Juan Atkins “The Originator”
In the underground, Juan Atkins is known as the “Originator” of Techno and is even responsible for coining the term. He led the way by making futuristic dance records in the early 80’s and soon helped his friends to do the same. A new underground dance music scene emerged in Detroit as this group of DJs transitioned into becoming full-fledged producers and label owners. It would soon become wildly popular overseas and the rest was history. Yet popular culture has no idea about his contributions to dance music or about the many mainstream hits he was responsible for like Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control” and Nicky Minaj’s “Anaconda”.