Inspired by an unlabeled mix tape that mashed Miles Davis, Lee Perry and what he later found out to be a genre called Jungle, Zemi17 started DJing on turntables found in the trash in San Francisco in 1995. He experimented with turntablism; adding guitar foot petals, drum machines, live percussion, wind instruments and samplers to his DJ sets.
In the late 90s he moved back to New York and started a Cicada mix tape project spinning illbient and drum and base tracks mixed with original material, insect facts and snippets of Hakim Bey’s T.A.Z. recordings. He was part of the Blackkat collective, and helped build the Havoc Sound System spinning regularly at Ransom Corp, Wanderlust, Amoeba Technology, and Complacent Nation events.
From 1998 – 2002 Zemi17 toured Europe several times, frequently playing in underground venues in Berlin. From 2000 – 2003 largely influenced by German Techno producers, he changed his style to a genre self-proclaimed as “Space Haus”, but later in the decade it would often be referred to as “Minimal Techno”. He seldom DJ’d during this period, favoring original live sets on Akai MPC 2000. From 2004 till near the end of 2006 Zemi17 stopped DJing all together and focused on learning Indonesian classical Gamelan Music. In late 2006 appeared on South Bali’s club scene as House DJ Tay Kaye (a moniker he had used from 2001 – 2003 DJing high end fashion shows in NYC and Paris).
In 2007 Zemi17 returned to New York and quickly built a premiere 15kw sound system and became the resident DJ for the legendary Danger events spinning till sunrise for 1000s of dancers at Dubai Brooklyn, The Bushwick Boat, and many other vast warehouses. He also frequently spins with Winkel and Balktick productions and is often working with The Bunker.
Noted International Performance
Vozduh (Moscow), Chinese Piolet Ja Doa (St. Petersburg), Tir Club (Pskov), The Cokxpon (Budapest), Budapest Jazz Club (Budapest) Hiutale Club (Helsinki), Khan Altay Festival (Sibera), The Alm (Berlin), Cookies (Berlin), Tecales (Berlin), Club Badofar (Paris), Theatre de l’empire (Paris), KIS (Berlin), S.M. Stubnitz (Rothstock), The Hirsh (Nuernemberg),
Interzone Festival (Berlin), Dynamed Dwasch (Tel Aviv), The Roxy (Prague), Comix Club (Varna Bulgaria), Shabla Solar Eclipse Festival (Varna, Bulgaria), Zurich Street Parade (Zurich), Neon Technic AG (Zurich), Muzikal Journey and Radio Free Bulgaria (Veliko Ternival, Bulgaria),
Big Bang Club (Sofia, Bulgaria), The Roxy (Vienna), Kunstwerk (Vienna), De Ja Vu (Bali), Poparatzi (Bali).