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Derrick May

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Derrick May (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages audio, 21 April 1992

Detroit pioneer May discusses the state of Techno, and pays fulsome, eloquent tribute to the recently-deceased House legend Ron Hardy.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.5mb, interview length: 20' 09" sound quality: ***

Derrick May (2004)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages audio, 30 August 2004

The techno pioneer tells the whole epic story: his childhood in Detroit; meeting Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins; discovering Chicago house and seeing Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy DJ; making 'Nude Photo' and 'Strings of Life', and being recognised in the UK. Plus a whole lot more...

File format: mp3; file size: 153.4mb, interview length: 2h 39' 48" sound quality: ****

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Back To Jack

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 15 August 1987

2008 NOTE: One year after the big bang of house hype, I was back in Chicago to investigate the latest developments – among them Acid ...

Techno: Don't Fear the Robot

Overview by John McCready, New Musical Express, 16 July 1988

TECHNO – a new Detroit sound vibration – is rocking the House of the future. John McCready checks out the credentials of the Third Wave ...

Derrick May: What Is Techno?

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, 22 September 1990

FOR SOME reason, I'd half expected renowned Detroit techno demon Derrick May to be the quiet, retiring sort. ...

Techno: Watts Going On

Retrospective by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 18 January 1992

AND SO, we hear you say, tell us more about the origins and development of this exciting music you call Techno. ...

Derrick May (1992) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 21 April 1992

This is a transcription of Kris's audio interview with Derrick. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Derrick May & Associates: Relics (Transmat/Buzz)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, 16 May 1992


Godfather of Techno: Derrick May

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, 20 June 1992

These are weird times for techno. It dominates the chart and provides the soundtrack to thousands of blissed-out lives, but there are battles building up ...

The Techno Revolution

Report by Simon Reynolds, Details, July 1992

Four years after its invention in a Detroit bedroom, techno is now dominating dance floors from London to L.A. Is it the next musical insurrection ...

Derrick May: Innovator (R&S) ★★★★★

Review by Calvin Bush, Muzik, July 1998

Domestic release of definitive Derrick May collection ...

Six Machines That Changed The Music World

Guide by Pat Blashill, Wired, 5 January 2002

EVER SINCE Sam Phillips stuffed some wads of paper into an amplifier, inadvertently creating the fuzzed-up, overdriven electric guitar sound on Ike Turner's 1951 rave-up ...

Derrick May (2004) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 30 August 2004

This is a transcript of Bill and Frank's audio interview with Derrick. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...


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