A hurricane, a trainwreck, a tank: Miike Teknoist’s take on the underground hardcore scene has always been a stormy and massive one. Here is an artist who confronts his music head-on and who gathers influences in a whirlwind of breaks, beats and bass. Jumping on the scene with renowned DJ sets, influenced by veterans of the hardcore sound such as Hellfish and The DJ Producer, The Teknoist was quick to make the jump from the decks to the studio, coming up with varied, powerful pieces of audio dynamite. Those initial tracks exploded on the scene, no matter how beat-up the equipment was that they were written on, no matter how young their author was, they soon found themselves released on high profiles imprints such as Planet Mu and Deathchant.
More tracks, more shows (from Brazil to Russia, from Manchester to Berlin), more records (on Peace Off, Nekrolog1K or Rebelscum and more): once it had started, The Teknoist’s storm didn’t know any respite. Gaining experience, he refined and sharpened his own style of meticulously shattered breakcore, of melodic yet monstrous hardcore and of harmonic violence. The Teknoist’s zombies go for the jugular, they do it in style and know exactly when to strike.
This talent for hardcore design led him to his first full length album, 2008’s Ad Noiseam release “…Like a Hurricane Made of Zombies”, which confirmed that he had become a main actor of the scene. This status was confirmed by the peer accolades of “Trainwreck Magnetism” (Ad Noiseam, 2011), featuring collaborations with µ-ziq, Hecq, Drumcorps and “End.User Shares Needles with The Teknoist” (Ad Noiseam, 2012) with End.User and Needle Sharing. In 2014, he manned the “Tank Alligator” (on Industrial Strength Records), a merciless combination of some of the hardest beats around with the most punk, ever changing attitude.
It seems impossible to get Miike Teknoist out of the studio. When he’s not writing his own tracks or practising for his sets, he runs the Ninja Columbo label (as well as its Our Fucking Jungle, Samurai Brylkreem and Fire Hammer sub labels), a house for not only his own music but also for material from Dolphin, Scheme Boy and countless other core legends and scene breakers.
There is a lot to discover in The Teknoist: hard beats, sudden breaks, crisp samples, a huge bass and most of all, an unequalled amount of energy. “A big fuck-off rave” is how this man’s music has been described, and it might just be the shortest, most of point way to introduce The Teknoist. We’re all invited. – Words by Nicolas Cheveraux
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