Oakland 1996 – Eddie Smith (aka EPS1) (from Detroit) & Badi Malik aka Percepticon (from Minneapolis) formed Blaktroniks to create an artistic platform for themselves, and like-minded artists in Oakland . Their first music- and video-releases happened on their own multimedia-company DKIM. Later their music was released on various platforms – including Moving Records, Reflective, Tokyo Dawn, and Rubaiyat. Underground mainstays, and Bay Area trailblazers Blaktroniks biographies of the individual group-members touch a lot of subjects, and connective tissue.

From gentechnology-patent-university-studies …2 running a barbershop.
From building electronic devices and lofi indi FPS PC games…2 programming official Star Wars-games.
From Count Basie-family-relations…2 music-relations to artists from Minneapolis…

These experiences along with living in Oakland are reflected in the art, and sound that has come to be known Blaktroniks. Without the spark of Blaktroniks Deepblak as a Label simply would not be. They held up the flame leading the way by pointing to the possible. If, and when a story is ever told about Electronic Music in Oakland it cannot be considered complete without the contributions Eddie and Badi. Their presence is Seminal!

– Armon




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