DARKER THAN WAX Showcase feat. DELANO SMITH (Mixmode / Sushitech, Detroit)
27 December 2014
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Born in Chicago and raised on Detroit’s West side, Delano Smith represents one of the last of a rare group of Detroit’s first house DJs. Perhaps it was the juvenile absorption of the sights and sounds around him during his first 5 years in the Windy City coupled with his experience during the new DJ craze of his high school years in Detroit that influenced Delano the most or maybe it is simply that enigmatic link between music people in Chicago and Detroit, known to insiders as the I94 Connection.
Regardless of the reason for his natural ear for the deep and groovy, Delano can lay claim to a legacy that most Detroit jocks cannot. With a hectic schedule that regularly takes him from New York to London, Paris to Tokyo and of course Berlin, Delano’s unique sets highlight the fact that his skills were forged in an era before the rigid genre lines of house and techno appeared.