Model 500 was an alias for Juan Atkins, "the original pioneer of detroit techno". In 1985, Atkins founded the record label Metroplex. In that year, he started making solo records under the alias Model 500.
Juan Atkins has stated that George Clinton's bands Parliament and Funkadelic were important to his musical awakening. He grew up listening to The Electrifying Mojo's radio shows. He also acknowledged Kraftwerk as one of the influences on his music.