Producer, DJ, A&R, and label boss to one of dance music’s most boundary pushing labels, Ryan Crosson is a true child of the Motor City. A rich musical output stepped in the post-apolcalyptic landscapes and dark warehouses of his native Metro Detroit, Ryan has feasted on a steady diet of M_nus style minimal techno and the sounds of Plastikman to Matthew Dear, from Magda to Villalobos, influences which marked the creation of one of the most enduring and forward-thinking producers in underground house and techno.
Since Ryan’s first release in 2005 on Cologne’s Trapez imprint, he’s gone on to put out material out on some of the most diverse and groundbreaking labels including M_nus, Telegraph and Wagon Repair, and has established himself as a remixer of the finest order. His recent Pezzner remix released on Marc Romboy’s Systematic is evidence of Ryan’s vast abilities to rework. In the studio, Ryan’s production and sampling practices depart from the world of electronic music by referencing musique concrete, 1970’s funk, and East African jazz. His dedication to the constant renewal of his distinct sound has established him as one of a new-swathe of risk-taking producers in house and techno. Other recent triumphs include genre-busting sonic experiments that make up his recent DRM album collaboration with Cesar Merveille released at the start of the year on Visionquest.
As joint label head-honcho alongside Lee Curtis and Shaun Reeves, Ryan is responsible for the day to day running of what has rapidly become one of dance music’s most cherished imprints. Between them, Ryan and his partners in Visionquest have honed a whole new landscape of lush, organic techno and more esoteric leftfield electronica. Today in 2014, Ryan’s been behind the construction of Visionquest’s newest venture- their digital arm and sub-label Brachtune. With first release under Brachtunes release coming from Leftroom hed honcho Matt Tolfrey, this marks a new and exciting chapter in the Visionquest story.
Ryan’s relentless tour schedule sees him continue to play some of the world’s best parties, both for his own DJ sets and as part of the Visionquest trio. His long-standing love affair with Ibiza following Visionquest’s DC10 takeovers in 2012 has been rediscovered this year with his new residency at Amnesia’s Music: On, and with other forthcoming dates including Space for ‘We Love’. Other notable dates will see Visionquest showcases drop at London’s Fabric and Glasgow’s The Arches.
With 2015 hailing a forthcoming solo album for Ryan, the future looks increasingly bright for one of dance music’s most exploratory underground producers.
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