This Friday, Derrick May will bring his genre-defining techno tracks back to Detroit in a special event featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In a piece for the Detroit News he talked about facing the challenge of working with musicians and bringing classic tracks like “Strings Of Life” or “Nude Photo” to life with an orchestra.
“Fear can overtake opportunity, and for a very brief time, I was afraid. I didn’t know if I could pull this off, I didn’t know if I could do this. I was finding myself surrounded by professional, accomplished musicians, people that were much more well-versed than myself. I was being asked to lead a group of individuals that were looking to me for the kind of responsibility that comes with producing an orchestra. This was a heavy thing. But we managed it, we made it happen.”