(house mix from Ted Krisko’s duo Ataxia)
Ted Krisko’s life is a reflection of his passion for music culture. He has spent over 20 years on stage as a performer at clubs, concert halls and festivals. As a musical jack of all trades, Krisko has lent his talents on guitar, bass, drums, & keys to a multitude bands throughout his life, before channeling his energies towards dance music.
Ted now resides as one half of production and DJ duo, Ataxia, who have been lauded to be “leading yet another generation of electronic innovators to come out of the Motor City”. The group has had prominent releases on labels like Culprit, Left’d/Leftroom and has an upcoming single on Stranjjur Records.
On his DJ resume, Ted holds residencies for TV Lounge in Detroit, as well as for Paxahau, the company behind Movement Electronic Music Festival. In addition to his residency for the Festival brand, Ataxia hosts “Movement Detroit Radio”, an internationally syndicated program on the iconic Proton Radio website. On a seemingly endless tour, Ataxia earned a spot on the Air London agency’s prestigious roster for their bookings, and can been seen at top venues all across the land.
Krisko describes his sound as “a la carte”, always keeping the time of day and the tempo and pace of the audience in the room on the top of his mind when selecting music to perform.
EMAIL INTERVIEW 03.07.14
Apart What / where / who was your first experience of electronic music?
Ted Krisko I had been to a Syst3m party at St. Andrew’s Hall in 1997, but only by proxy, as my punk band had been playing earlier in the evening at the infamous Shelter venue, the sub-level of St. Andy’s. Another rave I attended accidentally was Richie Hawtin’s release party for his Plastikman Consumed LP release party in May 1998 at a Masonic Temple in Pontiac, MI. The venue was across the street from an underground punk venue/vegan grocery store/collective that my band played at frequently. It was an extremely surreal environment transformation and outrageous sound. Like so many young Detroiters, Hawtin was my earliest influence on interfacing with dance music culture.
These past two experiences had me interested enough to finally drag some close friends and bandmates to a party on my 16th birthday, called fuckthesyst3m. It was a couple thousand people outdoors dancing till noon under the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to Windsor at an international border. The lineup was Scott Henry, Charles Feelgood, DJ Dan, Terry Mullan, DJ Dara, Magda & Jonny Saco. This was regarded by many to be one of, if not the best of all late 90’s era Detroit parties. It was also the first night I began my infatuation with being a promoter. Sweet 16!
Apart Tell us about your duo Ataxia – how did it start and what are you guys working on now?
Ted Krisko We started like many other techno artists, taking our punk ideals and bringing them into the synthesizer world. We just wrapped up two new remixes, one for Thoughtless Records, which is a remix for our Detroit homies Stone Owl. Another remix we just completed is for Evans on the newer Dilate imprint. We are stoked for both, as they’ll be our first venture into releasing Ataxia remixes of other artists.
Apart What are some of your recent productions on what labels?
Ted Krisko Our new EP is dropping on Stranjjur records next month which is a collab with a friend E. Spleece. The tune is called “Loves to Party”, and the remix package has mint versions from Inxec and S.K.A.M. Last summer we had our debut, “The No. 6 EP”, on Culprit LA, which was a collab with good friends Clarian & Cari Golden on vocal duties. Around the same time we released a tune called “This Secret” on the Left’d division of Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Records.