1962 : Juan Atkins Born, Godfather of Techno, Originator of Detroit Techno Music

September 12, 2018 all-day

Juan Atkins (born September 12, 1962) is an American musician. He is widely credited as the originator of techno music, specifically Detroit techno along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. The three, sometimes called the Belleville Three, attended high school together in Belleville, Michigan, near Detroit. Here’s a sample of Atkin’s techno music via YouTube.

After more than three decades in the scene, Juan Atkins is still performing and making new music. Stateside’s Emily Fox spoke with Atkins about the legacy of Detroit techno.

Sources :

Juan Atkins wikipedia entry, which says he was born December 9, 1962.

Juan Atkins Encyclopedia.com entry which says he was born on September 12, 1962.

Juan Atkins Discography at Discogs

Stateside Staff, “Techno music has its roots in Detroit”, Michigan Radio, February 2, 2015.

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