For many on this side of the pond, electronic dance music is new to the charts and radio, coming over here through popular European producers David Guetta and Tiesto. Yet, more than 20 years ago, such sounds originated here, and Kevin Saunderson was one of the pioneers of the Detroit techno sound.
As one of the Belleville three, along with Derrick May and Juan Atkins, Saunderson has put out several releases over the years under multiple names, including Kreem, E-Dancer, and Inner City, and through his label KMS Records. Kreem is behind single “Triangle of Love,” while Inner City came together by accident. Saunderson was referred to singer Paris Grey for a backing track, and debut single “Big Fun” emerged from that session. The track, in fact, became one of many hits for Inner City after it was added to compilation Techno – The New Dance Sound of Detroit. “Good Life” and debut album Paradise followed.
Even with 12 top 40 hits on the U.K. charts, Inner City went on hiatus in recent years. However, Grey and Saunderson came back together over the past year and released single “Future.”
How did the Inner City reunion come about?
Kevin Saunderson: Inner City got back together because my main singer Paris Grey, her daughter graduated from high school and she felt like she was ready to go on the road. We did a couple tours, some dates, and she was re-inspired to continue recording and traveling the world. We had had a nice hiatus. So, that’s kind of what led it to happen again.
What are your plans for releases with Inner City?
Kevin Saunderson: For releases, we’re going to play it by ear – nothing particularly planned. We’re going to make records, because we like making music, and if there’s something we want to release, we’ll release it.
What plans do you have for Inner City, in terms of performing?
Kevin Saunderson: We’re touring right now, throughout Europe, with two singers, Paris, and myself doing the computers, kind of programming, a drummer, and a keyboardist, so we’re doing that most places. Some places we do PAs, but just in general, it depends on the kind of event and how big it is. Sometimes, it’s me, Paris, and Ann