Line-up /Pee-Play, Kenvulsion, Dabecy
In 1987, at 16 years of age, SF Bay Area native, Darren M. Cutlip, the knob- twiddler known as dabecy, started creating avant-garde music and sound art that was influenced by acts such as Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk, Coil, Throbbing Gristle and Nurse With Wound. Backed by legendary SF noise pioneer Elden M, who is most noted for his Allegory Chapel releases, dabecy produced several successful cassette releases and found himself running in the same circles as The Haters, one of the earliest and best-known acts in the modern noise scene.
In the early 90’s, after being exposed to clubs and raves such as Big Heart City, Toon Town, Mr. Floppy’s Flophouse, and later, parties such as Come-Unity, A Rave Called Sharon and The Gathering, Darren became hooked on house, acid house, and techno. When he heard the track LFO by LFO on WARP Records at Mr. Floppy’s Flophouse he was completely blown away. That moment was the catalyst for him to start collecting the proper studio gear to create this music, such as, the famous TR-808, TR-909, TB-303.
Darren later met Adam Douglas of 303 Terrorists, an SF based acid house group that was signed to a division of Silent records called Flask Records. He played Adam some of his tracks and Adam recommended that he submit a demo to Silent/Flask. Kim Cascone, the head of Silent, liked what he heard and in 1993 Darren was signed to Silent/Flask records where he appeared on a several comps and produced his first full-length release entitled ‘Logarithmic’ under the moniker Dreams Without Number. 'Logarithmic' landed in the top 10 on London's KISS FM ambient chart, alongside acts such as the Orb and Furture Sound of London. Throughout the mid to late 90’s Darren played, composing music live at various raves and was actually the first electronic act to play the famous SF jazz club, Cafe du Nord.
As the 90’s progressed Darren began feeling consumed by the scene and decided it was time to separate himself from what was proving to be detrimental to his health and well-being. This meant he had to give up music as well. His very last release was in 1999 under his original moniker, dabecy. The track was a minimal excursion called Autacoid, released on Solid Grooves Records.
After a ten year hiatus, Darren reemerged in December of 2008, creating ELECTRONIC MUSIC BEARS (EMB), a facebook group and podcast that features different DJs from around the world each week and represents the spectrum of electronic music. EMB also maintains a weekly event calendar that highlights SF Bay Area electronic club/music events. For more information on either the EMB group or the EMB podcast, please visit the sites listed below.
The success of EMB has empowered Darren to start DJing again and he is performing under his original moniker, dabecy. His most recent bookings include Ghetto Disco and Chaser at the End Up and Bearracuda at the Deco Lounge. Future plans for dabecy include, writing tracks and organizing Electronic Music Bears first club night.
For Dabecy’s mixes or more information, visit the sites listed below.