When you think of LA nightlife, it’s too easy to imagine “exclusive” soulless rooftop parties filled with VIP tables, bottle service and playboys trying to impress glamour models. And while that’s often the case, thankfully it’s a million miles away from the scene where Truncate was nurtured. A long-time advocate of the city’s often overlooked underground scene, let’s go back to the beginning.
As a teenager, David Flores discovered techno via radio stations and cassette tapes. It was those early dalliances, discovering the music of Jeff Mills, DJ Funk and Frankie Bones that would leave a lasting impression. As soon as he was of age, he began DJing across southern California. Often at illegal warehouse parties or DIY parties out in the desert – lightyears away from the artificial world of Beverley Hills.
He enjoyed some early success under the Audio Injection alias. Perhaps symptomatic of his environment the project’s focus was big-room, high-impact techno. It wasn’t until 2011 when he started making music as Truncate – his most famous moniker. His output became rawer, deeper. As well as his self-titled label, he has released on some of the most prestigious imprints the genre has to offer: 50 Weapons, Blueprint and Eturia to name a handful. And when it comes to remixing, the big guns have come calling for him to rework their tracks. He has provided his own interpretation to tracks from the likes of Carl Cox, Josh Wink, Len Faki, Ben Sims and Ellen Alien. That’s pretty good company! At one point he was even producing gabba and speedcore under the short-lived Broken Rules guise. But it’s clear that it is as Truncate, where he feels most at home.
Now the west coast DJ/producer touches down in London to spearhead an uncompromising techno line-up, which also includes Cari Lekebusch and Joel Mull. Factor takes place in the intimate settings of The Steelyard, Allhallows Lane on Friday 4th May. Perhaps most intriguing is the premise of the event, which outlines being 100% in the hands of the DJs. We’ve got a feeling that will resonate with Truncate’s sensibilities.