Some of Detroit’s most influential house and techno artists — including Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson — have been presented with lifetime achievment awards by Detroit’s City Council.
The awards were presented to the artists for their “outstanding achievement or service to the citizens of Detroit."
“It was never really a hobby for me. I always knew from an early age that I wanted to be a rock star,” Atkins told The Detroit News. “My father bought me an electric guitar when I was 10 years old. But even then, he was watching. He knew I had an affinity for music.”
Movement Festival organiser Paxahau Events, Underground Resistance and Submerge Techno Museum were also recognised.
"I would like to pay honor and pay tribute to those who helped found this genre," Detroit councilor Scott Benson said. "Most of the music is seen in dance clubs and around the world. The fact that it was established here in Detroit needs to be reflected here and identified as well as just celebrated."
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