Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills Biography

Jeff Mills is an American DJ, record producer, and composer who was born on 18 June 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. He became known as The Wizard in the early to mid-1980s. He is the founder of Axis Records(1992)

A founding member of noted Motor City institution Underground Resistance, Mills helped build the artist roster and label ideology (as well as much of its back catalog) with partners “Mad” Mike Banks and Robert “Noise” Hood before moving to New York in 1992 to pursue more vigorously his solo and DJ career (with a resident spot at the legendary Limelight and a recording contract with the noted German label Tresor). (Although rumors of bad blood between the early UR crew have been denied by all involved, Mills’ decision to split was apparently total, with Banks all but repudiating his involvement with Mills and Mills distancing himself from the continuing political militancy of Banks and the UR organization.)

Mills’ UR-related releases (including “The Punisher” and “Seawolf”) are stripped-down and erratic, fusing elements of hardcore acid and industrial techno to the sparse Detroit aesthetic. Not surprisingly, his post-UR sound hasn’t eased a bit, although UR’s penchant for the four-track has been replaced by higher-quality production.

Prior to his involvement in UR, Mills was a DJ at Detroit public radio station WDET (he was also studying architecture at the time), spinning everything from Meat Beat Manifesto and Nine Inch Nails to Chicago house and underground Detroit techno. He began producing in the mid-’80s, working with Tony Srock on the project the Final Cut.

Mills met Banks through a local garage group Members of the House, who Banks was working with in the late ’80s. Mills remixed a track on a Members 12-inch, and his and Banks’ shared love for Chicago soul and the harder edge of Detroit techno blossomed into Underground Resistance as a combined business and creative enterprise. The pair, along with Robert Hood, recorded several EPs and singles together, including tracks such as “Waveform,” and “Sonic,” before Mills defected to New York in 1992 to pursue a residency at the Limelight club and a solo career recording for Tresor and his own label, Axis. Mills’ discography includes two full-length volumes of Waveform Transmissions for Tresor, a live album and rarities collection for the British label React, and the first album in a new contract with Sony Japan, as well as a handful of 12-inch EPs on Axis and several collaborations with Robert Hood on his M-Plant label. In 2000, Mills took more memorable action by scoring a new soundtrack for Fritz Lang’s 1926 film Metropolis, screened around the world at venues including the Museum of Music in Paris, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the Vienna International Film Festival.


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Waveform Transmission Vol. 1 – Tresor 1992
Waveform Transmission Vol. 3 – Tresor, BMG Ariola Media GmbH 1994
From The 21st – SMEJ Associated Records 1999
Metropolis – Tresor 2000
Time Machine ‎(CD, Album) Tomorrow TW-800 2001
At First Sight – React 2002
Three Ages – MK2 Music, MK2 Music, Axis 2004
Blue Potential (Live With Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra) – UWe 2005
One Man Spaceship – Axis 2006
Sleeper Wakes – Third Ear 2009
Niteroi ‎(CD, MiniAlbum) Axis 2009
The Occurrence – Third Ear 2010
The Drummer 26 ‎(26xFile, MP3) Purpose Maker PMD0224 2010
2087 ‎(CD, Album, Ltd) Axis AXCD-043 2011
The Power ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD-042 2011
Fantastic Voyage ‎(2xCD, Album) Axis AXCD-044 2011
The Messenger ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD-045 2012
Jeff Mills, DJ Surgeles – Something In The Sky Mix – SITS 008 2012
The Jungle Planet – Axis 2013
Where Light Ends ‎(2xCD, Album) U/M/A/A UMA 1015-1016 2013
Emerging Crystal Universe – Axis 2014
RA.EX192 Jeff Mills ‎(File, MP3, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX192 2014
Man From Tomorrow ‎(DVD-V, NTSC, PAL, DVD + CD, Album) Axis AXDV-003 2014
Chronicles Of Possible Worlds ‎(CD, Album + DVD-V) Axis, Seconde Nature AXSN-001 2014
And What About The Truth ‎(12″, EP + 12″, EP + CDr, Album + Box, Ltd) Tomorrow AS-AWATTK 2014
Exhibitionist 2 – Axis 2015
Proxima Centauri ‎(M/Stick, WAV, Album, Ltd) Time Tunnel – TT-001 2015
Woman In The Moon ‎(3xCD, Album) Axis AXCD-046 2015
Mikhaïl Rudy & Jeff Mills – When Time Splits ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD-047 2015
Free Fall Galaxy ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD-048 2016
Planets – Axis 2017
A Trip To The Moon ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD049 2017
And Then There Was Light ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD052 2018
Moon (The Area Of Influence) – Axis 2019
The Universe Chapter 1 ‎(17xFile, WAV, Album) Axis AX093D 2020
Jeff Mills & Rafael Leafar – The Override Switch – Axis 2021
The Clairvoyant – Axis 2021
Jeff Mills And The Zanza 22 – Wonderland ‎(CD, Album) Axis AXCD057 2022

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