Blake Baxter is a native Detroit-er, a true and authentic electronic musician, He is a passionate music producer and DJ; a part of the first wave of Detroit Techno artists/deejays and musicians from the mid-80’s. Affectionately called by his peers “The Prince of Techno” Blake’s pulse is spoken word and dance rhythms. He calls his methodology “ Poetry and Rhythm” with a blend of Detroit Techno and Chicago House music. electronically speaking beyond the music categorizations for Blake it's Afrofuturism expressing his art spiritually thru technology.
Blake started producing music in 1985. His first productions were recorded in Chicago, originality due for release on DJ International, but his first official release was in 1987 on KMS Records in Detroit. His four track E.P. 12-inch vinyl that was compiled and remixed from some of his previous recorded productions due for release on DJ International that was released in 1988-89. on DJ International and Westside Records Jack Masters Series.
Blake was involved in four productions on "The New "Dance Sound of Detroit” the album that introduced Detroit Techno to the world; it was released on “Virgin 10 records” UK, this release was a double album with a variety of new artists from Detroit.
Notably, Blake also released music on “Underground Resistance” record label (Detroit) and “Tresor Records” (Berlin Germany) and is currently releasing music on his own record labels “Mix Records” and "Afrdisitrax" collectively under the “Mix Media Music Group” umbrella. Baxter was one of the first deejays to play house and techno music in the Detroit clubs in the mid-80’s. He was a resident DJ in downtown Detroit’s “Leland House Club” also known as “The City Club”, and for nearly five years at the “ Majestic Theater” in the early and mid 90’s.
In Berlin, Blake was a Tresor resident in the original Tresor club and still to this day you can catch a performance from Blake at Tresor. Blake Baxter "The Prince of Techno" has remained consistent in his music productions and releases since his musical journey began in Detroit and continues thus far.
Blake has worked with a variety of producers over the years on musical collaborations and you can hear his unmistakable sound that comes out in every production. As a DJ Mr. Baxter continues to tour worldwide, he passionately plays to the audience and feeds off of the energy of the room taking them on a musical journey through the medium of sound spinning classic techno, house and tech house in a verifiable Detroit Deejay fashion Blake justifiably moves the crowd.
Creatively, Blake Baxter is a composer-lyricist, producer & DJ in the field of electronic dance music. As a deejay, Blake Baxter is a multi-faceted artist he moves creatively through House and Techno music genres.
Blake Baxter is now currently performing LIVE and DJ / hybrid sets, In his hybrid set he features drum and acid units TR-09 and TB-03 fused in with CDJs in the mix.In Blake's "live performance" you will hear his Detroit classics and Tresor releases along with his recognizable soft chant style vocals he coins "poetry and rhythm".
Blake Baxter live sets is his evolution in techno on folding onstage.
The best way to describe Blake’s live set, first we must reference his vinyl releases on Mix Records, MX-20 "The Machines EP" which was composed and recorded live during a live techno performance, a process Blake refers to as, R.A.W DATA: "Random Authentic Works" Randomness: Comes from atmospheric noise, Authentic: Conforming to fact, Work: Activity done in order to achieve purpose thru "Digital andAnalogTechnoAudio". Blake likes spontaneous mixing and random patterns during his live set performance, you will hear Acid frequencies, House rhythms & Techno elements with random raw beats from drum units and tweaked frequency from various analog sound modules accented with Blake Baxter unmistakable unique chant style vocals, from KMS record to Tresor, Disko B, Mix Records, and Systematic recordings, Blake Baxter often imitated but never duplicated.