© Florent Brunel
Since his days DJing on Motor City radio in the 1980s as the Wizard, Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills has been a huge influence in dance music. His technical skill behind the decks is awe-inspiring, and he's produced a number of emotionally powerful dance-floor anthems. The new-school electro acts at Saturday's (July 25) Time Festival at Sound Academy (11 Polson) will have to pull out all the stops if they want to overshadow the legend.
What are you currently working on?
Numerous musical projects, some dealing with space travel, time travel, predictions of the future, today's political stratosphere of America's first Afro-American president. Some projects are only for reference and will never be released to the public. As in the past, the act of finishing a project is still more important to me than the act of releasing it.
How did you feel about this year's Detroit Electronic Music Festival?
One thing I wish I could see is the integration of Motown, Detroit jazz, industrial and rock bands into the festival. A lot of those musicians still reside there. Most Detroit musicians of all styles are connected in some way. When I was growing up in Detroit, there wasn't anything I wouldn't listen to. We used to consume everything.
What's the biggest misconception about techno music?
That the best techno is the kind we dance to.
What was the last piece of music that blew your mind?
It's More Fun To Compute, by Kraftwerk. It's just an enjoyable thing to listen to, then and now.