Milkplant is Justin Pennell, From 0-1 label founder and co-owner with longtime friend, Sone. Originally from the city of Milwaukee in the Midwest, he moved to Seattle in 2004 and in 2010 relocated to Oakland, California where he currently resides. With a solid twenty years of combined DJ and production experience, he’s witnessed many trends in electronic music come and go, but Techno has always been #1 for him since the beginning.
Skinny Puppy- Chainsaw (Josh Wink Remix) [Nettwerk Records]
Ben Klock- Check For Pulse [Ostgut Ton]
The Black Dog- Heavy Industry [Dust Science]
Milkplant & Si Moore- Proximity Shock [Unreleased]
Oscar Mulero- Inaccurated Information [Warm Up Recordings]
Unam Zetineb- Agmattore [Sonntag Morgen]
Planetary Assault Systems- GT (Function & Jerome Sydenham Remix) [Mote Evolver]
Tomy DeClerque- Z-Nasti (Sam Paganini Remix) [Phobiq]
Glenn Wilson- Eye Ear Drums [Compound]
Ben Sims- I Wanna Go Back, feat. Blake Baxter [Drumcode]
Mike Humphries- Tactical Recon (Glenn Wilson & Mattias Fridell Remix) [Mastertraxx]
Saytek- Mama Huaco’s Groove (Harvey McKay Remix) [Cubism]
Robert Hood- Bells At Dusk [M-Plant]
DJ T-1000- The Revenge (A.Paul Remix) [Pure Sonik]
Artist One- B1 [Black Sun Records]
Xhin- Incidental (Audio Injection & Drumcell Remix) [Apotek]
Milton Bradley- Distorted Reality [Do Not Resist The Beat]
AnD- ADBF [Black Sun Records]
Truncate- 21 [Truncate]
Mr. G- It Dub [Phoenix G]
Truncate- Contrasts (Santiago Salazar Remix) [Modularz]
DJ Hyperactive- Wide Open (Len Faki DJ Edit) [Figure]
5 Questions Interview:
What is your favorite piece of production gear and why?
I'd say the Waves SSL 4000 Series. Modern technology has come to the point to where engineers can now model the circuitry of a million dollar console and package it into a plug-in that costs less than a $1000, whilst still sounding virtually identical to the original gear. Pretty amazing! SSL consoles are known for their aggressive, transparent character- great for my production needs. That, and the package includes the G-Series Compressor, one of the most useful compressors ever invented. Many imitators, but nothing quite matches the SSL sound.
What are the best and worst things about running a techno label?
The worst things are when it feel like the work you've put into it for so many years isn't living up to your own expectations. That, and the time between releases when you wonder if any of the money, time, and effort is worth it. The best thing is seeing a fresh 12" come off the press and watching the artist reaction during it's promotional duration. It makes it worth all the painstaking work when you see artists from around the planet responding well to it. And of course the camaraderie between all the players in From 0-1. Brian and I could never do it without the hard work of all the artists involved.
What do you miss the most about the 'golden days' of rave?
There's a lot I miss. Too much to mention, but a few things that come to mind... the raw and intense energy of the Midwest rave scene, mindblowingly good dancers, DJing with vinyl only, the individualistic expression of style and substance, the diminished Techno politics as compared to today, driving ridiculous distances just to see a couple DJ's in some shitty warehouse, gigantic walls of bass, & Drop Bass Network.
What do you like most about the 'techno renaissance' in the US?
It's great to see American Techno finally coming into it's own again. In the 2000's so much energy died in the States. Now, it's coming back with a fury. Artists from so many cities across the nation are once again representing their individual locales, and with the help of social networking are connecting with one another in ways that were never possible. And although I loathe the new sound of 'EDM', all those kids who are into it now, will be the kids who eventually grow up and find Techno in the years down the line, so there's now hope where it once seemed our culture was all but running itself into an evolutionary cul-de-sac.
Tell us your funniest afterparty story...
2009, in Seattle. From 0-1 and Slant Records collaborated to throw the main Techno afterhours for Decibel Festival on Saturday night. We brought Soma artist, Harvey McKay out from Glasgow. It will forever go down in infamy for reasons which I will not divulge publicly. You had to be there. :)