„The Art of Detroit Techno“ von Alan Oldham

Künstler: Alan Oldham

Born 20 May 1963, Detroit, Michigan, is an American techno DJ, producer, label owner, graphic artist, and painter. A lifelong cartoonist and graphic designer, a young Oldham published his own comic book „Johnny Gambit“ in 1987 to local notoriety. Perhaps best known for his international DJing and original music under the guise DJ T-1000 for the Generator, Pure Sonik, Tresor, and Inzec labels, Alan D. Oldham began as an illustrator/comic book artist who published such notable characters like Johnny Gambit, and Dangergirl aka Orietta St. Cloud. Oldham’s artwork graced the early releases of Derrick May’s label Transmat which introduced him to the techno music world and years later responsible for the iconic look of the hard hitting techno and house label, DJAX-UP-BEATS, Netherlands. He has been called „Detroit Techno’s Renaissance Man“ (Musik, UK).

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Alan Oldham

Detroit Techno’s Renaissance Man

Oldham’s artwork’s first entry into the electronic music arena began in 1987, when his childhood friend, Derrick May, was producing his first twelve-inch record, „Nude Photo,“ and asked Alan to do the label art. In 1990, Oldham, now producing himself, sold an EP to a small Dutch label called, DJAX Records. After the release of the Signal to Noise Ratio EP, label boss Saskia „Miss DJAX“ Slegers hired Oldham to create the graphic identity of DJAX-UP-BEATS. 25 years on, and Oldham’s trademark visual style still defines the label. Today, Oldham’s legendary artwork is also gracing a new generation of record labels, such as NEW RELIGION, THIRD EAR RECORDINGS, SEVENTH SIGN RECORDINGS, BIRKEN LTD., OPILEC MUSIC, DRUMCODE, and DE:TUNED.

Matthias, owner of Zeitvertrieb, always has been a huge fan of Detroit Techno. The cover artwork of Alan often had an important influence for buying the one or other vinyl, whithout even pre-listening. It is a great honor to show this great artwork now at Zeitvertrieb.

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