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D3 #3 09/ 17/ 2010

September 13, 2010

D3 (Deconstruct, Discover, Detroit) featuring Juan Atkins (aka Model 500 and Cybotron): The Origins of Detroit Techno

The D3 event series celebrates the innovators of Detroit techno and the 25th anniversary of this unique art-form. D3 (Discover Deconstruct Detroit) is not only a fusion of house and techno but a meeting of art, fashion & music as well. D’lectable Music along with VOLATL events have partnered …with ArtKiwon (a contemporary arts group) to bring a decidedly unique artistry to the events with live painting, live fashion and art installations in the club environment for total transformation of Chicago’s most famous venue, Smart Bar. Juan Atkins, the September headliner from Detroit, is widely credited as, “the originator of techno music.” Atkins will play alongside D3 resident/curator DJ Lady D and James Lauer, on Smart Bar’s top – notch Funktion One sound system. It is a terrific honor for the D3 event team, in conjunction with Smart Bar, to host Mr. Atkins as a part of the series.

It is only appropriate that the D3 Event series feature Juan Atkins, who along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson (“The Belleville Three”), are specifically noted to be the originators of Detroit techno. Atkins was born in Detroit, Michigan, and subsequently developed his unique sound there, alongside frequent collaborators May and Saunderson, finding influence from Krawtwerk and Parliament Funkadelic. From his roots playing funk bass, Atkins began recording early techno tracks as Cybotron , releasing legendary tracks such as, “Techno City” and “Clear.” His next project, Model 500, conceived in 1985, famed for the hit “No UFO’s,” is a project that still finds great success for Atkins today. Atkins’ many releases, not only on his own imprint, Metroplex, but on such touted labels as Tresor, Capitol Records and KMS, have cemented his mark on music. He was featured in the documentary High Tech Soul and was an essential part of the innagural Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Much discussed and anthologized not only for his 20 years of production credits but also for his ability to rock a dance floor, Juan Atkins’ music and DJ-ing are deified in Europe and embraced all over the world.

D3 resident DJ Lady D marries the classic house tracks of Chicago’s past with the choicest four-to-the-floor stomps of today, and always throws down a soulful and sinful set. Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson\ aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995. Lady D is known for top-notch A & R, remixing and production, having managed the label AfterHours, and now running her own imprint D’lectable Music. Behind the decks now going on 15 years, Jackson’s sound transverses techno, houe, tech-house, acid and back again. She has played for diverse audiences, from celebrity studded bashes for the like of Queen Latifah, to packed rooms in Euope, Latin America and Russia, from her humble roots in Chicago’s underground house scene. Recent collaborations with the likes of Gold Record producing Ron Carroll have found Jackson’s focus shifting to studio work, and her 15 year anniversary tour Fame 15, playing in cities this Fall and Winter.

Joining DJ Lady D and Juan Atkins behind the decks is Chicago mainstay, James Lauer who recently hosted The END Sundays at Smart Bar/Redno5 and has been playing electronic music in Chicago for the past 10+ years. As host of Diversified Portfolio on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3fm he has inspired listeners with his passion for mixing together a wide selection of the best electronic music from early chicago acid house to deep modern dub and everything in between. James maintains this DIY attitude in his own studio productions and live sets through which he aims to re-creates the raw energy and sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit back when it all was just getting stared.

D’lectable Music is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records in House music since 2004 with names as diverses as DJ Sneak, Style of Eye, Nick Maurer and more. D’lectable, works alongside VOLATL Events and ArtKiwon to curate the D3 night. In an effort to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, Nadia Podolsky’s VOLATL Events have booked a myriad of genre-defining artists including Stacey Pullen, Bruno Pronsato, Adam Beyer, Camea, Mr. C and more. VOLATL has produced dozens of memorable events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to sound arrays and bookings. ArtKiwon, under the direction of curator Kiwon Choi, has coordinated dozens of multimedia installations and shows. Artists for this third session of the D3 series include, curator visual artist Kiwon Choi, interdisciplinary artist Hoyun Son, and video artist Galina Shevchenko. Sho Tsunoda and Shelly Johnson will be creating live paintings done to the music of our stellar DJ’s. A comprehensive scope of music, fashion, art and dance is what D3 seeks to achieve with every outing. Pre-Sale tickets are available via, or will be 10 USD at the door (before midnight).