Minneapolis: The Unknown Hero of American Underground Dance Music


(Photo Credit: Dave Eckblad – COMMUNION: SUNDAYS MINNEAPOLIS 10 Year Anniversary @ The Pourhouse)

Minneapolis has a thriving dance scene. Believe it or not, some of the most prolific individuals in United States dance music have played in very small, underground warehouse clubs scattered about in Minneapolis. No, I’m not talking about Skrillex, Hardwell, Tiesto, Marshmello, Steve Aoki or any of the other corporate label, big-brand artists that are most popular today. I’m talking about the roots of dance music. I’m talking about the people that were there for the construction of the foundation of dance culture today.  People like Jeff Mills, a techno producer and pioneer from Detroit who is credited with some of the very first Techno tracks ever created. Mills has had his art exhibits on display in The Louvre in Paris, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. He also has a podcast that is sponsored by NASA that launched this week — you can listen here.  Mills played in Zak Khutoretsky’s (AKA – DVS1) underground secret warehouse for a crowd of only 300 people — that show went from 12:00am – 7:00am in true 90s rave form. An enormous amount of work and cultural preservation has taken place over the last 20+ years Minneapolis for dance music. A lot of unknown underground heroes have put in the work to enable EDM club culture to exists in Minneapolis…and it all started in the warehouse.

Needless to say, there is something special about our House and Techno scene. People from around the world recognize these special characteristics of Minneapolis.

I’ve been spectating the evolution of dance music culture in Minneapolis for nearly a decade. I would like to open a window to the world of underground dance music and explain why it is so vital to the arts culture here in Minneapolis. Also, I’d like to cover why EDM culture , for the most part,  is terrible for the arts community in Minneapolis.

My goal for this blog series is to shed light on the rich history of dance culture in the Twin Cities. I want to describe and expose the differences between EDM club culture versus House/Techno underground culture. I will also give reasons why our city needs to de-stigmatize warehouse parties and push government funding for the arts, music venues, and a later bar close for venues in Minneapolis.





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