Live from Detroit: Label founder Sam Valenti and longtime Ghostly artist Todd Osborn on two decades of Michigan house and techno.
In 1999, Sam Valenti IV released the first 12” from his fledgling Ghostly International: “Hands Up for Detroit” was a disco-techno salvo from Matthew Dear, whom Valenti had just befriended at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (about an hour’s drive from Detroit). In the following five years, Ghostly would become synonymous with new sounds of house, techno, Italo and electro issuing forth from American artists like Dabrye (AKA Tadd Mullinix, James T. Cotton), Osborne, ADULT. and Lusine. With their instantly recognizable graphic look – by the likes of Will Calcutt, Deanne Cheuk and Michael Segal – and an ethos of expanding beyond the dancefloor, over the last two decades Ghostly has evolved into one of the most dependable and important electronic music labels in the US. On today’s show, label founder Valenti and longtime Ghostly artist Todd Osborn (AKA Osborne, Sound Murderer) join Vivian in the studio to talk about 20 years of hauntingly good music.