Prime is the new above ground series by Droid Behavior. Our aim is to provide internationally renown techno house minimal and crossover talent to the city of Los Angeles on a monthly basis.
Joseph Manumaleuna aka DJ Hyperactive leaped up out of Chicago right at the peak of his career on a straight shot to SoCal to take on the daunting challenge of opening a record store, managing 4 Track Records, and jumping on planes. Come 1998 it nearly tapped him out and set him into seclusion for nearly a ten year hiatus. Here we are again, woken from all of the murmuring amidst a culture and scene who’s nearly seen the complete obliteration of vinyl production and distribution stateside with having to lean heavily on the feeds from abroad. They say you’re only as good as your last output. Let’s see if he can pick up where he left off nearly a decade ago.
ABOUT Jeff Derringer:
Jeff Derringer is the resident DJ and creative director of Oktave. With the Oktave project, the last year has seen Jeff host and play alongside Techno’s cutting edge: Silent Servant, Par Grindvik, Claro Intelecto, DVS1, Samuli Kemppi, Cio D’or, Three and a host of New York’s homegrown talent like Eric Cloutier and Derek Plaslaiko. Recently Jeff relocated to Chicago and opened a 2nd incarnation of Oktave, which debuted on Nov. 5th with Silent Servant and DVS1 at Smart Bar. As a producer, Jeff has released slick productions on high profile labels Perc Trax and Subtrak with remixes by Samuli Kemppi, Clato Intelecto and more.
A Chicago original and skilled DJ since the late 80s, Hyperactive has pushed an evolving sound across the borders of house and techno and has nearly 2 decades of smashing releases to his name. Since the late 90s he’s run 4 Track Records out of Los Angeles. He’s put together this excellent mix of 4 Track’s latest, some of the year’s techno gems, and a few classics that will never die.