FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VOLATL and Elephanthaus Present:
The Elephanthaus 12 Year Anniversary Party with Tim Baker and Kill Memory Crash
On Thursday October 29, 2009 Elephanthaus music and VOLATL are pleased to present the 12 Year Anniversary Event for Elephanthaus Records. The event will feature the unique sounds of label boss, Tim Baker and a LIVE performance by Kill Memory Crash, from Ghostly International at Sonotheque, in Chicago.
Tim Baker, a highly respected international DJ and producer based in Chicago, emits a striking devotion to the music he produces, plays and remixes. A native Detroiter, Tim has a creative style of DJing that fuses funk with menacing percussion for a dramatic and emotional experience. Tim’s insight and passion for Detroit techno and house music began advancing in 1984 when he received his first turntables. His first DJ residency was at Nectarine Club in 1987-1988, where Jeff Mills was also resident. In 1994, Tim made his first DJ appearance at Berlin’s Tresor club. In 1997, he started Elephanthaus Records and released his first E.P., Black Machines. His musical career has since then taken him to the U.K., Germany, France and beyond. He has spun at renowned clubs such as Florida135 in Spain and Rex Club in Paris, and he has performed at festivals including the annual Love Parade in Berlin, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and the Sonar festival in Barcelona, Spain.
For dark electronic music, influenced by the decay of modern life. Having started their musical career in Detroit, Kill Memory Crash began performing at raves and warehouse parties in the mid-to-late 90’s, slowly translating their leftfield influences into their own cryptic language. Their 2003 debut mini-LP When The Blood Turns Black proved a fine introduction to the Ghostly brand, and their debut full-length American Automatic followed in spring of 2005. Their projects as Kill on Spectral have seen them focusing more on music for the dancefloor.
Elephanthaus Records has provided the world with top quality Detroit techno from artist hailing from every corner of the globe. Its humble beginnings as a small indie electronic music label to one of the best
American techno label over the last 12 years. Label head, Tim Baker has made sure that Elephanthaus' music has graced the record boxes and hard drives of the of the world's best known DJ's from Richie Hawtin & Carl Cox continent has provided us with techno sounds to soothe the souls of a very
demanding audiences' in clubs, festivals and bedrooms alike. As a thank you all attendees will receive a free imited edition Elephanthaus 12 Year digital compilation of some our greats tracks from the label. This will be available for download at the re - launched website,www.elephanthaus.com, Nov. 1st - 8th 2009.
Hoping to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, VOLATL’s Sonotheque events have featured a wide variety of amazing guest headliners including Osborne (Spectral residency), Bruno Pronsato, Exercise One, Elon, and Sonja Moonear, among others. VOLATL has produced dozens of memorable techno events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to bookings and cutting edge sound systems. In May of 2009, VOLATL enjoyed tremendous success following its highly-acclaimed Movement after-party in Detroit, The Other 9 to 5, which featured an amazing lineup of performers from the Clink and Hello?Repeat labels alongside its resident DJs. Most recently, VOLATL hosted Game On, an underground event featuring Pheek, Stefny, and other world renowned DJs.
Tim Baker Biography
Tim Baker, a highly respected international DJ and producer, emits a striking devotion to the music he produces, plays and remixes. This native Detroiter has a creative DJ style which fuses funk with menacing percussion for a dramatic and emotional experience. His insight and passion for Detroit techno and house musicbegan advancing in 1984 when he received his first turntables.
The music which motivated his early phase of Djing included Cameo, Parliament, the B-52's, Bauhaus, Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno. In Detroit, the creative energy of the times was just beginning to manifest itself into the musical phenomena that later became known as 'techno'.
Tim Baker's frequent visits to several seminal Detroit underground music clubs including the Majestic Theater and the Music Institute (where he heard artists like Derrick May) left a lasting musical impression on him. The uninhibited presence of new music fueled his eagerness to DJ. As a result, Baker acquired his first residency
at the Nectarine Club in 1987-1988, where Jeff Mills was also a resident.
In 1990, Tim Baker graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a business degree in marketing. He started his Elephanthaus clothing line in 1993 and began manufacturing 'club wear'. After much success, he decided to open a clothing store, and for the next six years Baker continued to design fashion and DJ.
In 1994, Tim Baker played in Europe for the first time at Berlin's Tresor club. His Djing gigs began to accumulate, so he stopped making clothes and focused on music. In 1997, he started Elephanthaus Records and Baker released his first EP, Black Machines. His musical career has since then taken him to the likes of the UK, Germany, France and beyond. He has spun at renowned clubs such as Florida135 in Spain, The Rex Club in Paris, and he has performed at festivals including The Love Parade held annually in Berlin, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and the Sonar Festival in Spain .
While constantly striving for a better understanding of the future of his music, Tim moved to Chicago in 1998. The move motivated Tim to launch his house label, Real Estate Records. This label combines the forward thinking future funk of Detroit with the soulful edge of Chicago. This combination brings out the purest form of house music, and has lead to the great success of the series: "Future House Society". Tim Baker has also diversified his discography with releases on Spain's Minifunk Label, Ovum in the U.S.A., BML in the U.S.A., and on Nova Mute in Germany.
Going forward, Tim Baker will continue to uphold the repertoire of his labels by discovering innovative and creative talent. Tim extends his musical capacity to new territories acquainting the world with his unique sound and vision. Tim's undeniable propelling force is to provide World Class DJ performances, incredible production, and quality entertainment for the masses. In his own words:
“The only key to unlock the future is remembering what you did in the past"