DMS12 is moulding the future of electronic music, and it’s becoming one of techno’s most popular tracks. His latest work, Eno Minimal was just released on Jamie Jones’ Hottrax—but DMS12 says the sound isn’t something new. “The funny part about Eno Minimal is that I made it in 2006,” DMS12 tells Beyond The Drop. The Miami native says it was only him and Oscar G who had the track at the time and they would play it at Club Space Miami—to mainly great acclaim. “The owner of Space Miami actually freaked out on me once cause I was playing too hard.”
The decks of Miami’s most famous club are a long way from DMS12’s NYC roots, where he was born and raised before eventually migrating south. His introduction to DJing in Miami was anything but planned. Working as a nightclub promoter in the early 90s, the DJ he booked—who happened to be his roommate—failed to show up. “I broke the lock on the bedroom door, grabbed his records and I was the DJ that night…a really bad one,” he says. “That night I got the itch that this is what I wanted to do.” By 1995, he was playing the Miami club scene and has since gone on to do the same, the world-over.
Currently based in LA, DMS12 feels growing up in NYC as well as Miami had a large influence on the way he interpreted music—more importantly his mother’s music. “I grew up in the disco days and my Mom would play all these great dance records over and over,” he tells Beyond The Drop. A few years later, those records would be passed on to a budding DMS12. “I would mix and match grooves and I think this is a big reason why I make groove-driven music.” Mixing and fusing ideas together plays an important role in the way DMS12 works, both in and out of the studio.
Originally spending most of his studio time remixing, his vision compelled him to rework some of his favourite tracks. “I felt songs should have a different mix then the one that was out for everyone to buy,” he says. “So I bought some gear and started to experiment with sounds and samples.”
Always ready to appreciate his upbringing, gear talk reminds DMS12 of his analog DJing days, when he would bring six crates of records to clubs across Miami and play up to 16 hours on some nights. Reflecting on the past, DMS12 says vinyl is beginning to attract attention again. “Over the last two or three years I’ve been playing more vinyl—there is a greater variety again like their once was, many moons ago.” Although the past held successful for DMS12, he is looking to the future with his latest output.
His Hottrax release, Eno Minimal, first came back around when he discovered it was played at in Manchester recently. “A few months ago someone that had gone to the Warehouse Project told me that they heard that song I played at Space Miami—the one that sounded like the future.” Immediately aware of what his fellow partygoer was referring to, DMS12 took a step back and waited for contact. A year after sending Jamie Jones a promo of his track, it turns out the Brit rather liked the thrashing aggressiveness of Eno Minimal. More importantly it would be the track to officially re-launch the Hottrax label after a one-year hiatus. “When I created this track, I imagined a dark, smoky room that was based entirely in the future—a future of only electronic music,” says DMS12. “The intensity of a driving dancefloor meant everything.”
Part of the futuristic message of DMS12 rests on his anonymity. Born Diego Sanchez, the LA-based producer and DJ combined his initials and favoured baseball number to create his robotic-sounding alias. However, DMS12 and his art extend beyond music. After a year of trial and error and DIY learning, he has honed his skills as a glassblower. His acclaimed glassware can be purchased online and through his designs his artistic expression continues to further itself into the stoned and smokey future.
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