Neil Ollivierra is a Detroit-born multi-disciplinary artist who composes electronic music as The Detroit Escalator Co. He first appeared in the early Detroit techno scene as the promoter of The Music Institute: the legendary underground after-hours club that served as the pre-release audio testing grounds for the Transmat, KMS and Metroplex record labels. His acquaintance with The Music Institute’s resident DJ Derrick May led to his employment as the Transmat label manager during the label’s most prolific years, wherein legendary Transmat artists such as Carl Craig first exploded onto the global scene. The first instance of his publicized artistic endeavors was a novel loosely based on his experiences in and around the underground dance music communities in Detroit and London. Entitled “Reality Slap,” the novel was published as a free electronic download in conjunction with a Transmat release by Sony Music Japan. The first album by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled “Soundtrack (313),” was released on London-based Ferox records. The album, now out of print and rare to find, is considered a cult classic. The 2nd album by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled “Black Buildings,” represented Neil’s first recording for Peacefrog Records of London, UK. Concurrent with the production of the Black Buildings album, he completed his first series of acrylic oil paintings as part and parcel of the album project. The paintings—abstract, monochromatic geometric landscapes rendered in brilliant pthalo and cobalt blue—were the subject of a solo exhibition at Detroit’s Cpop Gallery. Today these paintings hang in homes and corporate environments in Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris and London.
A very different kind of music from a whole other city block…
—The Wire, London UK
Chilly, rather than chilled, this is horizontal listening for bleak recession-cursed midwinter nights rather than sunkissed beaches. It’s also good enough to make you never want to go out again.
—The Guardian, London UK