Gigs with peers and well-known headliners both from the vicinity and abroad took place in a variety of locations from galleries to clubs, to people’s basements. The influence of his peers at the time buttressed his creative inspiration and ensured forward momentum. The mid 1990’s saw Downer make the move to Toronto and partake in large-scale underground events hosted by Transcendance, Alien Visitation, Ritual & Industry Nightclub among others. This opened him up to many venues across the whole of the city from gritty, decrepit slaughterhouses, to derelict warehouses, out to the forests and beaches, onto tall sailing ships and back to the nightclubs and more intimate nightspots. Gigging alongside many of the peers he met in London, he was also billed with many other luminaries of the techno, ambient and house spheres while holding down various residencies and hosting his own events as Sensor. Eric, working by day as a Data Manager in television and film, maintains his role in Toronto’s musical underground, continuing to gig while developing his production chops in his home studio.
The past year has seen Downer release a string of tracks and remixes culminating in his first full ep on the fast rising Canadian digital imprint, Thoughtless Music. Inspired by new technologies and sounds, mixed with a blend of his past influences, Downer continues his evolution both as a Dj and producer into 2009 on collaborations with Noah Pred (as 0:0) and Jeff Milligan of Revolver Recordings as well as remix work for Repair alumnus Mark Thibideau. Selected Discography Derek Marin - Cut the Line EP (Thoughtless Music 001) Various Artists - Thoughtless Times v.1 (Thoughtless Music 004) Various Artists - Thoughtless Times v.2 (Thoughtless Music 009) Evan Marc feat. Steve Hillage - Dreamtime Resubmerged (Thoughtless Music 015) Eric Downer - Pursuit & recovery EP (Thoughtless Music 016) Various Artists - Thoughtless Times v.3 (Thoughtless Music 017) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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