Movement 2017 Recap

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Josh Wink on the Movement Main Stage

Photo credit: Peter Liu

Movement Electronic Music Festival’s 11th year kicked off to a start on a beautifully sunny day this past Memorial Day Weekend.

Ahead of the festival, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggen had officially declared the week of May 22nd-29th as ‘Detroit Techno Week’. This is the one exciting time of the year that people from all around the world come to celebrate and take part in Detroit’s culture as the birthplace of techno music. 

Day 1 – Saturday, May 27

Cassy performing on the Detroit Love showcase at the Stargate Stage presented by THUMP

After a long roadtrip to Detroit listening to techno mixes along the way, Chris B and I arrived at the festival just in time to catch Cassy energizing the crowd at the Stargate stage at 5pm.

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Josh Wink on the Movement Main Stage

Shortly after, we saw our Philly friend Josh Wink performing on the Movement main stage. Sporting an Ovum Recordings shirt, he played a number of tracks from his label catalog including his most recent release “Resist”.

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Breakdancers movin’ and groovin’ near the Movement Main Stage
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Rrose at the Resident Advisor Underground Stage

Following that, I spent my time bouncing around between multiple stages to catch my favorite acts including Nicole Moudaber, Octave One, and Larry Heard along with influential techno pioneers later in the night such as The Belleville Three, Richie Hawtin, and Robert Hood.

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Brothers Lawrence and Lenny Burden perform as Octave One (live)
Octave One
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Nicole Moudaber
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Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers
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Mr. White singing with Larry Heard (live)

Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers performed live at the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) stage with Mr. White singing vocals on classics such as “The Sun Can’t Compare”.

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The Belleville Three – Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May (from left to right)

The Belleville Three – comprised of Juan Atkins (The Initiator), Derrick May (The Innovator), and Kevin Saunderson (The Elevator) – were the original creators of Detroit techno as we know it today. The three high school friends from Belleville, Michigan were heavily influenced by the music they heard on The Midnight Funk Association, a 5-hour radio show hosted by The Electrifying Mojo in the 1980s.

At Movement, the three left the audience in awe as they wove their own material together as one cohesive mix on a massive Pioneer DJ TOUR setup.

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Richie Hawtin’s live show ‘CLOSE’

Soon after, Richie Hawtin closed out the night with his audio-visual show titled “CLOSE – Spontaneity & Synchronicity”.

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Robert Hood’s live DJ set closing the Pyramid Stage

The night didn’t end there though. We continued onto the Detroit Love Afterparty to catch Moodymann spinning at the Magic Stick at 2am followed by Soul Clap’s House of eFunk at TV Lounge to see Louie Vega (for several hours), Josh Wink (again!), and Mathew Jonson shortly before sunrise.

Day 2 – Sunday, May 28

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Honey Dijon at the Red Bull Music Academy Stage

We came back to Movement day #2 in the late afternoon for a glimpse of the last half of Heidi’s set and the start of Honey Dijon’s set at the RBMA stage.

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Cajmere at the Stargate Stage
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Philly fam and EMM alum at the Stargate Stage – Jay Hill, Alex Aguirre, and Sarah Tatum (Statum)
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Shiba San at the RBMA Stage
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Seth Troxler at the Stargate Stage

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The Rickmobile

Among the vendors and food carts, the Rickmobile was seen selling exclusive merchandise from Adult Swim’s TV show Rick & Morty.

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Paranoid London at the RBMA Stage
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Adam Beyer at the Movement Main Stage
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Adam Beyer at the Movement Main Stage

Due to technical and weather-related issues delaying closing sets such as Testpilot, we left Day 2 early for the official afterparties.

The night went out with our return to TV Lounge for a 2nd night at OK COOL’s 5-year anniversary party featuring John Tejada, Honey Dijon, Danny Daze, and Doc Martin. During the night, I also made my way over to the Masonic Temple nearby to catch Adam Beyer presents Drumcode with Nicole Moudaber and Keith Kemp in a packed ballroom floor.

Day 3 – Monday, May 29

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Barclay Crenshaw on the Movement Main Stage

On Day 3, Barclay Crenshaw made his debut at Movement as himself playing hip-hop and bass-y beats from a Pioneer CDJ and Toraiz SP-16 sampler setup instead of the usual tech and bass house as Dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke.

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Kerri Chandler at the Stargate Stage as part of the Paradise Showcase
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Thundercat on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage
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Terrence Parker at the Made In Detroit Stage
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Storm clouds in the distance behind Hart Plaza
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Carl Craig presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble

For his closing act on the main stage, Carl Craig brought on the Versus Synthesizer Ensemble- consisting of 4 musicians each with a Prophet-6 synthesizer and a pianist on the grand piano- to recreate and interpret his Versus album released just a few weeks earlier.

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Danny Brown closes out the Red Bull Music Academy Stage
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Carl Cox exclaims “Fantastic, fantastic Detroit!”
Carl Cox closes out the festival on the Movement Main Stage

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Finally, Carl Cox unleashed a spectacularly thunderous 2-hour set as Detroit Techno Week came to a close.

Until next year!

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Carl Cox with one of our stickers!

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