Dan Sicko: Renegades of Electronic Funk Collection

This page highlights as well as expands on the DJs, producers, and record labels, that Dan Sicko documented during his career.

Dan Sicko at Movement 2010. Photo courtesy of Miguel Senquiz.

A Renegade of Techno Journalism

Journalist, author, friend, and family man, Dan Sicko (1968-2011) only wrote one book but what an important, seminal book it was. Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk, originally released in 1999 (re-released in 2010 by Wayne State Press), made clear that techno music had been created largely by and for Black Detroiters, a fact sometimes lost in discussions of global electronic dance music. This page highlights as well as expands on the DJs, producers, and record labels, that Sicko documented during his career. This collection is a companion collecting area to our work on the Club Heaven Sound System.

This page is a work in progress. If you have any questions, edits, or additions, please contact us at info@detroitsound.org or call direct at 313-444-8242. 

DJs and Producers

Mike Banks

Blake Baxter

Carl Craig

Ken and Greg Collier (see also Club Heaven Collection)

Kenny Dixon, Jr.

Reggie Dokes

Brendan Gillen

Kelli Hand

Richard Hawtin

Robert Hood

Mike Huckaby (see also Club Heaven Collection)

Todd Johnson

Jeff Mills

Theo Parrish

Recloose

Erika Sherman

Delano Smith

Norm Talley

Jennifer “DJ Minx” Witcher

Claude Young

Record Labels

430 West

Acacia

Accelerate

Axis

Basement Tracks

Definitive

Dow Records

Fragile

Generator

Ghostly Figurines, 2007. Courtesy of Carleton S. Gholz. First appearing on the back cover of the debut Ghostly International single by Matthew Dear + Daisha (Disco D.) (“Hands Up For Detroit”) in 1999, BoyCatBird was the brainchild of Majesty Crush guitarist, longtime artist and debauched Peanuts fan Michael Segal. According to label owner Sam Valenti IV, these limited edition figurines sculpted by Sara Blakeman brought them into the real world for the first time. Photo: Jeremy Deputat / Text: Carleton Gholz

Ghostly International

Happy Records

Harmonie Park

Indx Records

Intangible Records

Intellinet

Interdimensional Transmissions

KMS

Matrix

M-Plant

Metroplex

Minus

Mix

Planet E

Plus 8

Probe

Pulsar

Red Planet

Serious Grooves

Simply Soul

Submerge

Transmat

Undercurrent Records

Underground Resistance

Utensil Records

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