“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 (formerly known as “DEMF”) 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). Given that this is a techno-focused site, we’ll start out by seeing what artists in this genre have to say.
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?
Yes, I have attended the festival every year as a listener since the beginning. This will be my first year attending the Movement Festival as a performer. My best memory of the festival that I can recall was watching Monolake perform live on the Main Stage in 2011. I think he closed it out that year and I was in the perfect place for sound and visuals.
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
I can’t say that I have a favorite song or artist. It seems that I go in and out of phases with Detroit sounds. There are many albums and artists that I look back on that played a significant role in the evolution of my musical taste. A few names that come to mind are Deepchord, Daniel Bell, Aux88, Plastikman, Rob Hood, DJ T-1000 and Jeff Mills. The most memorable tracks for me were the Purpose Maker records by Jeff Mills.
3. Which artist or artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
Ben Sims, Dan Bell, Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann. The most interesting booking at Movement this year is Moby. I’m curious to see what he plays, and if he brings some heat to Detroit!
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.
Mintech – Solar
Mikael Jonasson – Benefit of the Doubt (Original mix)
Insect Elektrika – Terminator Cat (Original mix)
5. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
Over the last couple of years I’ve tried multiple DJ set ups and have narrowed it down to what I’ll be using at the Festival. I will be using a Macbook Pro with Ableton Live 9 as my audio interface. Along with that, I’ll be using an Allen & Heath Xone 92 DJ mixer and a auxiliary channel for custom effects. I’ll also be using 2 Native Instruments X1 controllers and an F1 controller custom mapped to my live set in Ableton Live 9.
6. Electronic music is played in a lot of different contexts and atmospheres. Do you find yourself more drawn to festivals, intimate club shows, or some other type of event? Do you find yourself varying your style according to the type of event you’re playing at?
Over the years I’ve played in different cities but Detroit has always been home and is where I’ve played the majority of my gigs. I tend to favor small intimate underground parties, but I don’t have much experience playing at festivals.
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
I’m not booked to play any after parties at this time. However our label Blank Code is collaborating with Droid Behavior from LA to have our second annual “Interface l Scene” official after party at the Works on Sunday. Some of the artists playing are Luke Slater, Silent Servant, Rødhåd, Luis Flores, DJ Hyperactive, Andrei Morant to name a few. You can see the full lineup and event details at www.movementafterparties.com.