The city of Detroit celebrates Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, and Kevin Saunderson with ‘Spirit of Detroit’ award
Techno has come far since it burst out of Detroit in the 1980s – in fact, a recently-released IMS Business Report revealed the genre as the most purchased on Beatport. The music is heavily supported in its birthplace, with Movement festival bringing thousands to the city annually on a pilgrimage to hear its top pioneers in addition to the mayor dubbing the week around the festival “techno week.”
Now its primary founders have been recognized in a momentous way. As Movement’s ten year anniversary nears fruition, the Detroit City Council has presented Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, and Jeff Mills with the “Spirit Of Detroit” award, a lifetime achievement granted to citizens who’ve provided outstanding contributions to citizens. “I would like to pay honor and pay tribute to those who helped found this genre,” said Scott Benson of the award.
Paxahau events, Movement’s organizers, were also recognized in addition to the Submerge Techno Museum. Benson elaborated further: “Most of the music is seen in dance clubs and around the world. The fact that it was established here in Detroit needs to be reflected here and identified as well as just celebrated.”
h/t: DJ Mag