Tresor, the legendary techno nightclub brand based in Berlin, are building a new venue in Detroit.
Tresor boss Dimitri Hegemann first mentioned the idea of a stateside arm of the club in 2016, and now the new venue, titled The Packard Plant Project, appears to be fully underway.
Tresor owner Dimitri Hegemann revealed his desire to open a new club in Detroit in 2014, when he began talks with officials about redeveloping the abandoned car factory Fischer Body Plant No. 21.
Those plans never came to fruition, but now Hegemann could be set to team up with Arte Express, a firm owned by Fernando Palazuelo that bought the disused Packard Plant on Detroit’s east side in 2013.
London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts has announced that it will host a new exhibition called Detroit: Techno City, which will run from Wednesday 27th July to Sunday 25th September.
The exhibition explores the musical and social influences that informed the emergence of Detroit techno music from the mid-80s onwards. It will focus on how the Belleville Three, made up of Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, were at the forefront of a generation pushing the boundaries of electronic music and their sound’s subsequent rise in popularity.
To coincide with Detroit’s Movement Festival, Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan has officially recognised the week of the festival as Detroit Techno Week.
“Last year, thousands of people from the region and across the globe converged on Detroit for the music festival; and Detroit becomes a tourist destination for music lovers, making the downtown entertainment venues, casinos, hotels and restaurants abuzz with activity during this 36-hour festival,” reads the official Certificate of Recognition issued by the City of Detroit.
On Saturday 21st November, we're are honoured to welcome two of the most respected names in deep house to Egg LDN for the next DJ Mag Sessions. (got tickets?) One hailing from Detroit's first wave, the other a more recent New York talent inspired by it.
Detroit first wave don still strong
The trouble with history is that it changes depending on who tells it. So it is that Detroit techno has three main characters, but a whole cast of unsung heroes. For every Juan Atkins, Omar S and Carl Craig over the years, there are tens if not hundreds of people who were there, living the life and making the tunes, that got sadly written out of the story over here in Europe. People like Anthony 'Shake' Shakir and Blake Baxter rarely get talked about in the same tones as Moodymann or Jeff Mills, but they should.
Kicking off on 14th June at Space Ibiza, Carl Craig will be joined by one of the Motor City’s brightest talents and ULTRAMAJIC label founder Jimmy Edgar, alongside huge Detroit music lover and jackin’ house DJ, Heidi.
After the success of last summer’s event, Charivari Detroit is back! This year will see the festival move site to Belle Isle State Park — the largest city based park in the United States — on 1st and 2nd August, no doubt to accommodate the huge line-up they have in store. And what’s more, it’s completely free.
Movement Festival is back for another year with a line-up that's set to make your eyes water! Featuring the best of Detroit's techno heavy hitters from the last 3 decades — think legends like Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Terrence Parker — Movement will run over the last weekend of May at Detroit's Hart Plaza.
"The universe is all about creativity, it's all about learning, it's all about knowledge," Jimmy Edgar ventures when we sit down to talk about Ultramajic, the label and visual aesthetic that he’s conjured up with Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart) and artist and designer Pilar Zeta. It’s something, certainly, that his life has embodied.