John Collins presents The Soul of Detroit

Black History Month

60 minsFirst aired 28 Feb 2019
Conor Anderson

One of Detroit’s most trusted selectors marks the end of February with a curated collection of music from essential black artists.

Raised on a distinctly Detroit diet of Motown, gospel, jazz and rock, John “Jammin’” Collins spent the ’80s flexing his knowledge behind the decks at the Cheeks nightclub (alongside Jeff Mills) before moving to the radio in the early ’90s as a mix-show DJ at legendary stations WJLB and WDRQ. His impact on Detroit’s techno underground has been even more powerful outside of the DJ booth however, as this longtime Underground Resistance member – he runs the crew’s operational arm Submerge, and conducts tours of its Exhibit 3000, the only techno museum in the world – has also worked as a producer, booking agent, manager and journalist. On his monthly show, Collins takes listeners on a journey through slamming house and techno, velvety R&B, disco deep cuts and more, spinning vinyl selections from his collection during the first hour before getting into a heated mix during the second.


Produced by Conor Anderson
Engineered by Veniece Session

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