Ken Collier belongs on a single mantel that keeps Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, David Mancuso, Grooverider, and Kool Herc esteemed as the real fathers of contemporary digital dance music. In the past due ’70s, Collier was the DJ that motivated Detroit young people — and soon-to-be techno innovators — such as for example Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick Might, and Mike Offer, to begin rotating information. After he produced Accurate Disco Productions in 1977, Detroit noticed its first critical dance membership, Chessmate, where Collier was before getting the resident on the Electric motor City’s famed Studio room 54 Detroit in 1979. With the middle-’80s, Collier still reigned as the city’s most-recognized DJ along with his performances at the renowned Heaven club, till getting eclipsed by his supporters, ambitious youthful DJs such as for example Jeff Mills and Derrick Might. Though he was ultimately ignored in the common myths of Detroit — frequently replaced with the similarly important Electrifying Mojo — he continuing rotating in the middle-’90s until he passed on.