Delano Smith : Artist Spotlight

WGlasshouse —  October 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

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In honor of Delano Smith’s birthday, Detroit Techno House would like to bring light to one of our favorite artists, thank him for his contributions, and wish him a happy birthday.  Delano Smith is a talented DJ and producer raised in Detroit. One of Detroit’s first house DJs, Delano has captured the hearts of true House heads across the globe with his deep and energetic sounds.  His tracks speak just as loudly as his skilled DJ sets, which contain a driving soul that lasts and lasts.  He began releasing his own production in 2002 with the track “Tribunal of Souls” on Psychostasia Recordings.  It represents the sound of that time, but you can hear the future in there as well.  Check this out below and then we will move on to some newer work from Delano Smith. All of his available releases can be found on Beatport here.

His first release on his imprint Mixmode titled ”Feel This” debuted in 2003, and Delano has continued ever since bringing quality tracks to the dancefloor.  His sound is extremely unique, and it could be because he has a connection to both Detroit and Chicago from which he draws inspiration. Born in Chicago, Delano clearly has a love for the house sound, but being raised on Detroit’s west side, that sound grew into a deeper and more raw form of dance music. Delano grew up in a time with less emphasis on genre boundaries, and it is strongly reflected in his musical approach. We appreciate that in a time when so many sub-genres and over-classifications have bogged down the industry. Here is an edit he did of Norm Talley’s “Cosmic Waves”, an album I am lucky to say I have a copy of.

Researching Delano Smith I came across an interesting social and geographical link. The connection between Detroit and Chicago, also known as the I-94 connection, was something I obviously knew about, but never really considered too much. Looking closer, the musical and social structures of these cities have a lot of similarities, and they certainly have a great deal of influence over musical culture throughout the world. Being connected by the Interstate 94 and also having Illinois and Michigan linked by Lake Michigan, these regions truly have a deep bond. Recently DetroittechnoHouse visited Chicago, and it is very obvious that we have a kindred spirit that exists between The D and Chi-town (read about our visit to and underground party here.) Chicago gets all the credit for discovering House music, and Detroit fed off that energy to create Techno. Each sound is representative of the environment they were created in, they both exist in the history of electronic music, and they happen to be about 283 miles away from eachother. Detroit and Chicago have a beautiful connection and Delano Smith is a great example.

Delano Smith had the privelidge of working with Detroit’s first DJ, Ken Collier, which shaped his style and his sound in a very unique way.  Ken Collier is credited with having influenced the very first wave of electronic music in Detroit, and inspiring a culture that still lives today. People such as Jeff Mills, Derrick May, and even Delano Smith drew influence from the great Ken Collier, who is best known for DJing the infamous Studio 54 in Detroit, as well as Club Heaven on 7 Mile and Woodward.

It is clear why Delano Smith has such a lasting impression in the Detroit music community, and we only hope to see him get some more state-side bookings so everyone can witness the sound and truly “feel it”.  We have seen many countries over-seas taking notice and bringing Delano in for shows, and we are glad that he is spreading that real house music around the world. From France to Australia to Romania, Delano is bringing that deep vibe and showing everyone how to get down.

His recent works see him doing a remix for Ian Pooley titled “Tale of the Big City” and Carl Craig doing a remix for his track “Midnight Hours”, both of which are done very well.  Most recently for Delano was a 3 track EP entitled the “ Precipice EP” , which was released on his label Mixmode and has been getting a great response throughout 2013.  We can’t wait to see what’s next for Delano Smith, and we just want to thank him again for keeping it so very real.





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Walter Glasshouse is a DJ, Writer and Promoter from Detroit, Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @DJGlasshouse and at He runs a monthly at the Grasshopper in Ferndale, and he loves showcasing Detroit's unique talent base. His DJ sets go all the way from house music to trip-hop, and it's all done with soul and turntablism. Walter also performs as an emcee under the name AudioLogical . He's a little busy, but he loves to write and share his love for music here.
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