The Detroit techno cult figure, known for his highly skilled DJing, powerful productions and community work, tells his story.
Born and raised in Detroit, DJ Bone is one of Midwest techno’s most revered artists. As a teenager he would sneak into Music Institute to see hometown heroes like the Belleville Three perform, and he’d listen to the Electrifying Mojo on local radio — that’s as fine an education as you could hope to get in the roots of techno. His triple-deck setup translates to a tactile style of house and techno DJing, a polyrhythmic sound bolstered by highly technical mixer antics. DIY to the core, DJ Bone has independently run his own label, Subject Detroit, since the beginning, and has released original music largely under the aliases DJ Bone and Differ-Ent. Among dozens of EPs and singles, he’s released three solo albums: 2007’s Out of Knowhere and 2018’s A Piece of Beyond on Subject Detroit, and 2017’s It’s Good To Be Differ-Ent on UK techno label Don’t Be Afraid.