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Like the part-man, part-machine allusions of his nickname, Stefon “Bionik” Taylor is at one in both acoustic and electronic realms. As a producer and performer, a composer and collaborator who brings out the best in those around him, that Bionik theory works.
Throughout his career, Taylor has twined his technical wizardry to make singer/songwriter John Martyn’s voice sound like a horn, hip-hop trio Far East Movement’s first single a radio smash, and rapper Ice-T’s lyrics chopped and screwed. In recent years, his live performances as a producer have taken him to Minneapolis’ First Avenue, Los Angeles’ Low End Theory, and Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory.
It’s this acoustic finesse that distinguishes him from industry newcomers. A proficient instrumentalist in the studio and on the stage, Taylor sings, plays guitar, bass, drums, percussion and anything else he can get his hands on. He writes, records and mixes all of his own sample-free music, thriving on communication with other artists in order to create works that resonate with real people.
Taylor has composed, arranged, and collaborated on hip-hop, trap, dancehall, soul and funk records with classic and contemporary artists ranging from Phil Collins to Lizzo. He’s been in the studio with legendary producers like George Martin (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix) and Peter Mokran (R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, The Flaming Lips). His original compositions and productions have been synced in the Fast and Furious series, Entourage television show, NBA 2K12 video game, and many more.
Having lived and worked in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Taylor returned to Minnesota in 2010. Combining national experience and international influences with hometown pride, he opened a private studio in Minneapolis and continues to produce for artists and perform his original music live.
With a revived sense of autonomy and drive, Taylor is now embarking on his second record of original music due out this summer. His new EP, titled The Way I Be, will feature never-before-heard collaborations with both old friends and new musical partners.
Continuing to parlay the Bionik contradictions of humanism and industrialism, acoustic music and electronic creations, almost every track on The Way I Be will feature a guest vocalist. “The human voice is what people really connect with,” Taylor emphasizes.
“People want to hear the sounds of their generation—the sirens and angular synth sounds that are a part of their chaotic, fast-paced existence. I want to supply the soundtrack for everyday moments in their lives.”
THIS IS OUR SUB:CULTURE:
SUB:CULTURE is North Dakota’s premiere electronic music weekly. Developed by our collective, the event began as Thirsty Thursdays. Over time a unique culture emerged at the events, a group of people devoted to the sounds of electronic music and the culture that goes along with it. Thus, Sub:Culture was born.
The event features resident DJ’s: Econ, Wissota, Dextrious, and New Reign at The Aquarium in Downtown Fargo, ND.
Each week is devoted to a different genre, providing a showcase of genres from across the region and glove including Drum & Bass, Techno, House, and Bass Music.