The UK techno mainstay looks back at a remarkable career, from Downwards to British Murder Boys, and the dancefloorto the cerebral.
Since exploding onto the techno scene in 1995, with the now classic Surgeon EP, DJ and producer Anthony Child has been recasting contemporary techno. Early releases on Downwards excited the techno cognoscenti, leading to remix work for Dave Clarke and inclusion on Jeff Mills’ seminal Live at the Liquid Rooms mix. With labelmates Regis, Female and Portion Reform, Surgeon placed Birmingham boldly on the techno map. His move to Tresor coincided with a shift in direction that saw him aim for a balance between the dancefloor and the cerebral, embracing a depth of musicality and width of inspiration that had not featured quite so heavily in his early work. As influenced by Bret Easton Ellis as he was by Coil, not to mention Jeff Mills and Underground Resistance, his sound began to reference musique concrète and industrial as much as it did techno. Over the years Surgeon has remixed a wide range of artists including Thom Yorke, Matmos, Mogwai, Faust, Moderat, Shed and Oneohtrix Point Never, and he’s teamed up with Karl O’Connor under the British Murder Boys guise.