Thursday, March 01, 2012

Dj T-1000 w/ Deadly Buda @ Upside Down [1994]

Dj T-1000 aka Alan Oldham
A lifelong cartoonist and graphic designer, a young 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, hosting Detroit's first-ever all-electronic radio program, "Fast Forward," introducing artists like UR, Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig to local airwaves.
Five years later, 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 was eventually tapped to replace his departing friend Jeff Mills as DJ on UR's world tour (quitting WDET in the process), and DJ T-1000 (and his label Generator, distributed by Submerge) was born. Big shoes to fill, but he was up to the task. For a year afterwards, Oldham toured with Banks in the UR techno boot camp. Since those long-ago days, a solo Oldham continues to rock crowds in Berlin (with an unofficial residency at Tresor), Milan, 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 for the Midwest boomtown of Chicago. And in 2005 he finally established his permanent European base in the world's latest electronic music capital, Berlin. 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, Oldham has provided artwork for the electronic music industry for almost 20 years. Also, his drawings and large-scale paintings have been on display in art galleries in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, and most recently a sold-out opening in Amsterdam.

Deadly Buda
Ok so here's yer standard yadayadayada autobio...I often hesitate to say, "I am Deadly Buda". One, because it sounds funny. The second, because I often feel as if it is a character that temporarily takes over my body so that it may be written about if you are still reading this let me tell you the story... In 1983 I was 13 and heard the call of graffiti and Hip-Hop music. My experience with graffiti led me to become an internationally recognized artist featured in books, magazines, videos, festivals, art shows and uh… jail. Using the name "Buda", I trail-blazed the “Monster Rock” letter style which has inspired much modern day graffiti. I painted with many old school graffiti masters such as Tracy 168, Phase 2, and Daze.Of course I went to high school during this time, but only to access the visual communications department in order to print T-shirts and stickers for my punk rock band Citizen Pain, which I was the singer of. I dropped out of New York University because I got wrapped up in being a NYC club promoter (or “Club Kid”), and did a party at the RedZone as well as flyer design for MK and the World. In 1990 I received an NEA grant to do a major installation “Dawn of the Psychopaths” at Franklin Furnace in New York City. I had a few one person art shows, and I created a line of nationally distributed trading stickers called “Unstoppable Stickers” – featuring pictures of graffiti art on one side, and bios of the artists on the other. A year later I became a rave promoter and DJ using the name Deadly Buda. I was known to be one of the hardest of the hardcore techno DJs. I played in many different cities in America and Europe. I opened “Turbo-Zen”, one of America’s first rave record shops and authored many articles published in several international publications, such as Alien Underground, Street Sounds and Under One Sky. Some of my artwork is featured on album covers for labels such as Industrial Strength Records and Praxis, as well as various rave flyers. I produced records released by labels in the US, England, France, Holland and Germany. I started my own record label, Deadly Systems in 1996. I created all the label's artwork, and produced the music for the first two releases. In addition, I wrote much of, published and edited “The Deadly Type” - a newspaper dedicated to the underground rave scene. In 2000, URB magazine recognized me as one of the top 5 hardcore DJs and producers in America. I wanted to create videos for my label’s music, so I became interested in 3D modeling and animation. I was fortunate to have a great teacher, Bob Anderson. He showed me the ins and outs of Lightwave 3D, a popular animation software, and after spinning at the “Together as One” New Years 2000 Rave at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, then moved to Los Angeles and transformed my domicile into a full service animation facility. I conceived, modeled, animated and rendered material for 3 nationally syndicated television programs, (A Gospel Christmas, Latino-American Filmmakers and African-American Filmmakers), as well as arranging theme music and serving as associate producer. I now focus my creative energies on an animated film project based on my experience as a rave disc jockey and graffiti artist - extrapolated and exaggerated into the future. Of course it is called Deadly Buda and aims to be the ultimate rave movie - a project about art, music, ego, identity and its relationship to society.

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