I – Labels
The year is 1988, it’s four o’clock a.m. A young teen finds himself immersed in a small crowd of dancing heads being corralled into a state of musical bliss at an after hours on Broadway downtown Detroit. The room is completely unlit except for a single strobe light flickering on and off, exposi
The year is 1988, it’s four o’clock a.m. A young teen finds himself immersed in a small crowd of dancing heads being corralled into a state of musical bliss at an after hours on Broadway downtown Detroit. The room is completely unlit except for a single strobe light flickering on and off, exposing the smiling faces of happy club-goers. The music is strange and new. The programmed rhythms pulsate while the d.j. works the crowd in a booth fifteen feet above the floor. The venue is The legendary Music Institute where Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson began their now worldwide d.j. careers. This is the club where they first tested their dub plates which have since become unforgettable, and sought after classics. The teen is one obscure and curious Tony Ollivierra, who credits the Music Institute as one of his primary influences, which helped spark his musical journey. Today, twenty years later, Tony Ollivierra who goes by Ibex, continues the tradition of expanding musical horizons and bringing only the most provocative sounds to the dance floor. He has held down residencies at various venues in the Detroit area including The Nectarine in Ann Arbor, now The Necto. At this venue, in the early 90’s with his own promotion, Tony managed to pack the place in a matter of weeks, attracting people all the way from Detroit. Even Derrick May made a few appearances to check out the sound being delivered. Tony also headlined for seven years at Detroit’s St.Andrews/ The Shelter for the Three floors of fun friday night. He has produced dance tracks for Terrence Parker, and also Carl Craig’s Planet E label, which gained worldwide respect and took him overseas to Tokyo and London to introduce his sound. He has spun everything from techno/house, to hip hop, dub, disco, new wave, D&B and classics. Right now Ibex remains focused primarily on electronic dance music. His preferred sound can be described as rhythmic and driving, yet very evolved. Music that moves the body as well as the soul. His studio productions range from minimal to the obscure, constantly re-inventing the classic Detroit sound. His d.j. sets are unforgettable, leading crowds into an elevated state of openness utilizing carefully selected, top choice dance music.