We welcome The Neurotic Drum Band to Secret Life. Otherwise known as Elliot Taub and John Selway. Elliot, known for his recordings as “Ulysses”, got his start DJing with his unintentionally pioneering Electronic Dance Music radio show on his college radio station, WTUL, New Orleans, in 1991. After returning to his hometown of New York City he made his mark putting together events that helped foment the festering Electro revival, with shows by artists like Adult, Miss Kitten & The Hacker, I-F and Arthur Baker.
While working at NY’s legendary Temple Records he began producing the music that fit his eclectic mindset, and has since created a body of work that is notable for the manner in which all styles of dance music get melded together to one uncompromising whole. Some early records include Techno on Detroit’s Teknotika label, Electro Disco party jams on Germany’s Lasergun Records, and deep house on Chicago’s seminal Guidance imprint. More recent work includes some off-kilter Minimal Techno-Pop of Cologne’s MBF, and chugging Disco grooves on Wurst, as well as a nu-disco inspired collaboration with Thugfucker’s Holmar Filipsson.
The DC-born, NYC-based producer and DJ John Selway has left his mark on countless styles. Like Elliot, he’s defined by none of them, remaining devoted to his own multi-faceted muse.
John is best known for the ecstatic rush of “Total Departure,” his top-selling single with partner in crime Christian Smith, and for CSM, his long-running deep tech-house and minimal label. But Selway’s roots run deeper than most. He helped spark the late-‘90s electro scene at the helm of Serotonin Records; he worked with deep-house luminaries Deep Dish in their early days; he produced hard, acid-laced techno as Disintegrator and mind-bending trance tracks as Koenig Cylinders with Oliver Chesler (aka The Horrorist); and he produced remixes with living legend Carl Cox.
In addition to the NDB John collaborates relentlessly with artists like his longtime friend Abe Duque, and his CSM label partner Dave Turov. Selway’s own productions and remixes are darkly glittering, gleefully syncopated dance tracks that effortlessly straddle the techno/house divide, sounding as good in headphones as they do at 115 dBs on the dancefloor.
As the “Neurotic Drum Band,” Elliot and John combine their formidable talents to make dance music fun again, mixing elements of classic House, Italo Disco, Techno, and random audio weirdness into a genre-defying mish-mash that both excites the ears and tickles the fancy.