Founded in 1994 in the city of Detroit by natives Brian Jeffries (DJ Godfather), Brian Gillespie (DJ Starski), and DJ Dick, Twilight 76 quickly became the segway from the second wave of Electro Funk and Techno in its Techno Bass form, as we marched into the 2000's into what is considered as the "Third Wave" of our music.
Signing major acts such as MAS 2008, Will Web, DJ Assault, and Keith Tucker to name a few, the label's impact during its vinyl days was obvious, yet after the downfall of vinyl sales in the mid-2000's the label became one of the first major Techno Bass labels to become digital-only; thriving for some time, but eventually leading to the closing of its doors around 2012.
Releasing their first title in 1996 with DJ Godfather's "Work That!" 12", the label continued its output consistently throughout the rest of the year following up with titles like Sekter 17 "Avoid All Contact E.P.", as well as Digitek's "Hi Tek E.P."; not to mention a flurry of Godfather releases like his classic "Pump", as well as "Late Nite", and "Scientific E.P.". Throughout the rest of the '90s, the label grew constinously, releasing classic titles like MAS 2008's "Mad In Germany" and "Contaminated Material", and Godfather's "Aliens Got My 808".
As we entered the 2000's, Twilight 76, well positioned as a strong Detroit imprint, became an important asset in helping the sound carry on as it continued to evolve from its Techno Bass heyday, into the obscurity of the late '90s with artists like Anthony Rother and Dopplereffekt, beyond into the new millennium; helping to show that the particular style of funk and soul that had been there at one point, was not lost. As many newcomers and old school freaks alike began to reunite through the internet and mediums like Electro Empire and Electro Alliance, the label found itself in the middle of a revolution of sound that had influences coming in from all corners of the world...and from all walks of life!
As the so called Digital Revolution got underway, the label once again positioned itself to become one of the first digital-only Electro Bass imprints, opening doors to many more international artists, and an even wider range of sound and styles not heard before during its vinyl only phase. Kicking things off in 2008 with DJ Di'jital's "The Prototype", the label then followed with Siberian wizard Alavux's "Munke Konza" E.P., as well as DJ Godfather's "Electro Bounce". While label operations in the digital domain were short-lived, its influence over the early days of our music's "Digital" days is undeniable, and still to this day having its effect as some of these releases are still considered classic download titles.
Its unknown exactly why the label decided to close doors, or if perhaps it is just in a state of hiatus. However, while friendships have prevailed, differences always arise and with the leaving of DJ Omega as part of the label's "Electro Bounce" distribution system, not to mention the ceasing of output for a few years now, it seems safe to say that at least for now Twilight 76 is in Hyper Sleep. The remaining crew, composed primarily of DJ Godfather, Starski, and DJ Dick, continue on with the imprint's Ghettotech sub-labels Databass and Juke Traxx, focusing on a style that is unfortunately much more prevalent than the class and depth of Techno Bass music. Hopefully at some point we will see Twilight 76 return, even better yet when we see a rise in interest in one of the oldest styles of Electro music, and one that time and time again has proven itself for its ingenuity and innovation: Techno Bass!
Written by: Santino Fernandez