Noise or Music? (03:17)
Electronic music has often been misunderstood and repressed. The global dance music industry generates billions of dollars and DJs are the new rock stars. French and German DJs share when they first heard electronic music.
Detroit Techno Origins (04:10)
In 1987, house music founded by Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson spread to Europe. Acid house developed in Belgium. Juan Atkins had acquired a synthesizer and produced "Techno City" in 1984, coining the term. In 1988, Kevin Saunderson's group Inner City released "Big Fun" in the U.K., popularized Detroit techno worldwide.
Manchester Club Music (02:20)
In 1987, Chicago and acid house found a home at Tony Wilson's The Hacienda club. Dave Haslam recalls hearing acid house the first time. Laurent Garnier describes Mike Pickering's track that inspired him to become a DJ in 1987.
Ecstasy and Rave Origins (03:00)
In 1988, Detroit techno and a new drug arrived in Manchester. Clubs closed at 2am; Garnier recalls Pickering playing CeCe Rogers' "Someday" as an encore. Patrons started to continue the party in warehouses and hangars. Garnier left to bring techno to Europe.
Berlin Techno (02:28)
Detroit techno became radicalized by Underground Resistance whose ideas of racial unity and peace were echoed in the Berlin Wall falling. Clubs like Tresor were started in abandoned industrial spaces in East Berlin. Detroit techno was popular among young people in the newly unified city.
Paris Techno (03:11)
Jerome Pacman discovered Detroit techno in Ibiza and brought it home. Raves began in France in 1989; the movement grew through underground channels and provided escapism for young people.
Rave Repression (03:15)
Manu le Malin recalls riot police ending a party under the Pont de Tolbiac Bridge in Paris. In 1994, the U.K. banned unauthorized outdoor raves. In France, the Spiral Tribe founded the Free Party Movement that traveled the countryside until authorities began cracking down.
Transition to Club Culture (03:41)
To avoid arrest, organizers moved raves into nightclubs. In Paris, the Rex Club hosted weekly parties by Laurence Garnier. Queen, a gay club, held "Respect" parties featuring famous American DJs. Daft Punk members discuss producing hits like "Stardust" in their bedroom.
Producing Electronic Music (02:39)
Daft Punk inspired amateur artists to produce at home. Arnaud Rebotini demonstrates synthesizers. Club Cheval members explain the skills needed to engineer tracks.
Kill the DJ Label (02:41)
Fany Corral launched Pulp, a women-only party, in Paris. Participants describe the atmosphere as egalitarian and free from social norms.
Electroclash and Minimal (02:39)
Miss Kittin and The Hacker co-founded electroclash, influenced by Detroit group Doppler Effect. Kittin discusses writing the hit "Frank Sinatra," popularized by DJ Hell. The next trend embraced a more basic structure
Minimal and Maximal (04:20)
Cologne's Kompakt label enjoys 20 years of success. Mayer discusses developing minimal techno in the 1990s. Alex Ridha and Pedro Winter produced "heavy metal" techno as a reaction to the trend. Winter's Ed Banger label took off with "We Are Your Friends" and "Waters of Nazareth."
Berlin's Underground Clubs (03:52)
The city's free industrial spaces have made it the "Mecca" of techno with over 500 clubs. Playing Berghain is every DJ's dream; resident Ben Klock has produced 11 hour continuous sets. Photos and filming is forbidden, cultivating hedonism without limits.
Packing the Dance Floor (03:15)
DJs share their strategies for retaining audiences. Many see mixing a set as telling a story. Producers like Arnaud Rebotini are increasingly creating live music.
Bromance Label (02:48)
Louis Brodinski and Gesaffelstein mix rap and techno, representing the next generation of electronic music. Brodinski has benefited from tracks downloaded from the internet. He discusses techno's transition from a political expression to a business.
Miami Winter Conference (04:29)
Every year, Miami hosts an electronic industry gathering. DJs make business deals by day and play clubs at night. Seth Troxler discusses his world fame and passion for techno.
Credits: Welcome To The Club: 25 Years Of Electronic Music (00:39)
Credits: Welcome To The Club: 25 Years Of Electronic Music
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