Watch Trailer For New Documentary On History of Detroit Techno, 'God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines'

See the 1980s history in Detroit of the “unsung African American community that created Techno music and how the business of music betrayed them.”
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Left to right in the back: Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter. Left to right in the foreground: Eddie Fowlkes, Juan Atkins, Santonio Echols

(Back L-R)Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter (Front L-R) Eddie Fowlkes, Juan Atkins, Santonio Echols

The story of Detroit techno is pretty well known to those who have studied the genre, but there is a lot more just the Belleville Three. Despite being the birthplace of techno, a lot of the history from the city has been white-washed or attributed to other artists who come from other countries around the world. Others have reaped the rewards. A new documentary God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines - the Story of Detroit Techno looks to shine light on the history of Detroit techno.

The documentary features the Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes, Blake Baxter, and Santonio Echols in the story of 1980s techno in Detroit. According a Kickstarter campaign for the movie, it goes a bit deeper into the “unsung African American community that created Techno music and how the business of music betrayed them.”

Not everything worked out, as we know. Success would bring money to some of the producers in Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins and not the rest. Tensions ran high and friendships broke, as money became an issue. The film looks to also examine how this all went down between them.

The film comes from filmmakers Jennifer Washington and Kristian Hill who are using Kickstarter to try and raise $30,000 to put finishing touches on the film and license music. See the trailer on the Kickstarter. 

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