Detroit Techno was formed as an escape from the mainstream. Similarly, The duo known as Reference (Luke Hess & Brian Kage) focus on the soul of electronic music, not the hype.
Reference consists of the Detroit-based artists Luke Hess & Brian Kage. The group was created for the expression of underground music and dance culture. Luke Hess is a name synonymous with the ‘dub techno’ sound but his roots go deeper than that. His continued hard work as a musician and his talent as a DJ has allowed him to release music on some of the most respected labels, and play some of the most prestigious clubs in the world. Brian Kage is the founder of the record label, Beretta music. Along with a countless number of successful releases, Brian’s experience as a producer, DJ, and label head has helped catapult the careers of some of today's brightest and best artists in the dance music community.
Like any pure artistic or avant-garde entity, they have no concern for following trends. Hess & Kage have come together to create music in it's truest form; Experimentation, soul, sweat, live instrumentation, and organic sounds all welded together to form deep and timeless music. The main concern of Reference is to stand diligently behind the foundation of underground culture and against the commercialism that longs to destroy the freedom of our senses.
Selected discography Reference
Reference - Reference EP - Beretta Grey - May 2008
Reference - Strato - D Records - June 2008
Reference - Reference Vs. EP Part 1 - Beretta Grey - Novemeber 2008
Intrusion - Subtraktive (Reference Remix) - Echospace - May 2009
Reference - Aeonian EP - Planet E - May 2010
Reference - Vs. EP Part 2 - Beretta Grey - May 2010
Christina Chatfield - Finite EP (Reference Remix) - Beretta Grey - September 2010