Detroit Legends no2 : Derrick May
Detroit Champions, a 3-part series showcasing the artists who gave us techno. Part 2 ft. Derrick May
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One of the greatest living figures in electronic music, Derrick May originated a style that changed the sound and form of popular music across the world: techno.
Born in Detroit on April 6, 1963, May met the other founding fathers of techno, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson while he was a teenager studying at Belleville High School. Inspired by European electronic sounds and black American dance music, May, Atkins and Saunderson – who would become known as the ‘Belleville Three’ – began to DJ together at parties and clubs under the name Deep Space Soundworks in the early eighties.
May’s 1987 release ‘Strings of Life’ is without question one of the greatest dance floor anthems that will ever exist. In 2016 he returned to the studio for the first time in decades to record with Luxembourg-born classical pianist Francesco Tristano. The resulting album, ‘Surface Tension’ was released on his legendary Transmat label.
Today Derrick continues to tour the world, from is hometown to Europe and beyond, spreading the language and love he created over 30 years ago.