K-HAND is one of Detroit’s true legends. For close to three decades, the Motor City native has stood as an oft-unsung champion of the sounds that have defined its landscape. From soulful, sample-heavy house with more swing than a large playground to gritty, motorik techno, she has notched close to 50 EPs and albums on her longstanding Acacia Records since she launched it in 1990.
The past few months have seen her play in every corner of the globe, from the U.S to Finland, across Australia and New Zealand to Hong-Kong, South Korea, Japan…
“And Mumbai, India also! And I just returned from Italy and Kiev, Ukraine with Nastia.” she tells DJ Mag. “What amazing locations and venues… [It’s] busy as usual, although I was quite busy last year as well. This time I’m touring new locations, which makes me even more happy to see all of my fans and friends in one place dancing.”
Detroit’s Octave One will release their first new music as Random Noise Generation since 2006 this Friday 27th April.
The brothers Lenny and Lawrence Burden debuted the project back in 1991 with ‘Falling in Dub’ and have since used the moniker as a vehicle for propulsive, industrial fuelled techno, with their blistering live sets serving as a true indicator of their unstoppable influence.
Legendary Detroit DJ/producer extraordinaire Moodymann has teased a new album, set for release in June.
Last week, the sample maestro and dancefloor innovator shared a new track, ‘Got Me Coming Back Right Now’, featuring regular collaborator Amp Fiddler and his band, Amp Dog Knights.
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.
Motor City Parties
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.