Jeff Mills

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Jeff Mills
Jeff Mills - Man From Tomorrow.jpg
Jeff Mills in 2014
Background information
Birth name Jeff Mills
Also known as The Wizard
Born (1963-06-18) 18 June 1963 (age 51)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Genres Techno
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Instruments Turntables
Labels Axis Records

Jeff Mills (born 18 June 1963, Detroit, Michigan) is an American techno DJ and producer.[1]

Career[edit]

Starting in the early 1980s, Mills, using the name "The Wizard", was a recurring guest DJ on "The Electrifying Mojo" radio show on WJLB.[2] He performed DJ tricks like beat juggling and scratching during his sets, some of which were pre-recorded.

Mills and former Parliament bass player 'Mad' Mike Banks were founding members of Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance (UR),[1] which embraced revolutionary rhetoric and only appeared in public dressed in ski masks and black combat suits.

Mills never officially left UR, but did relocate from Detroit, first to New York, then Berlin (as a resident at the Tresor club), and then Chicago. There in 1992, with fellow Detroit native Robert Hood, he set up the record label Axis, and later, sub-labels Purpose Maker, Tomorrow, and 6277, all aiming for a more minimal sound than most of the techno being produced in those years.

In his DJ sets, Mills usually uses three decks, a Roland TR-909 drum-machine, and up to seventy records in one hour. Mills' Exhibitionist DVD, from 2004, features him mixing live on three decks and CD player in a studio.

In 2011, Mills switched to using three or four CD decks for most of his club appearances, instead of the usual Technics turntables.[citation needed]

He was mentioned by Detroit rapper Eminem in his song "Groundhog Day", from his album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2". Eminem says: "...and discovered this DJ who was mixing, I say it to this day, if you ain't listened to The Wizzard, you ain't have a fu**ing clue what you was missing..."

Releases[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1992: Waveform Transmission - Volume 1
  • 1994: Waveform Transmission - Volume 3
  • 1996: Mix-Up Volume 2 Live at the Liquid Room (a live DJ set)
  • 1996: Purpose Maker Compilation
  • 1997: The Other Day
  • 1999: From the 21st
  • 2000: Every Dog Has Its Day
  • 2000: Metropolis (soundtrack to the Fritz Lang film)
  • 2000: The Art of Connecting
  • 2000: Lifelike
  • 2002: Actual
  • 2002: At First Sight
  • 2004: Exhibitionist (a live DJ set, also available as a DVD)
  • 2004: Choice: A Collection of Classics
  • 2005: The Three Ages (new soundtrack to the Buster Keaton film)
  • 2005: Contact Special
  • 2005: The Mission Objective (a live DJ set)
  • 2006: Blue Potential (live album)
  • 2007: One Man Spaceship
  • 2008: Gamma Player Compilation Vol 1: The Universe By Night
  • 2009: Sleeper Wakes
  • 2010: The Occurrence
  • 2011: The Power
  • 2011: 2087
  • 2011: Fantastic Voyage[1]
  • 2012: The Messenger
  • 2013: The Jungle Planet
  • 2013: Chronicles of Possible Worlds

Axis[edit]

  • AX-001 - Tranquilizer
  • AX-004 - Mecca
  • AX-005 - Thera
  • AX-006 - More Drama
  • AX-008 - Cycle 30
  • AX-009ab - AX-009 Series
  • AX-009 cd - Actual
  • AX-009ef - Medium
  • AX-010 - Growth
  • AX-011 - Purpose Maker EP
  • AX-012 - Humana
  • AX-013 - Tephra
  • AX-015 - Other Day EP
  • AX-016 - Very (first released vinyls were perfume-scented to 'enhance the idea of influence through interaction')
  • AX-018 - Tomorrow EP
  • AX-019 - Apollo
  • AX-019 OUR - From the 21st part 1
  • AX-019 AFV - From the 21st part 2
  • AX-020 - Every Dog has its Day vol. 1
  • AX-021 - Lifelike EP
  • AX-022 - Metropolis
  • AX-023 - Every Dog has its Day vol. 2
  • AX-024 - 4Art/UFO
  • AX-026 - Every Dog has its Day vol. 3
  • AX-030 - Every Dog has its Day vol. 4
  • AX-036 - See the Light Part 1
  • AX-037 - See the Light Part 2
  • AX-038 - See the Light Part 3
  • AX-039 - Expanded
  • AX-040 - The Tomorrow Time Forgot
  • AX-041 - Suspense/Dramatized
  • AX-043 - Time Mechanic
  • AX-044 - Blade Runner (EP) (inspired by the Ridley Scott film)
  • AX-048 - Systematic/The Sin
  • AX-049 - Alpha Centauri
  • AX-052 - Flyby - X-102
  • AX-055 - The Good Robot
  • AX-056 - The Defender
  • AX-062 - The Jungle Planet[3]
  • TM-002 - Time Mechanics 02 Eternity
  • TM-003 - Time Mechanics 03 Adjustments
  • SITS-001 - Something In The Sky
  • SITS-002 - Something In The Sky 2
  • SITS-003 - Something In The Sky 3
  • SITS-004 - Something In The Sky 4
  • SITS-005 - Something In The Sky 5
  • SITS-006 - Something In The Sky 6
  • SITS-007 - Something In The Sky 7
  • SITS-008 - Something In The Sky Mix by Dj Surgeles

Purpose Maker[edit]

  • PM-001 - Java
  • PM-002 - Kat Moda
  • PM-003 - Force Universelle
  • PM-004 - Our Man in Havanna
  • PM-005 - Steampit
  • PM-006 - Vanishing Act
  • PM-007 - Live Series
  • PM-008 - Skin Deep
  • PM-009 - If/Tango
  • PM-010 - Circus
  • PM-012 - Jetset
  • PM-014 - Electrical Experience
  • PM-015 - Divine
  • PM-016 - Kana
  • PM-020 - The Bells [10th Anniversary]
  • PM-021 - Natural World
  • PMWCD9601 - Purpose Maker Compilation [CD]
  • PMWLP9601 - Purpose Maker Compilation [2xLP]

Tomorrow[edit]

  • TW-001 - Preview EP
  • TW-300 - Sculptures 1-3 CD (by Petar Dundov)
  • TW-400 - Europa CD (by Mitch Walcott)
  • TW-800 - Time Machines CD

6277[edit]

  • MISSION 01 Elektrabel - Elektrabel EP 2003
  • MISSION 02 Hieroglyphic Being - Du Commencement A L'Eternite 2004
  • MISSION 03 Elektrabel - Crocks EP 2005
  • MISSION 04 Elektrabel - For Various Reasons 2005
  • MISSION 05 Sub Space - First Step EP 2005
  • MISSION 06 Zachary Lubin - Controllability 2005
  • MISSION 07 Various artists (Jeff Mills Mix) - The objective Mission [Top Secret] 2005
  • MISSION 08 Trefa - Elektrabel 2006
  • MISSION 09 Ben Gibson - No Signify EP 2006
  • MISSION 10 CounterPart - The Martian Mystique 2006
  • MISSION 11 Johannes Volk - The Mysteries Of Tharsis Montes 2006
  • MISSION 12 Jeroen - New Reality

Something In The Sky[edit]

  • SITS 001 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2009
  • SITS 002 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2010
  • SITS 003 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2010
  • SITS 004 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2010
  • SITS 005 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2010
  • SITS 006 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2010
  • SITS 007 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2011
  • SITS 008 Jeff Mills/Dj Surgeles Something In The Sky Mix (CD) 2012
  • SITS 010 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2012
  • SITS 011 Jeff Mills Untitled (12") 2013

Tresor Records[edit]

  • Waveform Transmission Vol. 1
  • The Extremist
  • Waveform Transmission Vol. 3
  • Atlantis (under moniker X-103)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cooper, Sean (1963-06-18). "Jeff Mills - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Mills gets Down with FORWARD and 88". 88 Music Blog. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^ http://boomkat.com/vinyl/767755-jeff-mills-the-jungle-planet

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