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A life so far

Tony Ollivierra grew up inside electronic music. His love affair began with the radio, with shows from the likes of Electrifying Mojo and Red Alert (when Ollivierra lived in New Jersey for a year). One of the greatest catalysts for Tony was getting into the legendary Music Institute and chilling in the DJ booth when he was underage: “My brother Neil worked at Transmat, so he was able to sneak me in. Man, to see that music then.”

Tony’s first regular DJ gig was at the Nectarine Ballroom, playing techno, hip hop and dancehall in the basement with Kraig Terzag, having some of the hypest nights that club had seen since Jeff “The Wizard” Mills. Later he played hip hop at Three Floors of Fun for years; in 1995 he began production, releasing his first musical explorations with Terrence Parker’s Intangible. Tony’s played a good part in the Detroit bohemian loft scene, spinning at Sharif’s early parties, and now collaborating with Matt “Recloose” Chicoine and Scott Zacharias on a yet-to-be-named label.

Tony’s latest production, IBEX on Planet E, is the kind of innovation that comes from somebody who grows up in the culture, someone who is so comfortable with its progression that evolution is only natural. This new record has him showing his advancement as a musician and as a listener with truly open-minded jams. The gem of the record is “Oasis” where, through a mesh of styles and sounds, he creates a new loft anthem. Carl Craig’s dub shows what would happen if New Orleans bounce collided with Fela, then burst into wildly psychedelic disco. This is absolutely invigorating future music, and perhaps the best Planet E record of the year, a real return to force.

The IBEX “Oasis-Box Choy” 12-inch will be available on Planet E, September 19. You can find more information on the freshly launched Planet E Web site,

Hot days, hot nights

No. 1, it’s another end of the summer, and that means there’s another Dally in the Alley, and it’s the second year for the Urban Electronica Stage. Presented by Detroit Street Productions (aka, this is an all-day, free electronic stage featuring world-class talent from the likes of Spacelings & Bassheads (live), Ghost 200 (live), DJ Assault, BMG of Ectomorph, Suburban Knight, Champtown w/D’Phuzion (live hip hop), Lauren Flax & Sonya, Derek Plaslaiko & Keith Kemp (six-turntable tag team) and Twonz, among others. The real treat here is that the music will be amped through one of Burst’s best systems, making the sound of this outdoor party perfect. It all happens 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. More info at

No. 2, “Can You Handle the Truth?” a benefit for Anthony “Shake” Shakir in his fight against multiple sclerosis, will be held at Motor on Saturday, Sept. 16. Shake is a techno legend and a true music innovator going back to the early days of Detroit techno and into the future with his visionary label, Frictional Recordings. The benefit is being put together by and features Alan “DJ T1000” Oldham and Terrence “Mixmaster X” Parker, with all the profits going to Anthony Shakir in support of his fight. Alan Oldham says, “The folk music guys do this kind of thing all the time, why not us?” More info at

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