Juan Atkins

Juan Atkins, as part of the so-called Bellville three, is one of the main proponents and pioneers of techno music. He was born in Detroit in 1962, and at early age, learned to play bass, drums and a bit of guitar. Atkins went to the same high school as Derrik May and Kevin Saunderson, in Belleville, Michigan. The three friends regularly listened to WGPR’s Charles "The Electrifying Mojo" Johnson, a categorization-defying DJ who played soul, funk, new wave, rock and electro-pop for a mostly black listening audience. Hearing electronic music for the first time at sixteen, Atkins abandoned bass and began... Read More

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