Alan Oldham was born in Detroit, Michigan at the vanguard of its techno revolution. A self-taught comic artist, he was recognized by childhood friend Derrick Ma ...
Alan Oldham was born in Detroit, Michigan at the vanguard of its techno revolution. A self-taught comic artist, he was recognized by childhood friend Derrick May for his futuristic illustrations, and was commissioned to complete artwork for May’s first single, Nude Photo, on Transmat Records in 1986. Oldham’s penchant for sci-fi imagery and forward-thinking design further embedded him in the burgeoning Detroit techno scene, where he proceeded to work with Kevin Saunderson on his logo for KMS Records, and one year later, with Underground Resistance, where he spearheaded all PR and graphic design.
Oldham fused his artistic proclivities with his passion for music when he started his own minimal techno show on WDET-FM, aptly named “Fast Forward”. The program, which ran from 3 – 6am, featured avant-garde music from his friends, and particularly from Jeff Mills and his colleagues at Underground Resistance. Oldham garnered attention for his selections and began to pursue a career in DJing and music production under the moniker DJ T-1000, a nod to the 1991 movie Terminator 2.
Oldham’s music, like his artwork, brought forth elements of science fiction, modernism, and futuristic black funk. Beginning in the 1990s, Oldham proceeded to pioneer minimal techno sounds with releases on his own imprints, Generator and Pure Sonik Records, as well as an album on Tresor in 1999. As he met leaders in the European music scene, he simultaneously expanded his cadre of artistic work, creating graphics for musicians such as Ben Sims, Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug, Cisco Ferreira, and for labels including Djax-Up-Beats, Astralwerks, Third Ear Recordings, Opilec Music, and Delsin Records.
Oldham currently lives and works in Berlin, where he DJs and makes artwork that is regularly showcased on the international stage. His ongoing goal, he claims, is to spread the futuristic message of Detroit techno, and to impact his audience in a positive way.