The cause of his death has not been made public
Detroit house and techno legend Mike Huckaby sadly died yesterday of an unknown illness. The news was broken on Twitter by Detroit promoter Adriel Thornton, acting as a spokesman for Huckaby's family.
A stalwart of the international deep house community since the mid-90s, Huckaby was perhaps best known for releases on the legendary Harmonie Park label, as well as his own Deep Transportation and S Y N T H imprints. He could turn his hand to many different styles of house and techno, and will be remembered particularly for his dreamy, often jazz-tinged take on deep house – but also for his many visits to Germany, where he played a key role in cement techno's long-standing, albeit entirely unofficial, Detroit-Berlin alliance.
In constant demand as a DJ worldwide, Huckaby was also something of a mover and shaker behind the scenes. He worked for many years alongside the likes of Rick Wade, Magda and Claude Young in Detroit's Record Time store, and latterly dedicated a great deal of his time to sharing his production knowledge with younger producers via workshops and production "boot camps" – a role that eventually led to his being appointed as a brand ambassador for both Native Instruments and Ableton.
While the cause of Huckaby's death has not been revealed, he was known to have spent some time in hospital recently with an unspecified illness.
Tributes from both his fellow Detroitians and the wider international house and techno community have been flooding social media this morning – with many respected UK producers, such as The Rurals' Andy Compton and NRK man Nick Harris, recalling the inspiration, advice and support they received from him in the earliest days of their careers.
He will be sadly missed by many, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.