Derrick May ( Detroit , April 6, 1963 ) is an American producer and international DJ. He is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of techno who made several leading techno records in the eighties. His eclectic personality comes up in his music and his DJ skills. He is a real turntable pioneer turntable and he is the inventor of back spinnig. The unique feature of his DJ arts is the energy level and unique choice of records. Despite a DJ career spanning over 25 years, he is stiiill capable of mixing a unique set with new, unreleased, forgotten or classic tracks.
Derrick May was musically active when he was still in high school. Together with his school friends Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins he formed The Belville Three . They were all fans of the Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode. In their free time, they produced electronic music, which resulted in the birth of techno music in America. In 1986 he founded the label Transmat and in 1987 he made the fabulous classic Strings of Life by Rhythim is Rhythim . This track is seen as one of the most influential in the area of techno.
After this classic track more club hits followed under different project names and in collaboration with various producers. Some examples are Nude photo ( Rhythim is Rhythim , 1988) , Automanikk ( co-production with A Guy Called Gerald ) and Use Me ( R - Tyme , 1993) . Much work has been collected in 1996 on the album Innovator . His remixes under the pseudonym Mayday, were popular, He for instance remixed Good Life - Inner City. Also popular was his adaptation of the obscure ambient album Sueño Latino 1989, which he remixed with Carl Craig. From 1993 he produced very few records, because he was disappointed in the direction that techno had gone. However, he did sometimes contribute to productions of others.
In the late eighties Derrick May formed a DJ Collective with Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Eddy Fowkles under the name Deep Space Crew and in the early nineties he lives in Amsterdam for six years where he became friends with the Dutch DJ Dimitri.. From 1993 he spent barely more plates, in his own words, because he was disappointed in the direction that techno was gone.