Juan Atkins

Juan Atkins

Real Name:
Juan Owen Atkins
Born: December 9, 1962.

A major electronic music pioneer from Detroit, Juan appeared behind aliases such as Cybotron, Model 500, and Infiniti releasing many classics of Detroit techno.

The 1982 electro track "Clear", recorded by Atkins and Rick Davis as Cybotron, is often considered the first proto-techno track. Continuing to experiment by fusing the extra-terrestrial funk of Parliament Funkadelic with the futuristic rhythms and hard math of Kraftwerk and the progressive dance theorems proposed by Giorgio Moroder, the Model 500 12"s on his own label Metroplex laid the blueprint for Detroit techno.

Along with the tracks made by two schoolmates from the grade below, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, Detroit techno quickly made its way across the atlantic and immediately sparked the emerging rave culture and soon after the entire global dance community.

Moving through the later 1980's as Model 500, Atkins continued as one of the most prolific and sought after producers of electronic music throughout the 1990's, culminating in the use of an Atkins' original as the musical bed for the 2000 launch of the Ford Focus 'Detroit Techno' automobile.

Packing clubs nationally from Detroit to NYC, internationally from London to Venezuela, Juan has mastered the art of soaking up new rhythmic elements from contemporary dance music while keeping his unerring, instantly recognizable sense of melody intact.

Much discussed and anthologized not only for his 20 years of production credit but also for his ability to rock a dance floor, Juan Atkins' music and DJ-ing is deified in Europe and embraced all over the world. Juan has also been prolifically releasing albums, remixes and collaborations on Belgium's R & S Records, Germany's Tresor, and others.
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Juan Atkins Discography Tracks


3MB Feat. Magic Juan Atkins* 3MB Feat. Magic Juan Atkins* - 3MB Feat. Magic Juan Atkins (Album, EP) Tresor Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins The Berlin Sessions (Album) Tresor Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald - Borderland (Album) Tresor, Tresor Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Present Borderland (4) Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Present Borderland (4) - Transport (Album) Tresor Germany 2016 Sell This Version
Frequency (3) Vs Atkins* Frequency (3) Vs Atkins* - Mind Merge LP (Album) Out Electronic Recordings (Out-Er) Germany 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Juan Atkins Beat Track Red Parrot 228 US 1987 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins The Future Sound EP (EP) Underground Level Recordings UK 1991 Sell This Version
Magic Juan Atkins* Presents Visions Magic Juan Atkins* Presents Visions - Is This Real? Flying Records (UK) UK 1992 Sell This Version
Frequency (3) vs. Atkins* Frequency (3) vs. Atkins* - Industrial Metal / Kiss The Sky Remix Lower East Side Records Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
FLY 155 Visions Featuring Magic Juan Atkins* And Dianne Lynn Visions Featuring Magic Juan Atkins* And Dianne Lynn - Coming Home(12") Flying Records FLY 155 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
Cybotron Feat. Juan Atkins Cybotron Feat. Juan Atkins - Clear (Maxi) ZYX Music Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Infiniti Feat.: Juan Atkins Infiniti Feat.: Juan Atkins - Never Tempt Me (Single) Tresor, Metroplex Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins Futurepast EP (EP) Subject Detroit US 2004 Sell This Version
REG 103 Juan Atkins Fast Forward(12") New Religion REG 103 UK 2004 Sell This Version
REG 92 Juan Atkins Back To Basics (Part 1)(12") New Religion REG 92 UK 2004 Sell This Version
REG 089 Juan Atkins Back To Basics (Part 2)(12") New Religion REG 089 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins / Blake Baxter Juan Atkins / Blake Baxter - Coke Dj-culture Remix By Juan Atkins / Blake Baxter Coke Dj-culture Germany 2005 Sell This Version
AB101 Juan Atkins And Kimyon* Feat. Tricia Juan Atkins And Kimyon* Feat. Tricia - Work For Money(5xFile, MP3, Single) All About AB101 2009
Juan Atkins Scion A/V Remix: Juan Atkins (Single) Scion Audio/Visual US 2011 Sell This Version
BLKMRKT018 Juan Atkins Electric Jungle(12") Black Market Records (4) BLKMRKT018 UK 2012 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald - Borderland II/III Tresor Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald - Borderland I/III Tresor Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald - Borderland III/III Tresor Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Tresor 258 Juan Atkins / Audiotech* Juan Atkins / Audiotech* - I Love You / Techno City '95 (Archiv #07)(12", Cle) Tresor Tresor 258 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Present Borderland (4) Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Present Borderland (4) - Riod Tresor Germany 2016 Sell This Version

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June 8, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Everything starts with Juan Atkins

Several years ago on the English scene, back in 1989, a hit called "Everything Starts With An 'E'" seemed like a landmark for the European rave generation on the beginning of the nineties, a sign of an upcoming way of life for thousands of kids, the final triumph of Raves. Many years before that, though, about eight to be more precise, a young fellow with a shining Soul and a passion for technology emerged with new electronic sounds and real ground breaking perspective. These English rave kids were wrong at the end: everything starts with Juan Atkins.

It's the difference between knowing it, and making it

In 1981, the Detroit duo Atkins and Rick 3070 Davis released " Alleys Of Your Mind" on Deep Space Records as Cybotron. With 'A Number Of Names Sharevari', it was the start of a very personal view of something really avant-garde on electronic music - futuristic, Science-Fiction driven, kind of cybernetic and even robotic, evoking the undeniable alliance between the man and the circuits, the engines, the machines; however, there was more. Son of the Motor City, this young producer, responsible for venturing in this new World almost before everyone else, like many of his contemporaries, absorbed the heritage of the African-American music through labels such as Motown a platform for the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, among many others. And there was Jazz.

The initial landmark for Techno

When I had the opportunity to meet them, Mike Grant, Vince Watson and Fabrice Lig all agreed with me on the fact that " Techno City" was indeed the first 'four by four' Techno tune ever. Not only because of its atmospheric & futuristic electronic shape focused on the but because it hided a kind of an ahead-of-its-time personal signature, despite of a structure that nowadays would be seen as rudimental. For the Cybotron connoisseurs it was not a surprise, though: timeless Electro anthem " Clear ", released one year before on Fantasy, was devastating. It brought a unique electronic ensemble, even more obsessed with futuristic style, with all that funky dancefloor elements melted with a magnificent innovative essence.

No hope, no illusions, no UFO's

Strange as it may seem, that new Sound of Detroit emerged like a paradox between the dream of an upcoming generation and a World full of imperfections; between the technological aspect of the machines and the human creation process; it was the duality of circuits and veins, blood and electrons, human and exact parameters. It had a whole new technology concept and a wish for a more human World, though it kept its roots on Soul and art.
Like a new prophecy based on the burning desire for change and evolution, Techno incorporated since its early days all these dreamy elements as an inspiration in opposition to the social environment that always had to face the inevitability of facts of a harsh World, full of hopeless minds. That could be resumed by an expression created by the locals to describe this nude reality, like when 'there is no hope': " No UFO's" - not by coincidence the first released single of Juan Atkins' solo project as Model 500.

The rising of Belleville generation

The first single on Metroplex came out with the classic "No UFO's" and its dark ambiance with obscure basslines, strange synths and a sinister use of the vocals. On the other side, it had a dark Electro-Funk: "Future", played almost instantly by DJs like The Wizard and Electrifying Mojo. The acclaimed D-Mix for " No UFO's" had an even more challenging approach, recommended later by Andrew Weatherall as an essential classic. Not long after that, " Sound Of Stereo" had the collaboration of Sir Cybo and brought the new-visionary paradigm for that music with an obscure climax and sinister vocal chorus. These were the sounds that influenced the whole environment, and more specifically friends such as Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes , Arthur Forest, Santonio Echols, Blake Baxter , Carl Craig, among other talents. The revolution had started.

Suddenly, the Soul and the Sci-Fi were blended together

Forever. That was the main idea: melting both and creating a unique musical experience whose identity would forever change the parameters of music. Through projects such as Cybotron , Model 500 , X-Ray ', Infiniti , M500 , Magic Juan , Model 600 , Red Parrot , Triple XXX , Audiotech , Flintstones , Frequency , Kreem , One On One , Reel By Real and Visions , Juan Atkins stood the test of time with tunes from "Alleys Of Your Mind" (1981) to "Track Ten", "Idea 1" and "Rebound", released more recently (2004).


July 17, 2003
Mr. Atkins was original innovator of electronic dance music and the first Detroit-techno artist ever. His friend Derrick May even named his legendary label "Transmat" after a vocal sample in one of Juan´s tracks.


August 4, 2001
edited over 16 years ago
One of the few true geniuses in modern-day electronic music. He probably invented techno in 1982 with a Cybotron release, but even if he didn't (who cares anyway?) he made some stunning tracks. Totally unpretentious oldskool like 'Make Some Noise', cool electro like 'Night Drive' or 'No UFO's', beautiful relaxing spacy stuff like 'The Passage' or one of his numerous Infiniti-outputtings. The list goes on and on and on (ad Infiniti really!)**.

**= bad pun, I know. but really this is for everyone liking Kraftwerk, Derrick May, Doppler Effect, Drexciya (though Atkins' work is less weird and is less 'rough' as well most of the time), Klaus Schulze (Detroit has a link with Germany I'm sure!!), Aphex Twin's Selected ambient Works Vol. I,...

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