Live from Electron 2014, we follow Detroit's Big Daddy from disco to deep house.
From the mid-'90s to the present, Rick Wade has been the go-to guy for a certain sort of sprawling house track—the kind of late-night groove that could stretch on forever. It's a sound rooted in the funk, soul and disco records he heard as a kid in Michigan, but the mark of Detroit, where he relocated as a college student and has called home since, is indelible. Along with Kenny Dixon Jr., Theo Parrish and Mike Huckaby, his coworker at the seminal shop Record Time, he's made Detroit famous for house as well as techno. Wade is notable for his work ethic, with new tracks filtering out on his own Harmonie Park or any number of European labels all the time. And when Jordan Rothlein sat down with Wade for a live Exchange at this year's Electron festival in Geneva, he said he'd never been especially plagued by writers' block. Their conversation, touching on his first record purchases, ghettotech and fatherhood, may go some way toward explaining how he does it.