No excuses for the rest of us then!RonWellsJS wrote: I am 100% self taught... it was always a case of learning on the job, reading the manuals, reading Sound on Sound (and other music production mags) and loads of practice.
After the first few tracks (only had a DJ mixer then) I used eq and effects on each channel (after getting a small but fit for purpose desk) ... I never used compression (I didn't own or even want a compressor).
Derrick & Kevin's biggest influence was Juan. They dont credit him anywhere near enough.RonWellsJS wrote: Techno: Both Derek May and Juan Aktins are documented as being primarily influenced by Kraftwerk (you don't even need them to say it, you can obviously hear it in their work), Electro: so is Afrika Bambaataa (for obvious reasons seeing as Planet Rock is two Kraftwerk tunes copied and glued together).
Also, the detroit guys never really acknowledge the influence of the mishmash and assortment of sounds that made up the underground dance music & club scene in the US back in the early 80s, it was undoubtedly the main influence on the sound of techno. While citing funk and early electronic pioneers of the 70s such as kraftwerk, the truth is their major influence was a lot closer to home. It would be like the early 90s hardcore producers not recognising that their sound evolved from the acid house scene of the late 80s. There's a ton of stuff that came out from the tale end of disco and elecro that is extremely techno sounding - larry levan's dub remixes, uk new wave, philly sound works, prelude records, early chicago house productions, all of the the deeper italo tracks etc. And the detroit guys were undoubtedly familiar with this - some even sampled it in some of their productions, but never mention it. They choose to credit artisits that made their name in the 70s like george clinton, giving the impression they took that music and come up with something completely different - that's true but only to a certain extent. Derrick, Juan & Jeff Mills have said before that they used to listen to early 80s dance music shows on the radio & when they were old enough they started going to clubs in chicago - derrick has mentioned in interviews that as a teen he saw Ron Hardy at the music box. In no way is any of that disrespecting detroit artists, they played a major role in my life. I just wished they more openly acknowledged what went immediately before them.
edit: just to clarify, i'm explicitly talking about US club music scene during 1983, 84 & 85. I think of 85 as the year that techno really started with the release of no ufos.