Interviews

Anthony Jimenez

“With a 2015 booking at Movement, the premier electronic music festival in Detroit, Jimenez is primed and ready to take his music to the next level.” And that was just when we got to chat with Anthony Jimenez. The techno DJ/producer, originally from Cleveland, has made a name for himself in Detroit with his regular appearances at Scene, Blank Code‘s monthly techno event at The Works. Read on to get a bit more familiar!

Describe your sound with three words.
Dark, hypnotic, and driving.

You’re originally from Cleveland, and had to build up your name in Detroit once you moved. Did you already have a career going over there first? How did you get started there?
Yes, I started a label and a small production company in Cleveland. That’s where I learned to DJ; where I figured how and what I wanted to do, 10 years ago. At the very peak when I was playing a lot out there, I had the opportunity to come to Detroit.

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Did you DJ before producing?
Yes, I did the hip-hop thing first. Then I started electronic music and started producing.

How did you get into electronic music?
My friend used to give me live recorded tapes from his party days ― drum & bass, house, etc. ― that’s how I started listening to it and eventually settled into techno.

Who gave you your first chance playing out?
I started as a hip-hop DJ, scratching and everything. It was this horrible place in the basement of an old bank, a tattoo shop where they did parties.

And now you’re playing Movement! Who gave you the call?
Chad. He does my booking and runs Blank Code. He called me up and said they wanted a local guy to start the underground stage.

Is it easier having someone handle your bookings for you?
He makes sure things are right and that I’m walking into a good club, good sound system, etc.

What’s something notable about Detroit’s electronic music scene?
Electronic music is in the DNA of everyone here. This area cranks out more artists than anywhere else in the country. It’s really accepted here to go somewhere and listen to electronic music every night, where as in other cities, it can be a struggle.

The crowd seems so mature here, especially at  Movement.
Yeah, everyone’s so calm. There’s no violence or craziness. This festival crowd is more laid back.

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How do you prepare for a live set?
Usually I don’t prepare anything and just wing it. For this, because of where I was playing, you have to be careful and keep a certain tone in the underground stage.

What’s your live setup?
Traktor and four decks.

Goals for the upcoming year?
Travel more.

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