Jeff Mills

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Jeff Mills
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Jeff Mills in 2014
Background information
Birth name Jeff Mills
Also known as The Wizard
Born (1963-06-18) 18 June 1963 (age 52)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Genres Techno
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
Instruments Turntables
Years active 1980-presents
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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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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