The deep hard hitting bass and distorted mechanized sounds that define techno find their roots in Detroit’s warehouses as far back at the early ‘80s. As for NYC, the past two decades has seen house and trance at the top (albeit a few slips) of many totem pole. While techno festivals from Movement (formerly D.E.M.F) to Awakenings have drawn crowds by the thousands for years, this summer marks a distinct paradigm shift away from the overly commercialized norm into the darker more nuanced sounds of the underground in other venues. Techno is everywhere and headlining spots previously reserved for DJs of other genres are now giving way to those who bring the Roland TR-909 bass in your face sound to the decks.
Techno’s far reach and high demand became glaringly apparent with clubs like Output opening in Brooklyn, named by both Adam Beyer and Carl Cox as one of the top clubs in the world. Both have played to a packed house at the spot, and Sleepy and Boo’s parties at Marquee, with lineups who have included Dubfire and Ritchie Hawtin, all cater to techno producer/DJs and NYC can’t seem to get enough. Recently, Juan Atkins, one of the godfathers of techno, closed the first installment of MoMA PS1’s Summer Warm Up as techno heads of all ages danced into the sunset taking in CODA’s art installation called Party Wall.
For those looking to come to NYC this summer here are four of the largest techno themed parties you cannot miss. →