Detroit-based Techno Producer & DJ.
Manager of the record label, Michigander, with releases on FXHE, Planet-E, Beretta Music, Deeplabs, and more. Together with Luke Hess, Brian Kage forms the duo known as 'Reference.'
As the world watches the renaissance and revival of Detroit, it listens for the sound of those carrying the torch of authentic Motor City-born techno into the future. Brian Kage is one of those innovators leading Detroit’s electronic music forward into the musical zeitgeist of change and revolution.
Kage was recently crowned one of DJ magazine’s “10 Detroit Producers Keeping the Sound of the Motor City Alive.”
Detroit born-and-raised Kage co-founded record label Beretta Music, through which he mentored and helped shape the careers of many internationally respected DJs and producers, including Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, and Luke Hess. Kage has also released well-received music on Omar S’s record label FXHE, Carl Craig’s Planet-E, Steve Bug’s PokerFlat, Rob Modell’s Echospace, and many more. Kage’s “DetroitLuv” record was featured and played on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix by Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos.
Part of the underground dance duo “Reference” (along with fellow Detroit techno alumn Luke Hess), the group has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious dance clubs and halls both in North America and abroad.
Kage’s “The Arc EP,” released on his own Michigander label, pays tribute to Detroit with its uplifting melodic techno style. “The Arc EP” was also featured and praised on Resident Advisor’s “New Tracks” list. Additionally, DJ magazine praised his collaboration with vocalist James Garcia, ‘Shut Your Eyes’, as “one of 2015’s best house tracks.”
When he’s not working on his own music, Brian is working alongside local and international acts to mix, master and engineer their music with “KageMastering.” Clients have included Ataxia, John F.M., OB Ignitt, Monty Luke, Insane Clown Posse, and many more.
A vital part of Detroit’s rich techno history, Brian Kage is one of the artists and producers providing the score for the Motor City’s continuing rebirth.
Selected discography Brian Kage
Brian Kage - Eight Ways - Thinner (2004)
Kage - The Days of Us Two - Lumina (2004)
Kage - Estrella De La Plata - Azure (2005)
Brian Kage - Cloned EP - Dluv Recordings (2005)
Brian Kage - Passage EP - Lumina (2005)
Brian Kage - Interstellar Agent - Berettamusic (2006)
Brian Kage - Scape EP - Lumina (2006)
Brian Kage - Attractive Force - Restructured (2007)
Reference - Reference EP - Beretta Grey (2008)
V/A - Bear Trax Vol. 1 - Beretta Red (2009)
Reference - Aeonian EP - Planet-E (2010)
Reference Vs EP 2 - Beretta Grey (2010)
Brian Kage - Bear Trax Vol. 2 - Beretta Red (2011)
Reference - Ghetto Nebula EP - 200 (2013)
Reference - Isolated Rhythm - 200 (2014)
Brian Kage - Decrepit Wonder - Deeplabs (2015)
Brian Kage - A White Bear's Heaven is a Black Bear's Hell! - FXHE (2015)
Brian Kage - The Arc EP - Michigander (2016)
Brian Kage - Best Kept Secret - Michigander (2017)
Brian Kage - Past Echoes EP - Chaval (2017)
Brian Kage & Omar S - Thru the Madness - Michigander (2018)
Brian Kage & Ob Ignitt - On the Run - OBONIT (2018)