DJ Stingray's Dystopian Brand Of Electro Has Made Him A Dance Music Visionary
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Date: Monday 18 December 2017, 12:00 AM
Media: Mixmag

About the person DJ Stingray:
Art: Music
Genres: Electronic, Turntablism, Techno, Club, Detroit Electro, Rave, Neo Electro, Detroit Techno, Experimental Techno, Electro, Electronica, Dance, Experimental Electro, Experimental Electronic, Experimental
Notable Organizations: Mixmag
You’d be forgiven for expecting DJ Stingray to be one of the more intimidating figures in electronic music. A physically imposing character associated with a dark, dystopian brand of electro, and rarely seen without his trademark black balaclava, it takes just 30 seconds of conversation with him to dispel this preconception. The Detroit native is enjoying a new lease of life after relocating to Berlin last autumn: tearing up the best clubs on the continent week-in, week-out, curating a mix CD for Tresor’s Kern series and becoming a regular at Berghain. In a warm Midwest accent, he makes it clear he’s having no regrets about the big move. “I thought to myself, ‘Hey, if I’m in the capital of techno I should be able to play out more,” he explains. “And so far that’s what’s been happening.’” Real name Sherard Ingram, Stingray was initially taught to DJ by Kenny Dixon Jnr (aka Moodymann) in the mid-1980s. The pair soon found themselves holding down a regular slot at The Outcast, a hard-as-nails motorcycle club in North Detroit, and the club’s uncompromising clientele would have a profound impact on Ingram’s style of DJing.“Let’s just say I had to play some records quicker than others,” he laughs. The crowds at The Outcast were interested in hearing Miami bass and hip hop, so Stingray knew that if he wanted to play the techno and electro he was into, he would have to do so seamlessly and at breakneck speed – a method he has continued with ever since. “No-one plays electro like he does,” says Helena Hauff.
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