All week on FACT, we’re celebrating #RaveWeek. Following a FACT mix from pioneering Detroit techno producer Kevin Saunderson and the long-awaited sequel to Joe Muggs’ Rubbish Raver memoir, we get the inside story on one of house music’s all-time classics, ‘Big Fun’. Produced by Kevin Saunderson and sung by Paris Grey, the full story of the 1988 single also features Derrick May, Juan Atkins, James Pennington and more. We asked Saunderson for the full scoop.
“This record actually started with me and James Pennington. I was at his studio, we caught this vibe, and it became the foundation of Inner City – the famous Inner City sound. It was a chord, sampled, one note, spread through the keyboards and replayed, mixed down with a pad and a few other sounds. We had this unique sound.
“That was kind of the birth. There was no group name then, it was just creation. So I kept developing the track, and I ran into this guy about six months later, a guy named Terry ‘Housemaster’ Baldwin. By then the track had drums, we came up with some other parts for it, another guy I was working with at time Art Forest added some traditional piano. At that time I couldn’t play piano like a keyboardist could. I could find notes, play notes, but it was still early in my career.”