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Juan Atkins

Juan Atkins is a major electronic music pioneer from Detroit. He appeared behind aliases such as Cybotron, Model 500 and Infiniti and has released many classics of sublime Detroit Techno. Experimenting with fusing the extra-terrestrial funk of Parliament Funkadelic with the futuristic rhythms and hard math of Kraftwerk and the progressive dance theorems proposed by Giorgio Moroder, the Model 500 12″s laid the blueprint for Detroit Techno. Along with the tracks made by two schoolmates, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, Detroit Techno quickly made its way across the Atlantic and immediately sparked the emerging rave culture. Moving through the later 80’s as Model 500, Atkins continued as one of the most sought after producers of electronic music throughout the 90’s. He has mastered the technique of soaking up new rhythmic elements from contemporary dance music while keeping his instantly recognizable sense of melody intact. Juan Atkins is widely credited as one of the originators of Techno music. His music productions and DJing affect and shape the worldwide techno scene up until today.