The Detroit Escalator Company

The Detroit Escalator Company

Real Name:
Neil Ollivierra
Neil Ollivierra is a Detroit-born multi-disciplinary artist who composes electronic music as The Detroit Escalator Co. He first appeared in the early Detroit techno scene as the promoter of The Music Institute (1988-89); the legendary underground after-hours club that served as the pre-release audio testing grounds for the Transmat, KMS and Metroplex record labels. A growing acquaintance with resident DJ Derrick May led to his employment as the Transmat label manager during the labels' most prolific years (1988-1992), wherein legendary artists such as Carl Craig, James Pennington, and Stacey Pullen first exploded onto the global scene.

The first album by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled 'soundtrack (313),' was released in 1996 on London-based Ferox records. The album, now out of print and rare, is considered a cult-classic. The 2nd album by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled 'Black Buildings,' was Neils' first recording for Peacefrog. Concurrent with the album production, he completed a long-planned series of acrylic oil paintings as part and parcel of the Black Buildings album project. The paintings abstract, monochromatic geometric landscapes were the subject of a solo exhibition at Detroit's Cpop Gallery. Today these paintings hang in homes and corporate environments in Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris and London. In 2000, Peacefrog released a collection of early-era recordings and previously unreleased tracks by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled "Excerpts."

The Detroit Escalator Company Discography Tracks


The Detroit Escalator Co.* Soundtrack [313] (Album) Ferox Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
The Detroit Escalator Co.* Black Buildings (Album) Peacefrog Records UK 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Detroit Escalator Co.* The Braille EP (EP) Detroit Escalator Co. Records US 1996 Sell This Version
DEC 1 The Detroit Escalator Co.* Shifting Gears(12") Detroit Escalator Co. Records DEC 1 US 1996 Sell This Version
The Detroit Escalator Company Black Buildings EP (EP) Peacefrog Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
The Detroit Escalator Co.* Blue Science / Between Dubnotes: The EP (EP) Peacefrog Records UK 2006 Sell This Version


The Detroit Escalator Company Excerpts (Comp) Peacefrog Records UK 2000 Sell This Version

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April 16, 2004
There's something about the DEC's music that is absolutely timeless. (If you've ever cruised down Woodward and marvelled at the collapse of urban America, or visited the Submerge record shop next to the burned out gas station it might take on even more significance for you.)

Everyone I have played these discs for - no matter what sort of music they like - has felt the same way. Very simple production yet absolutely distinctive - love the cut up broken 909 breakbeats, that have almost a drum and bass sort of feel with them. The whole thing has a dreamy, narrative sort of style to it - these are less "songs" than moods or snippets of life and feeling. Go home to an empty house, pop this in, and think about the past or lost loves...


August 17, 2001
edited over 16 years ago
excellent ambient /w techno influences. recommended for everyone interested in detroit soundscape and ambient!

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