References: Axis, Detroit
Jeff Mills 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.
Jeff Mills is a founding member of noted Motor City institution ‘Underground Resistance’ and helped build the artist roster and label ideology (as well as much of its back catalogue) with partners "Mad" Mike Banks and Robert "Noise" Hood before moving to New York in 1992 to pursue his solo and DJ career to more vigorously.
He did this with a resident spot at the legendary Limelight club and a recording contract with the noted German label Tresor (on which he released the famous Waveform Transmission series amongst others) as well as launching his own imprint Axis Records where he could keep his artistic independence and produce his own timeless electronic music compositions, inspired of science fiction.
Next to numerous 12” on Axis, Mills also turned the legendary Purpose Maker track into a label in 1996 for his more dance-floor orientated output. And with ‘Something in the Sky’ launched in 2009, he created a channel for his more spacey projects.
While he performs as DJ all over the world average 100 dates in a year, Jeff Mills' artistic career goes much further than techno music. For over a decade, he's been transcending disciplines with a large number of collaborations in contemporary art such as a new soundtrack for the Metropolis movie, the silent movie ‘Three Ages’, the exhibition ‘Diaspora’ and more.
He never let go of the techno vibe though, while keeping his futuristic outlook, accumulating in several albums the last couple of years on Axis such as the Fantastic Voyage, The Power, 2087 and The Messenger which all appeared in 2011 and 2012.
He also released two compilations last year. The first ‘Sequence’ with a retrospective of Axis Records and a mix cd of timeless ‘Something in the Sky’ releases.