“I can’t help myself, I love the art of making music!!”
- Labels: Tresor, KMS, FRRR
- Performance: DJ
- Travel: Detroit, US
Santonio Echols (Santonio, Dj Adam Pole) (Tresor Records (Berlin), Detroit Dancer, D Records label (Germany), Chapter 2 Recordings, A.E.S. (Art, Eddie and Santonio,) Opilec Music, Cyren America Records, Siren, Chapter 2 Recordings (Detroit), M.I.D (Made In Detroit), Random Recordings (Belgium). Santonio is member of the first generation of Techno Producers to emerge from Detroit, MI, in the late 1980’s. His discography spans 1987 to date and he has completed production on the Liz Torres “Mind Games – Remix” on Third Ear Recordings and Deep Vibes by Simon Gatto, Blake Baxter feat. House Spiritual, Coffee Pot, House Wax Collabs,
Derrick Thompson a.k.a God of the Machine “ War paint” on Specimen Records, Orlando Voorn on Suspected
Echols is well known for his role in the famed duo “Reese & Santonio,” who are responsible for timeless underground classics spanning 1987-89, “The Sound/ How To Play Our Music, Bounce Your Body to the Box, Truth of Self Evidence and the internationally renowned “Rock to the Beat” which was distributed in 1988 on the UK label “ffrr” (Full Frequency Range Recordings.)
After completing production in England with ffrr, Echols had the confidence to continue his passion for producing techno and house music. He developed a relationship with Paragon Productions and James Pennington aka Suburban Knight and the compilation, “There’s No Way Out” featuring the track “It’s Not Over,” was released. Additionally in 1989 Santonio remixed “Take me away” by Bridgette Grace, written by Jeff Mills and T.Srock for Paragon Productions. Santonio Echols has toured in Europe including gigs at Tresor Club in Berlin and Club Slam in Cologne. He started DJ’ing when he was 19 years old with his brother Duane Evans in the old school traditions of the West Side of Detroit and never stopped being committed to going to the next level. 2007 saw the release of “Extraction of Identity” on Cyren America Records. This is one of over 30 years of releases.
During the last two years Santonio has worked with, Nikolaos Moiré Patterns, Clemens Neufeld, Simone Gatto, Duane Evans, Orlando Voorn, Mo Black, Dj Deep, Greg Stafford, Claude Young, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Thomas Barnett, Derrick “The Drive train” Thompson, Raquel Roberts, Gospel singer QuWonna Toney , Lot 6, Project (01), Mike Anderson (Italy), Kevin Castro, Alex Agore, Spin Fidelity, Pheel etc…
Santonio has a list too long to name of people he thanks keeping him committed to the dream and reminding him to never give up, however he would be remiss to not recognize the loving support of his children, as well friends in music and life including Eddie Fowlkes and his brother Duane Evans.
You can buy his music on VINYL through D Records (Germany/USA), Detroit Dancer (Sub wax), Soul Survivor, Melodymathics label, Soiree Records (Detroit), Chapter 2 Recordings, Incognito Label (Detroit), Rawax Motor City, Rever Records, The Label (4313), Shift Imprint and SantonioEcholsDetroit.band camp.com “Detroit Bounce” and all major Digital download store’s.