Silent Servant’s prolific output as a producer and artist has laid the groundwork for much of the most ambitious and forward thinking electronic music of today. As a member of the now defunct Sandwell District, he helped force the hand of change with uncompromising ability. And still, he continues to do so with even greater strength and success.
No time has been wasted in the wake of Sandwell District’s 2011 demise. Along with Regis and James Ruskin, Silent Servant founded the Jealous God label. In it’s short existence, they have already cut-up and reinterpreted many of the conventions of the techno world, forging a unique identity in the process. With it’s highly conceptual aesthetic and relentless dedication to experiment, Jealous God is a flag-bearer for the contemporary electronic avant-garde and a loyal ally to all mutant experimentalists.
Along with Jealous God, Silent Servant produces and curates for the Downwards imprint, which, throughout it’s 20 year history, has continued to remain at the forefront of the underground techno world. Inherently obscure, their operation is indirect, and easily they deceive introspection. Consciously working as outsiders and avoiding club lavishness, they earn their respect with less mercy than the hyena his food.
While insincerity remains the safety of many, Silent Servant’s own productions are brutally honest and resolute, rendering irrelevant those mongering for light. Deeply pensive and forward thinking, his sound is marked by a distinct blend of the disparate and divergent. An appreciation of warehouse techno, industrial noise and post-punk are evident, yet challenged and reworked to form a uniquely modern style - a vitality so controlled and concentrated that it captivates immediately.
His live sets are another matter of inventiveness. The superfluous eliminated, Silent Servant has, for years, been rewiring the minds and moving the bodies of those seeking the most meaningful and potent energies that electronic music has to offer.
The future suggests no fatigue or surrender. Having developed a special kind of discipline, Silent Servant will no doubt continue to drive forward, bringing the truly adventurous with him. His criterion of action is freedom of movement, timelessness of expression, freedom for transgression; holding truth at most high. To that end, there is no compromise.
Selected discography Silent Servant
SD 05 Silent Servant // The Silent Morning 12” // 2008
SD 09 Silent Servant // The Blood of Our King 12” // 2008
SD 11 Silent Servant // Violencia 12” // 2008
SD15 Silent Servant // Negative Fascinations 12” // 2009
SDSMP1- Various // Silent Servant // B1 12” // 2010
SDSMP2 -Various // Silent Servant // A1 & B1 12” // 2010
SD 2X 1201 // Sandwell District // Feed Forward Double LP // 2010
SD17 Silent Servant // Hypnosis In The Modern Age 12" // 2011
Historia y Violencia
H&V 01 // Silent Servant // Lo Profundo
H&V 02 // Silent Servant // La Noche
H&V 03 // Silent Servant // Mi Alma
Semantica 21 // Silent Servant // El Mar
H&V 04 // Raíz // Silent Servant (Ciencia Ficción Edición)
Prologue 15 // Claudio PRC // Clear Depths // Silent Servant Remix
Kontra musik // Mikora // Silent Servant Remix
Ibandan 100 // Function vs. Jerome Sydenham // White Light // Silent Servant Remix
Ostgut Ton // OstGut Ton 53 // Planetary Assault Systems – Remixes // Bell Blocker (Silent Servant Remix)
Warp Records // Battles – Dross Glop 3 // Inchworm (Silent Servant Remix)