Jeff Mills, in an interview with Telekom Electronic Beats, has spoken about what he considered to be the fundamental differences between techno in the 1990s compared to the current one. Although the interview was focused on the Mills’ jazz project, entitled “Spiral Deluxe,” the Detroit-born could not escape his musical origins. To remember that he is a consecrated in techno genre (it can even be said that he is one of the pioneers of it), with almost 40 years of career and one of the founding members of the collective “Underground Resistance”, very important in the launch of techno, first in the United States, and then the rest of the world.
“Techno music was this up-tempo, driving, sometimes very dark, very aggressive type of dance music that derived from electronic rock or house music or Detroit techno. This is what techno was, pretty much, in the ‘90s,” Mills said.
Mills, whose influential 1994 album “Waveform Transmission Vol. 3 “is about to be relaunched by Tresor Records, explained then that today’s techno integrates many more” trippy “elements, that is, related to the effects of psychedelic drugs: “Now it’s about space and the subject of the cosmos and stars and planets… the feeling that the music has really transported the audience to some other place in time and space is now close to the norm.”
The interview also addresses about other Mills projects, reflecting even on the most relevant changes and developments in the nowaday techno scene. The whole interview.