This new film looks at the “true origins” of Detroit techno



The real grandfathers of electronic music.

A new documentary exploring the roots of techno – as told by its originators – is on the way.

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God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno examines how the city became the epicentre of techno in the 1980s, its global rise in popularity and how the music business has since betrayed these black artists.

Producers like Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, and Santonio Echols may be known in Europe, but – especially in the US – these electronic pioneers are still largely unrecognised on an international scale.

Directed by Kristian Hill and produced by Jennifer Washington, the duo “came together to document what (they) believe is Detroit’s most natural resource – dance music,” explains Hill.

Today, the EDM industry rake sin over $7.1 billion worldwide, however not a single black musician is listed as a top earning electronic artist in 2018.

God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, to raise money for music clearance and finishing costs.

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