Alan D. Oldham aka DJ-T1000 is a Detroit born, Berlin based label owner, graphic illustrator and DJ who’s one of Motor City’s most instrumental, talented and venerated stars.
In 1987 this lifelong cartoonist and graphic designer published his own indie comic book ‘Johnny Gambit’ to local notoriety while studying media at Detroit’s Wayne State University. That same year his friend Derrick May hired him to illustrate several pieces for his new Transmat label, leading to his very first involvement in the fledgling techno scene. Shortly after, Alan was hired by local radio station WDET to host Detroit’s first ever all electronic radio show ‘Fast Forward’ which introduced artists like Underground Resistance, Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig to local airwaves.
After five years at WDET he quit his show once finding himself under the tutelage of UR’s Mad Mike Banks. Initially hired as UR’s “Minister of Information,” working side by side with Rob Hood and others, Alan was eventually tapped to replace his departing friend Jeff Mills as DJ on UR’s world tour and DJ T-1000 (and his label Generator, distributed through Submerge) was born.
Oldham has provided artwork for the electronic music industry for over 20 years, most famously linked with the Djax-Up-Beats imprint where it took centre stage including label art, slip-mats, T-shirts and promotional comics.
Alan’s artistic realm is flourishing through his Oldham Industries venture, from taking numerous art commissions and mounting successful exhibitions of his works around the world. His drawings and paintings have been on display in galleries in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles and Paris (each event sold out), and he’s participated in the Berlin art markets ‘Comics Invasion’ and ‘Signs of Dexterity’ events.
He’s also a very talented producer with his exceptional musical productions being found on many famous labels like Tresor, Inzec, Minimalsoul and his own Generator and Pure Sonik imprints.
Alan Oldham’s DJ skills are constantly in demand, continuing to rock crowds all over the world with his own no-nonsense brand of bangin’, funky-ass techno. When DJ T-1000 is on the flyer, fans know he’s bringing the ruckus.