Pushing the boundaries of sound with techno artist Henry Brooks » WDET 101.9FM

Courtney Randolph,

Amanda LeClaire,

LaToya Cross

Courtney Wise Randolph writes about Detroit movers for Detour Detroit. Once a month, she drops by CultureShift to chat with a Detroit notable. In this feature, she spoke with techno artist Henry Brooks.

When the Belleville Three brought techno music to the world, the heart-pounding eclectic sounds inspired an era that continues to be influential in Detroit’s sonic and musical DNA. Today, new generations are embracing the repetitive, adrenaline-charged music and carving out their own stylistic identity within the genre.

Henry Brooks is part of the new school of techno and electronic music artists. At 24, the Detroit transplant from Grand Rapids began experimenting with turntables at 16. His rise on the scene, however, was somewhat meteoric with local and national stage appearances all over the city, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

“Techno is always about experimenting and trying something new,” says Brooks. “It’s not always about what’s in fashion. So for me, my background is in metal [and] many sounds that I like are distorted, [so] I experimented with distorted guitars, certain melodies and vocals.

Learn more about Detour Detroit: A new breed of Detroit techno artists are pushing the genre forward in their birthplace

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  • Courtney Wise Randolph is a storyteller and Detroiter. In addition to her work as a writer and audio producer, she runs Keen Composition, a small business specializing in writing and editing true stories about everyday people and businesses that have extraordinary impact.

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  • Amanda LeClaire is host of CultureShift and founding producer of WDET’s two locally produced daily shows. She has been involved in radio and the arts in Detroit for over a decade.

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  • LaToya Cross is a producer and writer on CultureShift with a passion for showcasing creatives using their platform to shape, change, and analyze society through an artistic lens.

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