From burning pavement top to dancers performing hip-hop… Detroit hustles harder. There’s no doubt about it, Movement, held in the heart of Michigan, is now one of my favorite festivals and I will be regularly attending. Held at the Hart Plaza in Detroit, Movement was home to some of the most renowned techno artists of the last decade or so. Such DJ’s like John Digweed, Laurent Garnier, Joseph Capriati, Mija and so much more came together and hosted on stages such as the Movement Stage, Red Bull Music, Star Gate, Underground, and Pyramid Stage to perform some of the most hard-hitting, house and techno tunes.
Although the 3-day festival caters to techno and house, there is something there for every pallet ranging from hip-hop to live performances. Wu-Tang Clan graced our presence as well with their 25th year anniversary on the Movement Stage, closing out the festival. To my surprise, the group still has it, but then again I hear those guys ain’t nothing to fuck with.
The weather was perfect, and the music to die for. As I said before, the festival catered to every taste and despite the normal techno crowd, the Rezz through down and I found myself dead in the center of madness and chaos. I saw headbangers, and bassheads going insane and losing themselves in the crowd. It wasn’t really to be expected but not complaining at all.
I found myself at Mija’s set beforehand and I must say I’ve really come to appreciate this young lady as an artist. Not only is she versatile but I often come to say that her music is “genre-fluid” and it is. The last time that I’ve seen her was at Snowta, in Minnesota where she threw down a different type of feel in a much heavier environment. At Movement, she toned it down a notch with a little more house and a much longer, deserved set.
As of lately, I’ve been listening to a wider variety of music…and techno has stayed on my radar. Coming back from Detroit I realized that going to a strictly techno based festival changes you. From my previous story, I did a while back ago on Rapture, a mini beach festival held in Miami for MMW, I was called a “techno queen.” At the time, I had only a small taste and I wasn’t ready to accept the fact that I may have another title other than “basshead.” But let’s face it, Detroit changes you and I am indeed a “techno queen.”
I think there’s an extremely solid foundation on dance music and even though “going hard” is and forever will be a lifestyle, that there’s more to it. With that being said, some spotlights deserved to be shown. John Digweed, for starters, was so easy to watch. He had this ease about him that made making music look so easy. He didn’t even break a sweat, but then again he has been at it for 30 years. Laurent Garnier now has a spot in my heart that can not be replaced either, his music makes me realize how smart he is and how much I appreciate this type of festival. Last but certainly not least the Saunderson Brothers made their way into my heart. A little history, The Saunderson Brothers are the sons of Kevin Saunderson, who is one of the founders of Movement, and definitely a set worth watching.
To sum this up, Movement in Detroit is somewhere to check out if you want a change. The festival is well catered to, properly managed, and overall a blast. The music fit the tone and the people here are unforgettable. I can’t wait to be back next year! Detroit…I love you.
Photo Credit: Thong Le