arsh, dramatic, abstract, difficult, minimal, tribal and melodic. All words that have been used to describe Mike Paradinas’ music. Better known as µ-Ziq (among other pseudonyms), Paradinas created the moniker in 1992 and released his debut album in 1993, Tango ‘N Vectif. His debut marked new territory for electronic music. Saying that he was ahead of his time would only be half correct. You might, more accurately, say that he set a benchmark for what homemade electronic music would aspire to, for the rest of the decade. Throughout his consecutive releases, his music has ranged from sound experimentation to extreme exploration into the melodic and more human aspects of electronic music. In this wild experimentation, Paradinas has created his own identity- something what many music artists fail to do during their entire careers. When listening to a µ-Ziq track, it is unmistakably Paradinas. His incredible manipulation of organic beats and vintage synthesizer sounds typify a genre created by Paradinas and a few select others. The sound Paradinas is most well known for can be found on his 1997 Astralwerks release Lunatic Harness. Harsh drum and bass are mixed expertly with dynamic melody throughout the course of the album, creating a beautfiul soundscape that is full of soul and expression- in a genre of music thought to be devoid of such things.
Paradinas in 1995 also started the label Planet Mu, an imprint of Hut Records. This very successful label features artists such as Capitol K, Hrvatski and Luke Vibert. Along with µ-Ziq, Paradinas also released music under different names such as Diesel M, Jake Slazenger, Kid Spatula, Tusken Raiders, Mike & Rich, Smooth Helmet, Gary Moscheles and Sang Boom Van Loom. Nothing is known about future µ-Ziq projects, but one can expect more originality and sonic experimentation. The future is bright for Paradinas.
Name: Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq
Location: Worcester, England
Labels Appeared On: Rephlex, Astralwerks
Starting Point: Tango ‘N Vectif
Essential: Lunatic Harness