Detroit techno pioneer Jeff Mills doesn't seem to have much confidence in his home country when it comes to electronic music.

Now living in Paris, Mills told The Guardian that he has been performing his fusion of techno and classical for 10 years and "never once received an invitation to come to the US," so he assumes there isn't much interest.

It's a perplexing problem. Especially as techno becomes more popular in the US, with clubs like New York's Output and festivals like Movement regularly attracting some of the genre's biggest stars.

Though for Mills, the problem stems from the way Americans identify with stereotypes about black music culture.

"There is very little in Detroit electronic music that is negative, and I think that America—especially when thinking about black men—when it’s not negative, if we’re not poor and broke and desperate and coming from the ghetto, it’s not as appealing to the public because there isn’t this great story, this very compassionate story.”

“Planets and stars and futurism and time travel—these types of visions aren’t supposed to come from black guys from Detroit,” he added.

Jeff Mills will play Light from the Outside World with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on 24 October. Read more at The Guardian.  

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