Regis (Downwards | Birmingham)
Justin Anastasi (VX | San Francisco)
Rachel Aiello (VX | San Francisco)
Regis is a name that has become synonymous with techno. The pseudonym of Birmingham, U.K.-born Karl O'Connor, Regis' story began in the early '90s. With a grounding in the post-punk and industrial scene of the '80s, O'Connor favored the rapidly increasing British techno sound being pioneered by the likes of Sweet Exorcist, Renegade Soundwave, and Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk, and in 1993, along with Peter Sutton (Female), he founded Downwards. Approaching the label with true D.I.Y. aesthetics, Downwards released music from like-minded artists such as Surgeon andFemale, but it wasn't until 1995 that the first Regis release appeared. The 12” Montreal was made up of three loop-driven slabs of industrial-techno, taking influence from Jeff Mills and Dave Clarke, a sound that Regis would become known for throughout the '90s.
After a slew of singles, Regis released his first album, 1996's Gymnastics. It continued with the dark, cold, industrial-techno sound that had appeared on his previous 12" releases and was followed in 1998 with his second album, Delivered into the Hands of Indifference. That year also saw Regis work with his childhood heroes Robert Görl and Chrislo Hass of German industrial outfit D.A.F. and saw him round out the end of the '90s with the recording of a prestigious John Peel session.
With collaborations influencing his output, Regis' sound moved away from the loop-based techno he'd produced in the '90s, and with the beginning of the new millennium, O'Connor took field recordings and drones and incorporated them into his own brand of techno on his third album, 2001's Penetration. That year Regis teamed up with fellow techno artist Surgeon to form the British Murder Boys. Their mix of industrial drones, broken beats, and harsh loops helped redefine the techno landscape, spearheading a new direction in the genre.
Alongside longtime collaborators Female, Silent Servant, and Function, Regis helped form Sandwell District in 2002. Part label/part DJ collective, the mission was to continue with what had been started with Downwards, creating a truly D.I.Y. setup with like-minded individuals. The Sandwell collective went on to inform one of the biggest shifts in techno, with their sound influencing a whole new generation of producers, particularly at Berlin's famous Berghain nightclub.
With supporting sets from VX resident DJs Justin Anastasi & Rachel Aiello.
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F8 | 1192 Folsom
Supplemented sound and live visuals.
Club Mate & Drink Specials