Artist: DJ Bone
Title: It's All About / Tipping Point
Playing: It's All About
"It all started basically with the influence of the Music Institute and Majestic Theater, radio DJ the likes of Jeff Mills and Electrifying Mojo, as well as old soul records from my parents.
As far as me becoming a DJ, I think I had the feeling when I was really young. I would do mixes or re-edits of tracks from a TV show called "The Scene", using a dual cassette deck. I was also DJing on my parents' turntables. One of them had a turntable on top and radio underneath, the other was a really old Technics from a pawn shop. Eventually, I was able to raise enough money to buy real Technics 1200s. I sold mixtepes, and one of them made it to this promoter who said he was looking for a resident at The Shelter. He heard my tape and he signed me on. I was playing a Techno set and he was like, "Man I really enjoyed that, but do you have any other friends who can play hip-hop and house? Because we need that". So the next week I just showed up with even more records. That was my first time in a club and it was my first residency. Until I had a residency at a club, I never thought that this would be my career.
I wasn’t hearing the type of songs that I felt I needed for my sets so I decided to teach myself how to create my own, thus Subject Detroit was born. The challenges seemed insurmountable at first. There were distributors that wouldn’t pay, crooked booking agents, reviewers and mags that won’t review your releases unless you pay them... But I decided to stick to my guns and do things the way I felt best suited me and my label. This helped me create an atmosphere where I never had to compromise unless I wanted to. It's always been important for me to use music as an outlet for my emotions and experiences. That's the only way I know how to produce."
-The origin story of one of the heroes of the Detroit underground: Eric Dulan aka DJ Bone