Subsensory presents Drumcell
A leading light in West Coast techno makes the trip up from Los Angeles.
Visual stimulation by Brandy Gray
Drumcell was born as Moe Espinosa in Los Angeles’ San
Gabriel Valley. Far away from the glamour and glitter of
Hollywood, he cut his teeth growing up in a vibrant, culturally
diverse neighborhood that still breeds inspiration for his
work. San Gabriel Valley is also where he and the Raíz
brothers, Vangelis and Vidal, met and founded Droid
Behavior in the early 2000s which lead to the infamous
Interface warehouse series and lauded techno label Droid
A classically trained musician in his youth, Moe came to
circulate around the Noise, Punk and Industrial scene, playing
guitar and singing in various bands until he discovered the
early ‘90s L.A. rave scene. That was when he got in touch with
some of the heroic synthesizers of techno’s early years. His
enthusiasm for those synthetic sounds lead to a career as a
Product Specialist at Native Instruments and to independent
musician and engineer work across Los Angeles. Some of his
studio contributions include work for Alessandro Cortini of
Nine Inch Nails, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, Douglas
McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb, Gary Numan, George Clinton, Kool
Keith, Qbert, and Cut Chemist.
By then, Moe was chuffed to pursue his own productions.
When he handed out his first self-produced, self- pressed
vinyls at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2001, he
heard them being played from the festival stages the very next
day. Since then, he has released original productions or
remixed tracks on DROID, CLR, Electric Deluxe, Dystopian,
Torque, Silent Steps, Blank Code, Ibadan, Detroit
Underground, and much more. This style has caught the
attention of many of the world’s top techno jocks, with strong
track support from the likes of Luke Slater, Speed J, and Chris
Leibing. This style has also reached numerous prestigious
international clubs and festivals. From Berlińs techno mecca
Berghain to the main stage of The Movement in Detroit to
North American nightclubs like Output and Stereo to festivals
across Europe, Latin America, Japan and Australia –
Drumcell’s sound can be heard around the world.
In 2016, Drumcell debuted his ambient project HYPOXIA on
his experimental label BL_K NOISE. Inspired by science
fiction soundtracks and the sounds of artists like John
Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, Goblin and Vangelis, the Hypoxia
release steps away from the dance floor and into a broader
space of contemplative drama and rich texture. Producing
infinite movement with his Buchla and Eurorack systems,
Hypoxia all hardware performance has been heard at highly
curated atmospheres from Berghain in Berlin to Brooklyn’s
Greyscale Series at Output to pop-up concerts on the LA River.
Drumcell explores and discovers the analogue world as much
as the digital world of music production, to finally combine
them into his very own raw, suspenseful and hypnotic style.
Influenced by a myriad of music as well as science fiction and
machines, he has developed an addiction to analog synthesis
which has led to ceaseless experiments in his studio in search
of new, mind-expanding sounds. As one of the most esoteric
techno artists in North America, his sound disregards genre
limitations and is everything but conventional techno.