Detroit area natives Juan Atkins, Keven Saunderson, and Derrick May, otherwise known as the Belleville Three), created the techno genre of music in the mid to late 80’s. Influenced by electronic music from Europe (especially London) and Chicago House music, the three began experimenting with their own style of electronic dance music (EDM). The style became extremely popular in the rave scene known for its exclusivity and drug use. As the music and the scene became more popular, so did the use of drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy (or MDMA). Although not what the artists’ intended, rave music has become synonymous with drug culture.
For an entire documentary on the creation of techno please watch High Tech Soul- The Creation of Techno below: