FRIDAY DEC. 11 2004
Soft Curls Presents:
T H E A R T O F S T A L K I N G
@ OSLO 1456 Woodward Ave. Detroit | (313) 963-8044 | 10pm-3am | http://www.soft-curls.com/
Featuring. . .
T H E S U B U R B A N K N I G H T UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE, DETROIT
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D J D I ’J I T A L UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE, DETROIT
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T E K B R O T H E R S TUNNEL 7 / SUBMERGE, DETROIT LIVE
JAMES PENNINGTON aka T H E S U B U R B A N K N I G H T \\\
A crucial figure on the outskirts of Detroit techno since the mid '80s, James Pennington's recordings as the Suburban Knight pioneered the moodier side of the Motor City with classics like "The Art of Stalking" and "The Groove." And though he collaborated on the biggest hit to come out of Detroit, the techno-pop monster "Big Fun" by Inner City, he later recorded with subterranean mainstays Underground Resistance. It was through his connection with another Detroit mainstay, Derrick May, that Pennington began recording. May had set up his own Transmat Records in 1986, and Suburban Knight debuted the following year with the third release for the label, "The Groove." He had also been working with Kevin Saunderson, and co-wrote "Big Fun" with Saunderson and Art Forrest. After vocals were added by Paris Grey and the record was released, it became a worldwide hit and virtually defined early Detroit techno for many foreigners. Though Pennington only released one more single for Transmat, it was the dark classic "The Art of Stalking."
With UR, he released the singles "Nocturbulous Behavior" and "Dark Energy." He also featured on the Submerge label compilation Depth Charge, Vol. 3, and produced tracks for Underground Resistance's 1998 full-length Interstellar Fugitives. James' Debut album 'My Sol Direction' was released to critical acclaim including both classics and new, unreleased productions.
D J D I’J I T A L \\\
Di'jital is indeed the prototype for a dj. Drawing from hip hop influences and the birthright of the Detroit sound, Di'jital began his ascent of the dj ranks over a decade ago, pumping the clubs with his broad musical tastes Juan Atkins, Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambatta and rap and hip hop. Yet, from the beginning, Di'jital's declared mission was straight forward "to keep the crowd moving all night long."
His furious mixes are dizzying, a weaving, blending and matching of rudimentary beats to create virtual medleys from the score of tracks he tugs from his crate.
Di'jital has honed in on the skills it takes to drive the dance floor, taking command of the decks he consistently delivers his musical perspective to growing numbers of fans across the globe. But, in the beginning, he knew nothing of the international dj lifestyle, what drove him was the desire to simply be, as he says, "a dj who works all the time."
He began on a double cassette deck in his parents, house. His combination of diligent practice and talent took him far beyond his first set of turntables. He later became an intricate part of Aux 88. "Its was like a dream came true", he says. His debut release on Direct Beat, "prototype", began his journey to selfhood, into what he calls "sinister techno bass."
Di'jital's conceptions as a producer are aligned with his approach to djing. An artist who digs into the bottom of the beat, constructing a sound from the root of the bass, and adding the instrument voice, Di'jital is creating his prototype for the dance floor as a producer and as a dj.
T E K B R O T H E R S \\\ LIVE
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