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Detroit DJ pioneer Mike Brown passes away

After a  battle with cancer.

Photo credit: Charivari Detroit – Instagram

Renowned Detroit DJ Mike Brown has passed away, leaving behind a profound legacy in the city’s electronic music scene. The news was shared by the organizers of the US festival Charivari Detroit, sparking an outpouring of tributes from artists and members of the electronic music community.

Brown’s significant contributions to the scene have been highlighted by DJ Minx, Marcellus Pittman, and Alan Oldham, among others. His passion for music and role in shaping the Detroit electronic music scene will always be remembered.

While the cause of his death has not been disclosed, it is worth mentioning that last June, a GoFundMe page was launched to support Brown’s battle against cancer. The initiative aimed to raise funds for his medical expenses, reflecting the love and support he received from the community.

Brown’s impact on the Detroit music scene can be traced back to his involvement in the pioneering DJ collective called Direct Drive. Established in the late ’70s, this influential crew played a pivotal role in shaping the city’s electronic music community. They inspired the launch of another iconic group known as Deep Space, which included Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and Eddie Fowlkes.

Throughout his career, Brown continued to make his mark as a DJ, captivating audiences at events like Movement and Charivari in Detroit. His talent, dedication, and unique style earned him a special place in the hearts of music lovers.

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