Detroit’s Techno Scene Builds The City’s Musical Future

The Resident Advisor crew continue their new video series with a trip to the birthplace of techno and Motown, Detroit, the 18th most populous city in the U.S. and a place that was once at the center of the auto industry boom which has since then been economically abandoned. There’s a reported 60,000+ abandoned properties in the city but as you’ll see in this short documentary, the musical legacy and future remain strong.

You can’t talk about electronic music without mentioning Detroit. The city’s DJs and producers birthed the genre we now call techno. Detroit, however, has always had a creative streak, due in large part to the boom and subsequent bust of the auto industry. Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. Detroit’s importance in the global electronic music scenes is often referred to in the past tense. With the recent emergence of Kyle Hall and other young Detroit producers, however, it’s clear that a spark remains. When we visited, we found a number of artists with their eyes [and ears] firmly set towards the future. After our time there, it’s clear that Detroit will endure and innovate for years to come.

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