This interview with Jeff Mills was the first-ever Red Bull Music Academy lecture. It took place in Berlin in 1998.
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Jeff Mills is undoubtedly one of the founding fathers of techno music. Starting out as radio DJ The Wizard on Detroit’s WJLB, Mills eventually met Mad Mike Banks and Robert Hood. What followed were some of the most important tracks in the evolution of techno. Performing in uniforms comprised of ski masks and black combat suits, Underground Resistance captured the revolutionary imagination of the dance world. A deal with the German label Tresor soon grew out of some UR licensing and Mills later set up Axis. Mills hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s his ever minimal yet highly complex live sets, his rescoring of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis or his multimedia revisiting of The Rings Of Saturn, he always treads a careful line between dance music and art.