Detroit techno veteran Bone makes his Taipei debut tonight. Known for his extraordinary turntable skills, Bone (real name Eric Dulan) mixes techno beats with funky, soulful vibes and has represented Detroit underground for more than two decades.
Bone’s infectious way of deejaying and dedication to music won him plaudits from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, as well as techno fans worldwide. His uncompromising stance on remaining underground also makes him an inspiring role model for those who strive to keep it real.
Taipei Times: Being both underground and successful is never easy. How did you manage to achieve that?
Bone: I think it has to do with my spirit, drive, determination and unwillingness to compromise myself. It sounds dramatic but it’s true. I have to let people know that I’m not just some entertainer or figurehead, I truly stand for something.
TT: Your music is quite soulful. Is that your personal style or is that what “Detroit techno” is really about?
B: Well, for me it’s my personal style and I think that’s what Detroit techno is all about. Playing from your soul and playing what you know is funky, in a funky and soulful manner. I like house, techno and much more, so I don’t see the need to be narrow-minded with what I can play.
TT: What’s your mission as a DJ?
B: It started as a passion for me and it still is. I feel compelled to DJ. My mission was to simply present people with a moment in time, a vibe that they could witness and feel while it’s happening and hopefully carry that vibe with them for weeks, months or (hopefully) years afterwards. I don’t just hear music, I feel it and I want to share that with people sometimes through non-traditional means and in an underground (as opposite of commercial as possible) way. A lot of great music is unheard. Great DJs are being ignored and it’s all due to hype and commercialism. I’m definitely not an entertainer, it’s gotta be bigger than that. I don’t like saying I’m an educator because I don’t want people to think I’m a know-it-all. I’m just a passionate sharer, or messenger of my Detroit vibe, if you will.
TT: What’s new with your label Subject Detroit and what else do you have in the pipeline?
B: We have new releases coming from Fabrice Lig, Stephen Brown and a top secret one from a very well-known techno producer. I also have my sub-label ABM, DJ Bone presents The Dance Series and my next album.
TT: Anything else you’d like to mention here?
B: Yes, I’d like to say that with all of the genres and sub-genres that have come and gone, or are trendy right now, only one truly inspires the most people and stands the test of time and that is Detroit techno. I would also like to compliment all true music fans who decide for themselves what they listen to and refuse to fall victim to the brainwashing from radio, video channels, marketing, etc. There is really good, new music out there being played by DJs, both established and new. So stand your ground and keep fighting for what you believe in.
Bone plays at The Wall (這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1), tonight from 11pm to 4am. Admission is NT$800 at the door. On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw.