1. Velvet Cacoon: “Bette Noir” Full Moon Productions
1. Plastikman: “EXplore” Minus
2. JPLS: “Fall Off Distance (LA4A Rmx)” Delft
3. Matrixxman: “The Caravan” Spectral Sound
4. Counrad: “Tessuto” Amam
5. Musemeci “III” Engrave Ltd
6. Monobox: “Film” M-Plant
7. Eddie Amador & Alex Costa: “New Sound” KMS
8. Todd Terry presents Sound Design: “Bounce To The Beat (Noah Pred Raw Future Edit)” Hard Times
9. Deepchild: “Haitian Rum Runner” Face 2 Face
10. Kramnik: “Flex (Cari Lekebusch Remix)”
11. DJ Rush: “Just Let It Do” Knee Deep
12. Thomas Heckmann: “So Schoen War Die Zeit (Al Ferox Remix)” AFUltd.
13. Skober: “Step Outside” Secret Room Records
14. Raíz: Transcend 2 VRV
15. Emmanuel: “Rust” Enemy
16. Hans Bouffmyhre & Flug: “Common Interests” Sleaze
17. Cleric: “Equinox” ARTS
18. JGarett: “Monochrome Pusher (Luis Flores Remix)” Eternal Drive Recordings
19. Gary Beck: “Hold Up” Bek Audio
20. Slam: “Rekal” Bek Audio
21. Jesse Jakob: “Jaak” Stockholm LTD
22. Dajae: “U Got Me Up (Jamie Anderson Edit)”
23. Alex Under: “Nao ha macieiras no pais da sidra” Soniculture
24. Bryan Zentz: “Dialers” Minus
25. Elmar Strathe: “Moon” Minus
26. Robert Hood: “Eleven” M-Plant
27. Raw District ft. Ladybird: “Those Lies” Brique Rouge
28. Kyle Geiger: “The Turning Point” Cubera
29. L.B. Dub Corp: “Ever And Forever” Ostgut-Ton
30. Gary Clail & On U-Sound System: “Beef (The Future Mix 12” Version)
31. Pailhead: “I Will Refuse” Waxtrax!
32. The Damned: “Love Song” Chiswick Records
1. You are originally from Virginia where you came up in the punk/hardcore scene. From there, what drew you into electronic music?
Funny you should bring that up! The tail-end of the podcast sort of goes back in time and explains that in reverse. If the listener sticks around for the last ten minutes or so you’ll see what I mean: Housey Industrial to Industrialy Hardcore to one of my early high-school Punk anthems.
Even before I got into Punk I was interested in Kraftwerk, Human League, Missing Persons and lots of that early 80’s synth music which actually led me to Punk/Hardcore. Around that same time I started listening to early Hip Hop as well. The radio stations in Virginia that played Hip Hop also played club music late at night, so I was hearing Chicago House, Hip House, Acid and stuff like that. A friend turned me on to Skinny Puppy which seemed to be a combination of all these things I liked—and I sought out more music in that vein. Certain groups like On-U Sound System bridged the gap between Industrial music and House—so really all of these genres are in some way connected for me. I saw a lot of similarities in the Techno/Electronic music scene to the Punk/HC scene in that they were both very Do-It-Yourself and done on their own terms at the time (xerox zines / vinyl / independent distribution / etc).
2. You’ve maintained a pretty prolific output for the last, nearly, 2 decades. What is some of the art, music, etc. that keeps you motivated today?
Well, my output has definitely slowed down over the years but I am constantly finding inspiration in things new and old.
Art-wise I am big fan of the Dada movement. It’s really had such an impact on graphic design, activism, and even the art of sampling and sound collage. Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitters, and John Heartfield are all favorites who motivate my art as well as music.
Music wise I find motivation in lots of different genres: Dub, Industrial, House, Doom, Funk, Techno, Black Metal, Hardcore, Experimental, Hip Hop, Blues… Whatever.
Robert Hood, Wolves In The Throne Room, Burial Hex, Soft Metals, King Tubby, Jimi Hendrix, Deepchild, Negura Bunget, and Cabaret Voltaire are all equally inspiring to me. What I find most interesting is when artists say fuck it to conventions and blur the lines between genres or push the boundaries a bit further.
What is happening in the world and in my life (both good and bad) have always fueled the creativity as well.
3. There have been some great releases and remixes from you recently on labels like Minus, AmAm, Thoughtless, etc.. What do you have coming up in the pipeline?
Thanks! I have a few remixes coming up. I just did a couple for fellow Portlander JAK which will be released on Trapez this year. I am really excited for JAK’s release and have been a long time fan of that label. Also, remixes for Jay Zoney and the UK synth duo Rescue A Family are coming. Other than that, I’ve been working on a project that is more experimental, as well as getting back to some of my own techno stuff.
4. Any chance of future Barada/Bryan Zentz live sets, or possibly a resurrection of Disruptor?
Oh man… It’s been almost a decade since I’ve done one of those. I’m not even sure of how I would go about doing it these days as my setup and way of making music has changed so much. It does cross my mind pretty often though… maybe one of these days (I think I said that last time) : P
About Disruptor: I think that label will probably continue resting in peace in the Techno label graveyard. The goal with that was to fuse different influences: mainly Dub music with Techno but in a different way than say the Basic Channel school (though I’m obviously a huge fan of that approach). The label pretty much died when my distributor went under. Nowadays, there seems to be plenty of things Dub related out and about—I don’t really know how Disruptor would fit into the scheme of things and if there would be a need for it. Having a label again would be cool though, mainly to be able to present things a certain way. But I would probably start with something fresh and new.
5. Outside of music, what else do you like to do in your free time?
When there is free time to be had, I mainly ride my bike, rent movies, try and keep my cats out of trouble, sometimes be social, sometimes be antisocial, drink overpriced coffee drinks, check out a show or club here and there, and do my best to remain mindful. And on that note, the movie rental recommendation of the month is: The Railway Man.
Bryan Zentz is a music fanatic, producer, DJ, and artist living in the Pacific Northwest of the US. He has been making electronic music for over two decades, drawing from a wide array of influences. Bad Brains, Skinny Puppy, Basic Channel, Amebix, Robert Hood, Plastikman, Jeff Mills, Cajmere, Human League, Mantronix, Cabaret Voltaire, Inner City, Marley Marl, Kraftwerk and Mad Professor have all held a special place in his heart and ear.
Imprints such as EXperimental, Definitive, Jericho, Soma, Intec, CMYK Musik, Thoughtless, and Plus 8 among many others have released his recordings over the years. He is honored to have had his music featured in the playlists of a diverse range of DJs: from John Peel to Francois Kevorkian, Anja Schneider to Robert Hood. As a DJ and live performer, his sets have taken him across the world to legendary venues: Twilo (Nyc), Fabric (London), Womb (Tokyo), The Rex (Paris), as well as festivals like I Love Techno and The Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
Bryan currently resides in rainy Portland Oregon where he rides his bike, collects books on design & typography, and eats the occasional vegan donut.