Techno, a form of electronic music similar to disco, began in Detroit, Michigan in the 80’s. The group credited with the start of this genre is the Belleville Three: three black high school students who wanted to make music that took elements from different genres. Their names were Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May. 

The Belleville Three drew inspiration from all different genres of music, ranging from disco and funk to even blues and jazz. One of the main elements taken from disco is the drums and 4/4 time signature.