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Detroit-born producer DJ T-1000 releases his forthcoming EP “Prisma”via Sound of Berlin

The EP, consisting of two tracks, “Prisma” and ”Glitch Behaviour”, showcases DJ T-1000‘s versatile style. The leading track ”Prisma” is convincing with its groovy beats and hypnotic yet glitchy synths. The second track is honouring its title with heavy fast-paced beats, glitchy sounds and a mesmerising rhythm that feels out of this world.

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Now based in Berlin, Alan D. Oldham, aka DJ T-1000, has been dubbed ”Detroit‘s Renaissance Man” by Muzik Magazine. A lifelong cartoonist and graphic designer, young Oldham published his indie comic book “Johnny Gambit” in 1987 to local notoriety. Hired that same year by his childhood friend Derrick May to illustrate several memorable pieces for his new Transmat label, this led to Oldham’s very first involvement in the fledgling techno scene. More art requests quickly followed, most famously from the Djax-Up-Beats label (NL), where his art took centre stage for many years. At the same time, college-student Oldham was hired at local radio station WDET, hosting Detroit’s first-ever all-electronic radio program, “Fast Forward,” introducing artists like UR, Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig to local airwaves.

Five years later, Oldham found himself under the tutelage of UR’s Mad Mike Banks. Initially hired as UR’s “Minister of Information,” working side-by-side with Rob Hood and others in the office, Oldham was eventually tapped to replace his departing friend Jeff Mills as DJ on UR’s world tour, and DJ T-1000 (and his label Generator, distributed by Submerge) was born. For a year afterwards, Oldham toured with Banks in the UR techno boot camp. Since those long-ago days, a solo Oldham continues to rock crowds in Berlin (with an unofficial residency at Tresor), Milan, Barcelona (unofficial residency at Moog), Madrid, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and all points in between with his no-nonsense brand of bangin’, funky-ass techno. When DJ T-1000 is on the flyer, fans know he’s bringing the ruckus.

In 2004, Oldham finally left a flagging Motor City for the Midwest boomtown of Chicago. And in 2005 he finally established his permanent European base in the world’s latest electronic music capital, Berlin.

When he’s not behind the decks or in the studio producing electronic dance music for labels like Tresor Berlin, Inzec (CH), Minimalsoul (CH), or his own Pure Sonik and Generator imprints, Oldham has provided artwork for the electronic music industry for almost 20 years. His drawings and large-scale paintings have been on display in art galleries in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, and most recently a sold-out opening in Amsterdam.

About Sound of Berlin

Sound Of Berlin is the fusion of a multichannel platform and a record label with the aim of amplifying the smaller voices around Berlin’s celebrated electronic music- and nightlife scene.

At a time, where mobility has drastically changed and impacted the global live music industry, Sound Of Berlin aims to give emerging artists of the Berlin scene a platform and worldwide reach. We want to drive innovation and creation in the scene by mentoring and supporting emerging artists during those difficult times. Our goal is to raise the smaller voices in the scene, be they independent one-man labels, self- releasing artists, club owners, independent curators, stage- and light designers, just to name a few. We want to shine a light on all aspects of the scene and give everyone a voice.

The name Sound Of Berlin may sound familiar to avid electronic music fans. Having kickstarted the platform with the incredibly successful documentary two years ago, which showed interviews with some of Berlin’s most prominent figures in the scene.