Kevin Saunderson spent the early years of his life in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Belleville, Michigan, a rural town some 30 miles from Detroit. As teenagers attending Belleville High School, Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson – the three names that later would define the brandnew Techno genre - were fans of DJ Charles ‘The Electrifying Mojo’ Johnson and the pop, disco, and funk music he played.
Atkins and May soon became serious about mixing others' music and creating their own, but Saunderson pursued other goals first, studying telecommunications and playing American football at Eastern Michigan University. Atkins had begun recording with Cybotron in 1981, but it was not until 1985 that May followed suit and made a record. Initially concentrating on becoming a DJ, Saunderson watched the six-month-long process as May completed ‘Let's Go’, he was inspired to create his own music.
Inner City is a Saunderson collaboration that came about ‘by accident,’ according to Saunderson. In 1987 he recorded a backing track in his home studio, but needed lyrics and a female vocalist. His friend, Chicago house producer Terry ‘Housemaster’ Baldwin suggested Paris Grey. ‘Paris agreed, flew into Detroit, came up with lyrics and ‘Big Fun’ was born. Saunderson filed away the tape until, months later, UK dance entrepreneur Neil Rushton came to Detroit in search of music for a compilation album, ‘Techno - The New Dance Sound Of Detroit’ for Virgin Records. Neil enthusiastically included ‘Big Fun’ on the album. It was soon released as a single and became a worldwide smash, only to be outsold by Inner City's follow-up single, ‘Good Life.’ A debut album, ‘Paradise’, soon followed. Over the years, and after three albums, Inner City had about 12 Top 40 hits in the UK and two Top 20 albums, with combined sales of more than 6 million.
Since then, Kevin Saunderson became one of the biggest names on the international techno circuit, while Inner City, 25 years after its first recordings, is still going strong: in 2012 it released one of its biggest hits in years: ‘Future’, with an excellent remix from Kenny Larkin that put Saunderson back in the charts once again.