PLAY Culture Interview. | #MadeInDetroit / #MadeInMemphis


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Detroit’s decayed industry continues to cast a long shadow, its abandoned buildings at once awe-inspiring and eerie. But in spite of its struggling economy, corrupt politicians, and the city’s ongoing water crisis, the Midwestern metropolis is as much characterized and defined by its music. Detroit spawned The White Stripes, raised Eminem, and birthed Insane Clown Posse and horrorcore. It was the home of Motown, Alice Cooper, and Bob Seger, and Madonna grew up in the city’s suburbs.

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Arguably one of the most vital and exciting artists to emerge from Detroit in recent years is Danny Brown. In this seventh episode of Made In America Danny discusses the mentality of local music fans and artists, and the formative effect the city’s had on his own music.

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We also delve into the world of Detroit techno via dance legend Kevin Saunderson (of Inner City and one third of the Bellville Three), tracing the genre’s lineage through to DJ/producer Carl Craig. Plus we crash post-punk band Protomartyr’s basement rehearsal and talk to Derek from Turn to Crime/Awesome Color for an insight into the city’s future.


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It’s tough to know where to start in Memphis. There’s Sun Studio and Elvis. There’s Stax Records and every American soul singer worth a mention. There’s Easley McCain Recording Studios, the scene of seminal album sessions for everyone from The White Stripes to Jeff Buckley, Cat Power to Pavement. There’s Ardent Studios—the home of cult heroes Big Star. And then there’s the Memphis that spawned Three 6 Mafia. Memphis’ musical history is as rich and delicious as all the fried chicken and biscuits we ingested while we were down there.

For this sixth episode of Made In America – Made in Memphis, we headed down to Tennessee with director Lance Bangs and promptly got in Project Pat’s Escalade for an illuminating trip round his old hood. We also strolled round Stax, took a tour with Big Star’s Jody Stephen’s round Ardent and pondered the troubled genius of Alex Chilton, crashed The Nots recording sessions at Doug Easley’s studios, hung out at Goner Records—responsible for Jay Reatard’s early output—and talked to Chris of jittery, motorik art-punks Ex-Cult.

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