The GOAT is the alias of Chris Marcinkiewicz, a Vancouver-based DJ and producer delivering peak-time, after-hours techno steeped in minimalism and dark, abstract textures.
Marcinkiewicz has been performing throughout Western Canada since the mid 2000’s, and shared the stage with artists like Chris Liebing, Layton Giordani, D-Unity, Ramon Tapia, Kevin Saunderson, Dave Angel, and Claude Young.
Like the artists he’s played alongside, The GOAT’s original productions and DJ sets combine the stripped down, primal nature of minimal techno with the dynamic flair of experimental electronica. It’s a style that was inspired by his early days as a punk and thrash drummer, travels to Berlin and Eastern Europe, and the rapidly burgeoning techno scene of the Canadian West.
It was his experiences as a live musician, in particular, that shaped his focus on texture. B ands like Minor Threat, At The Drive-In, and The Locust captivated Marcinkiewicz with their ability to harmonize what many would perceive as noise, elements like distorted chords, seemingly chaotic drumming, and the coarseness of a scream.
This philosophy of using dissonance as an instrument was on full display in the Flout EP, Marcinkiewicz’s first release as The GOAT. Shortly after its release, the Flout EP entered Beatport’s Top 100 Techno Releases chart, and climbed to the top 10 on the Top 100 Minimal Releases. Marcinkiewicz has since followed it up with releases on European imprint Credo, UNT Records, Techno.Black, Groundwerk Recordings, and Re:Define Records.