Terrence Dixon

Although Terrence Dixon's hometown is the blue-collar city of Romulus, Michigan, he based himself approximately 30 miles away in nearby Detroit and became a noteworthy addition to that city's techno underground. He debuted in 1994 on Claude Young's Utensil label with a pair of 12" releases under his own name and an album, Unknown Black Shapes, as Population One. During the latter half of the decade, he issued another 12" for Utensil and a pair of 12" releases for Juan Atkins' Metroplex. In 1998, Andy Vaz launched his Düsseldorf-based Background imprint with Dixon's Bionic Man EP; the same year, Dixon co-wrote and co-produced three tracks for Atkins' Skynet album (credited to Atkins' Infiniti alias). After his second album, From the Far Future -- issued on Berlin's Tresor in 2000 -- Dixon was relatively quiet for several years. During the late part of the 2000s, he was extremely active with material on several European labels. In 2007, Vaz's Yore label released third album Train of Thought, and Dixon returned to Tresor for 2012's From the Far Future, Vol. 2. As Dixon grew, his work naturally became less raw and more sophisticated, but he never curtailed the immediacy of his earliest music. After the double LP Badge of Honor appeared on Surface in late 2013, Dixon announced that he was retiring from music the following April. His busy release and performance scheduled suggested otherwise -- he appeared at Detroit's Movement festival the very next month, and released an EP with Michael Zucker (Fundamentals) and two Population One records (the Metroplex-released EP A Mind of His Own and Rush Hour-issued full-length Theater of a Confused Mind) soon after. EPs credited to Dixon or Population One (or both) continued appearing on a regular basis, and Dixon's triple LP 12,000 Miles of Twilight was released by Out-Er in 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

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