“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 (and its afterparties) 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 around the festival (because let’s be real – there’s always at least a few names we don’t recognize right away). Next up is CLR and Electric Deluxe artist and MOTOR band member Black Asteroid.
1. 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?
A few years ago, I was up in Detroit during the festival to see some friends. After visiting the festival during the day, we ended up at some afterparty that seemed to go for days. It was an artist’s loft. BMG/Ectomorph was playing, and me, and some other people. It was one of these unofficial afterparties that went all night, and it was kind of crazy. And then the next day I was walking around the festival in kind of a haze. But there was some really nice energy.
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
I was always into Kenny Larkin in the 90′s when I just started making music. There was a period of music that was so stripped down, clean, and not overproduced. And I came across one of Carl Craig’s songs, on MTV. There was a moment in the 90′s when electronic music was booming and he had a video on MTV. From the album “More Songs about Food and Revolutionary Art”, I think. So that’s how I discovered Carl Craig. I’ve always admired Robert Hood – whenever I want to go a little deeper in my sets I drop his stuff.
With Drexciya, Detroit also had this really distinctive signature electro sound. Not like electro we have today but proper electro. I really love that sound, so Drexciya was one of my favorites too. The album by Drexciya called “Harnessed The Storm” had a big impact on me when I started producing music.
3. Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
I’d say Adam X, Jeff Mills, and Kenny Larkin. Adam X and I played together back when I was in my band MOTOR and we would end up on the same bill quite often because we both had quite a heavy sound. So I’ve played with Adam for a long time, and it’s just nice to have a DJ who’s kept his style and avoided trends for so many years. Also, Chris Liebing. It’s always fun to play with him. I’m going to be there for the whole weekend so I’m going to try to see the festival every day.
4. To give readers a sense of the style of music you play, please name three tracks you’ve been showcasing in your sets lately.
Max Cooper – Raw
This came out prior to his new album, it came out some time last year and it was kind of under the radar. Not a lot of people picked up on it. It’s kind of experimental, industrial, electronic. It’s not a techno techno track, but for a while I was opening my sets with it and it was the perfect track. It’s nice to break up the groove sometimes with things people aren’t expecting, and that was one of those tracks.
AnD – Jellyfish
Bas Mooy – Rage
It’s just relentless techno. I’ve just started getting into AnD through their Electric Deluxe EP and I’ve been following them since and played with them in Holland. Both are sort of in that group of the heavier side of techno.
5. What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?
Metal is my third EP, and it just came out on Electric Deluxe. It’s kind of like a trilogy we did together. The design of each of them was just beautifully executed.
6. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
I come from a hardware background, modular synths and everything. But at the moment, I’m not one of those people who thinks that techno needs to be made with hardware exclusively. I use a mix of both. I’ll be using lots of controllers triggering loops and sounds. And I’ll have some guitar petals and things like that and probably have a microphone to do some vocals here and there. I’m always trying new trigger devices and effects. At the last live show I had three F1’s and a couple guitar pedals and a microphone. I was able to have all my sounds and trigger them, and it was fine.
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
I’m exclusive with Movement, so I’m not going to play at any afterparties, but I’ll be going to hang out at the Electric Deluxe showcase on Friday.