Remembering Mike Huckaby

mike huckaby in front of Tresor

We mourn the loss of Mike Huckaby, a DJ, producer, remixer, mentor, influencer and global ambassador par excellence of Detroit electronic dance music. He was in recovery from a prior illness when he died Friday April 24 from complications from the coronavirus. 

Known by his many friends and fans simply as ‘Huck,’ Mike represented the best of Detroit creative attitude, curiosity, inspiration and expression; a man of few words, he let his and other people’s music he performed in his sets do the talking. 

He was fluent in house, which was the foundation of his Deep Transportation label; and in even deeper house and dub techno, which was more likely to land on his sub label, SYNTH. 

In 2005, he collaborated with Deepchord’s Rod Modell on the enduring classic ‘Electromagnetic Dowsing,’ before producing a string of limited edition white labels and CDrs called ‘My Life With the Wave.’ The last of that series was released in 2017.

Huckaby was a teacher, and he led instructional workshops around the world for Ableton and Native Instruments. He was a manager and buyer at Record Time, where the influence of his keen ear made the store’s ‘dance room’ – a pioneering concept in itself in the early- to mid-1990s – a regular and repeated visit by local and international DJs.

Mike mentoring children


Mike mentoring children at a music school in Berlin

He was a tireless performer. Resident Advisor reported Huckaby played over 40 gigs in eight countries in 2019. He played Detroit’s Movement and DEMF festivals several times and was scheduled to appear again at Movement in 2020.

He was also, as Resident Advisor pointed out, a ‘crucial link between Detroit and Berlin,’ first playing Berlin’s famed Tresor club in 1997. 


For the Tresor label in celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2011 Huckaby delivered the three-track ‘Tresor EP,’ an acknowledgement of the powerful bond at the heart of the connection between Detroit and Berlin. The track was also part of a mix released by Tresor as a double CD. 

mike huckaby in front of Tresor
In front of the original Tresor in 1997

Huckaby was a presenter and panelist at the first Detroit-Berlin Connection conference in Detroit in 2014. He remained a friend, a guiding light, simply by being true to himself and to the music he loved. 

From Berlin, his old friend Dimitri Hegemann, founder of Tresor and honorary chairman of the Detroit-Berlin Connection, wrote: ‘Mike was always a quiet and humble person. My impression was that he was an honest artist, never crazy, more kind and open for cooperation, Never a mean face when something went wrong.’

Mike Huckaby, a gentleman to the end, was 54.

Honest. Open. Quiet. Humble. All true words spoken by many of us who knew this man. May he rest in peace, and power, and never be forgotten.

Nightlife and Covid 19

Dear Artists, Venues, Promoters, and Supporters
of the Creative Economy:

We recognize that these are hectic times. But even in the most hectic of times, our creative community has risen to the opportunity to support and protect eachother.

Now is the time to support your local artists, venues, and production companies in CREATIVE ways while practicing the crucial exercise of social distancing.

We are urging you all to cancel your events and social plans, stay out of public scenarios if possible, be responsible with heightened sanitation methods, and most importantly, act in the best interest of your neighbors.

While some individuals possess a strong immune system, studies have proven that even the strongest immune systems can act as carriers. It is NOT worth potentially harming the most vulnerable citizens of our community.

The art will still be hanging, the music will still be playing. And after this is better contained we will be able to look back and truly celebrate how resilient we were!

So please, explore creative ways to engage with your audiences and each other in the coming weeks. Let’s demonstrate how the creative community can responsibly and proactively stand together in the face of uncertainty!

Well wishes and best regards,
Detroit-Berlin Connection



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The Time is HERE!

Dear creatives, poets, visionaries, bloggers, speakers, entrepreneurs, thinkers and tinkerers,

re:publica Detroit is taking place this week and we hope you are just as excited as we are!

#rpDetroit offers a full diversity of speakers, subject matters, perspectives and formats thanks to the many inspiring submissions from the Call for Participation and the support of our amazing co-curators.

We invite you to explore the topic of ACCESS across three tracks: “arts & culture”, “work & new economy” and “mobility & urban space”. We want to raise discussions on complex issues in order to challenge ourselves and ask questions on who receives access to creative expression, economic opportunity and urban mobility in an age of digitalization. Look forward to sessions covering “Surveillance in the Urban Space”, a techno choreopoem set in the year 3071, discussions around Water as a Human Right and talks on the future of mobility. Speakers include Monica Lewis-Patrick, Ingrid LaFleur, Armen Avanessian, Janice Gates, Katie Hearn, Lauren Hood, Tiff Massey, Saskia Sassen, Hossein Derakhshan, Devita Davison, Mark de la Vergne, Katie Hearn, Piper Carter and many more.

Registration is free, and to keep you up to date, we will be reporting via our social media channels on twitter and facebook! Doors open at 10am on both days, Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to two exciting days full of creative ideas, open minds and intense discussions. Enjoy the conference, and make sure to join our evening program including a live performance by Jessica Care Moore, and the closing party at Electric Studio on Saturday night!


The rpDetroit Team

The Potential 2019 Schedule

  • 1:00-1:30PM: Submerge – Networking and Tours of the Techno Museum (3000 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI)
  • 1:30 -2:00PM: Walk over to Tangent and dining at Deutschtroit Food Truck
  • 2:00 -2:15PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks by Angie Linder Cornelius Harris
  • 2:15PM-2:45PM: Building a strong creative community, one event at a time presented by Melissa Perales
  • 2:45 -3:45PM: Ingrid LaFleur & Zac Bru for a fireside discussion about empowering & sustaining creatives in the city
  • 3:45-4:00PM: Johannes Ebert – General of Goethe-Institut
  • 4:00-5:00PM: 24-hour economy presentation by Mirik Milan & Lutz Leichsenring of VibeLab Berlin
  • 5:00 –5:15pm: Introduction of Rochelle Riley as City of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture
  • 5:15-5:30 – break and Deutschtroit Food Truck
  • 5:30-6:30: Panel discussion – Safe & Legal Path to 24 Hours Adrian Tonon, Mirik Milan, Lutz Leischsenring, Cornelius Harris, Andreas Goergen, Melia Howard & Commander Franklin Hayes Moderator: Jenenne Whitfield
  • 6:30-7:00: Q&A
  • 7:00-7:15PM: re:publica Announcement .
  • 7:15pm – close: Networking, Food Truck & Afterglow

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Melia Howard is the District 5 Manager and community liaison.  She’s meeting with and talking to all the businesses and residents in the district to promote unity and harmony.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Wayne State University. She is also affiliated with the following civic organizations, non-profits, and unions: Member for 30+ years of Trumbull Ave. Presbyterian Church; Board Treasurer and Development Director for Physically Fit 4 Hoops; Precinct Delegate-192; Member of the Michigan Democratic Party;Founder and Chairwoman of the Northeast Detroit Democratic Club; Member of the Detroit Branch – NAACP; Member of the League of Women Voters; Member of the Center for Progressive Leadership; Former Teamster member with UPS (United Parcel Service); Former CWA (Communication Workers of America) member Local 4004 with AT&T.

District 5 stretches across both the historic west and east sides of Detroit. The district is home to the Renaissance Center, Eastern Market, the Fisher Building, Ford Field, the Packard Plant, Greektown, the Herman Kiefer Complex, Henry Ford Hospital, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, General Motors, the DMC, The DIA, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the East Riverwalk, Pewabic Pottery, and The Dequindre Cut.  While all of District 5’s neighborhoods are dynamic in their own right, several of the most well-known include Midtown, downtown, Brush Park, Indian Village, Boston Edison, West Village, New Center, the North End and Arden Park.

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Dr. Andreas Görgen has served as director general for culture and communication with the Federal Foreign Office, Germany in Berlin since April 1, 2014. From 2009, he held senior positions with Siemens Energy Sector in Paris, including regional head for southwest Europe, country sector head for France, and division head for fossil power.

Prior to this, Dr. Görgen fulfilled a number of government positions, including assistant to Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his role as federal foreign minister between 2005 and 2009, and desk officer in the directorate general for European affairs at the Federal Chancellery from 2002 to 2005. He was also commissioner for culture and the media and desk officer for the minister of state between 2001 and 2002.

Prior to embarking on his career in the public sector, Dr. Görgen worked as a freelance mediation trainer and film financing specialist at Essec Business School in Paris, as well as at European law firm Beiten Burkhard in Berlin. Previously, he received a scholarship to attend the École nationale d’administration in Paris and Strasbourg, and worked at the renowned Berliner Ensemble theater. While preparing for state law examinations, he also worked at the Higher Regional Court in Berlin as an assistant to the administrative director.

Dr. Görgen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Bonn, and was awarded his Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Tübingen. He also speaks fluent English and French.

Meet the food vendor for our conference!

Meet the food vendor for our conference!

DeutschTroit is a pop up restaurant project focused on bringing the flavors and recipes from regional Germany directly to you. DeutschTroit consists of hobby baker and entrepreneur Jana, an immigrant from Deutschland (Germany) and Shawn a seasoned Chef and food lover from Detroit – a match made in heaven! After a trip to Germany together in 2017 the decision was made – they have to bring German food to Metro Detroit and introduce people to these rich classic and contemporary flavors like Schnitzel and Currywurst. DeutschTroit was born! They work with old family recipes and the real (German) ingredients even if they are hard to find sometimes. They want to have the most authentic taste possible. Danke!

Meet a DBC Member and conference panelist!

Meet a DBC Member and conference panelist!

Cornelius Harris,

cultural activist, founder of Alter Ego Management and label manager of Underground Resistance (UR), the legendary techno collective from Detroit. Started by Jeff Mills and Mike Banks, UR has been called “the heart, soul, conscience and consciousness of Detroit’s influential techno scene.” Harris joined UR in 1995, inspired by their marriage of music & message.

He is a musical artist manager and cultural critic, overseeing tours, project management, artist development and scheduling. He specializes in international touring and urban revitalization through music and other creative industries. He is a founding board member of the Detroit-Berlin Connection as well.