Anthony Child (UK)

Live set Terra SOMA


Anthony Child, better known as Surgeon, is an English electronic musician and DJ. He has released on his own labels Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension. Major labels such as Tresor, Soma and Harthouse, have also released original material and remixes by Surgeon. He was recognized as one of the first DJs to use Ableton Live and Final Scratch to supplement his DJ sets. In 1994, he released his eponymous debut ep on Downwards Records. His production, remixes and DJ repertoire are inspired by krautrock and industrial music groups such as Faust, Coil and Whitehouse. Relevant was the influence of Coil; most of the track titles on the album “Force and Form” are direct references to their recordings. Child also draws from Chicago house, techno, dub and electronica, as well as non-musical works by Mike Leigh, David Lynch, William S. Burroughs, Bret Easton Ellis and Cindy Sherman. Child is also known for several artistic collaborations, which include tonal experiments with Mick Harris, British Murder Boys with Regis and with Ben Sims as Frequency 7. He has also opened for Lady Gaga, performing with Lady Starlight.