Who Started Techno Music?

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Techno music is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the mid-1980s. This style of music is characterized by a repetitive 4/4 beat and is often played in clubs.


Techno is a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which a number of subgenres have been built.

The first techno music

The first techno music was created in Detroit in the 1980s by a group of African American musicians and producers. These artists were influenced by a variety of genres, including electronic dance music, funk, and soul. They used drum machines and synthesizers to create a new sound that was both futuristic and rooted in the past.

The first techno tracks were released on vinyl records and became popular in clubs. Techno eventually spread to other parts of the world, including Europe and Japan. In the 1990s, techno evolved into a more commercial sound, with artists like The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers achieving mainstream success. Today, techno is enjoyed by fans all over the world.

The birth of techno music

Most people believe that the first techno track was created by Juan Atkins in 1985, but there is evidence that Detroit techno scene was already active in the early 1980s. Juan Atkins has cited Afrika Bambaataa’s 1982 electro track “Planet Rock” as an inspiration for his own work, and it’s possible that other Detroit musicians were influenced by Bambaataa’s music as well.

In any case, it is clear that the Detroit techno scene was a major force in the development of early techno music. Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson (the so-called “Belleville Three”) were all key figures in the scene, and they were responsible for creating some of the earliest and most influential techno tracks.

The first techno clubs

The first techno clubs began to appear on the outskirts of Detroit in the early 1980s. The music played at these clubs was a blend of electronic dance music and African-American soul, funk, and disco. This new style of music soon came to be known as techno.

The first techno club was called the Music Institute, and it was opened in Detroit in 1980 by three DJs: Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson. These three DJs are often credited with being the pioneers of techno music.

The Music Institute quickly became one of the most popular nightclubs in Detroit, and it attracted people from all over the world. People came to hear the new sound of techno and to dance all night long.

Techno soon spread to other cities in the United States and Europe, and it quickly became one of the most popular genres of dance music. Today, techno is enjoyed by people all over the world, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The first techno festivals

The first techno festivals were organized in the early 1990s in Detroit and Berlin. These events featured music by a range of artists, including Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May. The festivals helped to popularize techno music and to establish it as a distinct genre. In the years that followed, techno festivals were held in numerous cities around the world, helping to further spread the music’s popularity.

The first techno labels

The first techno labels were led by artists like Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson in Detroit, and the genre began to take shape in the early 1990s. These producers created a new style of music that combined elements of house, acid house, and electro. Detroit techno was characterized by its use of heavy basslines and Roland TR-909 drum machines.

The first techno songs

The first techno songs were released in the early 1980s by artists such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, who were influenced by previous electronic music styles such as Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra. These artists developed a new style of music that incorporated elements of house music and Detroit-style techno. The first techno tracks were “Disko Tek” by Cybotron, “Techno City” by Jeff Mills, and “Alleys of Your Mind” by Atkins.


It is impossible to determine who exactly “started” techno music, as the genre is a combination of many different styles of music. However, it is generally agreed upon that the first techno tracks were produced in the early 1980s by artists such as Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, who were influenced by electronic music from Europe. These artists went on to become some of the most famous and influential figures in the history of techno music.

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