Derrick May

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Derrick May
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Derrick May (2015)
Background Information

Also Know As

Rhythim Is Rhythim, Mayday

Born

April 6, 1963

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Electronic, Techno, EDM

Years Active

1986 - Present

Occupation

Producer, DJ

Label

Transmat

About

Derrick May is one of the few in any genre who has helped to originate a style that has 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, and invigorated by the idiosyncratic broadcasts of Detroit radio presenter The Electriyfing Mojo, 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. The Belleville Three decided to label their sound ‘techno’. Since then, its influence has spread more widely than they ever could have imagined, and can now be heard in everything from the most esoteric of avant-garde electronica to the most commercial of pop hits.



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