Detroit native K-Hand (real name Kelli Hand), an early purveyor of Detroit techno and house music, has passed away.
Close friends of the iconic DJ and producer confirmed the news on August 4th, though no official cause of death has been released. An outpouring of condolences immediately swept across social media as news of Hand’s tragic passing surfaced.
Mad respect for Kelli Hand. We finally met in London of all places a few years ago. Those Acacia records; she was pioneering! You leave us with an inspirational Detroit music legacy. Thank you. Rest eternal, K-Hand 💜 pic.twitter.com/wmxyn3EtXK
— Mike Servito (@mikeservito) August 4, 2021
rest in peace kelli hand aka K-HAND you are my first female DJ / Producer heroine thank you for ur music ~your music and soul is with us ~ will never die 👽 Acacia Records / K-HAND for ever 🖤🖤🖤🖤🙏🙏🙏 thank you kelly ❤️❤️Detroit luv❤️❤️👽👽👽😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/JJymPWItVw
— Ellen Allien BPitch (@ellenallien) August 5, 2021
K-Hand was the 1st female House/Techno producer I ever heard of. she was sweet & spent lots of time in Satellite Records Atlanta when I ran that in the 90’s. wicked producer & great DJ; she passed away & may her glorious Detroit legacy live on as she traverses The Great Beyond.💫 pic.twitter.com/U7ms7tGcVB
— Tommie Sunshine ✊️ (@tommiesunshine) August 4, 2021
With a significant impact on Detroit’s techno and house movements as well as a career that spanned well over thirty years, K-Hand is highly regarded as a key figure in electronic music. From humble roots as a reveler in the club scene to owning and operating her UK House Records imprint, she exerted a sizeable influence on the scene. Hand’s Global Warming EP and debut album, On A Journey via Warp Records, are standouts of her ’90s discograhy.