"The history of Detroit Techno Music"
The rhythm and dance beat of
in the outskirts of Detroit in the Bellville, MI in 1982.
A young inspired college student named Juan Atkins is
credited with starting the impetus toward techno with is
group, Cybotron. The single "Alley's of your Mind"
was the first released Detroit Techno single. Recorded
earlier than "Alley's" but released later was a hit
single called "Shari Vare". The group that
recorded it was called
"ANumberOfNames," whose members
were Paul Lesley, Sterling Jones and Roderick Simpson. The
surging techno scene was starting to pop all around Detroit in the
early 1980's. The whole
Detroit Techno scene literally rose
from the back yards, basement parties, and high school gyms where
DJs were spinning for $50 a night. Soon the address of
1486-1492 Gratiot became know as Techno Boulevard. There the
studios of Kevin Saunderson's KMS Studios, Derrick May's Transmat
Records and Juan Atkins' Metroplex Records took hold. From
there the annual Detroit Electronic Music Fest was born and
millions came form all over the world to celebrate in the music
Detroit Techno music scene in Detroit has undergone a
transformation recently. The Electronic Music Festival is
now known as the Movement Festival. The leaders of this
music fest have changed hands also. A group headed by
Derrick May is now responsible for spearheading the annual Techno
Festival in Detroit. The future of this Electronic
Music Festival seems to be in the right hands but the funding
continues to be an issue which needs to be addressed to ensure
Detroit is represented for years to come.