In an industry where genre bending and boundary pushing are the norm, few artists manage to stand out as truly unique entities. Enter Les Techno, a New York City rocker who fearlessly blends punk-wave, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music, creating an intriguing sound that refuses to be pigeonholed. Les Techno’s compelling amalgamation of styles reflects the vast landscape of his musical experience, showcasing a talent that is as varied as it is dynamic.
Raised on the grit of New York City’s rock scene, Les Techno cut his teeth playing guitar and singing in rock hangouts, becoming a regular fixture in bands like Sim-Stim and Love Posse. His sound was further influenced by his time spent training with jazz legend Larry Coryell and experimenting with analog synthesizers and tape machines in pursuit of his “studio tan”. This diverse training provided Les Techno with a unique perspective on music, allowing him to approach each track with a genre-defying mindset.
Beyond his rock roots, Les Techno also made a significant impact in the hip-hop world, creating tracks with titans of the industry such as Run-DMC, Mobb Deep, and Onyx. His skills as a producer were further highlighted by his work with R&B artist Ava Cherry and the late, legendary funk master Bernie Worrell on a record to benefit the Gay Mens Health Crisis Center in New York City. Les Techno’s diverse resume also includes reggae dance-hall records for Georgie Blacks and Willie One Blood, a techno record for Stimulator, and a Latin hip-hop song for Daniela.
Most recently, Les Techno’s collaboration with XnormL on the “Make You Feel Good Electro House Mix” has been making waves. This remix offers a masterful juxtaposition of Les Techno’s raw, passionate vocals with XnormL’s pulsating electronic beats. The result is an invigorating track that beautifully represents the individual talents of both artists, while pushing the boundaries of the electro house genre.
While Les Techno’s musical journey has been anything but ordinary, his commitment to his craft and fearless exploration of genres has resulted in a unique sound that resonates with listeners across the spectrum. Whether it’s hip-hop, rock, electronic or anything in between, Les Techno’s passion for genre mixing continues to yield intriguing results, solidifying his status as a truly unique presence in the music industry. Despite the warning of a “knowledgeable” A&R man, Les Techno has proven that genre mixing is not just a possibility, but a path to innovation and success.
In a music world where homogeneity is often the safer route, Les Techno dares to be different. He’s a genre-mixing maverick with a rich, eclectic sound that continues to push the boundaries of music, capturing audiences’ hearts along the way. As his journey continues, there’s no telling what exciting sonic experiences Les Techno will create next. All we know for sure is that we’ll be eagerly listening. Learn more about him on Solid Bass Records’s website.