At any given moment, countless people are listening to electronic music, much of it directly influenced by a sound coming from the Motor City, the former home of Motown and the birthplace of a genre known to the world as Detroit Techno.
The year 2010 is an exciting time for the Detroit electronic music community as it marks the 25th anniversary of the birth of Techno in the city. To celebrate, a collective of artists from Detroit past and present will be coming together to perform under the banner D25: Detroit Twenty Five. Included in this collective will be some of the most influential and respected artists to emerge from the city including Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Mike Banks, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin and many others. Throughout 2010 and into 2011, these unique collaborative D25 events will be taking place worldwide celebrating this momentous occasion in Detroit music history and the lasting impact of both the music and the many artists associated with it.
Reflecting on the past twenty-five years of Detroit Techno and what makes the music from the city special, Carl Craig recently commented, "I think the economic devastation that the city has endured over the last 30-odd years helped us to fantasize about a brighter future, it is this fantasy that we put into our music." Meanwhile, Kenny Larkin remarked, "Detroit Techno has something that is indefinable, something that is missing from a lot of music today. Simply put I'd call this "soul." I don't mean soul as in the "Soul Brotha-Black Pride." I mean an entity in the music that elicits feelings deep inside you that triggers warm fuzzy emotions." Something many are sure to be feeling at D25 nights around the globe this coming year.
Its very fitting that Melbourne, as the techno capital of Australia has been chosen as one of the select few cities and the first in Australia to host one these monumental D25 events. Melbourne, its time to celebrate Detroit, time to celebrate our long techno history, lets celebrate in style.