Mike Huckaby graduated from Cooley High School and landed his first DJ gig in 1988 via Detroit fashion designer and party promoter Maurice Malone. He soon began to play and take on residencies at spots like Motor Lounge, Panacea, St. Andrew’s Hall, and the Majestic Cafe. He became well known in Detroit, by refining the tastes of the dance music community while serving as manager and buyer at the legendary Roseville record shop, Record Time, throughout the ’90s.
His minimal deep house bridged the gap between House Music and Detroit Techno and his growing influence led him to be selected to play in the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) in 2000. By 2002, Huckaby launched his own Deep Transportation label, and its sub-label S Y N T H.
Mike’s unique production techniques, and obsessive attention to the details of sound creation along with his incredible sampling skills led him to be well respected as a sound designer and remixer. His in-depth knowledge of production synthesizer programming, music production software, and sound design, enabled him to carve out a niche lecturing globally.
Huckaby was an educator who not only influenced the global musical community but he also believed in reached back into his community helping young musicians and beat makers in Detroit, by teaching courses on Ableton other digital music production software at Youthville. He programmed sounds and lead workshops for Native Instruments. He also taught masterclasses to packed rooms at the Red Bull Music Academy in Detroit. In 2019, Huckaby traveled to eight countries, performing more than 40 shows. He was also scheduled to take the stage in the 2020 Movement festival.
When Mike unexpectedly passed due to a stroke and complications due to COVID 19 he left a huge void in the Detroit music community that will be hard to fill. His influence on multiple generations of musicians, producers, and sound designers is a legacy that will live on in the hearts and minds of dance music lovers around the world.