The Baptism EP
"Dojo is about getting back to the roots of American techno and house, and getting away from the computer. We want to help bring back the spontaneity and freedom of live performance and recordings. We want to celebrate the raw physicality of the music, and the DJ who still likes to mix. Since, 1997, Ross has been in the background of the west coast Canadian techno scene, particularly the Victoria family that included Mathew Jonson, Cobblestone Jazz, The Mole and Hrdvsion. In 1998, he released the now out-of-print compilation album Garden City Dubs, that featured first material by Mathew Jonson, and Cobblestone Jazz. He left for California in '98, but kept his finger on the pulse as the art director for Itiswhatitis Recordings. While in the Bay Area, he listened mostly to soul, rap and early American techno music. Heavily influenced by his time spent in the U.S., he started to develop a musical aesthetic, which he is now ready to express. Young Florent moved to Vancouver from Switzerland to attend art school. He began to get into making techno. Tapping into his French-Martinique roots, Florent quickly developed a unique sound, which caught Ross's ear. A few live jams later, it was clear that they worked well together, so they got a studio space and got to work. One month later, Dojo had its first release. Florent has only been making music for a year, but his Swiss work-ethic is dangerous."