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Kevin Saunderson on the History of Techno | Red Bull Music Academy

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If Detroit techno had a Mount Rushmore, Kevin Saunderson’s face would be carved in granite alongside the other members of the “Belleville Three,” Juan Atkins and Derrick May.

Kevin Saunderson explored the history of Detroit techno, from his early musical experiments alongside Juan Atkins and Derrick May to mainstream success with Inner City and creating the first-ever dance remix in his lecture at RBMA Berlin 2018.

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While Atkins and May are known as the originator and innovator of Detroit techno, respectively, Saunderson is often called the elevator for his role in bringing it to the mainstream. In the late ’80s, his group Inner City, which he formed with vocalist Paris Grey, topped UK charts with singles like “Big Fun” and “Good Life.”

A stark departure from the more industrial work of Atkins and May, the pop-minded songs from Inner City’s platinum-selling Paradise (titled Big Fun in the U.S.) and subsequent albums like Fire (1992) soundtracked clubs and raves around the world and inspired countless imitations. In his 30 plus years as a solo artist, Saunderson has recorded hard-hitting techno under several aliases, including Reese, Tronik House, and E-Dancer, releasing many on his record label KMS, which has also released work from artists like R-Tyme, Blake Baxter, and Chez Damier. Of late, Saunderson has passed on his love of electronic music to his children Dantiez and DaMarii, both of whom have become producers and DJs.

4:57 – Meeting Derrick May
13:39 – The importance of the Midnight Funk Association
23:50 – Creating Kreem’s “Triangle Of Love”
33:40 – The story of the term techno
40:42 – Inventing the dance remix
49:55 – How the Reese bassline came to be

15:37 – The Electrifying Mojo – “Midnight Funk Association intro”
18:45 – Cybotron – “Clear”
23:59 – Kreem – “Triangle Of Love”
53:17 – Wee Papa Girl Rapper – “Heat It Up”
54:38 – Wee Papa Girl Rapper – “Heat It Up (Detroit House Mix)”
1:01:01 – Reese – “Just Want Another Chance”
1:04:08 – Renegade – “Terrorist”
1:10:11 – Cameo – “Money”
1:10:58 – E-Dancer – “Velocity Funk”

35:31 – Inner City – “Big Fun”
39:12 – Inner City – “Good Life” Live on Top Of The Pops

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