The History of Electronic Music in 26 Records

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During a one-hour Q&A, Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins took us through the roots of Detroit techno in 26 records. From funk, disco and new wave to 80s floor-fillers, Atkins explained how each track made their stamp on his musical evolution. The list will help you understand why this legend, labeled techno’s Godfather, is known for his musical diversity.

1. ‘Family Affair’ by Sly and the Family Stone (1971)
“This was the first record I ever bought at the age of 10 on the bottom floor of a Motown records store. It’s probably one of the first records where they used the drum machine and I subconsciously heard techno when listening to this song. It stands out because it was really motivating.”

2. ‘You and Your Folks, Me and My Friends’ by Funkadelic (1970)
“This is another group with a similar sound but the first Funkadelic record I’ve heard.”

3. ‘Give Up the Funk’ by Parliament (1975)
“This is a floor-filler that would get played at basement parties I used to throw.

“Going back to my 10th birthday, my father bought me an electric guitar where the amp was built into the case and Garry Shider from Funkadelic, who I met years later, offered to buy that guitar from me. It was crazy that one of my idols wanted to buy my guitar.”

The rest of the article is fascinating. Read it.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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