"Most of the interesting music at the moment is being made in the U.S. and not in Europe. That’s an interesting development because it hasn’t been like that for years. It was always sort of London where the newer genres came from. But at the moment, there’s just a lot of exciting stuff happening in really random places. I mean there’s a guy from Kansas City, and he’s doing amazing music. Out of all these little pockets in the U.S., all of a sudden there’s people with drum machines marching and bringing all this really exciting new stuff. There’s also the sort of lo-fi side of things. It’s sort of like a counter-revolution to the Ableton era, where everyone made music and it all sort of sounded alike. And now you see everyone going back to recording stuff on cassettes and working with broken equipment just to give it a sort of much more raw edge. I mean that’s not necessarily very new because it’s been going on for a couple years, but it’s a really nice sort of balance with the really sort of sterile music that’s being made."
Marytn Interview and Mix in LWE
"The playfully coined the term "outsider house" is in reference to the outsider art phenomenon that champions untrained, "naive" artists from beyond the art world. Before long, it was being applied to any American producers whose tracks sounded like they’d been recorded backwards on a reel-to-reel recorder using sandpaper instead of tape."
Brief Overview of the US Outsider House/Techno Scene
"The world of noise music to me was always pretty separate from the world of techno. Obviously there were exceptions, but these scenes generally never crossed over. With that said I think now a lot of lines have been blurred and there probably is some intermingling, with noise scene people taking a shot at making some techno. Mind you, we’re speaking about NYC here, not the rest of the world. I mean, the fact that Mick Harris, drummer of one of the most legendary grindcore bands of all time [Napalm Death], also made some of the craziest Mills-esque techno in the ’90s says a lot. This fact would probably send some hesher living in his mom’s basement in Jersey to an early grave if he found out."
Ron Morelli of L.I.E.S. on Factmag
"I would see other labels and they’d release a record, nice and simple with a printed image on it. I thought, ‘Who can’t do this? Anyone can do it. I can do this.’"
DJ Richard of White Material featured as RA’s Label of the Month
"Because of the restrictions on our music, and our culture in the US, and our early bar closing times, our underground culture has always thrived. When clubs close at 2am, you are left with a need for more. People stay in the underground scene, because the clubs have nothing to offer us. It’s not easy, but our promoters and DJ’s have to be serious, have to be dedicated and have to be willing to risk things in order to present this music. For these reasons the fake and only interested in being cool people usually end up moving on quickly and don’t succeed. You can’t just do this because you have money, or because it’s the “cool” thing to do. You have to make this music and culture your life to survive in our city."
DVS1 Interview in Once Was Now