About Alton Miller
Growing up in the 1970s, Miller soaked up the musical environment surrounding him in the Motor City (Detroit, MI), taking a particular interest in the sounds of Motown, Philadelphia, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Santana. It was during the early '80s, once the "dance music crazed" Alton became friends with a young Derrick May, that he decided to start spinning records, citing Chicago DJs such as Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles as prime influences.
By the latter part of the same decade, Miller joined forces with George Baker and Chez Damier to start the Music Institute, a short-lived but legendary Detroit club that has since become near-mythical, thanks to the pioneering techno efforts of figures such as May.
Following the demise of The Music Institute, Miller took an interest in Conga drumming in addition to DJing, which led to a period between 1989 and 1991 where he toured the world with his music. He then joined forces once again with May, first as an employee of the artist's Transmat Records label, then as Aphrodisiac, the title under which he would begin releasing his music. Besides his EP on Transmat's sublabel Fragile, he also released his music on Kevin Saunderson's KMS and a series of EPs on Serious Grooves.
By the mid to late '90s, he had increased his presence in the Detroit area through a number of DJ performances and a stream of stunning twelves. His debut album for Distance has been highly acclaimed as all things house. His Peacefrog album "Stories Of Bohemia" is a powerful, moving collection of mature jazz tinged, soulful house grooves with flavours of African and roots music.
In the Oughts, Alton has been releasing successful single after successful single, including the much-played cuts "Abstract Messages" on Seasons Limited and "Inner8" on Clone. He's also been at work on the "Music Institute" series: a commemorative series for the Detroit club night he used to do with Chez Damier and Derrick May. The "Music Institute" will be a three-part series featuring never-before released work from seminal Detroit producers. The series is pressed on Kai Alce's NDATL label; part 1 came out in February 2009 and part 2 recently dropped in November 2009.
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