I feel like I’ve been listening to your music for so much longer. The first song I ever heard was your remix of Virtual Self’s ‘a.i.ngel‘. I saved it on February, 19th, 2018. It was a perfect banger. To simply put, that song fucked. I searched high and low for more songs by you but little did I know, you had only switched from your Fawks project to i_o not long ago.
You were my first foray into techno. All of the sudden it wasn’t this monotonous kick drum with no build ups or drops. I know snobs will argue this isn’t real techno or whatever bullshit but it was my gateway that eventually brought me to Amelie Lens, Nur Jaber, Dax J, UMEK, etc.
Despite only hearing ‘a.i.ngel’ and not much else between February and August, when I saw you were doing a show at Halcyon, I made my friend James come out with me and literally two minutes into the club, we both looked at each other and were like, “HOLY SHIT THIS GUY IS REALLY FUCKING GOOD.”
I was hooked after that. Once you started releasing music, I forced it on everyone and tried (without much success) to drag people to your shows. My partner was skeptical about techno when I first met him until I sent him your songs and was eventually able to get him to listen to other techno sets with me. One of our favorite moments was at the Gorge when Above & Beyond dropped your ‘Alchemy’ remix that you had JUST released a day ago.
In the span of a little over a year, I’ve been lucky enough to catch your shows in Austin twice and Dallas once and your b2b with No Mana at EDC, and all the ones in the bay minus the one this February because I told myself it was time to slow down. I will forever regret it now but I’m grateful to have caught you as many times as I did and was able to see you one last time this year.
Till then, I’ll keep moving my feet cause I know I can’t be the only one.