Adventurous, often confrontational but always playful, a DJ set from LA's Ashland Mines, aka Total Freedom, draws dancers into a whirlwind of ever-evolving texture and sensation.

Mines is an original member of Fade To Mind (a crew that includes Kingdom, Prince William, Nguzunguzu and Fatima Al-Qadiri), his adventurous, cross-genre style sits well with his peers, though you won't find anyone who mixes quite like he does. His sets are hyperactive, deconstructive and informed by a love for horror. They're heavy on regional club sounds, exclusive tracks from his friends and his own weird edits and remixes, where Mines takes pop culture icons and places them in macabre new settings. Drum tracks are wielded like blunt weapons and familiar voices are brutalized by vicious noise, like some inversion of the clichéd gay-club-Top-40-remix.

Mines has now gone from local curiosity to a widely-renowned DJ, a move that still feels remarkable given the confrontational weirdness of a typical Total Freedom set. He pops up all over, from frequent stops around Europe to regular appearances at Venus X's fêted GHE20G0TH1K party in New York, or the roaming Janus events in Berlin.


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