Australian fans of more leftfield, experimental techno can look forward to a tour from one of the pioneers of the sound, Karl O’Connor, in March. Touring as a live support act for MY DISCO under his Sandra Electronics alias, DJ sets in Melbourne and Sydney have now also been announced. For these shows, O’Connor will perform as Regis, a name many will recognise as one half of British Murder Boys and Sandwell District. This will mark the very first time Regis has DJ’ed in Australia, having only been down under once before for a run of live shows as Sandwell District.
An active DJ, producer, label owner, and live performer for over two decades, Regis is one of the most highly regarded and influential artists to come out of Britain’s techno scene. His influence on the style has been felt for years, and he continues to innovate and push boundaries even to this day. As both a solo producer and one half of the infamous British Murder Boys with fellow UK legend Surgeon, he was responsible for helping establish and propagate the “Birmingham” techno sound, which took influences from the city’s industrial roots and melting pot of musical styles to create a darker, grittier, and more nihilistic take on techno. Sandwell District, his duo and label with Function explored the deeper, more minimalistic end of his musical spectrum, showcasing the breadth of his talent as well as introducing artists like Silent Servant.
His DJ sets transcend typical club-ready techno, taking in elements of industrial, breakbeat, EBM, drone, and ambient music, while retaining the grit, misanthropy and aggression that characterise his productions. It’s no surprise then that he has played at every significant techno club and event in the world, from Smartbar in Chicago to Rex Club in Paris, and both Tresor and Berghain in Berlin. Over the last 25 years his label Downwards – co-owned with Female – has put out music by diverse, talented artists such as Silent Servant, Samuel Kerridge, and JK Flesh, as well as had music licensed to seminal techno compilations like Jeff Mills’ “Live At Liquid Room” mix.
Regis is truly the kind of artist who epitomises the spirit of techno: anti-establishment, fiercely unique, and uncompromising in his vision. Full tour dates and ticket links below.
KARL O’CONNOR 2019 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
March 1st – MY DISCO, Sandra Electronics @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
March 1st – Hex Yellow, Immersion, Charades Feat. Regis (Downwards) @ Civic Underground, Sydney
March 2nd – MY DISCO, Sandra Electronics @ Geddes Lane, Melbourne
March 2nd – Regis @ Subclub, Melbourne