YOUR CHOICE: DERRICK MAY

Your choice was another Detroit techno legend from its early days – Derrick May.

 

To be honest, I’m not so familar with his work as I am with others of his era. So to crib Wiki: Derrick May, also known as Mayday and Rhythim is Rhythim, is an electronic musician from Belleville, Michigan U.S.A. He was born an only child in Detroit in 1963 and began to explore electronic music early in his life. Along with his Belleville, Michigan high school friends Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, commonly known as the Belleville Three, May is credited with developing the futuristic variation on house music that would be dubbed “techno” by Atkins.
May’s career started in 1987 with the release of a record called “Nude Photo” (co-written by Thomas Barnett), which helped kickstart the Detroit techno music scene. A year later he was following it with what was to become one of techno’s classic anthems, the seminal track “Strings of Life,” which was named by Frankie Knuckles.

 

May has not released any original solo recordings since 1993, but has also produced numerous remixes and has worked on video game and movie soundtracks, including, most recently, music for the new film of the popular combat video game Tekken.
In 2003, he was returned control of Detroit’s popular annual electronic music festival, originally conceived with Carl Craig. He named his event Movement, replacing the Detroit Electronic Music Festival along the city’s riverfront.
Derrick May also still maintains a break-neck performance schedule, playing legendary sets in the best venues on six continents, every weekend. A pioneer of techno, he is a modern day bluesman producing what he calls Hi-Tek Soul or “George Clinton meeting Kraftwerk in an elevator.”

 

Derrick May – Icon
Derrick May – Wiggin

 

Derrick May website

 

~ by acidted on December 27, 2008.

One Response to “YOUR CHOICE: DERRICK MAY”

  1. […] the way back to 1989 for A Guy Called Gerald track remixed by Derrick May (as Mayday), with assistance from Carl Craig in a spatan bleepy mix. Bearing in mind the […]

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