Detroit. The birthplace of Techno yes, but also the home of Motown and a selection of top-tier artists that symbolize a wide array of genres including Jazz, Gospel, Hip-hop, Rap, Rock and roll and of course Pop.
During the city’s second wave of emerging Techno artists, Kenny Dixon Jr., also known as Moodymann, represented an enigmatic figure that always strived to put music ahead of his own persona. He famously refused to give an interview for the first ten years of his career, despite becoming one of the genre’s most respected artist following the release of his ’97 debut Silentintroduction LP on Carl Craig’s Planet E Communications imprint.
During this past Movement weekend, Thump managed to gain access to one of Moodymann’s residencies in the Motor City. Located across from the Submerge record store, the characteristically Detroit three-story brick house turned out to be a living homage to the late Prince Rogers Nelson.
When asked about Prince’s biggest impact on his life, the Detroit producer quickly replied, “Girls. Women. I didn’t have to have no game, I just had to put a Prince record on. It was easy. I didn’t have to say nothing. They’ll come to the car where I’m playing it loud, and they’ll be like, ‘Can you turn that up?’ And I’ll be like, ‘No, you turn it up.'”
The following pictures tell the full story of Prince’s impact on Dixon as an individual, but also on his music, and by default on Techno as well.