (“jack your body” was current slang back then) at their beloved club. Derrick May’s final record was the sad and plaintive “Pacific State” by 808 State; made even more sad by this new context.
Detroit plunged into the Bush years (more bad news for us black folks). And we said goodbye.
But not before a lot of young, talented black people were inspired to take up this music and one way or another, make it their lives. Then go on to rock the planet.
George Baker (owner). Derrick May. Juan Atkins. Kevin Saunderson. Alan Ester. Alton Miller. Chez Damier. The Music Institute, 1315 Broadway, Detroit, MI.
Alan D. Oldham
Feb. 1997
ALTON MILLER: Biography
It was once said that art is an expression of life. The way in which we choose to view it, hear it, dance it, speak it and write about it is the passion that drives an artist to create. Alton comes to the world painting a musical canvas. Molded, shaped and reared on Stevie Wonder, Santana, Parliament Funkadelic and the Philadelphia sound, he grew to be an avid clubber. On a frenzied tour of clubs in North America, Alton began homing his skills under the electrifying energies of Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan and Timmy Regisford. Alton, along with friends, set out to recreate the energy they experienced in the clubs, by opening the world renowned dance club the Music Institute in Detroit. The Music Institute was one of the epicenters of the underground House movement where Alton and Chez Damier shared residency on Saturday nights creating the musical volcano that erupted worldwide in 1988. Alton’s affinity for rhythms led him to take up conga drumming and becoming an accompanist for a local Katherine Dunham based dance company. Drumming and its connection to rhythms of all music have proven influential to his musical growth. In 1991, Alton recorded his first release “Pleasure Baby”, for Serious Grooves / KMS. ” I Like Having You”, his second release recorded for Cyren is considered a classic among House DJs worldwide. This single was also a debut for his vocal talents. Alton’s third single “Dusk”, recorded under the pseudonym Aphrodisiac for Serious Grooves / KMS, was critically acclaimed on both European and North American charts. Since his early recordings, Alton amassed worldwide success and exposure as a producer/DJ.

For the last two years, Alton has been busy releasing singles & EPs, for various independent labels. Guidance Recordings and BPM Records were plateaus for Alton’s inner growth as a musician and songwriter/producer. “The Rare Source EP” recorded in Paris for BPM charted in Muzik’s Top 100 Top Songs of 1996. Alton’s latest projects include a single for Carl Craig’s Planet E and mixes for Detroit House Producer : Scott Grooves. At the end of 1998, Alton signed an exclusive recording agreement with Distance Music, this single comes from his forthcoming album, to be released Spring 1999.From 1989 to present, Alton has toured France, Chile, England, Switzerland,Portugal, Germany … defining House music to the world as he has experienced and lives it. Miller’s intimate connection with the drums and varied African influenced rhythms result in compositions that move people physically and emotionally and hearing him DJ defines what House music is all about ! –http://www.distancemusic.com/BIOS/amiller.htm
Detroit techno is an early style of techno music originating from Detroit, Michigan, USA in the mid-1980s. A distinguishing trait of Detroit techno is the use of analog synthesizers and early drum machines, notably the roland TR-909 for its production or, in later releases, the use of digital emulation to create the characteristic sounds of those machines.

History
The three individuals most closely associated with the birth of Detroit techno as a genre are the “Belleville Three”; Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. These three high school friends from a Detroit suburb would soon find their basement tracks in dancefloor demand, thanks in part to seminal Detroit radio personality The Electrifying Mojo. Mojo not only played the early homegrown techno tracks, but also influenced the new sound by playing electronic music from techno and electronic music pioneers like Kraftwerk, Philip Glass, New Order and Afrika Bambaataa.
Influences also came from Chicago’s early style of house music [1]. Although producers in both cities used the same hardware and even collaborated on projects and remixes together, Detroiters traded the choir-friendly vocals of House with metallic clicks, robotic voices and repetitive hooks reminiscent of an automotive assembly line. Many of the early techno tracks had futuristic or robotic themes, although a notable exception to this trend was a single by Derrick May under his pseudonym Rhythim is Rhythim, called “Strings of Life.” This vibrant dancefloor anthem was filled with rich synthetic string arrangements and took the underground music scene by storm in May of 1987. With subtle differences between the genres, clubs in both cities included Detroit techno and Chicago house tracks in their playlists without objection (or much notice by non-audiophiles) from patrons.
Socially and geographically, it is important to note on a local level, that Detroit Techno as a genre created a newfound, integrated club scene in Detroit that had not been felt in a general sense after the Motown label moved to Los Angeles. Television programs like TV62 — WGPR’s “The Scene” featured a very mixed selection of dancers (Black, White, Chaldean) every weekday after school, but the playlist was typically jammed with the R&B and Funk tracks of the day, like Prince or the Gap Band. Breakouts like Juan Atkins “Technicolor” under his Model 500 moniker eventually found their way onto The Scene, and helped to explode the burgeoning local Techno underground with validity for the urban high school set, college radio programmers and DJs from Chicago to London, and beyond.
Geographically in a Detroit sense, the “Eight Mile” concept, like the segretory stigmata of Watts, The Bronx or South Chicago is still true in southeast Michigan. Even the Belleville Three lived outside the city limits, yet their influence and magnetism in loft apartment parties, after hours and high school clubs, and late night radio united the listeners of progressive dance music from above and below eight mile road. Even infamous, Techno-friendly regular hours clubs like The Shelter, The Music Institute and The Majestic among many others were the incubators for progressing the Techno movement from basements and late night radio onto the dancefloors of the world.
Second wave
Once Detroit Techno became a full-fledged musical genre, a second generation of regional artists developed into techno icons themselves; Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) and Carl Craig to name just a few. Mills began his career as “The Wizard” on Mojo’s nightly broadcast, showcasing his turntablist skills with quick cuts of the latest underground tracks and unreleased music from local labels.
In the mid-to-late 1990s, Detroit Techno producers experimented with extended aural soundscapes featuring sparse, ambient underscores punctuated with sporadic, cyclical periods of percussion. Extended length vinyl projects like those under Hawtin’s Plastikman facade are particularly clear examples of this period. Atkins “Sonic Sunset” CD in 1994 also delivered this new tradition of Detroit techno.
On Memorial Day weekend of 2000, electronic music fans from around the globe made a pilgrimage to Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit River and experienced the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival. In 2003 the festival management changed the name to Movement, then Fuse-In (2005), and most recently, Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival (2006). The festival is a showcase for DJs and performers across all genres of electronic music.
Quotes
Derrick May once described Detroit techno music as being a “complete mistake…like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator.”
Alton Miller
Profile
Of the many figures central to Detroit’s thriving electronic dance music scene that began in the mid-’80s and has carried on to the present, some figures such as Alton Miller have played important roles but never managed to attain the mythical status that has been granted to many of the city’s more legendary figures. Growing up in the 1970s, Miller soaked up the musical environment surrounding him in the Motor City, taking a particular interest in the sounds of Motown, Philadelphia, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Santana.
It was during the early ’80s once the dance music-crazed Miller become friends with a young Derrick May that he decided to start spinning records, citing Chicago DJs such as Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles as prime influences. By the latter part of this same decade, Miller joined forces with George Baker and Chez Damier to start the Music Institute, a short-lived but legendary Detroit club that has since become near-mythical, thanks to the pioneering techno efforts of figures such as May. Following the demise of {~the Music Institute}, Miller took an interest in Conga drumming in addition to DJing, which led to a period between 1989 and 1991 where he toured world with his music. He then joined forces once again with May, first as an employee of the artist’s Transmat record label, then as Aphrodisiac, the title under which he would begin releasing his music. Besides his EP on the Transmat-affiliated label, Fragile, he also released his music on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label and a series of EPs on the Serious Grooves label. By the mid to late ’90s, he increased his presence in the Detroit area through a number of DJ performances and continued to release his music on renowned labels such as Carl Craig’s Planet E, Mike Grant’s Moods & Grooves, and Distance. ~ Jason Birchmeier , All Music Guide
Chez Damier: 1987, il part pour Detroit où avec l’aide d’Alton Miller il ouvre le Music Institute, le premier club Techno/House aux USA. Un club sans licence pour l’alcool où les Depeche Mode et autres Fine Young Cannibals découvrirent la House.
http://www.tokyoclassified.com/tokyoclubsbars/321/tokyoclubsbarsinc.htm
http://www.bassics.de/mgprofile.html Profile of Mike Grant’s label Moods & Grooves
Meeting Detroit techno legend Derrick May in 1984, Miller was deeply influenced to develop his own DJ skills. Soon he became part-owner of the epicenter of the techno movement, The Music Institute.