Stephen Holland-Chang (symbio) is label manager and chief curator of 530Techno. A DJ/Producer based in rural northern California, Symbio has always been commited to the integration of diverse sounds and influences by blurring the boundary between dancefloor fodder and experimental audio. Early opening dj sets mix old school electro, new wave, SF ambient, IDM and breaks. While his late night dj sets venture into heavy doses of crunk laden tech-house, acid, techno and deep house. He has played alongside such renowned artists as Android Cartel, Lilyanne, Kid Kameleon, Jason Short & Ripley.
Eight years of djing and producing parties with Anna Talbott as Future/Now and Sean Micheal Yoder (aka The_abstract_terrorist) of Vinyljunkie PR have provided him with a solid knowledge for what keeps the music and the scene evolving. Holland-Chang and Yoder have been partnering on several exciting projects. These include The CONDUIT // Podcast, which features exclusive mixes from fresh and legendary international talent like Christ Fortier, Monopolar, Signal Deluxe, Derek Marin and Android Cartel) and Zocalo, a monthly get together in Chico, CA of local artists/djs/producers set to a soundtrack of fresh and vintage mid-tempo/chillout designed to get communication flowing.
His own productions build on a solid 4/4 tech house and techno foundation giving way to a unique mixture of weird polyrhythmic insectoid noises, bouncing sub bass, detroit style synths and organic tribal textures. Inspired by pioneers, New Order, Skinny Puppy, Meat Beat Manifesto, Autechre, The Orb, Basic Channel and Aphex Twin, as well as the new breed of techno coming from labels Droid, New Kanada, Thoughtless, Blipswitch Digital, Otsgut Ton and Stroboscopic Artefacts, Symbio strives to create fresh dance floor fillers that fuse field recordings and found sounds with psychedelic noises and the latest in synth technology.
“I am inspired by new and fresh sounds.” says Symbio “This is what drew me to this type of music in the first place. I am not really interested in filling an existing niche or fitting into a singular style with my music. I want to keep experimenting, pushing the music in new directions, taking risks and having fun.”
His debut release on San Francisco imprint, Blipswitch Digital, “The Gasps & Fissures Parade” incorporates original oboe, English horn, suona and mijwiz work from improv noise musician/composer, Kyle Bruckmann aka Stunp. Stunp & Symbio followed up with 2 unique tracks “Rukh” and “Sick Sonar” on the innovative non-profit label Musical Missionary run by David Collado as part of their “Break Out” Compilation. Proceeds from Musical Missionary releases go towards providing music and arts education to underprivileged youth. Symbio’s deep techno remix of Chris Fortier’s classic track, Despeque, dropped on Fade Recordings this past month a part of the FOEM.info remix competition.
Now in it’s second year, the 530Techno label has seen accolades from international djs and press including articles/reviews in Resident Advisor, Ibiza Voice and BPM Mag. Named Record Label of the year by ACID Ted, 530Techno is poised to bring more fresh sounds to the underground for 2012.
Oilpanic – TWL 1 (Symbio Remix) – 530Techno
Stunp & Symbio – 530Techno EP – Musical Missionary
Stunp & Symbio – Sick Sonar – Musical Missionary
Chris Fortier – Despegue (Symbio Remix) – Fade Records
Symbio – The Gasps & Fissures Parade EP – Blipswitch Digital