Fanon Flowers (pronounced Fuh-nahn) is a Techno music producer and DJ based in Los
Angeles, California. Fanon was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, exactly halfway
between Detroit and Chicago, the birthplaces of Techno and House music.
up listening to Detroit Techno and Chicago House music via cassette tapes recorded off
the radio from The Wizard aka Jeff Mills in Detroit and DJ Farley Jackmaster Funk in
Chicago. A product of his environment, Fanon purchased a Roland SH-101, TB-303, TR-
505 and TR-606 and started buying Techno 12" records.
Fanon naturally gravitated to
the more dominate post-industrial machine sounds of Detroit Techno and quickly
developed a style which combined the funky, dark, syncopated rhythms of Detroit
Techno with the raw soul of Acid House music. After meeting Carl Craig through a
mutual friend, Flowers began to garner attention in 1994 when he appeared as Mode
Selector on the Elements of and Experiments with Soun" compilation on Detroit's seminal
Planet E label.
In 1996, Fanon Flowers appeared under his Mode Selector alias on the
"Detroit: Beyond the Third Wave" Compilation.” Released on Astralwerks Records,
Flowers appeared alongside Detroit Techno stalwarts such as Terrance Dixon, Claude
Young, DJ T-1000 aka Alan Oldham, Ectomorph and Anthony "Shake" Shakir.
Also in 1996, Flowers started his own Techno imprint, Mechanisms Industries
(distributed by Triple Vision Holland), to showcase his unique and mechanical approach
to Techno. With over 60 records produced and released on various labels, including
Planet Rhythm, Pole Group, Warm Up, TH Tar Hallow and Mind Trip. Currently, Fanon
continues to produce music for his own label, and perform DJ’s sets at European venues.