Techno Music Legend Juan Atkins on the Origin of the Genre

Atkins reminisces about his discovery of the techno sound with NPR’s Michel Martin and WDET’s Travis Wright

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Producer and musician Juan Atkins is widely credited as the originator of Detroit techno music–along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson–who were sometimes collectively referred to as “The Belleville Three.”   Atkins joined the conversation at The Carr Center with NPR’s Michel Martin and WDET’s Travis Wright on Thursday night. He joined “Detroit Today” in-studio to discuss the joys and challenges of being a Detroit-based artist.

Atkins will be performing this weekend at Movement–as Model 500–at the Red Bull Music Academy, Sunday, May 24 at 11 p.m..

He’ll also has two other performances in Detroit. Find out more here.