Blair French

Shortly after I moved back to Detroit this past January, I got a call from longtime friend, music producer and visual artist, Blair French, aka DIAL 81. “Big news, I just got a car!” Big indeed. Lack of public transportation in Detroit is hard on artists and residents, in the Motor City. If you don’t…

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Letter from the Publisher

A meeting. A spark. An I-can’t-believe-this moment. 1315 Broadway? On Movement weekend? Really? And the flames rise. A concept. Fingers flying across computer keys. Facebook event. Phone calls. Texts. Spread the word. Favors called in. Event goes off. Total success. Ten days to one day. Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ten days earlier. We (DEQ magazine) host…

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Gerald Mitchell

by Diviniti His attire is casual, and his demeanor matches it perfectly. Jeans, gym shoes and a baseball cap. Far from the clothing you might imagine one of the most prominent names in Detroit electronic music would wear. And that’s what is important to understand about Gerald Mitchell; the possibility that you won’t get what…

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Billy Love

by Cornelius Harris It’s impossible to talk with Bill Beaver without being infected with his energy. A longtime figure in the underground Detroit dance music scene, his work has mirrored much of what has happened in that scene. His career has been an ongoing process of reinvention yet music has been the constant throughout. Although…

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Jeremy Ellis aka Ayro

He’ll charm your pants off. He’ll rock your party. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls meet Jeremy Ellis a.k.a. Ayro. When this fabulous, skinny white boy with the big red fro steps out on stage in his powder blue Johnny Carson suit you’d better get ready for a show. Those who know will nod their…

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Ron Murphy

Ron Murphy, The master vinyl cutter with the magic touch If you look closely at many of the great records that came (and are coming) out of Detroit, you may notice a tiny NSC with a circle around it right near the label. That is the mark of Detroit’s greatest cutter, Ron Murphy and his…

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Paul Randolph

Randolph – He is what he is. Fantastic. There’s another star rising in Detroit. It’s Randolph (a.k.a. Paul Randolph), the accomplished vocalist, songwriter, bass guitar player, re-mixer, and producer wrapped up into one complete package. When complimented he usually downplays the credit, but there’s a humble smile that lets you know deep inside he still…

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Carlos Souffront

Carlos Souffront is a mainstay of the electronic music pedigree. Between the innovators of Techno and the new breed, Souffront, as a DJ, has double-handedly taught his audience how to be moved. He is known for playing “intelligent dance music”, which must then include Acid House, Techno and Industrial, for starters. There is more than…

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