COMPOUND

COMPOUND COMPOUND: (n.) something formed by a union of elements or parts COMPOUND sees INCOGNITO, WORK by 6AM, Dirty Epic & Synthetik Minds come together as the culmination of years of collaboration and nurturing of the Los Angeles underground scene.
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For years the minds behind INCOGNITO, WORK by 6AM, Dirty Epic and Synthetik Minds have been working to forward the underground techno and house music scenes in our home of Los Angeles and beyond. We have always believed that collaboration unites the creative voices of multiple equal partners who share a common vision and mission to create something that is bigger than the sum of its parts. It is through years of such collaborative efforts that the four brands now unite their passion and efforts to present COMPOUND in LA, beginning with our launch event on November 11th, 2017.

Operating as usual

11/13/2020
Drumcell x Speedy J - LIVE

This Sunday drumcell and Speedy J are syncing up for a remote jam on www.twitch.tv/stoorlab

Season 2 of Stay Home Soundsystem. This Sunday STOOR will connect Rotterdam with Los Angeles for a fully improvised session.

SHS 23 Drumcell x Speedy J live

Date: Nov 15th, 2020
Time: 11am PST / 8PM CET

3 years ago this morning LA came together for the first edition of COMPOUND featuring Perc, Headless Horseman, Developer...
11/12/2020

3 years ago this morning LA came together for the first edition of COMPOUND featuring Perc, Headless Horseman, Developer, and dela Moon!

COMPOUND was the result of the decision to come together to create something bigger and more special for the LA techno community, and your support since that very first event has been out of this world.

We can’t wait to be back LA 🖤

x - INCOGNITO, Dirty Epic, 6AM, Synthetik Minds

No lies here
10/19/2020

No lies here

The maestro speaks #lacompound
10/12/2020

The maestro speaks #lacompound

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07/06/2020

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Warning - This is a long one. Please do not comment if you can't take the time to read all the way through the post and please stay respectful when discussing these issues.

I want to make a post on something disturbing that I have seen in the last few days.

Over the last 30 years, our music scene has become more about entertainment and much less about art and revolution. We must remember that many of our elder artist and early supporters were revolutionaries, not only in music/art/creativity, but also in their voices and struggles. We have quickly forgotten where this music comes from, what it means to many of our party-goers, and what it takes to keep things safe within our communities. I’ve touched on these things in a few interviews and most recently in a presentation as part of the S.O.S. initiative about the safe places our clubs and venues should be.
( https://www.supportorganizesustain.org/ )

Jeff Mills, who is one of the leading Black techno artists in the world, one of the founders of UR (Underground Resistance) and a leading voice in music as a TRUE art form, recently changed his profile picture to a Black Lives Matter image. After posting this image, many people have gone on to argue that “All Lives Matter” and jumped to say they are leaving his page because he has posted that as his image. I won’t get into the all the details or seemingly aggressive comments in the thread, but I wanted to take a minute to discuss this topic and the realization that I had after reading so many short sighted comments.
(original thread here https://bit.ly/2O1ScNA )

As a white male, who is also involved in a music scene founded by Black Artists, I have some thoughts to pose to the music community.

First, I want to address the issue of Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter. I will do my best to explain this from my personal perspective, even if you disagree, please read the whole post if you want to discuss it.

The main argument I see is that non-BIPOC (Brown, Indigenous, Person of Color) are offended or feeling left out of the statement of “Black Lives Matter”. They are asking why their lives aren’t equally being mentioned or assuming that they don’t matter when they hear the statements of BLM support. The reality is that of course all lives matter, but we are currently facing and discussing specifically BLACK LIVES. The history of the world, and especially in American History, has placed Black people in a position of negative bias. The current political situation of global uprisings and protests, is a moment in time that focuses on the inequality and injustices towards BIPOC, specifically Black people.

The saying “Black Lives Matter” does not claim that ONLY Black Lives Matter. It is requesting that we take a moment to recognize that Black lives have been unequally represented, unequally abused, and unequally targeted by law enforcement in many parts of our world and especially in the U.S.

To put this all in to context, in the U.S., Black people have only been free from legal slavery since 1865 and segregation legally ended in 1964. I stress the word “legally”, because this is only when governments acknowledged it. The year 2020 is only 55 years after the beginnings of de-segregation and if you believe that once it legally ended, that all the problems were solved, you should take a moment to consider that we are only 1-2 generations away from that moment and it is still heavily ingrained in the American and global culture.

Imagine if every time you complain about an ache or a pain in your body to someone, imagine if the person you asked for help, instead of hearing your pain and acknowledging it, simply responded with “What about me? I have pain too!” To all those saying “all lives matter,” it’s really very simple. This fight is not about you. If you feel offended right now, instead of turning your anger on a Black artist like Jeff Mills, maybe it’s time you stop and ask yourself why you’re so angry at his statement.

I’ve been having this same conversation more than I care to admit lately considering the state of the world and the most current topic that we are all (hopefully) discussing. I’ve asked people why they are scared or why they feel threatened by the current topic of Black power or acknowledgement of Black issues. It’s a tough discussion to have especially with people, who like me, will never understand what it means to be judged by the color of our skin. I’ve noticed that most of the comments on Jeff’s page are coming from people of White European decent. While I understand that Europe is a few years ahead of the general equality issues of America, these responses clearly show me that, even in Europe, racism is still a prevalent issue.

Again, as a White man, I don’t feel threatened by the message of BLM, because I personally agree with the fundamental statement of what Black people are fighting for. I don’t take it personal when I see the message on Jeff Mills page or any other place I go, because I understand right now is NOT about me. At times, I want to brush off some of the comments as maybe being lost in translation or a misunderstanding of the semantics of the phrase. Or that maybe the person posting is coming from a place where they just don’t understand what is happening to Black People in America.

The thing is, none of those reasons are an excuse for hateful comments. If you consider yourself a true fan of techno, than do all of us a favor and read up on the history of where this music comes from. BIPOC and Queer communities were the starting points for a majority of the music we listen to in this scene. We owe that history a bit more respect.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again about wishing we had more dedicated fans, those who know where this music comes from, what the importance is to many of us who have dedicated our lives to this music. We all need to understand what’s happening right now. We are living in a moment of historical importance. What we do now will shape the future and right some of the wrongs of our past if we listen and acknowledge Black voices. Before you get upset that this is not about you, take a moment to look around and truly realize what this is about. BLACK LIVES MATTER as much as yours and now is the time to acknowledge that if you have never done so.

With Respect.
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‪Who welcomed this sh*tty 2020 with us at NYE Techno by COMPOUND? 😂 ‬‪Joking aside, that night was 🥵‬‪📸: Auburn Sky Imag...
07/02/2020

‪Who welcomed this sh*tty 2020 with us at NYE Techno by COMPOUND? 😂 ‬

‪Joking aside, that night was 🥵‬

‪📸: Auburn Sky Imaging By Chris Molina‬

‪#fbf this time last year we were preparing for our Summer COMPOUND with Derrick May, Matrixxman and Mary Yuzovskaya!‬‪T...
06/27/2020

‪#fbf this time last year we were preparing for our Summer COMPOUND with Derrick May, Matrixxman and Mary Yuzovskaya!‬

‪Those were great times, times we will revisit don’t worry!‬

‪Photos by Auburn Sky Imaging By Chris Molina‬

06/24/2020
Inhabited Shadows, by Headless Horseman

This album draws you in from the creepy and classically influenced intro and just keeps surprising with the depth of melodies that seem new for his music, different genres and of course the dark, intelligent rhythms and soundscapes he's known for.

Easily our favorite Headless Horseman release.

“Over years of trials and tribulations, music has been the antidote”, says Headless Horseman. “I’ve learned to live in shadows and darkness. Now I’m chipping off pieces of my shell and portraying directly how I feel without compromise. I still inhabit shadows, but I can move back and forth between darkness and light.”

Support the artist and buy from Bandcamp.

9 track album

Until we meet again 💖
06/16/2020

Until we meet again 💖

‪#fbf to that COMPOUND night when Rrose hypnotized LA with a solo set and alongside Lucy as Lotus Eater 💙‬‪📸: nightmoves...
06/12/2020

‪#fbf to that COMPOUND night when Rrose hypnotized LA with a solo set and alongside Lucy as Lotus Eater 💙‬

‪📸: nightmoves.me photography/christopher soltis‬

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05/31/2020

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GEORGE FLOYD

I say his name first, as a reminder of why I’m even typing this now. As many of you know, Minneapolis is my city. I talk about it in almost every interview and proudly represent it in my travels and history as a DJ. Right now and for the last week my city has been protesting, burning, hurting, fighting, cleaning, talking and coming together in so many ways and it’s not even close to being over. George was just 1 of many killings and systemic examples of police brutality against people of color. As a white, privileged man, I can never fully understand what it would be like to be judged, mis-treated, and abused by the system and so many other things just because of my skin color. Normally I stay away from politics, religion etc on my page, but this is about basic human rights and I would be doing a disservice to my fellow humans by staying quiet.

This week has been intense for so many people in my city and around the world watching what’s happening across America and many other cities that have joined in protest. I can’t condone all the behavior surrounding the protests, riots, looting, and violence, but I 100% stand by the reasons this is all happening and I can understand why it’s happening. When peaceful protest goes unheard, riots happen, uproar happens. When you don’t hear the voice of someone speaking quietly, they speak LOUDLY.

I’ve spent a lot of time this week explaining things to outsiders, to other generations, my parents etc. I’ve tried to shed light and stay calm when speaking to explain why this is happening now and why it’s valid. I’ve realized how difficult it is after almost 20 years of us living on facebook and social media and finding ways to separate ourselves from people who don’t agree with us, who see things different etc. We have separated ourselves so much that we no longer discuss, we just walk away or ignore. We find ourselves searching for echo chambers of our own belief systems and by doing that never leave the ability to have others understand our view and let ourselves see a different point. I’ve realized how ingrained our opinions are about people and society and how difficult it can be to find common ground in the middle.

We are not left or right when we are born, we are raised and learn our values as we grow, at some point that maturity and growth allows us to choose our own moral path regardless of how we were raised. Finding the middle is also a choice, having sympathy and understanding is a choice, choosing LOVE and EQUALITY comes naturally when you choose those paths.

I could say so much more, but for now I’ll go do what I can to support my community locally and I will continue to support where I can globally. If you want to do something from afar, have a conversation with someone who might not understand why this is all happening, take the time to sit with someone of opposing view with kindness and love and attempt to be heard and listen equally as well. If we could all understand each other’s pain, we would be much closer as a society and people who treat others with dignity and respect.

If you want to help financially to Minneapolis below are some links. Other cities and organizations around America will need help in the coming days and I will post more links when they become available.

Thank you for reading and the continued support.
With gratitude, love and respect.
Zak

DONATE links - Google "minneapolis charities and support during protests" to find many others if none of these are suitable to you, this is just a quick list.

- Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, has started a GoFundMe to assist his family in their time of grief and need. https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

- The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a grassroots organization currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center, will use donations to bail out arrested protestors and to supply those on the field. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate

- Reclaim the Block, a grassroots organization based in Minneapolis, will use funds to address community needs. https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2

- Black Visions Collective, which is based in Minnesota, focuses its work on transformative justice in the state. https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2

- North Star Health Collective is a group of street medics, radical health organizers, and community health trainers based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will use funds for gear and medical supplies on the field. https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/donate

05/06/2020
Knob Twiddlers Hangout #2

Starting at 12pm PST you can tune into a special live stream featuring Speedy J (Electric Deluxe), drumcell, Sophia Saze and Robin Kampschoer for a little nerd chat about gear, music production, touring, DJing, etc

TUNE IN NOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvPv26d1qeY

Knob Twiddlers Hangout #2 Studio talk with Drumcell, Robin Kampschoer, Sophia Saze and Speedy J

05/05/2020

‪Thanks to your donation during our COMPOUND 100% Los Angeles Techno Live Stream this past Friday, we were able to donate $1,000 to the artists and to the United Way Los Angeles pandemic relief fund 🖤‬

‪Thank you for contributing to and supporting our amazing local community 🙏🏼‬

Thank you so much for joining the COMPOUND Live Stream yesterday! We had a blast with you all 🥰🖤If you haven’t had a cha...
05/02/2020

Thank you so much for joining the COMPOUND Live Stream yesterday! We had a blast with you all 🥰🖤

If you haven’t had a chance to and are able to do so, any donation for the artists is greatly appreciated and can be made at www.paypal.me/6amgroup. Even $2-5 goes a long way to keep our local community going through these difficult times.

Thank you as always for the love and support, we can’t wait to be back on the warehouse dance floor with you all! 💪🏼

Thank you so much for joining the COMPOUND Live Stream yesterday! We had a blast with you all 🥰🖤If you haven’t had a cha...
05/02/2020

Thank you so much for joining the COMPOUND Live Stream yesterday! We had a blast with you all 🥰🖤

If you haven’t had a chance to and are able to do so, any donation for the artists is greatly appreciated and can be made at www.paypal.me/6amgroup. Even $2-5 goes a long way to keep our local community going through these difficult times.

Thank you as always for the love and support, we can’t wait to be back on the warehouse dance floor with you all! 💪🏼

05/01/2020
COMPOUND

Here it is, it’s Drumcell’s turn! 🚀

‪if you can, please tune in and support the artists on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/6amgroup‬

Here it is, drumcell doing what he does best for the next hour on the COMPOUND 100% LA Techno Live Stream! 🔊 🔥

Watch the continuous 8hr stream and support the artists on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/6amgroup

Up Next 🔜 JIA 🔜 Secus 🔜 Dean Paul 🔜 Annika Wolfe 🔜 Subversive

05/01/2020
COMPOUND

The COMPOUND 100% LA techno live stream has begun! Watch the entire 8-hour uninterrupted stream on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/6amgroup

Derek Nielsen 👉🏼 Truncate 👉🏼 Drumcell 👉🏼 JIA 👉🏼 Secus 👉🏼 Dean Paul 👉🏼 Annika Wolfe 👉🏼 Subversive

6AM's Derek Nielsen gets us started for today's COMPOUND 100% LA Techno Live Stream! 🔊 🔥

Watch the continuous 8hr stream and support the artists on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/6amgroup

Up Next 🔜 Truncate 🔜 Drumcell 🔜 JIA 🔜 Secus 🔜 Dean Paul 🔜 Annika Wolfe 🔜 Subversive

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Damn, just realized that COMPOUND LA Spring 2020 was supposed to be tonight. :(
Link pleaseeeeeeee💕
Ticket link
Ticket link please... Thanx 🙏
Did anyone turn in a wallet.?? I lost mine at the event.
I have a ticket for sale. dm me
Selling one ticket for tonight? Friend bailed so message me if your in want it
Thx for the Invite
can i get the ticket link plzzz
IMO a proper opening set is an artform... See you guys at the next COMPOUND show!
Need two tickets :)