Techno godfather Kevin Saunderson brings Detroit beat to Elixir


  • Tafari K. Stevenson-Howard
Most of the last four decades of electronic dance music (EDM, breaks, electro-industrial, et fucking al) wouldn’t exist without Detroit techno. And Kevin Saunderson is one of that movement’s pillars and torch-bearers. Saunderson went to school with fellow legends Juan Atkins and Derrick May, becoming inspired to start making music himself after he witnessed his two former school-friends painstakingly craft the classic X-Ray single “Let’s Go” in 1986. He quickly found his own sound: a hard-driving yet insatiably catchy rhythmic attack. Early efforts from Saunderson like “The Sound,” Kreem’s New Order homage “Triangle of Love” and Reese & Santonio’s “Truth of Self-Evidence” demonstrated that he had caught up with his peers in no time flat. And don’t get us started on his side project Inner City’s twin “Good Life” and “Big Fun” late ’80s singles: pristine, soulful techno-pop that is untouchable still. The ensuing decades have seen countless releases, side projects, DJ gigs and running the KMS record label without pause. This man is living history. Get excited.

10 p.m. Saturday, March 9 | Elixir, 9 W. Washington St. | 407-985-3507 | | $15-$250

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