Roland’s iconic TR-909 has often imitated but never duplicated. Partially analog, partially sample-based, the 909, which made history as the first MIDI-equipped drum machine, was introduced in 1984. While only 10,000 units were manufactured, this lil’ beige box gave forward-thinking producers in Chicago, New York, Detroit and London the ability to collectively forge the blueprint of hip-hop, house and techno.
All these years later the 909’s influence continues to be heard. We asked producers intimate with the Roland TR-909 to wax poetic about this magical machine that’s been the heartbeat of several generations.
Nettwerk Records has signed Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Andy Caldwell to its roster of artists. “With infectious grooves and fabulous vocalists, Nettwerk Music Group is very honored to help electronic music fans the world over discover Andy’s music,” said Mark Jowett, VP of International A&R/Publishing at Nettwerk, in a statement.
Caldwell’s signing comes after he received a 2014 Grammy nomination earlier this month for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for Delerium’s “Days Turn Into Nights,” from the Canadian act’s most recent studio album, Music Box Opera.
Said Caldwell of his nomination, “It’s always an honor to receive a Grammy nomination from your peers. I plan to fully relish in this milestone achievement; it’s not the kind of thing that happens just any old day. I’m now one step closer to my ultimate goal of winning a Grammy! No rest for the wicked.”
Those in the know will recall that Caldwell rose from San Francisco’s house scene in the early ’00s, producing for Om Records and assorted imprints — including his own Uno Recordings — before relocating to Los Angeles and expanding his sound to a more mainstream one.
Caldwell will release his new single on Nettwerk in 2014.