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Detroit's K-Hand New Zealand Show Announced

Detroit's K-Hand New Zealand Show Announced

Tuesday 1st May, 2018 10:49AM

Pioneering Detroit dance producer K-Hand (aka Kelli Hand) is visiting Aotearoa for the first time this June for a headline show at Auckland's Galatos. Dubbed ‘The First Lady of Detroit’, the artist has been dropping crucial club tracks since the early nineties and is a trailblazing figure in the international techno community. K-Hand was the first Detroit artist to have work released by Warp Records, she's showcased works by Claude Young and The Wamdue Kids on her own label Acacia Records, and provided inspiration for heavy hitters Ben UFO and Nina Kraviz (who released recent work by K-Hand on her own label). The fine folk at Friendly Potential are bringing us another doozy of a show, check out the details below...

Friendly Potential: K-Hand 
Friday 1st June - Auckland, Galatos
Tickets available from Thursday 3rd May

Listen to K-Hand's classic track 'Untitled B1' from her 1997 Project 5 EP...

Press release:

Friendly Potential is super excited to host the First Lady of Detroit - K-HAND - for the first time in New Zealand, at Auckland’s Galatos on Friday the 1st of June 2018.

K-Hand (aka Kelli Hand) is an internationally recognised veteran of Detroit’s music scene. She has released hundreds of club bombs since the early 90s, tunes which meld both her love of the Motor City Sound, and her initial musical schooling at New York’s Paradise Garage. Her early releases paved the way for women in the house & techno scene, she was the first Detroit artist to release on legendary UK imprint Warp Records, and her very own Acacia Records becoming a launch pad for some of today’s techno heroes, including Claude Young, The Wamdue Kids, & Sean Deason.

And interest in Hand’s music has grown in recent years, with the likes of Ben Klock, Ben UFO & Ryan Elliot all tapping her older productions for compilations, and techno superstar Nina Kraviz releasing brand new K-HAND music via her label in 2016. But don’t call it a resurgence - K-Hand has been steadily working the whole time, releasing record after record, and keeping up a relentless touring schedule, delivering meticulous, uncompromising sets wherever she goes. With three decades of operating in a techno boys club, today Hand embraces her role as a female pioneer who challenges the status quo, a feat which the city of Detroit recognised in 2017 when they officially named her ‘The First Lady of Detroit’.

"For me, it’s all about the music, not about how someone looks with or without any business, producing or djing skills. But, being “true” to yourself, and having the ability to express yourself creatively through your own self confidence that is within you”.


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