Part of a second wave of musical heroes from Detroit, Seth Trolxer is one of dance music’s most charismatic and quirky personalities, unafraid to speak his mind, wearing his passion on his sleeve and consistently speaking of musical legacy and the future of electronic music at the same time. It’s a rare privilege for Indian audiences to have such a genius on our shores. Here are ten reasons you shouldn’t miss you on his set at Sunburn Goa's techno stage.
He represents the best of Detroit and Chicago.
Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it better. Troxler hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan. It’s equidistant - 241.5 kms - from both Chicago and Detroit. If you had a belief in the supernatural, you’d think the universe had marked out Troxler for greatness right from the start. Indeed, his step-father set him on the road to DJing by buying him his first pair of turntables. And a teenage Troxler began DJing as early as the age of 16, influenced both by the house sound of the Windy City and the more gruelling beats of Detroit.
He’s a ‘label-friendly’ guy.
It’s a roll call your grandmother would be proud of. From British maverick Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels to American funk and house duo Zev and Gadi Mizrahi’s Wolf + Lamb, unconventional Parisian outfit Circus Company to Canadian techno boss Mathew Jonson’s Wagon Repair bandwagon, Troxler’s tracks have been featured on the underground’s most glamorous labels. And we haven’t even included Berlin’s iconic BPitch Control and a series of iconic mixes as well, including one for DJ Kicks this year.
He doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Read through the first three lines of Seth Troxler’s biography: ¨Through a leaking bodily cavity resembling the pork found in Chinese restaurants, Satan shat out a crystal beaming with glowing red embers. This crystal matured into the fetus of Seth Troxler. Seth was placed on earth as a weeping fetus, the sound of inevitability.¨ His first two EPs featured tracks like ‘Crosson Likes Poo’ and ‘Love Spray’, showing early on that in the dense, serious world of techno, Troxler will never stray over to the glum side.
He’s an underground pin-up.
How many beer-and-pork bellied techno superstars do you know that have the self-confidence to bare themselves to the camera? The Michigan-native has done this on more than one occasion. Admittedly, the first time was a joke. In 2013, Troxler made a hilarious promo video for British festival Eastern Electrics where he struck a varied number of nude poses while exhorting fans to attend the event. More recently, he was photographed in his birthday suit, covered in just the right spots with wine bottles and a fruit plate.
He can also dress up when the occasion demands it.
At iconic London club Fabric’s 14th anniversary, the DJ donned a ¨flowing red dress with gold piping detailing¨, as the club’s blog described it, when they auctioned it for charity in October this year. When the American launched his pop-up restaurant in London, guests were served by the techno don in a pink frock. You might also recall his gimp outfit when the DJ went back-to-back with superstar DJ Jamie Jones.
He’s an incredible cook.
Winner of several DJ cook-offs across the world, Troxler is also the undefeated champion at the Europe’s premier music conference, Amsterdam Dance Event’s DJ cooking competition. Not surprisingly, he also set up a pop-up restaurant in London two years ago where he served American barbecue specialities for fans of both good food and techno.
He’s an outspoken character.
Troxler has taken aim at capitalism, governments, the rich, the decaying state of the industry but most of all, his crosshairs have been trained at EDM stars. He told Rolling Stone magazine two years ago that "If Avicii was here I would definitely light dog shit in front of his door.¨ Next year, in an Op-Ed for Thump, Troxler said of Steve Aoki, ¨You are not a fucking DJ. You’re an overpaid, untalented, cake-throwing, performing monkey.¨ And in his much-publicised video snippet from Tomorrowland this year, Troxler described the music as ¨sonic ear-rape¨.
He isn’t afraid of having a good time.
Psychedelics, DMT, frog, cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy - Seth Troxler is a rock star trapped in a DJ’s body. Considering that he hasn’t taken a weekend off since starting to DJ in his late teens, it’s remarkable that his body and mind have kept up with him, in spite of the gruelling schedule. One drug that the producer-DJ has spoken out against, describing it as ¨the heroin of our times¨ is ketamine.
Philanthropist- He cares for underprivileged
¨Not all people are homeless because they chose to be homeless or they are drug addicts. Homelessness happens especially in the world we live in today where the rich have so much and the poor have so little ,¨ said Troxler in a television interview during Amsterdam Dance Event in October this year. Except, the DJ didn’t only choose to speak about it. Troxler and Dutch DJ Tom Trago worked alongside local aid groups like the De Regenboog Groep to cook for homeless people this year.
He just inherited an incredible record collection.
Fans of electronic music and pop culture in general will be well-verse with the Haçienda nightclub in Manchester that came to be associated with acid house and rave culture. Its legendary DJ Dave Haslam who played close to 500 gigs at the British club sold his collection of 4,500 records with soul, funk, electro and industrial music to Troxler this November. ¨It’s very important not only to preserve the music but to preserve this collection intact for future generations to enjoy. One factor behind my acquirement of this amazing collection was the transfer of one working DJ to another,¨he said, in a statement.