Taylor Hawkins

By Kevin Reynolds Kevin Reynolds: I can’t help but notice in your music a huge Drexciya influence. The rough arp lines, the John Carpenter sting like string lines. Simple question where did you grow up? Taylor Hawkins: I was born in rural Ohio where I lived until I was 11 or so before my family moved to…

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Jared Wilson

By Rob Theakston For those who don’t know, Jared Wilson has been a staple of the underground electronic music scene in form or fashion for the last two decades. Affectionately known as “Beard” by all who spent many hours arguing with him on the now-evaporated Detroit Luv message board, Wilson has been on a tear…

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Mike Himes

By Rob Theakston For anyone who’s ever worked at a Detroit record store, label, or needed to find the newest of new in vinyl in the area, the names Mike Himes and Record Time are one in the same. I took a few moments to check in on the former record storeowner, and his views…

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SCP Backpack Music Festival’s Beats Help Kids Succeed

Written by John Bileebob Williams Music festivals are quickly becoming over the top productions featuring more than just the hottest bands and DJs. Many host a metaphorical and bona fide circus atmosphere. But sometimes you just want to attend an event that sticks to its guns and mission, focusing on the music. Ten years strong,…

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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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