DTE 2 Year Anniversary with Echospace (LIVE)

Echospace (LIVE)

Deepchord and Echospace started off as barely more than a rumor supported mostly by the continous scarcity of their records. The duo comprised of Detroit’s Rod Modell and Chicago’s Steven Hitchell have spent nearly two decades producing low-key electronic music both bordering on the verge of myth. They’re considered by many the most noted producers operating in the dub-infused aftermath of the Basic Channel axis and all its myriad offshoots. Once their critically-acclaimed The Coldest Season (LOVE 033CD) emerged on the UK-based Modern Love label, the curtain was unveiled and the sound of Echospace was born. They’ve often been coined the true heirs to the Basic Channel legacy but their work finds a home somewhere on the outskirts of the galaxy, where Detroit soul ties to Jamaican roots played through a tunnel in deep space. This evocative, immersive sound that is Echospace was born out of a love and passion for analog circuitry, sound design, field recordings and non-conventional methods of recording. But it’s also work that’s quintessentially building upon the Detroit electronic scene where it was born, and that divine marriage of roots and vision make the work at once so highly considered, so pertinent and so timeless.

Max Gardner

Max first got involved with the local DJ scene in Tucson, Arizona. He's well recognized for his very strong, deep, heavy hitting techno sets and the ability to wander with depth into minimal, deep tech-house, and almost any genre of music. After performing at events with various world famous electro and house headliners, Max felt he needed to move somewhere with more variety of musical influence. It was at this point when he relocated back to his natural habitat, the San Francisco bay area.

Since then Max has been jamming in the studio, defining and closing in on his own sound. His need for interaction with a musical environment that thrives off experimental minimal, techno, and house partially sparked the Direct To Earth (DTE) event series based out of Oakland. Quickly making himself at home, Max has recently played shows featuring artists such as Dustin Zahn, Raiz, Max Cooper, Daegon, Tiari, Marco Bailey, The Missing Link, and Octave along with many of the local techno and house acts.

Brian Knarfield

The Bay Area native and Direct to Earth co-founder wasn't always into Techno or House.
Brian first became interested in DJing watching DJs on BET's 106 and park.
Only being in 6th Grade at the time, Brian set out to Find a record store that had good Rap but instead met Trance and Progressive, soon enough 106 and Park was a distant memory as time after school was sucked away by the record store.

Brian played with production software hours on end throughout High school, College and while writing for his ex-band "Systems Octopus". It wasn't until Brian was 20 that he started listening to Minimal, Techno and Deep House and its influence on him lead him to take beat making more seriously and into a focused setting. Releasing and remixing for labels the likes of Fierce Animals Recordings, Kabutomushi, Istmo Music, Rough Rabbit Recordings, Gynoid Audio and Mizumo Music.

Aside from grinding away in the studio for the last 5 years Brian has been equally dedicated to reveling. His work with local artists and Labels to showcase unique underground talent has been instrumental
in the co creation of the Local Event series: Direct To Earth (DtE); Designing Flyers, Managing the Website and maintaining a musical presence as a Resident of the imprints Events. Over the years Brian has been billed along side artists such as: Daegon, Tiari, Dave Aju, Max Cooper, C.L.A.W.S., Michael Penman, The Missing Link, Jason Short and Crawlie to name a few.



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