Alan Oldham a.k.a DJ-T1000
La Cheetah Club is happy to announce the first in it's Electro Enemies Weekenders.
Tickets will be available on Friday 1st of April, from Rub a Dub & Max's. You will be able to buy a one day ticket for £10 or a weekend ticket for £16.
Because we will be starting early on the Sunday, weekend ticket holders will receive discounted food deals on the Sunday.
Alexander Robotnick -
Maurizio Dami is an Italian music producer. He makes his debut on the Italian music scene as the founding-member of Avida, a "dance -cabaret band" featuring Daniele Trambusti and Stefano Fuochi and releasing a 7''track "La bustina" published by Materiali Sonori in 1981.
Robotnick has had a long and colorful history, including scoring films in the eighties and joining a world music troupe in the nineties, but he’s most celebrated for his pioneering electro tracks such as ‘Problèmes D'Amour’ from 1983.
“When I first made the track, I was Italian and I didn’t speak English. I was a really provincial man from Italy,” Robotnick told Jonty Skrufff in 2005. “So I was aware of the quality of the track but I didn’t believe it would get successful at all.”
It did, becoming one of the cult classics of the genre. Fast forward twenty years and when a younger generation of musicians revived Italo and electro, and paid tribute to Robotnick in their mixes, Robotnick had a change of heart, putting aside ambient and world music to return to electro in 2001.
First out of the block was the artist album ‘Oh no…Robotnick’ and the mix compilation ‘The Disco Tech of...Alexander Robotnick’ , the success of which encouraged Robotnick to embark upon a rather belated new career as a DJ/live act.
But it wasn’t quite a return to the old school: After years of hating vinyl, Robotnick bought a laptop and got back into the club act with Ableton Live and a unique DJ act/live show that’s been popular at nights throughout Europe, America and Japan.
Today Alexander Robotnick still lives in the Italian countryside. He even sent his mix to the RA office via post, because “they don’t have broadband where I live.” But there’s nothing provincial about his mix, which stitches together acid, electro, eighties pop and even a bit of progressive in a timeless and hugely fun fashion.
Alan Oldham -
A lifelong cartoonist and graphic designer, a young Alan 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-FM, hosting Detroit's first-ever all-electronic radio program, "Fast Forward," introducing artists like UR, Richie Hawtin, Kenny Larkin, and Carl Craig to local airwaves. Mixing Detroit Techno, Chicago House, European Body Music, New Wave, the late '80s militant hip-hop of Public Enemy and Paris, and the chillout vibes of early 4AD records all under Oldham's exuberant air personality, "Fast Forward" was a groundbreaking Detroit radio show that has yet to be duplicated over 20 years later.
In the early '90s, 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 eventually got the call of duty to replace his departing friend Jeff "The Wizard" Mills as DJ on UR's "Revolution for Change" tour (quitting WDET in the process; the station wouldn't even let him broadcast a farewell show), and UR codename DJ T-1000 (and his labels Generator and Pure Sonik, both distributed by Submerge) was born. Big shoes to fill, but he was up to the task. Jumpstart to infamy.
For a year afterwards, Oldham toured with Banks and others in the UR techno boot camp, learning his first lessons in international DJ diplomacy.
Since those long-ago days, a solo Oldham continues to rock crowds in Berlin (with an unofficial residency at Tresor), Naples, 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 (under heavy hater fire; it ain't hard) for the Midwest boomtown of Chicago, where he makes his US home. And then in 2005, after making short DJ trips for years, he finally established his permanent European touring base in the world's electronic music capital, Berlin, Germany.
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, his drawings and paintings have been on display in art galleries in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam, the last of which was a SOLD-OUT opening attracting the likes of Ben Sims, Dave Clarke, DJ Bone, Ritzi Lee, DJ Kammy, and art lovers from Berlin, Dresden, and London.
A true autodidact and all-around artist, Oldham's latest album, "Beyond Djax," a companion piece to the Amsterdam art show, is out now on Pure Sonik Records.
See you all Soon!!