Updated: Nov 2, 2018
Posatronix is William "BJ" Smith. Since an early age, BJ has been fascinated by music, spending hours at a time listening to the radio, where BJ could only dream of one day when perhaps he could begin to do something with this art that was so captivating to him. Growing up during some of the darkest days of Detroit's history, BJ's mindframe was certainly that of very profound feelings about society, and what needed to be done to help bring about change in the way people interacted with each other. Music to him was at least, if anything, an escape from the turmoils of life, and a positive way to redirect his energy into something fruitful.
While attending High School, BJ met Tommy Hamilton, both whom had lots in common with each other; mainly their avid fascination with dancing. Teaming up as partners in the dance group Devo Dancers, as well as the Cosmic Dancers, BJ and Tommy went on to revolutionize the Detroit dance scene with their unique dance routines. Some time later, Hamilton and Smith teamed up with Anthony "Blak Tony" Horton and Keith Tucker to form the R&B group, "Regime". After the group disbanded, BJ went on to join the Air Force, becoming an Airborne Ranger, and serving 4 long years.
In 1995, after Keith Tucker decided to leave AUX 88 to pursue his own solo career, BJ joined his old friend Hamilton, and went on to record some of the group's most notable releases like "Electro/Techno", "Break It Down", and "Is It Man or Machine". The group was also joined by DJ Di'jital as their live DJ, and the group set off on an intense US and European tour, spreading the sounds of Techno Bass music to the world; eventually getting to the point where even MTV was also featuring their videos. After returning home from this amazing experience for all of the members, BJ decided that he wanted to pursue his solo career as well, going on to create "Posatronix".
His first appearance as Posatronix would be on the "Xperience De Bass" compilation on Direct Beat, with the all-time classic "Pure Techno Sound". Direct Beat would later release his first solo EP in 1996, publishing the hit "Shake It" (with assistance from Tommy Hamilton as Executive Producer). The song would later be re-released on the "Techno Bass - The Mission" compilation on Direct Beat, DJ Assault's "Off The Chain For The Y2K" compilation, the "Diamond Grills" compilation by DJ Goon and DJ Koyote, and not long ago, on the "Direct Beat Archives", released in 2009 by Clone.
Into the new millenium, BJ assisted with the production, as well as a Posatronix remix, of the song "Hubble" on Puzzlebox Records in 2003, by the "Metroplex Social Club"; which included Marty Bonds, Keith Tucker, Strand, Tommy Hamilton, and of course, BJ Smith as members. The record also featured mixes by Strand and Optic Nerve.
In 2004, Posatronix released a split EP with "Seq" on Planck Era Records, and in 2005 would see the return of Posatronix, releasing the song "Shake That Thang" on Submerge's "Follow The Leader" compilation. This year, he also released on Tresor's "It's Not Over Yet" compilation, assisting Scan 7 with his song "Over Its Not", playing keyboards, as well as the mixing of the song.
In 2007, Submerge released the song "Condor", on their second volume of their "Follow The Leader" compilations. That year, BJ released his first solo 12" in some time, this one on Cratesavers Muzik, with "Hood Related".
While not having a very big discography under his solo alias, his skills and influence are obvious throughout many of Detroit's most legendary classics of the 90's. Much of this has been very well documented on the new AUX 88 DVD and Blu Ray documentary, which does a great job at telling the real story of Detroit's Techno scene and the influence that all of its members, including BJ Smith, had on the path the music has taken over the years. There is also a brand new tune by Posatronix called "Zentek" that is included in the DVD/Blu Ray pack, and is very much worthwhile checking out!