Meet All Trades and Prieste5s – the two commissioned electronic artists who are currently producing new music reflecting on the legacy of Detroit electro-techno 90’s duo Drexciya.
In my opinion, Drexciya was one of the greatest groups in Electronic music history. Their background story, about an undersea civilisation that descended from pregnant slaves giving birth underwater, after being thrown overboard from slave ships is perhaps the most unique in music.
AbuQadim Haqq (techno artist and visualiser of the Drexciyan Empire)
Since they were commissioned back in June, they’ve been working with AbuQadim and KERRIE (Dark Machine Funk/Eastern Bloc Records) who’ve been on hand for creative stimulus and guidance as the new tunes are created.
Born in Blackburn, now based in Liverpool, All Trades produces music which takes influence from electro & the hardcore continuum. All Trades funnels these genres through his own experimental lens, with a keen ear for sound design using analog hardware. With releases under his belt for labels such as Warehouse Rave, Shubzin and his own imprint, Interlock, his tracks have seen support from the likes of LCY, Clouds and Peder Mannerfelt to name a few.
The transatlantic exchange of techno and electro is something that has been with me since my childhood, through the influence and music taste of my father. I’m looking forward to learning how AbuQadim approaches the concepts in his work, and gain an understanding of his thought process in the initial ideas phase. But I’m most looking forward to the studio time with Hellen, developing my sound and learning new techniques through collaboration, and the performance at the end of the project.
Hellen Wu (Prieste5s) is a Berlin-based electronic musician and visual artist originally hailing from New York City. She is passionate about experimentation, and devotes her time to exploring the unexpected crossovers among different genres and different mediums. Her sonic identity is characterised by unique grooves, evocative ambiences, mangled field recordings and found sounds. Having discovered the world of live-coding recently, she is also an active member of the Berlin live-coding / Algorave scene.
I see this project as a kind of creative challenge; to be able to create music that pays tribute to the legacy of Drexciya, yet is also innovative in its own right. I also saw this project as a chance to engage in long-term collaboration with another producer; something I haven’t been able to do before. So I guess my personal goals are to find new inspiration by working together, learning from each other, embracing the unexpected, and hopefully come up with something amazing to show at the end!
Save The Dates
Fancy catching the performance? The two artists will be performing it live on Drexciya Day 2022 (3rd September) at Eastern Bloc Records in Manchester. So save the date and we’ll announce the gig in full soon…