Mike Huckaby, an influential DJ in the Detroit techno and house music scene, died Friday (April 24) after a lengthy hospitalization stemming from a stroke. He was 54.
Huckaby suffered a mild stroke in early March, according to his brother, Craig Huckaby, the Detroit Free Press reports. The DJ had been appeared to be improving, but then developed a cough, sweats, and eventually had to be put on a ventilator, per his brother. He tested positive for COVID-19 before his death.
The DJ’s booking agency, CONNECT Bookings, shared a heartfelt post on Facebook following the his death on Friday.
“RIP Mike Huckaby. One of the greatest djs and producers in the history of electronic dance music. An incredible human being. The world has lost a genius today,” CONNECT wrote.
Huckaby got his start in the Detroit dance music scene in the late 1980s. Bridging house music with techno, he soon became a fixture in the local scene, holding residencies at spots like Motor Lounge, St. Andrew’s Hall, Panacea and the Majestic Cafe.
“I committed myself to days and years of practice,” Huckaby told the Detroit Free Press in 2003. “I started with (ghetto-tech pioneer) Gary Chandler. I practiced religiously every day. We didn’t stop until we could handle a 9-to-2 party.”
In addition to releasing music, performing live and hosting on-air radio sets, Huckaby was known for his work at the renowned Detroit music store Record Time, where he served as a manager and lead buyer. He was also a staple at Detroit’s Memorial Day weekend techno fest, known today as Movement.
Huckaby is survived by his mother, Essie Huckaby, and his brother, Craig.
See below for more social media tributes to Huckaby from Hudson Mohawke, Moodymann, Mike Servito, Disclosure and Ghostly International.
Rest in peace Mike Huckaby. Your music has & will continue to inspire us ♥️🎶
— Disclosure (@disclosure) April 25, 2020
RIP Mike Huckaby. A teacher, mentor, masterclass DJ and producer. A part of what makes electronic music special. A part of what makes Detroit music sublime. You will be missed greatly. pic.twitter.com/ZiKP1pcPaE
— Ghostly (@ghostly) April 24, 2020
RIP Mike Huckaby :// remember getting soulseek rips of harmonie park classics from a friend in 2005ish n used to hammer the fuck out of ithttps://t.co/KweuhrLWrn
— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) April 25, 2020
— Moodymann (@Moodymann313) April 25, 2020
Mike was my mentor, my teacher. A guardian w/ immeasurable influence. all these decades later, I hold him in the highest regards. Mike Huckaby & his endless contributions will always be the truth. An irreplaceable Detroit enigma. Godspeed my friend, Huck 💔 #MikeHuckaby313 pic.twitter.com/wRz0j5mIPz
— Mike Servito (@mikeservito) April 25, 2020