Walter Wasacz is a Detroit-based writer, columnist, critic, editor, musical collaborator, consultant and co-founder and vice-president of the Detroit-Berlin Connection, a 5013c nonprofit organization.
He has contributed features and reviews, from punk to techno, to New Musical Express (London), Details (New York), De:Bug (Berlin), Urb (Los Angeles), XLR8R (San Francisco/Los Angeles) and Detroit magazines Creem and Detroit Electronic Quarterly.
From 2004 to 2011 Wasacz authored a column on club culture called the Subterraneans for the Metro Times (Detroit).
Wasacz was managing editor at Model D, an online magazine in Detroit, from 2005 to 2014.
In late 2013 he helped launch the Detroit-Berlin Connection (DBC) with Berlin techno entrepreneur Dimitri Hegemann. The group is built on the inspiration that Detroit artists brought to Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Hegemann calls techno the ‘soundtrack of reunification’ and places credit at Detroit’s doorstep.
The DBC has produced conferences and workshops in both Detroit and Berlin and is a strong advocate for creative industries initiatives in Detroit, citing tactics and strategies used in Berlin’s ‘no curfew/24 hour’ economy.
Wasacz is also an ambient techno producer and DJ who, along with Rod Modell (Deepchord, Echospace), performs as Shorelights.