Techno is a particular genre of electronic music characterized by pulsing kick drums, hypnotic sequences and deep bass sounds. Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May created this fascinating electronic music style and gained worldwide recognition as The Belleville Three. An underground scene grew around the three and other pioneering acts, such as Mad Mike Banks, Jeff Mills, and Eddie Fowlkes.
After international acclaim, The Belleville Three branded their dance music as Techno for the first time in 1988 to differentiate it from other styles like the Chicago House that was also popular in Europe. The name represented the industrial and futuristic sound they had created which absorbed inspiration from daily life in Detroit.
The string of revolutionary techno singles began with “Alleys of Your Mind” in 1981 and peaked with hits like “No UFOs,” “Strings of Life,” and “Good Life” which sold thousands of records and became popular on dance floors across not just the USA but also in Europe. A few years later, the key players of Detroit Techno opened a club; The Music Institute. Even though it was short-lived, many of the club’s patrons would emerge as the second wave of Detroit techno in the early 1990s.
Legendary Techno producer Richie Hawtin began his career djing in the city when he was only 17. His father was a technical engineer at General Motors and a huge fan of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream therefore he introduced Hawtin to electronic sounds since a young age. Together with Canadian DJ John Acquaviva, he founded the label Plus-8 in 1989 and started to release tracks under the pseudonym F.U.S.E which many critics consider one pioneer of IDM (Intelligent Dance Music).
Around the same time Techno spreads around Europe and later around the world. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the people once divided by a concrete sphere united to experience a genre of electronic music they never seen before. Inspired by freedom and hedonism several legendary clubs such as Tresor, Der Bunker and E-Werk influenced the overall club culture of the city. Berlin embraced Techno and several abandoned buildings, bunkers and power plants became underground clubs.
Nowadays in the four corners of the globe you can probably enjoy a Techno party in countless clubs that push this style forward such as Berghain, Fabric and OHM. There are countless of Techno focused festivals around the globe, the biggest example being Time Warp in Germany which gathers thousands of techno heads every April.