Axel Willner, who releases music as The Field, is a Swedish electronic music producer and DJ from Stockholm. Now based in Berlin, The Field has made a name for himself by blending micro-samples of traditional pop songs into atmospheric minimal techno. He... ... read more
Axel Willner, who releases music as The Field, is a Swedish electronic music producer and DJ from Stockholm. Now based in Berlin, The Field has made a name for himself by blending micro-samples of traditional pop songs into atmospheric minimal techno. He also has experience playing guitar in punk bands thanks to early inspiration from groups like Misfits and Dead Kennedys.
The electronic music scene of the mid-90s inspired Willner to take to the turn tables. He started with drone and Warp-influenced intelligent dance music, and by the 2000s began producing guitar-based ambient music using pseudonyms including Lars Blek, Porte, Cordouan, and James Larsson. Willner also started performing alongside fellow Swedish musicians like Andreas Tilliander, Sarah Nyberg Pergament (a.k.a. Action Biker), and Johan Skön.
Willner took on the stage name “The Field” in 2003. The next year, he inked a deal with big-time German label Kompakt, which released The Field’s first full-length album, From Here We Go Sublime (2007). The record received critical acclaim from around the world, with The Field supporting the album through extensive touring in North America and Europe. The Field live shows at that point also included appearances at Pitchfork Music Festival, Sónar, Field Day, and All Tomorrow's Parties.
Soon Willner decided to branch out from solo touring and incorporated a backing band into his shows. The Field concerts also abandoned laptops in favor of live mixing with synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines.
The Field's second album Yesterday and Today (2009), along with his third LP Looping State of Mind (2011), both use organic instrumentation and have furthered the critical acclaim The Field has earned throughout his career.
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