Mike Huckaby is the Underground Saint of Detroit. His signature sound is inspiring but the most impressive thing about him is his passion for educating. At Youthville Detroit, Huckaby teaches kids how to express themselves through music production with lessons on software, hardware, and music theory.
While most oldschool cats hold on to ancient technology, Mike has decided to embrace new school methods of computer production to keep up with the times, and be able to teach kids how to produce with minimal funds. Don’t get it twisted though, he successfully merges digital with analog technology better than anybody. From synths, to tape recorders, to even sampling rocks, he takes all the soulful knowledge of the oldschool and adds the funk into the often cold, digital environment.
This knowledge that he is passing on is vast and unique. The students at Youthville are truly getting an amazing experience and are being prepared for success. Just look what Kyle Hall did with his knowledge. He himself is now known for his signature warm sound, and Mr. Huckaby had a huge influence on that. By empowering the youth with knowledge, I’m positive we will see many successes coming out of Youthville for years to come.
If you’re not a young blood in Detroit, you can still learn some sweet techniques from Mike. Many workshops and tutorials can be found online with him teaching how he uses his instruments.