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20 years in techno – alton miller and abdul haqq

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Following on from the success of last spring’s "Technanomicron" tour, Alton Miller and Abdul Haqq will be returning to Japan next month for a number of dates.

Alton Miller is one of the original founders of the Detroit Music Institute and it’s been 20 years now since the club closed its doors, while Abdul Haqq has been drawing and sculpting to techno music for two decades now, doing artwork for labels such as Transmat, Planet E and Underground Resistance. To mark the 20th anniversary, they’ll be touring together, playing dates together in Nagano, Tokyo (at La Fabrique), Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Gifu and Kanagawa.

Electronic Directory caught up with Alton Miller and Abdul Haqq to chat about their upcoming Japanese tour and how they’re planning to celebrate their anniversary.

Interview with Alton Miller and Abdul Haqq by Kazuumi Ishii

Congratulations on the 20th anniversary. What are you guys doing to celebrate ?

Alton Miller: Thanks alot and we’re going to have as much fun as we can. The appreciation and the support we get from Japan is just incredible.

Abdul Haqq: The first thing I’m doing is celebrating my anniversary in Japan. It is also the ten year anniversary of me coming to Japan. I’ve had the most success here than any other place including my own country. So that is the reason that I wanted to celebrate it by doing this tour with Alton. We plan a series of parties, with live painting and I maybe even painting a mural or 2.

Looking back 20 years on, what are your highlights ?

Miller: First and foremost the music institute for sure. Every weekend in that joint was a highlight. Being involved in what has become a global phenomenon in regards to the music and the culture was and is a big plus for us to say the least.

Haqq: My best highlights have usually been through my travels. I have been able to travel to many places because of my career. Some of my highlights are:

  • 1. The 1st time I came to Japan in 1999
  • 2. The 1st time I went to the Philippines in 1999
  • 3. My 1st exhibition in Tokyo in 2002
  • 4. Visiting Gakoenji Temple for the 1st time
  • 5. The 1st Eddie Fowlkes tour of Japan in December of 2007
  • 6. Meeting and interviewing Jeff Mills for my Technanomicron project
  • 7. Live painting with Jeff Mills May 2009

Those are just some of the few highlights. I’m sure there are more that I will think of after I send this.

You guys had toured Japan together this year. How did the [Technanomicron] tour go ?

Miller: I reached out to Haqq because I had heard he had toured with Eddie Fowlkes prior and that the tour went really great. We put it together with the quickness.

Haqq: The Technanomicron tour last spring in Japan was a great success ! Each party was wonderful and I got a lot of respect from many cities throughout Japan. Shizuoka was especially wonderful and successful !

What can we expect from your upcoming tour ?

Miller: Lots and lots of great music and art. We are really looking forward to it and we really enjoy being able to fuse what we do together to create a really really pure and enlightening experience both musically and visually.

Haqq: I think I will try to some new things with my paintings. Maybe make them a bit more intricate and elaborate and with more of a science fantasy theme. I may even have a chance to play some records at a few parties in Japan too !

Alton Miller & Abdul Haqq Tour Dates


Written by Kazuumi

November 27th, 2009 at 12:30 am

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