About Kevin Saunderson
Platinum-selling recording artist, label boss, festival promoter, a true innovator of popular music, cracking DJ: there’s a lot to be said about Kevin Saunderson.
His influence runs deep, through both adopted hometown of Detroit, and music culture as a whole: as one of the Belleville Three, the high school trio which also includes Juan Atkins and Derrick May, he irreparably changed the face of electronic music.
Saunderson’s comparatively late start as a producer – kicking off in ’87 under the moniker of Kreem, with E-Dancer and Reese two of the more well-known names to follow – inadvertently gifted him a headstart. Saunderson married Detroit’s raw sound to more tactile, pop-leaning sensibilities and Inner City was born.
Between Big Fun, Good Life, debut album Paradise and a number of follow-up singles, Inner City (Saunderson and vocalist Paris Grey) amassed 12 UK top 40 hits and over six million records sold worldwide during their peak.
Saunderson’s own KMS record label – a remarkable 30 years strong in 2017 – has chronicled the early footsteps of Blake Baxter, Derrick Carter, Bicep and even Saunderson’s son and regular DJ partner Dantiez.