Off-key Industries is a UK based techno(ish) label, founded in 2005 and run by Matt O’Brien primarily as a vehicle to release music by himself and close associates. Our releases are characterised by a bloody minded approach which has seen us release what we want, when we want and how we want. We don’t have a busy release schedule because this isn’t our job and we don’t use the label to promote any DJ careers.
Influenced as much by the DIY attitude, freedom and hedonism of the UK rave scene as the Detroit and Chicago innovators, we reject the greyscale, austere aesthetic which a lot of techno labels wrap around themselves like a comfort blanket. With further forays into the unknown planned for 2019, blah, blah, blah, yeah you get the idea. Thanks.
Matt O’Brien follows in a long and proud tradition of British techno eccentrics. Like Cristian Vogel and Neil Landstrumm before him, O’Brien views electronic music through an alternative prism to most of his peers. A punk band member before he was bitten by the techno bug, Matt brings a rawness to his dance floor productions on the sporadic but always consistent Off-Key Industries label.
Matt has also brought his grimy techno production touch to remixes for The Subliminal Kid, Efdemin and Roberto Bosco and has also ventured beyond the Off-Key stable for releases on Rekids, Platzhirsch Schallplatten and most recently Curle. However, his dalliances with other outlets remain nothing more than occasional. At a time when the number of weekly releases is staggeringly high, O’Brien’s erratic release schedule, hardware-based production approach and gritty techno sound are refreshingly old school.
- Words by Richard Brophy