Back in the Day, Tyler Smith aka â€Black Smith Craftâ€Ÿ discovered the unique sound of acid house and was immediately captured by the hypnotic vibe that emanated from the music during the end of the 1980â€Ÿs. He found himself seduced & consumed by this wave of electronic music and fell in love with the German melodic trance style labels such as Eye-Q, Platipus and Superstition, as many of us didâ€¦ Having followed dance music in all its forms throughout the 1990â€Ÿs he started DJâ€Ÿing and by the turn of the millennium he started to develop a taste for the more underground techno sound which was coming out of England, Germany & especially the Detroit sound of the timeâ€¦Tyler Smith had always wanted to be involved with radio broadcasts and this ambition kicked off in earnest when he started playing regularly on the â€Tuesday Sessionâ€Ÿ show, broadcast on the very popular Campus FM (Villeneuve dâ€ŸAscq/France), which was run by Dmitri Pike of Mirage/Matrix/Subject Detroit fame. Spurred on by the development of increased exposure through radio he started honing his skills in music production and the â€Alphagroundâ€Ÿ website was born. This brought about more exposure for his music mission and by 2004 Tyler was performing on a number of key profile dance music stations in France and Holland (Planet FM, Raar FM, Flash FM).During 2006 he launched â€Interstate 94â€Ÿ show with Erell Ranson & Pedro Cali for Livesets.com, which was dedicated to the sound of Detroit. This was quickly followed by the aptly named â€B-Side Showâ€Ÿ which showcased the darker, offbeat & industrial sounds.Currently the main man is managing different shows playing classics from way back, Detroit & Birmingham tunes on Livesets.com, Emergence FM (Limoges/France), and Techno.fm. In 2006 Tylerâ€Ÿs finally realized the goal of having his debut vinyl release which was in collaboration with Bionic on French label â€Audiocrashâ€Ÿ. This was quickly followed by several upstanding digital releases. Over the years Tylerâ€Ÿs side to the music has become darker & more industrial, which in turn has led to the birth of his most acclaimed project: Black Smith Craftâ€¦ With music released already on distinct labels from the scene and more on the way for labels including Grovsjopaâ€Ÿs mighty â€Pohjolaâ€Ÿ, Leeds finest â€Limetreeâ€Ÿ, UTCH rec. & Rednoxâ€Ÿ superb free net-label â€Ante-Rasaâ€Ÿ, the future is looking very brightâ€¦ Since 2008, Tyler has played across Europe alongside artists like Kr!z, the 65d mavericks, Bas Mooy, DJ Toki, DJ Boss, Bionic, Dimitri Pike, Arrestar, Sean Matters, Systemic, Victor Martinezâ€¦More recently, he has created the â€Technotherapyâ€Ÿ group on Soundcloud to keep the real techno spirit alive and promote both established and up and coming techno artists from around the world. Heâ€Ÿs now hosting Ben Simsâ€Ÿ â€œFunk youâ€ mix series in his radio shows every month through a partnership with the artist himself.
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