A billboard has been erected in Detroit to remind the public that the city is the birthplace of techno.
Located at the Russell Industrial Center, a complex of studios and shops located at 1600 Clay Avenue, it has replaced an advertisement for Detroit’s Movement festival.
The billboard had played host to the festival advertisement for the last year, before being replaced by the new one, which reads "Detroit is the birthplace of techno music".
Although Detroit can legitimately lay claim to being the birthplace of techno, the city maintains an uneasy relationship with the music it helped spawn. On the one hand, the scene in the city is virtually non-existent (fascinatingly documented in Laurent Garnier’s ‘Electrochoc’), yet on the other it continues to churn out incredibly talented producers in impressively peerless fashion.
To celebrate the launch of DJ Mag's March UK issue (Miami special), we are hosting an exclusive party with a very, very special guest in our London HQ on Thursday 1st March. The unannounced Detroit legend is one of the founding fathers of Techno.
DJ Bone is set to spin at #DJMagHQ this Friday 2nd February as part of our weekly exclusive live stream series.
We’re truly excited to welcome the Detroit legend – also known as Differ-Ent – with his signature three-deck mixing to the party in our London office.
You can tune in to the live stream via our Facebook and Youtube pages.
DJ Mag has previously welcomed Carl Cox, Skream, Charlotte de Witte and many more to #DJMagHQ. Watch our previous streams now here.
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In his early days as a DJ, Hawtin would regularly travel ‘over the bridge’ from his hometown of Ontario, Canada to Detroit, where techno forefathers such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May regularly played. Watching their approach and playing in the same circles hugely inspired his future career.
Deadmau5 is enjoying quite an end to 2017. Not content with collaborating with fledgling R&B producers or raising money for children’s hospitals, the Canadian superstar is now adopting his Testpilot show for a special New Year show.
Going down at Brooklyn nightclub Depot 52, the event will see the mau5 billed on the same line-up as Dennis Ferrer and Tensnake, two DJs he’s perhaps not as familiar with as his EDM peers.
Take a tour through Tresor Berlin’s former subterranean home with this recently unearthed clip. The unassuming location on Leipziger Strasse served as the techno landmark’s home from 1991 to 2005.
Launching from behind the turntables, the eerily quiet video makes for an uneasy trek through the cavernous setting. For new entrants into the dance community, this no-budget footage through the garbage-strewn halls will likely serve as the only glimpses of a landmark that amplified the Detroit techno sound across Germany and through Europe.
Ahead of this month's Record Store Day, Curbed Detroit has created a handy map out every single record shop in the city that sells vinyl.
Many of the shops featured on the interactive map will be hosting special Record Store Day events this weekend (Saturday 22nd April).
Wax addicts will find an extensive list of stores that stock everything from Detroit techno to R&B and everything in between.
Third Man Records’ pressing plant opened over the weekend (25th February) with an opening party selling releases by Derrick May and Carl Craig.
The new operation was founded by Jack White (of The White Stripes) and is the first new vinyl pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing opened in 1965.
The 10,000 square-foot Third Man Records factory will be taking outside orders, is able to press up to 15,000 records a day and has 16 full-time members of staff recruited from the Detroit scene.
Mike Banks of Underground Resistance has posted on the Somewhere In Detroit Facebook page, detailing changes at Submerge Distribution, who are responsible the delivery of the techno outfit’s releases.
The message outlines difficulties that independent labels and distributers like Submerge – who also deal with the distribution of Red Planet – face in the continuing vinyl boom, before announcing that Submerge Distribution will be shifting to BandCamp for sales.