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Detroit’s Mike Huckaby Talks Selling Records and Remixing Sun-Ra on the Rave Curious Podcast

Mike Huckaby is a more than a DJ’s DJ. He’s the guy who sold the DJ’s DJs their records while managing the legendary Dance Room at Record Time in Detroit.

The newest episode of the Rave Curious Podcast talks to Huckaby about his days manning the counter as well as vinyl’s resurgence, his obsession with Sun-Ra, and his commitment to teaching the next generation of producers in Detroit while still maintaining a global DJ career of his own.

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Listen to 6AM’s Pioneers of Detroit Techno Playlist

As we all know the 1980s were a landmark era in the history electronic music. It was at the end of the decade that techno began to take form, soon becoming the popular genre that we know today.

All of this would not be possible if not for the pioneering efforts of artists that founded and produced techno in Detroit during those formative years. Detroit artists the likes of Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Santonio Echols, and Will Thomas shaped the sound of techno as we know it, pretty much writing the manual for techno music.

On the eve of this year’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, and as a way of saluting the icons of Detroit techno, we are proud to present our latest Spotify Playlist featuring music produced by the Pioneers of Detroit Techno. Check out our selection and discover their music below:

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#TBT Series: What Was It Like To Be At The First Ever DEMF/Movement In 2000?

Each year at the end of May, thousands of fans descend on Detroit’s Hart Plaza to experience Movement Electronic Music Festival. As most attendees of Movement may know, the festival’s history goes as far back as the year 2000, when the celebration was first called Detroit Electronic Music Festival, or DEMF for short. The annual electronic music event changed named two other times, going simply as Movement in 2003-2004 and as Fuse-In in 2005 before being taken over by Paxahau under the current name.

But what was it like to be in Hart Plaza during the event’s freshman year sixteen years ago? The first DEMF was a landmark celebration that brought visitors from all over the world to celebrate techno in the city that gave birth to the genre. At the time, the City of Detroit injected serious money into DEMF, working with pioneers of techno to put on a weekend festival that went down with few hitches, no reported crime and plenty of injected tourism for the Motor City.

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Movement Detroit Releases Phase 2 Lineup featuring deadmau5 (as testpilot), Richie Hawtin, Mind Against and DVS1

 

The Phase 2 lineup for Movement Detroit is now out, adding the last two headliners for the weekend as well as a flurry of other top-tier techno and house talent.

Richie Hawtin will be taking over the headlining slot on Saturday, while deadmau5 will be returning to Detroit’s Hart Plaza with a special Testpilot performance on Sunday, with the already-announced Carl Cox on Monday night completing a trifecta of headliners for the Main Stage.

Other new names include DVS1, Ben Sims b2b Truncate, Octave One (Live), Sterac, Rebekah (hybrid set) and Asher Perkins on the techno side, as well as Seth Troxler, Mind Against, Cajmere, Red Axes, Honey Dijon and more. See below for the full lineup and head over to Movement’s official website for tickets.

Movement Phase 2

 

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Construction Begins on Detroit’s Packard Plant That Will Feature a Techno Club Headed by Tresor Berlin Owner

Packard Plant Outside

Earlier in summer 2016 we reported that Tresor Berlin’s owner Dimitri Hegemann was eyeing the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit as the possible site for a new techno club.

At the time, news specified that the project would take as long as 10-15 years to complete, and that the techno club construction was was part of a fourth and final phase that also included a hostel and spa. As of today, the club portion of the construction plan should begin in 2018. The other phases include an administration building, a recreation building and an artist studio building. See below for an outline of the planned project.

 

Packard Plant Phase

Work on the factory has now begun officially, as reported on the Packard Plant Project official website, “work has begun and Qualified Teams are on the ground.”

Enjoy some before shots of the administration building below.

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The Saunderson Brothers: The Detroit and Chicago Connection

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Dantiez and Damarii Saunderson, known together as The Saunderson Brothers, have a heavy family tradition to uphold when it comes to electronic music. Sons of legendary techno creator and house elevator Kevin Saunderson, the brothers have been heavily influenced by their father’s legacy as well as that of their home city of Detroit and its profound musical heritage.

Last year the duo put on an impressive performance at Movement Festival’s Made In Detroit stage, a well deserved gig that came hot in the heels of releases on KMS Records and a selection of high-profile remixes including a hot one for MK (Marc Kinchen).

Tonight they are performing in Chicago at Debonair Social Club for Obscure002, an event series put on by collective of music enthusiasts that aim to disrupt the city’s status quo by bringing a unique flavor of nightlife to Chicago. I talked with them briefly about the influence of both Chicago House and Detroit Techno, as well as their relationship with Chicago where they lived in the past.

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Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May Are Planning a Belleville Three Tour for 2017

Belleville Three in action at Awakenings 2010, Amsterdam

Belleville Three in action at Awakenings 2010, Amsterdam

A look back at the history of techno inevitably takes us to Detroit, but also to nearby suburban Belleville High School, on the outskirts of the Motor City. It was in Belleville that Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May united to influence their generation, and countless following it, with the hypnotic sounds of techno.

While the three continued on to have successful solo careers as producers and DJs, they also performed together as a trio best known as the Belleville Three. The last show to see them billed together dates back to 2010, when they played Awakenings in Amsterdam.

In a recent interview with We Got This Covered, Saunderson opened up about a planned reunion for the three techno pioneers, “What I can say for the future is that we’re working on a tour now, for all three of us as the Belleville Three. We’re gonna try to kick it off next year, and it’s gonna start out with DJing and evolve into a much bigger thing, too.”

While nothing more is known about the project, it remains exciting to discover that the three techno icons are working on future plans together. It appears that on top of the tour hinted at by Saunderson, the Belleville Three may further pursue other endeavors in the spectrum of techno. Could it be that recording studio time is on the cards in their imminent future? Only time will tell.

Movement Detroit Releases Official Recap Vid and Announces Special 1-Day Appreciation Sale for 2017

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It hasn’t even been two weeks since I left Detroit and penned my Editorial, and Paxahau has gone ahead releasing the Official Movement Recap Video followed by a very special announcement for 2017.

As a token of appreciation, the festival will be conducting a very special 1-Day Sale on Friday, June 17th from Noon until Midnight EST, allowing dance music fans access to limited quantities of $100 GA tickets and $200 VIP tickets for next year’s 11th Edition of Movement!

To purchase your tickets, go to: http://bit.ly/movement17thanks
Enter the code: DETROIT2017 (code will be active on June 17 at noon).

Read the full statement from Paxahau and Movement here: http://bit.ly/movement17thankyou

Watch the full Recap Video below:

Stream Movement Detroit 2016 Live Throughout the Weekend

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Not going to Detroit for Movement?

Don’t fret, while we cannot bring you to Hart Plaza with us, we can conveniently tell you how you can bring Hart Plaza to the comfort of your home or office!

First up, you will be able to stream BE-AT.TV live throughout the entire weekend. Below is the list of stages and sets that will be streamed, as well as a direct link to each broadcast and an embedded player for each! Read more

The Mayor of Detroit Declares Techno Week 2016 in Honor of Movement

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Detroit will forever be known as the city that gave techno to the world. The genre was born during the mid-to-late 1980s, and remains as popular as ever in no small part thanks to the work of Movement Electronic Music Festival in the 10 years of its existence (and the prior years under different names).

This coming weekend, tens of thousands will descend upon Hart Plaza for yet another three-day music bonanza featuring top-tier talent in techno, house, experimental and a series of other eclectic genres spanning from hip-hop to drum ‘n bass.

In honor of Movement and Detroit’s special role in the worldwide techno Movement, Mayor Mike Duggan has declared this year’s week beginning today May 23rd and ending May 30th as Official Techno Week for the City of Detroit, encouraging residents and visitors to, “come out and celebrate the festivities, as it creates local and international awareness of Detroit’s rising creative culture.”

Going to Movement? Ensure you check out our City Travel Guide and Movement Party Guide to ready for the weekend!

Detroit Techno Week

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