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Content presents Kevin Saunderson photo gallery
In 2011, we embarked upon a plan to bring all of the “Belleville Three” - the creators of techno - to play in a tiny basement in Manchester. Last March we brought you “The Originator,” Juan Atkins, in July it was the turn of “The Innovator,” Derrick May. Now, this March - exactly 12 months later - it's time for “The Elevator,” Kevin Saunderson.
Kevin earned his nickname due to the fact that in 1988, recording as Inner City, his releases “Big Fun” and “Good Life” were global smash hits which elevated the sounds of Detroit to a worldwide audience. Until this point, Kevin was already a prolific producer having put records out under his own name and some of the many aliases he's used over his 26 year career, such as Tranzistor, Reese, Keynotes, K.S. Experience, Kreem (alongside Juan Atkins), and X-Ray (with Atkins and Derrick May).
In the nineties, he diversified further with his E-Dancer project that ranged from a deeper, housier sound to straight up banging techno and as Tronikhouse and 3 Down (alongside Chez Damier) he even dabbled with a breakbeat driven techno sound that was an early precursor to hardcore and drum n bass. Recently Kevin has resurrected the Inner City project with the track “Future” and has recorded a “Defected... in the House” mix compilation. You could say that this man's contribution to dance music as we know it is immeasurable, but the six million records he's sold as Inner City alone, with a UK chart position of no. 4 with “Good Life” give you some indication of the impact he's had.
It's statistics like these that make it easy to see why Kevin Saunderson is considered to be one of the biggest names in the business and we are positively delighted that he has agreed to come to our intimate little soiree so that we can have “Big Fun.”
Our two parties with the other members of the “Belleville Three” sold out in advance and we fully expect this party to do the same. Tickets are limited to 200, you know what to do...