All About Detroit Techno

What, Where, How?

The genre of music entitled Techno music is a form of electronic dance music. The genre emerged during the mid to late 1980s in Detroit, Michigan. Techno music emerged from the growth and progression of technology in America. Many styles of Techno music exists, but Detroit Techno is the foundation of all Techno. What makes Techno so different than other genres created by Black people, is its devotion to electric forms instruments. Techno instruments include computers, multi-track mixers, drum machines, and samplers. The strength of percussive rhythms and tempo is what makes Detroit Techno so popular. Detroit Techno infuses many rhythms, specifically funk rhythms. Black electronic music was fun and dance-able. It followed a four beat count, which makes it more dance-able.  Everyone, like in disco, danced to Techno music. The disco vibes with funk tunes and electronic beats created rhythm and movement. Techno music became the ultimate dance music of its time.

Classic Techno Music


Three prominent creators of Techno music are Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick Mays. The three of them all met when they were thirteen years old. They all later created music and record labels that have blossomed Detroit Techno music.

Juan Atkins

Atkins created Metroplex, the recorded label founded in 1985. Atkins created 2 other recording names: Model 500 and Infiniti.

Derrick Mays

Derrick Mays brought his record label, Transmat, world wide recognition for his contribution in the techno realm.

Kevin Saunderson

Kevin Saunderson created his record label, KMS, with intentions to find new talent and create great influential music.

Social Influence of Techno Music

Techno music was internationally influential. Black Techno artists were creating music that could be listen to and created anywhere. Soon, Techno became very big within both the U.S. and European countries. Because of the success of Techno music, other genres like Hip Hop and House music can thrive off of technically elements.

Imani Wingfield

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