Genres: Electronic & Ambient World
Descriptive "tags": electro techno detroit techno electronic detroit Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


12 September 1962, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Atkins attended Belleville High School until 1980, where he met Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, his future compatriots in the revolutionising of techno. He acquired his love of dance music listening to the various mix shows on the radio, and in particular those of the Detroit DJ The Electrifyin’ Mojo. Inspired by the emergence of synthesizer technology, Atkins first came to prominence in the early 80s with Cybotron, an electro outfit he formed with Rick Davis. The duo achieved some success, most notably with the 1982 track ‘Clear’, which established the basic sound of what would later be termed techno. Branching out from Cybotron, Atkins concentrated on Deep Space Soundworks, a music collective he had formed with May and Saunderson in 1981. The three men also founded Detroit’s Music Institute, which quickly became the focal point for the city’s underground club movement. From 1985 Atkins started...

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