On tonight’s The Progressive Underground, we have in-studio interviews with global recording artists ALTON MILLER and MAURISSA ROSE. They will officially debut a new track for worldwide release (we’ll hear it first) as well as help us delve into their respective music catalogs.
Detroit-based producer, singer, and percussionist Alton Miller has been playing a fundamental role in defining Detroit House Music for over two decades.
Born in Chicago and raised in Detroit on Stevie Wonder, Santana, Parliament Funkadelic and the Philly Sound, Alton’s early roots in soul music led to an affinity for clubbing and the perfect storm of music, dance, and skill that is required to create it. Alton began developing his deejaying skills under the electrifying energy of House Music founding fathers like Larry Levan and Timmy Regisford, whereas he was oftenly going to Ron Hardy’s Music Box and Frankie Knuckles’s private loft partie in Chicago with some of his Detroit friends including a certain Derrick May.
A few years after, Alton along with his like-minded friends Chez Damier and George Baker, opened the legendary dance club, The Music Institute in Detroit in 1988. Since then, Alton has lived in Paris and South Africa, where he pursued his musical creativity process while representing the Detroit vibe. His travels allowed him to discover other cultures and to make a name for itself all around the globe. He toured in a lot of countries including Japan, Australia, South Africa, Europe and New Zealand. He has also had the pleasure of recording with some of the best independent labels in the industry, including Defected, Planet E, King Street, Nitegrooves, Trackmode Records, Seasons and Octave Lab.
Alton Miller re-introduced his label InnerMuse Recordings with his own signature sound on “Whereabouts Known.” During Movement 2016 in Detroit, Alton Miller played with Chez Damier for the first time since the Music Institute closed in 1989, during a party organized by fellow DJ Kai Alce. Alton Miller also inaugurated the new Adeen Record label with a first EP, called “More Positive Things”. He released another EP “The Vault” on Italian DJ Volcov’ record label, Neroli late 2016.
RELEASES & COLLABORATIONS
Putting in work in the studio while in South Africa on a four month DJ tour, Alton has completed remixes for South African and international artists such as Ree and Monique Bingham of DJ Christos’s Katsaitis music group. He is currently working on remixes for the U.K. soul singer Omar whose is featured on the tune Benefit from the Boddhi Satva album Transition. Alton is also working on a new remix for his number one Traxsource release from 2010 When The Morning Comes with world renowned artist and Parliament/Funkadelic keyboardist extraordinary Amp Fiddler. Alton has teamed up with Detroit’s own R&B singer Maurissa Rose on the very soulful Bring Me Down due out on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature imprint later this year.
Last but not least, Alton will release his own album, which has been three years in the making featuring some of South Africa’s biggest names in House music such as KB, Tumelo, Zano and Bantu Soul along with Detroit’s artists Sky Covington, Maurissa Rose and Amp Fiddler.