The Uber arrives and we make our way to Submerge at 3000 E Grand Blvd. In the same street as Kenny Dixon’s home, the building holds music studios, distribution, a record store and Detroit’s secret techno museum. The iconic techno movement resides in a house that isn’t necessarily far off from most of the houses we have seen. Next to a radio station and next to other Detroit producers studios such as Kelli Hand, Derrick May and Theo Parrish.
We only have a time and no contact information or sign of life but decide to knock the door. A person that looks familiar appears three doors away from me inside the building: Mike Banks.
We get introduced to Joshua, a member of the squad who said he would give us a tour about electronic music in the museum and gives us the possibility to shop for records after the tour.


The museum features machines, magazines and stories about techno’s originators and the techno city’s history. Joshua points out the cutting lathe used by legendary mastering engineer Ron Murphy who seems to have once worked in the studio before he passed away. Unlike the public image of the label might appear, we meet some of the friendliest people I have ever met and I don’t feel judged by the people there that I am a tourist visiting them. 
We learn about the importance of Motown and Funkadelic and obviously pick-up a lot of things you can also read on the internet. The label supports local schools and universities in their projects and Joshua explains what makes a good DJ, a craft that works as a mode of communication between yourself and the crowd. Probably in his fifties he tells us how cruel it was to be a black person during the riots of the city, something that has already made me feel disgusted only from watching a few movies about it.
Some of the UR releases are put out to inform uneducated people. UR-088 teaches people about the poisonous water supplies in the suburbs. I have to admit that the chloride smell in the water is something I recognized particularly bad in Detroit.