john tejada

Normally associated with his peers in Techno from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere in the US and 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. With dozens of singles, remixes, some film and TV work and contributions to sample CDs to his credit, this recent expansion has born a slew of tracks deeply informed by his uncompromised aesthetic honed over years 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. His musically formative years were steeped in Classical music, growing up in family of performing artists–his mother a soprano singer and his father a conductor which then widened to include hip hop, DJing and finally, electronic music.

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 on to those successes, he established his own imprint, Palette, in Los Angeles, in 1996, and has enjoyed seven years of steady growth and recognition. The label has served as an exclusive outlet for his own prodigious output but has recently begun to expand its roster. He has also continued to record for other labels such as Plug Research, Seventh City, Moods and Grooves, deFocus, Sino and others, often in collaboration with 12 year long collaborator Arian Leviste, and alongside these numerous singles, has also produced eight albums; two for A13, Palette and one each for deFocus, Plug Research, Moods and Grooves and Playhouse.

selected discography

John Tejada: Disruption (A13)
John Tejada: Custom (Generations/R&S)
John Tejada: The J Is Silent (Multiplex)
John Tejada: Slogan (Organized Noise)
John Tejada: The Outer Circle (Organized Noise)
John Tejada: Waxing (Palette)
John Tejada: The Ebonics EP (Palette)
John Tejada: 12 Volts Of Soft Spread (Palette)
John Tejada: Malnutritioned Massage (Palette)
John Tejada: The Walk (Palette)
John Tejada: Too Bad The Scene Is Dead (Palette)
John Tejada: City Of Drumrolls, City Of Headaches (Palette)
John Tejada: Genre EP (Palette)
John Tejada: Watching & Waiting EP (Palette)
John Tejada: Music for Doubles (Palette)
John Tejada: Music for Doubles VIP Mixes (Palette)
John Tejada: Western Starland (Palette)
John Tejada: Music for Doubles Bip (Palette)
John Tejada: Sonic Life (Ferox)
John Tejada: Selling Memories (Residual)
John Tejada: The Blue Dawn (Seventh City)
John Tejada: To Lead A Secret Life (Seventh City)
John Tejada: Significant Numbers (Seventh City)
John Tejada: Timebomb (Seventh City)
John Tejada: Timebomb VIP (Seventh City)
John Tejada: The Matrix Of Us (deFocus)
John Tejada: Mating Rhythm (Immigrant)
John Tejada: Antithesis (Sino)
John Tejada: Streetmatik EP (Fenetik/Soma)
John Tejada: Song Forms and Freedom (mosaic)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: 2 Speakers Dream (Palette)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: 6 Hits of Sunshine (Palette)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: In a Free Lane (Palette)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: Firefly (Palette)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste:
Where Circles Begin (Moods & Grooves)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste:
Focus and Temper (Immigrant Records)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: Memoria Technica (Palette)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: Emo (Pornflake)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: Syntax Free (Playhouse)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste It’s Only Music (Groovetech)
John Tejada & Titonton Duvante:
Only for the Freaky Ones (Palette)
Mr. Hazeltine: On the Avenue (Plug Research)
Mr. Hazeltine: Advanced Engines (Plug Research)
Mr. Hazeltine Feat. Divine Styler: The Pressure (Plug Research)
John Tejada: Roq It (Palette)

Lucid Dream: Pure Punk (A13)
John Tejada: Little Green Lights & Four Inch Faders (A13)
John Tejada: The Matrix Of Us (deFocus)
John Tejada: Backstock (Palette)
John Tejada: Daydreams In Cold Weather (plug research)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: The Dot and the Line (Moods & Grooves)
John Tejada & Arian Leviste: Fairfax Sake (Playhouse)
John Tejada: More Backstock (Palette)

Mix CDs:
John Tejada: Plus Mix - Los Angeles (Plus/Technasia)

Drum and Bass Projects:
2 Cities: Concrete Vein (Commercial Suicide)
2 Cities: Tech Has Taken Over Me (Phunckateck)
J.T.: Reset All Devices (Socio)
J.T.: Autoresponder (Krush Grooves)
John Tejada & Rusta: Substance sessions 1 (Sonikore 001)
Klute & John Tejada: No Trust (Violence)
Polar & John Tejada: Something/Nothing (Metaformal)