Detroit-born, Chicago-and-Berlin-based Alan D. Oldham has been called "Detroit Techno's Renaissance Man" by Muzik Magazine (UK). Electronic musician, label owner, graphic illustrator, and international DJ, Oldham-under his stage name DJ T-1000-does it..
A lifelong cartoonist and graphic designer, a young Oldham published his own indie comic book "Johnny Gambit" in 1987 to local notoriety. Hired that same year by his childhood friend Derrick May to illustrate several memorable pieces for his new Transmat label, this led to Oldham's very first involvement in the fledgling techno scene. More art requests quickly followed, most famously from the Djax-Up-Beats label (NL), where his art took center stage for many years (the lone EP that Oldham produced for Djax, under the name Signal To Noise Ratio, brought home a 1991 Detroit Metro Times Music Award for best single in "Detroit Is Burning"). At the same time, college-student Oldham was hired at local radio station WDET, hosting Detroit's first-ever all-electronic radio program, "Fast Forward," introducing artists like UR, Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig to local airwaves.
Five years later, Oldham found himself under the tutelage of UR's Mad Mike Banks. Initially hired as UR's "Minister of Information," working side-by-side with Rob Hood and others in the office, Oldham was eventually tapped to replace his departing friend Jeff Mills as DJ on UR's world tour (quitting WDET in the process), and DJ T-1000 (and his label Generator, distributed by Submerge) was born. Big shoes to fill, but he was up to the task. For a year afterwards, Oldham toured with Banks in the UR techno boot camp. Since those long-ago days, a solo Oldham continues to rock crowds in Berlin (with an unofficial residency at Tresor), Milan, Barcelona (unofficial residency at Moog), Madrid, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and all points in between with his own no-nonsense brand of bangin', funky-ass techno. When DJ T-1000 is on the flyer, fans know he's bringing the ruckus.
In 2004, Oldham finally left a flagging Motor City for the Midwest boomtown of Chicago. And in 2005 he finally established his permanent European base in the world's latest electronic music capital, Berlin.
When he's not behind the decks or in the studio producing electronic dance music for labels like Tresor Berlin, Inzec (CH), Minimalsoul (CH), or his own Pure Sonik and Generator imprints, Oldham has provided artwork for the electronic music industry for almost 20 years. Also, his drawings and large-scale paintings have been on display in art galleries in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, and most recently a sold-out opening in Amsterdam.
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Selected discography DJ T-1000
DJAX-UP-129 - Signal to Noise Ratio - Detroit Is Burning EP
GEN001 - TXC 1 - EP
GEN002 - DJ T-1000 - Liquid Metal Meltdown - 10"
GEN003 - TXC 2 - 20 Hours to Paradise EP
GEN004 - X-313 - World Sonik Domination EP
GEN007 - Hardsignal - Aeolus 14 Umbra 12"
GEN015 - Woody McBride and Alan Oldham - Telesender EP
PURE1 - DJ T-1000 - Pure Sonik Manifesto 2x12"
PURE2 - DJ T-1000 - Thesis EP
PURE5 - DJ T-1000 - Track Machine 12"
PURE7 - DJ T-1000 - Signals and Minimalism EP
PURE9 - DJ T-1000 - Minimal Science EP
PURE10 - DJ T-1000 - A Pure Sonik Evening: An Education in Loops and Signals (2xLP/CD)
PURE11 - DJ T-1000 - Codes and Structures Vol. 1 EP
PURE12 - DJ T-1000 - Codes and Structures Vol. 2 EP
PURE14 - DJ T-1000 - The Last DJ On Earth Mix CD
PURE15 - DJ T-1000 - Hyper-Stylized Life EP
PURE16 - DJ T-1000 - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Now Invisible EP
PURE17 - DJ T-1000 - Neutra (CD, EP)
PURE18 - DJ T-1000 - Johnny Gambit 01: The Prodigal Son (LP/CD/Graphic Novel)
PURE19 - DJ T-1000 - Blaster EP
PURE20 - DJ T-1000 - The Revenge + Remixes (Gaetano Parisio, A. Paul, Patrick DSP)
PURE21 - DJ T-1000 - Vex (featuring Rachel Haywire) b/w Magnetize Me
PURE23 - Alan D. Oldham - Beyond Djax (CD + digital)
TRESOR128 - DJ T-1000 - Progress (2xLP/CD)
The Spring Show - Open Door Gallery, Chicago USA, 2005 (Group Show)
Convergence - La Fromager Restaurant/Gallery, Paris FR, 2005 (Solo show)
Hidden Futures - Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles USA, 2006 (Group show)
Untitled - NoFriction Coffeehouse, Chicago USA, 2006 (Solo show)
Blaster: New Drawings and Paintings - Galerie Zero, Berlin DE, 2007 (Solo show)
Beyond Djax - Outland Gallery, Amsterdam, NL, 2010 (Solo show)