Freak Funk: Techno pioneer Orlando Voorn on 7 of his classic tracks
Ben Murphy talks to influential Dutch producer Orlando Voorn about seven of his most influential and most important tracks.
Since the early 1990s he’s minted bombastic hardcore as Frequency, trance before the genre even existed as Format, and acres of vividly colourful techno both on his own and with Detroit mavens Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Blake Baxter.
Voorn’s got a gift for melody. His subtle, lush arrangements are steeped in jazz, funk and ambience, making him almost an honorary member of the Detroit brigade. Born in Amsterdam, he moved to the Motor City in 2000 and still lives in America, currently residing in Seattle. Though he started out as a DJ, he’s mostly eschewed the practice to focus on production, but a recent burst of new activity, including 2014’s sterling Black Diamond album for Out-Er, suggest that he’s ready to hit the road again.
We spoke to Voorn about seven of his classic tracks, each of them reflecting a different facet of his talent, as he looked back on his roots in hip-hop, collaborating with the Detroit pioneers and how he accidentally made trance.