To some, the ability to cross genres can be confusing, even threatening; for Atomly, it signals his creativity and ability to draw from a greater wellspring than most. Over his last decade of production, Atomly's releases have to some extent reflected his surroundings: beginning with the IDM and breakcore of North Dakota and Minneapolis, past the house sounds that blended his years living in Chicago, through the minimalism and dubstep that emerged during his year in Berlin, to the techno jams he's creating in his current Brooklyn residence.
Fortunately for dancefloors in New York and wherever his extensive travels take him, Atomly doesn't just produce: the man knows how to rock a party. His DJ sets, which have been known to take many an afterparty deep into the afternoon, encompass the musical dexterity that is his history. He usually performs surrounded by swaths of revelers, yelling, jumping, exhibiting intense excitement to hear him play, sometimes even in matching unicorn shirts.
Since he first launched Atomiq Records in 1999 with his seminal 'Laptop Rock' album, Atomly has released on Wolf + Lamb, Carpark, and Fear, among other labels. He has collaborated with a cabal of artists ranging from breakcore with Enduser to minimal house with Shaun Reeves and Seth Troxler.
The venues Atomly has performed in vary as much as his influences and collaborators. Besides the clubs, bars, and loft parties too numerous to list, he has played in a cave, on a boat, massive warehouses on the south side of Chicago, New York's The Bunker, a former German bank vault, fashion shows, protests, and various barns in Wisconsin. What they all have in common is that when Atomly played, everyone was dancing.
With such a background, you have to wonder what's up next for Atomly. No doubt he'll continue making and releasing afterhours techno tracks, and collaborate with some of the most innovative face-melters around. However, the next Atomiq record heralds a new era for his label, as he resuscitates vinyl for his third album. After that, he'll don the mantle of curator to release an exciting variety of producers, which seems to be the next logical phase of evolution when you consider his history, taste, and ability to make the party.
Selected discography Atomly
Geisterbahnhoefe (12", File, MP3) - Atomiq Records - 2009
Aus Chicago (File, MP3) - Wolf + Lamb Music - 2007
Snackpoint Charlie (File, MP3) - Wolf + Lamb Music - 2007
Bad Beat (12") - Atomiq Records - 2004
Tech-35th (CD, Mini) - Atomiq Records - 2003
Atomly vs. Enduser EP (File, MP3) - Atomiq Records - 2003
Metric / Thanatos (12") - Fear Records - 2002
3 Inches Of Love (CD, Mini) - Atomiq Records - 2001
Laptop Rock (12") - Atomiq Records - 2000