“7 Questions before Movement” is an ongoing series in which we ask the same seven questions to as many artists playing at this year’s Movement Detroit festival as we possibly can. The goal of this series is to familiarize festival goers with the styles and personalities of artists they can expect to see at the festival (because let’s be real – there’s always at least a few names we don’t recognize right away). Our next interview is with Chicago-based DJ and promoter Jeff Derringer. You might have noticed that, technically, he’s not playing at the festival itself (but rather organizing and playing at a killer afterparty, the Electric Deluxe showcase). So we’re now expanding the series to incorporate some of our favorite artists who are playing in town Movement weekend. Enjoy.
Have you been to the festival before, as a performer or just as a listener? If so, what is your most distinct memory from the experience?
I played the first Interface/Scene collaboration in 2012, and then I played and produced the Perc Trax showcase in 2013. Both shows were at the Works, and both were a lot of fun. I guess I probably had a more meaningful experience with the Perc Trax showcase, as I was heavily involved in putting it together. But there was also magic at that first Droid/Blank Code collaboration. A sense of things starting to happen in the community that was really nice.
Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
Without question Mike Huckaby. He nods to the past but he’s very forward thinking. And I really appreciate the things he’s doing with educating kids in the city. He’s amazing. Also – Omar S. That guy’s a beast.
Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
I’m always excited to see Function and Regis. I’m looking forward to Voices From the Lake, big time. It will be the first time I see Oscar Mulero, which is by all accounts a transcendent experience. Jochem, Zak, Lucy, Mike Dehnert, Subjected and Mike Gervais at the EDLX showcase is going to be huge. I’m honored to be a part of that lineup.
To give readers a sense of the style of music you play, please name three tracks you’ve been showcasing in your sets lately.
James Ruskin – Slit
Planetary Assault Systems – Future Modular
SS/S – Siglo 4
What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?
I’ve just put out an EP on Prosthetic Pressings, currently vinyl only. You can get it at Juno (it’s white vinyl!), and it will be at Hardwax, Gramophone, Halcyon NYC etc very soon. The digital will be coming very shortly as well.
What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
I use a combination of Ableton and Maschine for my sets. I recently switched to Maschine 2.0 and I’m liking it a lot. Much better macro control which lets me access particular effect parameters in a much more streamlined way. I also use a Livid Cntrl:r, which I’m still not sure I like so much. It’s been difficult to find a controller that I really connect with. The search continues.
Tell us about your after party plans.
Obviously on Friday I’ll be at the Electric Deluxe event, which I am playing and co-producing with Jochem [Speedy J] and company. I will be at the Droid/Blank Code event supporting the troops for sure. After that, I’ll have to see what develops. Part of the fun of the weekend is letting it take you where it wants to. You have to let go of your plans a little bit.