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John Tejada

About this Artist

Normally associated with his techno peers from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere in the world, JOHN TEJADA has embraced electronic music as a personal frontier, expanding on his formidable resume as a techno recording artist as producer and remixer, DJ, and label owner (Palette Records). With dozens of singles, remixes, film and TV work, plus contributions to countless CDs, his development has born a slew of tracks deeply informed by his uncompromised aesthetic of diligent production which finds its roots in Detroit Techno, but references a far broader range of music, both in and outside of electronic music. John grew up in family of performing artists--his mother a soprano singer and his father a Viennese composer/conductor – so while his musically formative years were steep in classical music, he began playing piano and drums as a child, and eventually grew to include hip hop, DJ’ing and finally, electronic music to his always-broadening musical sensibility.

Known for crafting a brand of subtle musical techno, his recorded output ranges across tempo and genre lines, from chilled out affairs with spacious arrangements to pulsating, densely layered, deeply energetic tracks that work magnificently in the hands of DJs as well as on the home stereo. Earlier on, his music found release on labels such as A13, Multiplex and Generation R&S. Following those successes, he established his own imprint, Palette, in Los Angeles, in 1996, and has enjoyed years of steady growth and recognition. The label has served as an exclusive outlet for not only his output, but also has recently begun to expand its roster. He has also continued to record for other labels such as Pokerflat, Plug Research, Seventh City, Playhouse and others, often in collaboration since 1991 with Arian Leviste; alongside these numerous singles, has also produced albums for Playhouse, Palette, Plug Research, deFocus, Moods and Grooves, Immigrant and A13.