Hijacked Records Detroit is a label that continues to pay homage to that tell tale sound Detroit is best known for. Label owner Antwon Faulkner took what he learned being born and raised in Detroit and directed his efforts to shine through a brand known as Hijacked Records Detroit. While gaining publicity most notably from throwing parties and events, Hijacked maintains a presence in the techno community and remains a label on the tips of the tongues of people in the industry.
Watching the birth of the Detroit techno movement and adding his own flavor to that techno style, Antwon is well respected by well-known Detroit techno pioneers as well as reminiscent techno heads from back in the day when music and the quality there of, was the primary focus.
Hijacked continues on it’s journey through space and time, evolving, and embracing what new technology has to offer yet never forgetting or disrespecting the roots from which it came. Excited to share the production now stemming from new found inspiration,
Hijacked now expands it’s presence to digital releases, allowing fans and fellow DJ’s to flood dance floors with releases & Remixes from Antwon Faulkner, Dru Ruiz, Gusto, Rob Rage, Alan Oldham aka DJ T-1000, Ana+one, Lunar Phaze, Mikael Klasson aka Mikael K, DJ 3000, Greg Gow, Matt & Mark Thibideau, François V, Mason Rubinstein, Jules Wells, Brandon De Carlo, Nihil Young, John Norman, Greg Gow, Rennie Foster, Laurent Chanal aka “Lo-Tech”, Van Sorgen, Erik Pijl and Stephanie Noordermeer.
Bio : Antwon Faulkner
Antwon Faulkner has been in the game for nearly three decades now. Born and raised in Detroit, Antwon started hustling mix-tapes at the age of sixteen. With music in his blood, this is truly what he was born to do.
At thirty-five Antwon briefly relocated to Arizona but it wasn’t until late 2008, when he moved to Toronto, did we really get exposed to this next exciting chapter. While people may be more familiar with his DJ moniker, the infamous “Twonz,” in 2009 we got to know a new Antwon, an Antwon re-energized, excited and motivated. His focus shifted from throwing parties and DJing to making music and really honing his craft as a producer. Spending countless hours in the studio, Antwon is careful to avoid listening to others while in his creative zone so the product reflects him and him alone, devoid of any outside influences. With an upgrade in equipment and new pieces of gear, we’ve seen Antwon turn a corner in which he has found his lane and is settling in really nicely. The results are heard in using less loops and playing more of his own imprint, “Hijacked Records Detroit,” recent years have seen him spreading the love with multiple releases and remixes on: “Restructured Recordings,” “Bulletdodge Records,” “KMS
“Downside UP,” “Elephanthaus,” “Thoughtless Music,” “Motech LTD,” “UNT Records,” “Frequenza,” “Sampled Detroit,” and “RF Trax.”
His music has been played by many world class DJ’s such as: Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Gene Farris, DJ Bone, Seth Troxler, Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, Steve Bug, Carl Cox, Kevin Saunderson, Kenny Larkin, DJ Heather, Pete Tong, Paco Osuna, Luigi Madonna, Hector Moralez, Stanny Abram, Stacey Pullen, and many more!
While production is where Antwon’s heart is, this is not to say that you can’t still catch one of his killer DJ sets. Antwon is straight up techno and prides himself on being current and remaining relevant. You can rest assured you will always hear the new hot tracks and your Detroit classics, which will now include his own productions peppered throughout the set. Listen closely as Antwon often premieres unreleased material for those that came out to jam. Now here is what you won’t see, no software and no laptop. Antwon is currently on a “Bring Back the DJ” crusade. While technology provides us with amazing advances, this is Antwon’s answer to an oversaturated market of “DJs” that haven’t learned the fundamentals of beat matching or DJs having a distinct “sound” based on their own sense and use of timing. Two turntables and a mixer and a whole lot of funk!
In 2018 he received the “TESTIMONIAL RESOLUTION PLAQUE” FROM THE CITY OF DETROIT for his contributions in bringing the sound of Detroit to an international audience.
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