juan atkins

Your average raver in 2014 probably doesn’t know who that influential figure is pictured above in front of a rack of knobs and dials (hint, he’s the legend who gave birth to a radical new music movement back in the 80s). In fact, many enthusiasts today probably don’t think much about the origins of EDM in general, and who could blame them? With electronic music’s popularity at an all time high, and events that draw tens of thousands of people, it’s probably hard to imagine a time when it was only hardcore renegades who made the scene. Well this week’s Throwback Thursday takes you back to one of the places where it all started.

Detroit Techno City tells the story of the humble origins of techno, its export to Europe and how true Electronic Dance Music took over the world. Peep the documentary in full below.

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