November 26, 2018
1. Who is Tadd Mullinix?
From hip-hop to acid techno and abstract electronics, the Ann Arbor based musician Tadd Mullinix is an artist of many talents and personas.
Starting his career with a series of releases on the cult underground imprint Rewind! Records along with Todd Osborn, Mullinix has crossed through various music sub-cultures, witnessed different generations and trends and, eventually, experienced with many different genres. His approach to music is so wide that transcends any possible industry trend, leading often to a certain difficulty in trying to categorise it in any way. Or even put it into words, whatever that may be. Giving birth to an uncompromising sound and music direction (be it hip-hop/funk, harsh electronics or anything beyond), the American musician contributed to a high extent to the quality of the music of today.
Besides making music, Tadd Mullinix is a visual artist, painting and exhibiting his works in art galleries.
Sculptured in a visionary way throughout more or less two decades, Mullinix’s music universe comprises of many aliases (Charles Manier, Dabrye, James T. Cotton, Soundmurderer & SK-1, X-Altera), some of them which found their home into the catalogue of his own imprint, Bopside. Nevertheless, his entire music career follows an intriguing path which, eventually, leads to the final question: who actually is Tadd Mullinix?
We try to solve the mystery in the following conversation with Tadd himself, surfing through various topics such as the Detroit parties from the ‘90s, why he avoided ”higher” education, avant-garde music, Dubplate Pressure (the small record shop owned by Todd Osborn), how he got involved with Traxx's record label Nation and more.