The Detroit duo known as Reference focuses on the soul of electronic music, not the hype, staying true while working to promote the expression of underground music and dance culture. Luke Hess is a name synonymous with a new wave of ‘Detroit techno’ producers, but his roots go deeper than that. His continued dedication to musicianship and his natural talent as a DJ have allowed him to release music on some of the most respected labels in the genre, and play some of the most prestigious clubs in the world. Brian Kage is the founder of the record label Beretta Music. Along with a countless number of successful releases, Brian’s experience as a producer, DJ, and label head has helped catapult the careers of some of today’s brightest and best artists in the dance music community.
Like any pure artistic or avant-garde entity, Reference has no concern for following trends. Hess & Kage have come together to create music in its truest form; experimentation, soul, sweat, live instrumentation, and organic sounds all welded together to form deep and timeless music. The main concern of Reference is to stand diligent, trumpeters amongst the foundation of underground culture and rebels against the commercialism that longs to destroy the freedom of the human mind.