Detroit-area techno producer Donnell knox arose in the wake of the initial mid-'90s Chicago and Detroit movements. He produced tracks for other major labels after starting his own label, Sonic-mind, and establishing a worldwide fan base and in his hometown of Kalamazoo, a city halfway between Detroit and Chicago.
Growing up in Kalamazoo, MI, D-knox developed an interest in music as a kid, learning to play piano and drums. However, when he heard a tape of Chicago's Hot Mix radio show in the early '80s, he suddenly became interested in dance music and wanted to learn more. He use to spend his summer vacations staying with family in Detroit and Chicago, while on those vacations he would listen to Chicago hot mix radio show, and the wizard aka Jeff mills on W J L B in Detroit.
When Jay Denham who is D-knox cousin returned to Kalamazoo in the early 90's the two began making dance tracks together, and later Denham introduced D-knox to Derrick May, and all of the early Detroit techno producers. Now residing in Warsaw poland the D-knox sound continues to develop.