Numerous reports have reported that Mike Huckaby – Detroit Techno pioneer, tastemaker and unequivocally one of the greatest producers of electronic music in the world – has passed away.
Today CONNECT Bookings, Huckaby’s agency, posted on Facebook announcing Huckaby’s passing.
“RIP Mike Huckaby,” CONNECT wrote. “One of the greatest djs and producers in the history of electronic dance music. An incredible human being. The world has lost a genius today.”
Delano Smith recently created a GoFundMe for Mike Huckaby’s health problems, which were not disclosed. “Mike Huckaby has suffered a medical setback and we are asking for your help in raising funds,” the description read. “As artists, we do not have the luxury of job funded health care and sometimes need a bit of help, as costs can be extreme. Especially when the unexpected occurs. So please, give what you can and let’s help our brother in his time of need. And say a prayer for our brother.”
In a sign of how Huckaby was regarded by the scene, the GoFundMe blew past the $7,000 initial goal within hours and raised $26,000 total. Many considered him a mentor; many more a friend.
Mike Huckaby was perhaps best known prior to the last decade due to his association with Record Time, a legendary record store. He was also known for his early adoption of DJ technology beyond simple CDJs – his partnership with Native Instruments was long lasting and spawned related endeavors in education with Detroit youth.
“Record stores were on the way out (and Record Time was in particular),” Mike told me in a 2013 5 Mag cover story, “and I was becoming interested in software synthesizers. I discovered Reaktor in 2003. It was perfect timing so that when Record Time closed, I was ready to do demonstrations at YouthVille. From there came the connections with Native Instruments and Ableton, and the rest is history.”
“The Detroit movement carried this sound to the world and took it to the next level,” he said. “You can’t just pretend that didn’t happen or turn your back on it. Of course this also means you have to be careful of that legacy. You have to prove yourself every time.”
All of our best to Mike’s family and loved ones.
Photo via CONNECT Bookings on FB