96年にデビューしたニール・オリヴィエラによるThe Detroit Escalator Co.(The D.E.C.)は、デトロイト・テクノのイノヴェイターである、デリック・メイの＜Transmat＞レーベルから、艶やかなピアノフレーズにヒプノティックなスペースシンセが美しく折り重なる、叙情的な作品を発表。ホアン・アトキンスを筆頭とするデトロイト・サウンドの伝統に基づくかのような夢幻の宇宙観を繰り広げ、それを継承する人物である。
PROFILE : Neil Ollivierra is a Detroit-born multi-disciplinary artist who composes electronic music as The Detroit Escalator Co. He first appeared in the early Detroit techno scene as the promoter of The Music Institute (1988-89); the legendary underground after-hours club that served as the pre-release audio testing grounds for the Transmat, KMS and Metroplex record labels. A growing acquaintance with resident dj Derrick May led to his employ as the Transmat label manager during the label's most prolific years (1988-1992), wherein legendary artists such as Carl Craig, James Pennington, and Stacey Pullen first exploded onto the global scene.
The first album by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled 'soundtrack (313),' was released in 1996 on London-based Ferox records. The album, now out of print and rare to be found, is considered a cult-classic. The 2nd album by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled 'Black Buildings,' was Neil's first recording for Peacefrog. Concurrent with the album production, he completed a long-planned series of acrylic oil paintings as part and parcel of the Black Buildings album project. The paintings abstract, monochromatic geometric landscapes were the subject of a solo exhibition at Detroit's Cpop Gallery. Today these paintings hang in homes and corporate environments in Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris and London. In 2001, Peacefrog released a collection of early-era recordings and previously unreleased tracks by The Detroit Escalator Co., entitled "Excerpts."
Ollivierra is currently on creative sabbatical in San Francisco, where he is conducting experimentation with microphone technology and live percussion recordings as a means of introducing an organic thread to his synthesised production process.