Mike Servito, Brooklyn-based and Detroit-raised DJ, performed a special set of Detroit dance tracks for a fundraiser with partner Social Studies Boston.
United Sound Systems Recording Studios is Michigan’s oldest and Detroit’s first independent recording studio and the site of world-changing musical moments.
Sarah Wilder, born and raised in Windsor, Canada, is a radio personality and former promoter within the Detroit-Windsor house and techno music scene.
“Ken always seem to have this ear for choosing really good tracks and adding his spice of blending. You can’t help but dance then — and still today!”
Cynthia “DJ Cent” Travis, club and radio DJ, discusses her relationship to Detroit music, her musical mentors, and the importance of preservation.
“I always tried to be a little bit of a perfectionist, and so I had to criticize my own work. Every night I would record my own work just to see what I could do. And when I’d leave the club I’d play it back so I could critique my own self. Hear things I did that I liked, what things I didn’t like, what things I played that I shouldn’t play, things that… and that sort of thing. So it became more of a study guide for me. It was a way of reviewing my work.”
Ken Collier, legendary Detroit club DJ, discusses his career in music, the underground sound he presents, and his goals to the Black LGBT magazine Kick!