JEFF MILLS – TECHNO PIONEER AT POHODA 2019
Jeff Mills – the founding member of the Underground Resistance and the legendary representative of the „intergalactic“ Detroit techno is another artist that will perform at Pohoda 2019. In the 1980s he became known as The Wizard for his combination of incredible producer and DJ skills. From the beginning, his work has been strongly characterized by the fascination of the deconstructed sound, sci-fi and futuristic elements, combining elements of acid hardcore, industrial techno and Detroit aesthetics. One of the biggest American names in techno scene, as described by Resident Advisor, will bring his amazing sound visual show to the Trenčín airport.
Jeff Mills was already dazzling audiences with his DJ tricks like scratching and beat juggling in the early 1980s. He also had a nightly show called The Wizard where he would highlight young local techno artists, giving light to future stars of the genre like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Juan Atkins. At that time he was also a member of the legendary techno collective Underground Resistance. Social themes related to industrial recession in the capital of the automotive industry dominated in UR. Another form of their rebellion concerned the rejection the gradual commercialization of techno. After leaving UR he relocated to New York, Berlin (the legendary Tresor Club) and later Chicago, where he set up the record label Axis Records with Robert Hood in 1992.
Mills has recorded nearly fourty albums, over 70 EPs and has worked on seven films. Let us mention a few of the most important ones. In 2004 he released the album Expanded that deals with the topic of mind expansion. Jeff Mills created a fictional character called the Sleeper, and tells his stories in the individual albums. During wandering through space and searching for new worlds (Sleep Wakes), Sleeper becomes infected with an unknown virus, acquires the ability to control the electricity (The Power), and experiences the end of the human era (The Messenger) and the eternal quest for the purpose and meaning (Planet Jungle).
He released Where Light Ends, an album inspired by the Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri. The albums Emerging Crystal Universe and Free Fall come from the big sci-fi series, too. The he released The Trip which is also a psychedelic-electronic project in which he remixed 50 samples of retro sci-fi movies. A similar project is the sound-visual odyssey Time Tunnel through the history of music. He prepared a 7-hour performance about exoplanets called Chronicles of Possible Worlds in cooperation with the Astrophysics Laboratory in Marseilles. In 2006 he released a live album with a 70-member Montpelier Philharmonic. His last year’s album E.P. Tomorrow Comes The Harvest with legendary drummer Tony Allen belongs to the category of the famous collaborations as well.
Mills is also known for his work on movies, soundtracks and documentaries. In 2000, he released the soundtrack for the silent film of Fritz Lang, Metropolis, originally from 1927. 15 years later he worked on another Lang’s film, Woman in the Moon. Mills is also the subject, representative and author of the music for Man from Tomorrow (2014) by the French director Jacqueline Caux. Mills is the author of the film Life to Death and Back (2015), which he shot as a part of his residence in the Egyptian wing of the Louvre Museum, and The Exhibitionost 2, which is the continuation of the first film Exhibionist, both based on his live performances. His work was also appreciated by the French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, awarding him with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Last year, Mixmag released information that Jeff Mills will be the first DJ to play in open space and Elon Musk’s SpaceX will take him to the orbit. It was just an April Fools joke. However, it’s not a joke that this techno pioneer will take the Trenčín airport attenders to space with his musical and visual show.
SKEPTA – THE RAP/GRIME STAR AT POHODA 2019
Pohoda 2019 will feature also the British MC/rapper and the grime star, Skepta. He and his brother Jamie (Jme) founded collective and label Boy Better Know. They also collaborated on the latest album, Konnichiwa, for which he was awarded the Mercury Prize (leaving behind Radiohead and David Bowie), and Apple Music editors labelled it the album of the year 2016. In recent years he has collaborated with Dreake and Pharell Williams, and he also features on A$AP Rockyʼs hit “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)”. At the ranker.com portal, Skepta is on the top of The Best British Rappers of All Time and The Best Grime Artists charts. He will show the reason why to the visitors of Pohoda 2019 on Thursday night at the main stage.
From the streets of Tottenham to the sunny side
Joseph Junior Adenuga, a son of immigrants from Nigeria, began as a DJ in the grime collective Meridian Crew. Alongside his brother Jamie, he then joined Roll Deep collective to later become founding members of collective and label Boy Better Know. Under this label, Skepta released his first mixtape entitled Joseph Junior Adenuga and in 2007 his debut studio album Greatest Hits. Album Microphone Champion followed in 2009 and in 2011, he released his third album, Doin’ It Again, for which he was nominated for the BET Awards. In 2014, he released the song “That’s Not Me”, and the single’s music video won the award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards. Skepta said that the video cost him £80 only. At that time he also collaborated with Flatbush Zombies (on the track “Red Eye to Paris”) and Drake on the remix of Wizkid’s song “Ojuelegba”. He claims himself to be a social activist rather than a rapper. His status of an extraordinarily influential activist is also confirmed by his appearance on the Debrett’s 2017 list, according to which he is one of the 30 most influential people of the British music industry (the list includes names such as Adele, Chris Martin, Simon Cowell, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, agent Emma Banks, ans also his sister Julie Adenuga—a radio Beats 1 DJ).
The very much appreciated album Konnichiwa
The release of the fourth album was rescheduled several times, but it was worth the waiting. The fourth studio album Konnichiwa was released in May 2016, and featured hits such as “That’s Not Me”, “Shutdown”, and “Man” that made it peak at number 2 in the UK music charts. Skepta used the DIY approach and produced the album almost all by himself, but Pharrell Williams was involved in the song “Numbers”. Louis Pattison of NME rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote: “Konnichiwa is a landmark in British street music that takes on the world without compromising one inch of its grime core.” Besides the award for the music video “That’s Not Me”, he also won the MOBO Award for song “Shutdown”. Skepta was awarded the Mercury Prize for the album and the same year, he won was Bet Awards (Best International Act: UK) and NME Awards (Best British Male). At Ivor Novello Awards, he won the award for the songwriter of the year, and, along with Josh Homme, the award for the best song, “Man”. Liam Gallagher praised Skepta as he tweeted: “Man like Skepta keeping it real. Got to stand for something.” His grime collective Boy Better Know won the Innovation Award at the NME Awards 2018. In October 2017, he released EP Vicious with songs featuring A$AP Rocky, Lil B, and Section Boyz. He also collaborated on A$AP Rocky’s hit “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)”, which has nearly 130 million views on YouTube. Just a few days ago, he recorded diss track “Wish You Were Here” in which he fires shorts at “ex-colleague” Wiley. This summer, he will appear as a headliner at the Melt, Forbidden Fruit, and Filed Day festivals. Having previously announced The Roots, Glab, and Čavlenky, we are delighted to have also Skepta please the fans of rap music at Pohoda 2019.
Confirmed artists: Liam Gallagher, Lykke Li, The 1975, The Roots, Skepta, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mura Masa, Mac DeMarco, Michael Kiwanuka, Jeff Mills, Sofi Tukker, Amadou & Mariam + Blind boys of Alabama, Lola Marsh, Viagra Boys, Calypso Rose, Sudan Archives and many more…