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yeh early techno has more in common with british synthpop than people would like to admit. as soon as it got more radicalised and proletarianised come the second wave and detroit jit, thats when it really gained its own distinctive identity. same with Paradise Garage, new york was pretty middle class and sophisticated as well. It was chicago that was the much more 'urban' crowd.https://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2017/05/interview-derrick-may
This is an interesting (and long) interview with derrick may. I didn't realise before I read it just how much the early days of techno was a upper middle class trendy scene. Hipster kids with a lot of money, mashing together these new dance styles from across the globe...if dissensus had been around then we'd have hated it!
"The high school scene was amazing. All the young high school kids would dress really nice. You had guys wearing Polo and Versace, all this kind of ridiculous stuff, in high school. It was amazing how much money these parties were making. People were charging $25 to get in.
Even back then?
I could pull out some old flyers and prove it. 25 bucks, it was seriously like that.
So where were these kids getting their money?
It’s important to keep in mind that Juan, Kevin and myself come from middle class, upper middle class families. Most of the people we associated with were upper middle class to very rich black people"
it's funny you mention that. I read an interview with some Italian connoisseur jocks (Mike Simonetti?) who said Italians thought that Italo was total gash, that they wanted to sound like Yaz or the Human League but could not pull it off. let me find it.Italo was big too. European shit had an air of class to it. They had a party or a club can't remember, called l'uomo.
We all do that. We are DJs. But DJs from back in the day—I mean Italian DJs—they wouldn't touch Italo records. This one time, I was riding the bus to the airport and the driver saw my record bag. He told me was DJing throughout the '80s and invited me to his place to make trades. When he saw I was interested in Italo stuff he was like, "Are you crazy? That's the shit section of my collection." He said neither he or his DJ friends would play Italian production. They sounded awful and cheap in comparison to UK stuff. And actually they do. It's just that the aesthetics have changed. Back then a bad vocal was just a bad vocal.