A lesson in keeping it real from a Detroit favourite.
DJ Bone, AKA Eric Dulan, has been releasing music and DJing for over two decades, but ever since the Differ-ent EP arrived on Don't Be Afraid last year, the Detroit veteran has burst back onto the dance music scene—though the truth is, he's never been away.
His DJing skills are superlative. Dulan uses three decks to turn loop-driven techno into startling new compounds, and no matter the functionality of his selections, he cuts linear drum tracks into unique and exciting shapes. He's been equally impressive behind the production desk. Riding The Thin Line from 1999 is an early example of a charging, funky style that's a joy to mix and dance to. But it wasn't until 2004 that Dulan kicked into gear by releasing a relentless string of EPs that have recently been reappearing in many DJs' bags. Over the years he's released more than 30 12-inches, but he's always careful to imbue his work with a sense of purpose, dealing with, among others, themes of death and racial equality. Talking to Carlos Hawthorn at Bloc. Festival, Dulan gave an insight into his mentality in the booth and the studio, and spoke out against the idea that he's on a comeback—Dulan has, after all, always been among Detroit's finest.
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