For the entire month of February, world-renowned DJ and artist Seth Troxler will be collaborating with Beatport to curate a month-long music series featuring the artists that have been integral parts of dance music history. As part of this showcase, Seth Troxler will be featuring iconic legends along with newer artists part of the next generation in an effort to educate and celebrate electronic music and Black History Month. For those familiar with the history of house music and techno, it all began as an underground movement helmed by primarily Black artists and DJs in two major cities in the United States: Chicago and Detroit.
Considering Seth Troxler is a Detroit native, he is the perfect fit to take the lead of this month’s Beatport Artist Residency. Over the course of four weeks, Seth Troxler and several other will be featured on Beatport’s Twitch channel. To kick off the series, Seth Troxler will be hosting a conversation with philosopher and political activist Dr. Cornel West to discuss the origins of dance music and how it directly ties into Black History for the United States. The music we love and enjoy today has deep roots in Black History, including the sentiment of love and inclusivity ravers incorporate into the electronic music culture today.
According to Seth Troxler, “When Beatport approached me to host a month of streams during Black History Month, I was truly honored. Being from Detroit and mentored by people like Omar-S, Keith Worthy, and Scott Grooves, as well as understanding that techno and house history is black history, this is a story that was so deeply connected to my family’s heritage. It has always been deeply important to keep the origins of dance music alive for the next generation. With this series, I’ve called some of the artists that have inspired me the most over the years as well as artists I really think have made their own story for the future. I hope you join me over the next 4 weeks to hear exclusive sets from these incredible artists. You might be out of school but as we say in Detroit ‘Ya’ll gunna learn something today!’”
This is an incredible opportunity for dance music fans to understand the pivotal role that legends such as Tony Humphries, Ron Trent, and Frankie Knuckles played in creating the music we know today. From iconic venue The Warehouse in Chicago to the underground clubs in Detroit, electronic music was born. Checkout the full showcase below and tune in for a lesson in history, the best in dance music, and more.