Mike Paradinas

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Michael Paradinas, who was born on the 26th of September 1971, he is probably best known by his stage name μ-Ziq (pronounced 'music')

He is an English electronic musician from Wimbledon, London.

He would be considered as one of the pioneering IDM acts of the 90's, alongside the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre, and The Orb. He is also the founder of the record label Planet Mu.

Other than the μ-Ziq name, Paradinas has also worked under the banners of;-

  • Tusken Raiders
  • Kid Spatula
  • Rude Ass Tinker
  • Jake Slazenger
  • Gary Moscheles
  • Frost Jockey

Paradinas released an album during 1997 called Lunatic Harness, that went on to become critically acclaimed as one of the albums that helped to define the Drill 'n' Bass subgenre, and was also his most successful release, selling over 100,000 copies.

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Paradinas was born in Charing Cross and began playing keyboards during the early 1980s, he listened to New Wave artists such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Heaven 17 and early Human League.

He joined a few bands in the mid-1980s, then spent eight years on keyboards for the group Blue Innocence.

During this period, Paradinas had been recording on his own as well with synthesizers and a four-track recorder.

In 1995, following a performance at "The Orange" in London, Blue Innocence broke up.

Paradinas and the bass player, Francis Naughton, bought sequencing software and re-recorded some of Paradinas's older tracks.

After the material was played for Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton — the duo behind Global Communication and the heads of Evolution Records — it was to be released; however, recording commitments later forced Pritchard and Middleton to withdraw their agreement. Fortunately for Paradinas, Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin) had also heard the tracks and agreed to release their music on Rephlex Records under the alias μ-Ziq.

Naughton then left μ-Ziq to start Rocket Goldstar. A second album Bluff Limbo was scheduled to be released in mid-1994, though only 1000 copies were published. It was re-issued by Rephlex in 1996 after Paradinas is believed to have served papers on the label. Paradinas's first major-label release came later in 1994, after he undertook a remix project for Virgin Records: the remix EP The Auteurs Vs μ-Ziq for the britpop band the Auteurs. The remixes Paradinas offered sounded nothing like the original song, a familiar practice for many experimental electronic musicians in those times.

Even though the EP was hardly a high sales success, Virgin signed up Paradinas and gave him his own sublabel, Planet Mu, to release his own work and to develop similar-minded artists. (Paradinas later broke with Virgin and in 1998 established Planet Mu as his own independent label.) Written into his own contract was a provision for unlimited recording under different names, and during 1995 Paradinas unveiled three aliases and released many albums within less than a year. The neo-electro music label Clear released his debut single under the alias Tusken Raiders (named after the Star Wars species) early in the year. Clear Records also released the first Paradinas alias full-length album, Jake Slazenger MakesARacket, later in 1995. Although they were still audible, the LP ignored the Electro influences in favour of some synthesizer figures and the previously unheard influence of Jazz-Funk. Paradinas continued to release solo albums under the above-mentioned names as well as Gary Moscheles, and a one-time collaboration with Aphex Twin under the Mike & Rich moniker.

In 1997 Paradinas made a style change again, mixing experimental electronic music with Drum n Bass, a similar aesthetic path taken by Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. During this year he was also touring with popular musician Björk. Björk inspired the 1999 album Royal Astronomy, with its mixture of unusual vocals, strings and breakbeat. All of his albums until 2003 were released in the USA on the more mainstream label, Astralwerks.

Paradinas is the owner of the Planet Mu label, which hosts electronic musicians such as Venetian Snares, Capitol K, Datach'i and Luke Vibert.

Discography

As μ-Ziq

Albums

  1. Tango n' Vectif (1993)
  2. Bluff Limbo (1994)
  3. In Pine Effect (1995)
  4. Lunatic Harness (1997)
  5. Royal Astronomy (1999)
  6. Bilious Paths (2003)
  7. Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique (2007)
  8. Chewed Corners (2013)

EPs

  1. The Auteurs vs µ-Ziq (1994)
  2. Salsa with Mesquite (1995)
  3. Urmur Bile Trax (1997)
  4. Brace Yourself (1998)
  5. The Raft EP (1999)
  6. XTEP (2013)
  7. Rediffusion (2014)

Singles

  1. Phi*1700 (U/V) (1994)
  2. My Little Beautiful (1997)
  3. The Fear (1999)
  4. Ease Up (2005)

Compilations

  1. Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992–1995) (2013)
  2. XTLP (2015)
  3. Aberystwyth Marine (2016)
  4. RY30 Trax (2016)

As Tusken Raiders / Rude Ass Tinker

  1. Bantha Trax (1995)
  2. Bantha Trax Vol. 2 (1999)
  3. The Motorbike Track (1999)
  4. Imperial Break (2001)

As Jake Slazenger

  1. Makesaracket (1995)
  2. Megaphonk (1995)
  3. Nautilus (1996)
  4. Das Ist Ein Groovy Beat, Ja (1996)
  5. Pewter Dragon (2006)

As Kid Spatula

  1. Spatula Freak (1995)
  2. Full Sunken Breaks (2000)
  3. Meast (2004)

As Frost Jockey

  1. Burgundy Trax Vol 1 (2000)
  2. Burgundy Trax Vol 2 (2000)

As Gary Moscheles

Shaped to Make Your Life Easier (1996)

Collaborations

Diesel M (with Marco Jerrentrup)

  1. M for Multiple (1993)
  2. M for Mangoes (1995)

Mike & Rich (with Richard D. James a.k.a. Aphex Twin)

Expert Knob Twiddlers (1996)

Slag Boom Van Loon (with Jochem Paap a.k.a. Speedy J)

  1. Slag Boom Van Loon (1998)
  2. So Soon (2001)

Heterotic (with Lara Rix-Martin)

  1. Love & Devotion (2013)
  2. Rain (2014)
  3. Weird Drift (2014)

External Links

www.planet.mu