Influences: John Tejada

The impossibly prolific producer's new LP is out today.

Influences: John Tejada

The impossibly prolific producer's new LP is out today.

LA’s John Tejada is something of an enigma. Let’s start with the fact that there’s prolific, then there’s John. Out today on Cologne’s Kompakt, Dead Start Program is his fourth LP of the past seven years for the label, and his 11th in total. He's also released 14 EP’s in the same timeframe, all when not collaborating with surrealist comedian Reggie Watts as Wajatta. This, coupled with a limited (read: healthy, sane) social media presence has created an air of mystery around the producer that’s reflected in the complexity of his new record.

Named after the startup program used to reboot an ancient CDC 6600 computer and boasting sleeve art Juan Mendez (better known as Silent Servant), the Dead Start Program’s 11 tracks represent “a metaphorical reboot from the challenges life throws at you.”

John’s put together a playlist of his influences, shedding light on how and why they offered him the inspiration that they did. From the intricate minimal of Plaid to the pioneering sonic explorations of Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force, tuck in below.


Pick up your copy of Dead Start Program HERE 

Keith Leblanc - Major Malfunction Album

I didn’t know this record when it was released. I constantly think how much I would have loved it at that young age when I was discovering The Art Of Noise and other similar artists of that time. I found it a little later, but I was totally familiar with Leblanc’s productions for Tommy Boy and Sugarhil early on. A lot of the productions on this album ended up on other On-U Sound records with layers and vocals added, but this is the rawest form of these works and I think by far works the best. I’m still blown away by this record and still have no idea how he did it, especially back then. One of the most important electronic records I own by far.

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