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An emerging movement of Pacific Northwest underground techno, MOTOR is bringing together similarly minded producers and DJs from Seattle and beyond, creating a burgeoning wake in the local scene and helping put the region on the experimental dance radar. Kicked off in 2012 as a party series loosely focused on local analog synth and hardware artists, it has since hosted live sets from such acts as Pete Swanson, Hieroglyphic Being, Patricia, Prostitutes, and Container alongside the collective's main core.
Debacle Records launched MOTOR soon after as a sister label to release 12” singles, recognizing a demand for representation of the new swell of producers.
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Drawn to the unusual, bizarre, and grotesque, Megan Mitchell, aka DJ Degenerate, never ceases to explore textures and sounds. A vinyl DJ of experimental music for five years, Mitchell previously headed up the music directorial staff at KUPS 90.1 FM The Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, where she also hosted the radio show, Oscillations. She is currently pursuing her master's in library and information sciences at the University of Washington, where she is focusing on audio archiving. In line with this pursuit, Mitchell is a hobbyist field recordist and photographer, and is the proprietor of the esteemed music index, Many Many Women. She is a member of the women's/non binary art and music collective, TUF, which is located in Seattle, and has been a MOTOR fixture since 2013.
An Olympia, WA native, dj slow (Andrew T. Lench) has been collecting and spinning records of diverse genres since the late 90s, starting in NYC and since 2006 in the PNW. His radio show Slow Music Meltdown started in 2003 on WXBC Bard Radio as a melange of disparate sounds curated on the fly via turntables. Its current incarnation airs on Seattle’s Hollow Earth Radio Mondays 10am-12pm and is accompanied by a blog that’s been active since late 2008.
dj slow was on the turntables for the first MOTOR night in 2012, and contributed mixtapes for the 5th and 20th parties as well as the Label of the Month mix for Resident Advisor, all of which highlight the collective’s studio output and searing live sets.
dj slow curates the MOTOR Mix Series.
Sam Melancon is a stress factory