John Overfiend, a nomad since birth, spent much of his younger years moving throughout New England. Eventually breaking away from the east coast he found himself living in the mid western city of Detroit. Completely unaware of the existence of electronic music and the underground dance scene, it seemed fate had led him to the birthplace techno.
At that time John was spending most of his spare time traveling around the country following his favorite jam bands whom he had grown up listening to. However, soon after moving to Detroit he discovered something he had never heard or experienced before. It was called Detroit techno. The over the top sound systems and underground vibe soon consumed his life. John realized very quickly he possessed a passion for this music. After attending the Detroit Electronic Music Festival for the first time in 2001, he knew that this music was his future.
Soon after discovering this music, John unfortunately had to move away from this new sound he had just stumbled upon. Unable to get the infectious beats out of his head, he realized the music was going to follow him where ever he went. John decided he needed to teach himself this music, and the best way would be to master the art of mixing vinyl records first, and then learn how to produce it. He used his time away from Detroit wisely and with a rented art space no bigger than a bedroom, he set up two turn tables, a mixer and a PA, then he went to work. Countless months slipped by while he locked himself in this space perfecting his new craft, and in 2004 John returned to the capital of techno, Detroit city.
With honed skills and a drive to carve out his niche in the world of
electronic music, he quickly re-emerged into the techno scene and began to play wherever and whenever he could. John’s passion for the music and instant talent behind the decks quickly caught attention from some of Detroit’s finest techno producers. In early 2006, a chance meeting with Michelle 'Punisher' Herrmann changed the course of John’s life for good,when the two joined forces and began down a new road in his evolution into production. Partnering up with a venerable veteran of the Detroit music scene, John Overfiend has been able to elevate his art to a professional level. With the formation of Hej Records, John Overfiend and Punisher are now spreading their musical experience worldwide.
2008 has been a busy year so far for Mr. Overfiend, with a slew of new
releases out on the popular mp3 download site Beatport and two vinyl
releases. His latest release titled "Tripping in Chile" included a remix from legendary producer Maetrik and has topped charts and record sales since its release last August. After playing multiple events surrounding the most prominent techno events in the US, which include Movement (Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival) and WMC (Winter Music Conference) in Miami. John and the Hej label have been traveling around the globe playing various small clubs and after parties in such countries as Chile, Spain and the UK.
Most recently the Hej label joined forces with one of Detroit’s premiere sound companies, Source Audio Systems and set up a label showcase which could be heard for miles at the annual Jam Band festival known as Camp Bisco in upstate New York. The massive sound and new style of grooves were well received in the jam band community and John hopes to be working with his 'alma mater' in combining the two vibes once again next summer.
John is currently back home experimenting in the studio. His unique style of dirty electrified techno is driving and hypnotic while maintaining minimal sensibilities. Overfiend has shown a prodigal mastery of DJ and production skills and continues to be a consistent force in the US techno scene.
Look for his latest works on www.beatport.com where you will find his latest two productions titled 'Call that one Blue' and 'Man from Space' which can be found on the album 'Twisting Trees'. Release date is set for October 28 2008.