1987 Jeff Mills began as a DJ under the name "The Wizard " in his weekly radio show perform at the Detroit station WJBL. From 1988 he produced together with Anthony Srock industrial music under the name Final Cut. A little later, he and Robert Hood and Mike Banks the record label Underground Resistance, whose publications the Detroit techno -defined and strongly influence. Since 1989, Mills also produced solo first plates.
After an argument with Mike Banks Mills moved to New York in 1991 and founded his own label, Axis Records. He also produced for the Berlin label Tresor Records and found a home at this time in Berlin. Opened in 1992, Axis a branch in Detroit, but this was closed in the same year. A year later left Mills New York and moved with his label to Chicago. In 1995, Mills introduces his new sub-labels Purpose Maker. In December 2001, it was called another sub label to life with Axis 9.
In 2000, the Americans released on Tresor Records, a techno version of the soundtrack of Fritz Lang's film Metropolis from the year 1926., The " thin man " as dubbed him the trade press often so discovered his love for the dubbing of films. Some critics accuse Mills of having dismembered the film too much. From the other hand this work is highly praised. In 2005, he set to music " The Three Ages " by Buster Keaton, originally from the year 1923. On July 2, 2005 Mills appeared with the Orchestra of Montpellier at the Pont du Gard, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the structure of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the first time since the era of the Underground Resistance DJ was a live act. Mills acted in the midst of a high-caliber classical orchestra mainly with his Roland TR 909 Many of his classics such as " The Bells " and the UR- pieces "Amazon " and " Sonic Destroyer" were reinterpreted. The DVD recording was released in 2006 under the name Blue potential in the vault.
His publications on the Label Axis are a mixture of the slightly sinister ambience of Detroit techno and a shift to futuristic experimental structures. Your typical sound lifted from long time from other publications and gave them a high recognition value. Releases on the label Purpose Maker geared more towards techno clubs and are functional and thus very popular with techno DJs. The on the " Kat Moda EP" (catalog number PM -002) published track "The Bells" is one of his greatest hits.
As a DJ, Jeff Mills is known for its rapid, spontaneous Mixstil. He often changes the sheets every minute and throws the used discs behind you. " X -103 - Atlantis" was included in the list Wire The Wire 's " 100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening ) ".