Movement Festival

Mike Huckaby, Another Detroit Institution

05.21.12 | Comment?

I really like to call people “institutions.” Have you noticed? When it fits, it really fits. When someone is truly important and significant and fucking rules, it makes sense to acknowledge it with words. And I do love the words. Mike Huckaby is an institution. And even if he went down in Detroit history only as that one guy from Record Time who knew all the records, knew how to get whatever he wanted and whatever Detroit needed, and could identify a track just from listening to a customer hum out the notes and rhythms; even if that is all we knew of Mike Huckaby, he would still be an institution. He would remain essential and foundational to Detroit. Period. His impact is extensive. He mentored people who carry this music and culture onward today.

And yet, he’s not just that one guy. He has made a life for himself DJing, producing, and continuing to mentor and teach. He is a successful and good DJ, touring Europe and Asia every year for many months at a time. Touring doesn’t make him a great DJ, knowing music makes him a great DJ. And he knows music. His Sun Ra edits last year were exciting and hopefully successful for Mike. His productions are dope ass shit.

“Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponet. Mike Huckaby has done much for Detroit electronic music. The man behind the once legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of music. He is one of those guys who knows all the roots and culture of electronic dance music. He is a person who can see beyond the hype and divisions within the scene. Mike knows exactly what the music is.

“Mike Huckaby has become the busiest remixer from Detroit in the past few years. Mike has been busy producing music on his two labels, Deep Transportation, and S Y N T H, which are well known amongst underground djs worldwide.

“With highly acclaimed deep house productions and remixes for Deepchord, Juan Atkins, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Loco Dice, LoSoul, and Pacou (just  to name a few). Mike sees no end in the near future.  Furthermore, Mike Huckaby has been touring, djing, and teaching music production with Native Instruments and Ableton software at Youthville, and around the globe extensively. When the discussion of the Detroit / Berlin connection comes to mind, Tresor or Hardwax is usually discussed. But the Detroit / Berlin connection of the millennium and beyond is taking place at Youthville with the assistance of Ableton and Native Instruments, and the work Mike is doing there.”

See him play at Movement this year Saturday from 9:30-11:00 at the Made In Detroit Stage.

Also awesome, he’s having an event at Youthville earlier that same day.


Here’s the facebook event page for this session. Do you need any more reason to head a little ways north to Youthville? It’s such a cool space. Mike actually does what everyone talks about doing, educating youth. And he does it here.

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