Download + Interview: http://truantsblog.com/2017/truancy-volume-181-detroit-in-effect
Coming into producing through a series of events that involved a producer suddenly leaving the hip hop label he was signed with back in the early 90s, DJ Maaco had already gained himself quite a reputation as one of the best live DJs in the area of Detroit. Producing, however was something completely new to him and the sudden request from the label owner for him to become their new producer helped kicked things in motion for the eventual setting up of MAP Records, a label he set up with close friend Odell. Together, they came into prominence as production and DJ duo, Detroit In Effect, releasing a string of classic Detroit electro, that started to turn heads overseas as well as on home turf. We caught up with DJ Maaco at length, questioning him about DJ battles and block parties in Newport, Detroit, how he met Odell (P-Dog) through taking his DJ spot at a club and debut Europe tours organized by Clone back in 2003. His detailed responses shine a light on characters who might not not have had the same exposure and breakthrough success as people like Underground Resistance but who still laid the blueprints for a thriving community of music lovers, dancers, DJs and party goers in Detroit during the late 80s and early 90s. His Truancy Volume, racking up at an hour in length, is pure 'Detroit-style' as he describes himself, with fast, hard mixing getting thrown down over quick cuts and plenty of scratching. It's the most 'live' sounding Truancy Volume we've had in a while, working through tracks by D.I.E themselves as well as music from Lathun Grady, Body Mechanic, Missy Elliot and more.
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