How can you have Techno Bass without Dynamix II? well...you can't! The release of the record "Techno Bass/Feel The Bass" on Chaos Records, sparked a trend in the sound of Electro Funk that would see the fusion of Detroit Techno and Miami Bass, taking the sound to a whole new level not seen or thought of before. This was to become a huge influence in AUX 88's development of Detroit Techno Bass and what would become the future of much of Electro altogether, influencing Europe and the rest of the world, eventually seeing the birth of the label "Breakin' Records"...the torch bearer of the new sound of Electro Funk in the late '90s, and a key factor in the sound of Techno Bass spreading back around to the US and beyond.
Founded in 1986 by David Noller and Lon "Ace In The Place" Alonzo, the group quickly signed to Bass Station Records and released the infamous hit "Just Give The DJ A Break", going gold and selling 600,000 copies to date in the US alone. Noller and Alonzo soon after dissolved their partnership, but not without making one last hit, one that would have a lasting impact on the sound of Electro Funk...the 1988 release on Chaos Records, "Techno Bass". The name of this record could easily be considered just a playful take on the name for Electro Funk, but it reflects something that has been a key factor in the development of the music, not just in its beginnings, but also in its eventual evolution...Detroit Techno! Although Techno, and what is commonly called Electro technically have somewhat different approaches to the production, mostly in terms of the beats, both names are usually used to describe Electronic Dance Music as a whole.
This is often a source of conflict between many of Electro Funk's die hards that do not understand that the words Electro and Techno have usually been to people of different countries and cultures, the same thing. A good example of this is how Juan Atkins, one of the most important electronic music pioneers, especially of the Electro Funk sound, never called his music anything but "Techno Music". Electro was a word that came from the UK and Europe, and was again, used to define electronic music just like the word Techno was in much of the US.
What all of this brings us to is that during the dying days of what is now considered Electro Funk, the group Dynamix II was helping to redefine the sound altogether and not just take it to the next step, but also help it re-unite with elements that either helped create this genre or splintered off of it to create something new. After Alonzo left the group, Dynamix II was briefly joined by Claudio Barella aka Debonaire, recording the hits "Bass Generator", and "Ignition", among many others. During this time, the birth of the label Dynamix II Records was to be seen, bringing back a reworked version of the original hit "Just Give The DJ A Break", as well as the incredible Dynamix II album, featuring the hits "Arrival Of Bass", and "Don't touch That Dial". Not very long after, Barella left the group to pursue his own solo career, opening up Debonaire Studios and producing a wide range of material for Miami Bass CDs, as well as many Hip Hop bands, domestically and abroad.
The group was eventually joined by its current and longest lasting member, Scott Weiser from the groups Jackal & Hyde and Industrial Bass Machine, to name a couple. Scott had been playing the piano since age 6, and had an avid fascination and knowledge of synthesizers, making him a perfect fit for the group, and helping to take it to levels beyond the imagination of any DII fan. Releases like "We Are Your Future", "Atomic Age", and "The Plastic Men", completely revolutionized the Electro/Techno scene, sending waves across to Europe and other parts of the world, making Dynamix II one of the key reasons that there was a resurgence in what is commonly termed as "Electro".
While there has been a slowing down of full releases by the duo, the two continue to have their material licensed on compilations as well as having done some remixes, like DJ Voodoo's "The Beat Don't Stop". The area where there has not been a slowing down, is on performances, where Dynamix II continues to pack dancefloors and arenas, leaving spectators baffled and craving for more with their unique and unforgettable acts. Always performing with all of their studio gear live, it is quite a sight to see. Truly a beautiful symbol of how man and machine can truly be one and create things simply unimaginable to the human mind.
Written by: Santino Fernandez