Derrick May (born April 6, 1963), also known as Mayday and Rhythim is Rhythim, is an electronic musician from Belleville, Michigan, United States. He is an only child born to a single mother, in Detroit. May began to explore electronic music early in his life. Along with his high school friends Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, commonly known as the Belleville Three, May is credited with developing the futuristic variation that would be dubbed "Techno" by Atkins. Derrick May is the Innovator of Techno Music which set the groundwork for modern Electronic Dance Music, EDM. Derrick May is a refreshing reminder of the skill and innovation that electronic music is famous for. "Derrick took the Euro-electropop crystals of Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and New Order beyond its own horizon, infusing it with house, experimental synthesizer work and just plain soul. Derrick is also considered the Miles Davis of Electronic Music."