I don’t believe in making records that are a drum machine and some noise that you just tweak a bit this way and that way, that doesn’t do it for me. I suppose you can make art that way, but if you’re going to make music, make music! I want something that you can close your eyes to, that’s going to soothe you, something you can take to the beach with you on vacation. Some of these guys just make a point of distorting every fucking track, the cymbals, the snare, the kick—everything. What’s the point?
Juan Atkins to Mike Shallcross, “From Detroit to Deep Space,” The Wire #161, July 1997. (via theundergroundismassive)