Tim Baker - DJ/Producer
This native Detroiter has made his charismatic presence felt in the arts and entertainment industry as a DJ, promoter, clothing designer and producer. His insight and passion for music began advancing over 20 years ago in 1984 when he received his first turntables. From there Baker spawned the Elephanthaus collective which hosted notorious underground parties of Detroit circa 1992-1998, fashioned an exceptional street wear clothing line, and finally Baker has created a musical career that has sent him globetrotting throughout the world’s best clubs and festivals.
Tim Baker’s frequent visits to several Detroit underground clubs such as, the Majestic Theater and the Music Institute to hear Derrick May left a lasting musical impression on him. The uninhibited presence of the new music “techno” fueled his eagerness to DJ. As a result, Baker acquired his first residency at the famous Nectarine Club in 1987-1988, where Jeff Mills was also a resident.
In 1990, Tim Baker graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a business degree in marketing. He started his Elephanthaus clothing line in 1993 and began manufacturing ‘club wear’. The Detroit nightlife was his inspiration for his first T-shirt designs. After much success with his Elephanthaus line, he decided to open a clothing store. Over the next six years, he continued to DJ parties while he was designing fashion.
In 1994, Tim Baker played in Europe for the first time at Berlin’s Tresor club. His Djing gigs began to accumulate, so he stopped making clothes and focused on music. In 1997, he started Elephanthaus Records and Baker released his first EP, Black Machines. His musical career has since then evolved and taken him to the likes of the UK, Germany, France and more. He has spun at world famous clubs such as the Tresor Club in Berlin, Florida135 in Spain, The Rex Club in Paris, and he has performed at festivals around the world including The Love Parade held annually in Berlin, the Detroit Music Festival, and the Sonar Festival in Spain.
While constantly striving for a better understanding for the future of his music, Tim moved his home base from Detroit to Chicago in 1998. The move motivated Tim to launch his house label, Real Estate Records. This label combines the forward thinking future funk of Detroit with the soulful edge of Chicago. Tim Baker has also diversified his discography with releases on Spain’s Minifunk Label, Ovum in the U.S., BML in the U.S., and several others. In spring 2003 the release of Tim Baker’s first single on Nova Mute entitled “Addicted”. In 2006, Baker placed two of his songs in the video game Table Tennis for Rockstar games.
For the 21st century, Tim Baker will continue to uphold the repertoire of his labels by discovering innovative and creative talent. Tim extends his music capacity to new territories acquainting the world with his unique sound and vision. Tim’s undeniable propelling force is to provide World Class DJ performances, incredible production and quality entertainment for the masses.
“The only key to unlock the future is remembering what you did in the past”