Old School Techno Music is Making a Comeback

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Old school techno music is making a comeback and we couldn’t be more excited! If you’re a fan of the genre, or just curious about what all the fuss is about, check out our blog for the latest news and information.

The Origins of Techno Music

Techno music is a type of electronic dance music that originated in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980s. The first techno track is believed to be “Techno City” by Jupiter 8, which was released in 1985. Techno music is known for its serious, dark, and minimalist sound.

Detroit Techno

Motor City. The birthplace of Techno. It all started in the early 1980s with a group of young African American DJ’s and producers who were influenced by the electronic music coming out of Europe, particularly from Germany. These pioneers created their own style of music, fusing together elements of soul, funk, and disco with the synthesizer-based sound of European electronic music. They called it “Techno.”

The first wave of Detroit Techno was led by artists like Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, who were part of a group known as the Belleville Three. These three artists were responsible for creating some of the most iconic tracks in the history of Techno music, including Juan Atkins’ “Cybotron” and Derrick May’s “Strings of Life.”

The Belleville Three weren’t the only ones making waves in the early days of Detroit Techno. Other notable artists from this period include Carl Craig, Robbie Tronco, Eddie Fowlkes, and Kenny Larkin. These producers helped to solidify Detroit Techno’s reputation as a genre that was dark, atmospheric, and sexy.

In the 1990s, Detroit Techno began to gain popularity outside of its hometown. This was due in part to the success of labels like Warp Records and Planet E, which were releasing tracks by Detroit-based artists like Richie Hawtin and Jeff Mills. The popularity of Detroit Techno also grew because of the rise of rave culture in Europe and North America. Rave culture provided a perfect context for Techno music to thrive, as it was all about dancing all night long to pulsing electronic beats.

Today, Detroit Techno is enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to a new generation of artists who are carrying on the legacy of the genre’s pioneers. If you’re looking for some quality deep cuts, check out tracks by Kai Alce, Marcellus Pittman, or Rick Wade. Or if you want to go back to the roots of Detroit Techno, revisit some classic tracks from Juan Atkins, Derrick May, or Kevin Saunderson.

Chicago House

Techno music has its origins in the club scene of the 1980s, specifically in the city of Detroit. The first techno tracks were created by DJs who were trying to recreate the sounds they were hearing at clubs in Europe. One of the most important early techno tracks was “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa, which incorporated elements of hip-hop, electro, and disco.

In the early 1990s, a new style of technocalled “Chicago house” emerged from the city’s underground club scene. Chicago house was characterized by its use of synthesizers and drum machines to create a distinctive sound that was heavily influenced by disco and acid house. Early Chicago house tracks often featured samples of other songs, which would be looped and layered over a funky bassline to create a hypnotic effect.

Today, techno is enjoyed by people all over the world, and its popularity has only grown in recent years. Thanks to its roots in club culture, techno is often seen as an underground or niche genre, but its popularity is undeniable.

The Evolution of Techno Music

Techno music began in the 1980s as a underground movement in Detroit. It was created by African American and Latino youths who were looking for a new sound. The music was heavily influenced by European electronic music. In the 1990s, techno music became more mainstream with the help of the rave culture.

UK Garage

Often confused with American garage music, UK garage is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the early 1990s. The style is typified by syncopated 4/4 beats, percussion, and sampling. It was one of the first genres of electronic dance music to achieve mainstream success in the UK.

UK garage originates from a blend of American house and hip hop, with influences from UK pirate radio and rave culture. The earliest UK garage tracks were often produced by amateur producers using low-budget equipment. This gave the genre its characteristic sound: minimal, lo-fi beats with heavy basslines and samples.

As the genre evolved, producers began to use more expensive equipment and incorporated elements from other genres, such as jungle and drum & bass. By the mid-2000s, UK garage had largely fallen out of favor with the mainstream audience. However, it has continued to maintain a strong following among underground clubgoers and has undergone a revival in recent years.


Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London in the late 1990s. It is characterized by a distinctive crispy sound created by synthesizers and drum machines, and often features sub-bass frequencies down to around 60 Hz.

While the earliest dubstep tracks were relatively minimalist, later productions began to incorporate more complex elements such as samples, melodies, and even vocals. By the early 2010s, dubstep had become one of the most popular genres of electronic dance music, with artists such as Skrillex and Bassnectar becoming mainstream stars.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend of old-school dubstep producers returning to their roots and making tracks that are more stripped-down and minimalistic. This move has been welcomed by many fans of the genre, who feel that it has become too commercialized in recent years.

The Resurgence of Techno Music

In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of techno music. This genre of music was popular in the 1990s but fell out of favor in the early 2000s. However, it has made a comeback in recent years and is once again gaining popularity.

The New Wave of Techno Artists

Although techno music has been around for decades, it has experienced a recent resurgence in popularity. A new wave of techno artists have emerged in recent years, blending the old school sound with modern production techniques. This new breed of techno artists is attracting a younger audience, who are rediscovering the genre.

Here are some of the leading lights of the new techno scene:

-Adam Beyer
-Cristian Varela
-Dantiez Saunderson
-Eats Everything
-Fatboy Slim
-Jamie Jones
-Joseph Capriati
-Marco Bailey
-Markus Schulz
-Norman Cook

The Techno Revival Festivals

Old school Techno music is making a comeback and this time, it’s bigger and better than ever. All across the globe, Techno Revival Festivals are being held to celebrate the best of this genre.

What started out as a niche movement in the early 2000s has now gained mainstream popularity. Techno music was always seen as a rebellious genre, one that went against the grain of what was popular at the time. This was part of its appeal to many people, and it is something that has continued to draw fans to the music even today.

While the sound of techno has changed somewhat over the years, the core elements that make it so unique and special are still very much intact. The heavy basslines, complex rhythms, and hypnotic melodies are all still there, and they are as potent as ever.

If you’re a fan of old school techno music or if you’re just curious about what all the fuss is about, then you should definitely check out one of these Techno Revival Festivals. It’ll be an experience you won’t soon forget.

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