Ryan Crosson

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Biography

  • Ryan Crosson makes house and techno inspired by the historical precedent set in his native city of Detroit and his adopted hometown of Berlin.
    A Motor City, Berlin, London hybrid, Ryan Crosson is a complex artistic creature. Equal parts energetic, down to earth Detroit native and ultra-refined, musical aesthete, Ryan has one ear to the club and one ear far, far beyond. Known the world over for shape shifting, shoulder shaking tracks on groundbreaking labels including Wagon Repair, M_nus, Spectral Sound, and his own Visionquest, Ryan’s production and sampling practices depart from the worlds of house or techno by referencing musique concrète, Downtown New York funk, and East African jazz. Born and raised on a steady diet of post-apocalyptic landscapes, dark warehouses, and the sounds of Plastikman, Matthew Dear, Magda, and Villalobos, Ryan’s DJ sets expand the horizon of possibility without sacrificing dance music’s core element of sweaty, hedonistic fun. His unique musical vocabulary and tireless dedication ensure him a place in the dynasty of forward-thinking techno transplants.   Alongside Lee Curtiss and Shaun Reeves, Ryan is responsible for running Visionquest Records, one of dance music’s most cherished and eclectic imprints. Ryan and his partners in Visionquest have honed a whole new landscape of lush, organic techno and esoteric leftfield electronica. In 2014, Ryan helped oversee the construction of Visionquest’s newest ventures —their digital arm and sub-label Brachtune, as well as Visionquest Special Editions, a vinyl only imprint that leans towards the kind of after-hours, dubby tracks that will remind long-time friends and fans of Ryan’s early morning sets in the notorious “Tesh Club” basement. An enthusiastic and hardworking DJ, Ryan crisscrosses the World both as a solo act and as part of the Visionquest trio. In past years he's been a regular at such clubs as Fabric, DC10, Cityfox and his personal favorite Club der Visionaere in Berlin. A recent move back to the States finds him settling in Brooklyn, New York with a mind to head back into the studio for multiple long term projects. In addition to EPs on Hallucienda, Visionquest and Roche Madame a second album with long time friend and partner Cesar Merveille is in the works. The new album will see the pair continuing to mesh live classical and jazz musicians with modular and analog based electronics to create a unique twist on contemporary electronic music.
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    Selected discography

    Singles / VA 2020 :: Ryan Crosson :: Four City Hybrid :: My Baby :: 12" 2019 :: Ryan Crosson :: Feet VanVleet :: BLKRTZ :: 12" 2019 :: Theoretical Speed :: 40 Grams of Latency :: Visionquest Special Editions :: 2019 :: Ryan Crosson :: I Hope You Will :: Visionquest :: 12" 2018 :: Ryan Crosson :: Pocket5 :: Unlock :: 12" 2018 :: Ryan Crosson :: Comet Pills :: No. 19 :: 12" 2017 :: Mathew Jonson & Ryan Crosson :: Robots of Dawn :: Visionquest :: 12" 2017 :: Merveille & Crosson :: Dream State :: Visionquest :: 12" 2017 :: Ryan Crosson :: Breathe :: Hallucienda :: digital 2017 :: Ryan Crosson :: What State I'm In:: Monologue :: 12" 2017 :: Theoretical Speed :: Pass The Salt :: Nerv Music :: 12" 2016 :: Ryan Crosson :: Cousteau :: Igloo :: digital 2016 :: Ryan Crosson :: Bogart's Corner :: Brachtune :: digital 2016 :: Ryan Crosson :: MDRNTY :: 12" 2016 :: Visionquest :: The Monstrueux :: Visionquest :: 12" 2015 :: Ryan Crosson :: On The Rise :: Visionquest :: 12" 2014 :: Ryan Crosson :: Bricolage :: Visionquest :: 12" 2014 :: Sweatshop Boys :: Wanna Be More :: Leftroom :: 12" 2014 :: Ryan Crosson :: Two One Three :: Leftroom :: 12" 2013 :: Ryan Crosson, Tale of Us, Aquarius Heaven :: Into Later Habitats :: Visionquest :: 12" 2013 :: Sweatshop Boys :: Wide World :: Leftroom :: 12" 2012 :: Merveille & Crosson :: DRM Part 2 :: Visionquest :: 12" 2011 :: Merveille & Crosson :: DRM Part 1 :: Visionquest :: 12" 2011 :: Butane & Ryan Crosson :: Little Helpers 17 :: Little Helpers for DJs 2010 :: Gerber, Crosson, Guti, Paulus :: Time for A Change :: Supplement Facts :: 12" 2010 :: Birds & Souls :: Birds & Souls :: Spectral :: 12" 2010 :: Ryan Crosson & Guti :: You've Got Me - Supplement Facts :: 12" 2010 :: Ryan Crosson :: Metro Bunker :: EKLO Music 2010 :: Ryan Crosson :: Little Helpers EP - Little Helpers :: digi 2009 :: C.P.R. - A Piece of History :: Wolf + Lamb X :: digi 2008 :: Ryan Crosson :: Under the willow :: alphahouse :: 12" 2008 :: Ryan Crosson :: Confiteria de molino :: wagon repair :: 12" 2006 :: Berg Nixon :: Victoria Station :: m_nus :: 12" 2006 :: Ryan Crosson :: gotham road :: trapez :: 12" 2006 :: Ryan Crosson :: artists have bad haircuts :: telegraph :: 12" 2006 :: Berg Nixon :: box escapce :: m_nus :: 12" 2005 :: Ryan Crosson :: say so :: trapez :: 12" Albums & Album Appearances 2017 :: Merveille & Crosson :: Cerulean :: Visionquest :: 12" 2016 :: Livio& Roby / Ryan Crosson :: Phantom Circle :: Desolat :: 12" 2012 :: Merveille & Crosson :: DRM :: Visionquest :: CD Remixes: 2019 :: Rework :: Loin De Moi :: mp3 / WAV 2019 :: Marc Houle :: Demurals :: Items & Things :: mp3 / WAV 2018 :: Francesca Lombardo :: (RCP Remix) :: Echolette :: 12" 2018 :: Ataxia :: Kodak Moment (Reeves & Crosson Edit) :: Visionquest :: 12" 2018 :: Cali Lanauze :: Come Around Three (Crosson Remixes) :: Opulence :: 12" 2017 :: The Mekanism :: Breath (Crosson Breaks, Ambone Remixes) :: PISI :: 12" 2016 :: Claude Von Stroke :: Who's Afraid of Detroit? (Visionquest remix) :: Dirtybird :: 12" 2016 :: ceparu :: Turin Back Love (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Brachtune :: digital 2016 :: Wareika :: Keen To Rebel ( Crosson's L Stop Remix) :: Visionquest :: 12" 2015 :: Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy :: Tourist Trap ( Visionquest Remixes) :: Rumors :: 12" 2014 :: Chaim :: Underwater (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Visionquest :: 12" 2014 :: Igor Vicente :: Mystericordia (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Mobilee : 12" 2014 :: Sweatshop Boys :: Wanna Be More ( Crosson's DJ Tool Remix) :: Leftroom :: 12" 2014 :: Renato Ratier :: Red Light (Crosson's Drone Experiment Remix) :: D-Edge :: 12" 2014 :: Tim Green :: Helpless Sun (Crosson's Vocal Mood + Ambient Tool Remix) :: My Favorite Robot :: 12" 2014 :: Pezzner :: One Up (Drop of Fears) feat. Amina (Ryan Crosson Remix + Crosson DJ Tool) :: Systematic :: 12" 2014 :: Quilla :: We All Have Shadow (Ryan Crosson's Acid Blast Remix) :: Visionquest Special Edition :: 12" 2013 :: Wareika :: All The Little Things (Visionquest Remix) :: Visionquest :: 12" 2013 :: Jake Fairley - Alkaline (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: My Favorite Robot 2012 :: David Lynch - Pinky's Dream (Visionquest Remix) :: Sunday's Best 2012 :: Footprintz - The Favorite Game (Crosson & Curtiss Remix) :: Visionquest 2012 :: Alex Smoke :: Make My Day (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Soma :: 12" 2011 :: Dinky :: Acid In My Fridge ( Visionquest Remix) :: Cocoon :: 12" 2011 :: Plastikman :: Mind In Rewind (Berg Nixon Remix) :: Minus :: 12" 2011 :: DOP & Seuil :: Prostitute (Visionquest Remix) :: EKLO :: 12" 2011 :: Tracey Thorn :: Swimming (Visionquest Remix) :: Strange Feeling :: 12" 2011 :: Benoit & Sergio :: Boy Trouble (Visionquest Remix) :: DFA :: 12" 2010 :: Nicolas Jaar :: Russian Dolls (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Clown & Sunset :: digital 2010 :: Kenneth J. Gibson :: Something In The Way (Ryan Crosson's Dub Trip Remix) :: Culprit :: 12" 2009 :: Radioslave :: Orchestrating Maneuvers in the Dark (Seth Troxler & Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Om Records :: 12" 2009 :: Kiki :: Good Voodoo (Visionquest Remix) :: BPitch Control :: 12" 2008 :: Gadi Mizrahi :: I Know ( Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Wolf + Lamb :: digital 2006 :: Seth Troxler :: Love Bezerker (Ryan Crosson Remix) :: Beretta Grey :: 12" Mix 2014 :: Matt Tolfrey & Ryan Crosson :: Don't Be Left Out :: Leftroom Records 2011 :: Visionquest :: Fabric 61 :: Fabric Records