Grant Kwiecinski has found his zen. Better known to fans as the saxophone-slinging GRiZ, the 28-year-old producer, DJ and instrumentalist is one of those precious few artists who practices exactly what he preaches. The face behind the hashtag #showlovespreadlove is warm and welcoming, but underneath his clever quips and mile-long smiles is a real person who’s not afraid to talk about the stuff that keeps him up at night.
Juan Atkins has always been, in his own words, “a music lover”. Growing up in Detroit, he would treat his parents’ dinner parties as an opportunity to act as DJ for the night, taking control of the record player to share what was catching his ear as a young, impressionable teenager. This was some years before he would first be exposed to synthesizers and electronic music, and go on to form countless essential partnerships as a producer, DJ, label owner and mentor.
“There’s something about Cybotron, in the name, that has picked up a cult status over the years”
DJ Minx has stood at the core of Detroit’s club scene for over 20 years now. Motor City born and bred, the stalwart DJ, producer and Women On Wax collective/label founder, has stood as a champion for her hometown’s sound.
A kickstarter has been launched to help publish the photobook They Call Me Grandma Techno by Detroit photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey.
Started by Detroit Techno Foundation, 1xRUN and Paxahau, and the producers of Movement Festival, the book features photos taken by the local hero at the festival between 2007 – 2018.
Tidal have announced a $1 million grant program aimed at helping emerging artists, called 'Tidal Unplugged'.
Funded by venture capital financiers Robert Nelsen and Mark Lampert, the program pilot will centre on Detroit, where local artists can submit their music as a form of applying for part of the grant money.
The money can be put towards expenses like studio hire and new equipment, and the finalists will record four songs which will be distributed with Tidal promotional support.
Jeff Mills will launch his new ‘Director’s Cut’ re-issue series on Axis records this week.
The first edition of the project features four tracks from throughout his catalog, including a previously unreleased version of his 2005 cut, ‘Suspense’. The retrospective release also features 1995’s ‘Gamma Player’, 2000’s ‘Transformation B’ and ‘Hydra & Synergy’.
Moodymann was reportedly arrested at gunpoint today (16th January) while on his own property.
The legendary Detroit DJ/producer – real name Kenny Dixon Jr – shared a since-deleted video to his Instagram in which he described a situation where armed police surrounded him in his backyard demanding proof of ownership. Despite his being in possession of his keys for the house, police reportedly charged him with breaking and entering.
Jeff Mills has launched a new sub-label, Str Mrkd, from his own Axis Records.
The Detroit techno pioneer has named Str Mrkd after his 2014 track of the same name, and the label's accompanying, as-yet unreleased four track 12" will also bear the title. The label has promised that the four techno cuts will be "new thinking for a new time". Record shops have claimed that the EP is arriving soon.
“I’m living my favorite love affair with music right now and want to shout it out to the universe!”
DJ Holographic describes herself as “a one-woman funk machine born and raised on Detroit Music”. Her mission, she says “is to serve a mix of musical cuisine that contains consuming house beats, passionate R&B, and unreserved nu-disco.”
Corley’s background in DJing is, as you might expect, steeped in the history of her hometown. The artists, venues, DJs and promoters that inspired her are the ones that helped mould the city’s legendary culture into what it is now, while being able to count the likes of The Black Madonna as a friend and mentor has meant her determination is always forward looking.
DJ Bone will release his second full-length LP of 2018 on 7th December.
Set for release via his own Subject Detroit label, ‘Beyond’ is the second part of a trilogy of albums, with a third set to land in early 2019. The albums were all written upon the longstanding DJ and producer’s return to his home city of Detroit in 2017.
You can hear that in every corner of ‘Beyond’, an 11-track album stacked with classic Motor City sounds from the propulsive, defiant beats to the otherworldly electro melodies and hooks, all weaving through its impeccable techno foundation.