7 Questions before Movement: DBX (Daniel Bell)

“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 legendary Detroit producer DBX, also known as Daniel Bell.

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?

I’ve been almost every year either as a performer or a member of the audience.  I think the first festival will always be special because there were no expectations and it felt spontaneous. It was also my last weekend before I moved to Europe for ten years, so it was a nice chance to see many of my friends before I left.

2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?

The first Detroit techno records I gravitated to were “Move it” and “Phantom” by Derrick May and Blake Baxter’s releases like “Sexuality,” “When we used to Play,” and “Body Work.”


3. Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?

Move D,  Andres, Shake, Rob Hood live,  Delano, Eddie Fowlkes,  Los Hermanos, Metro Area, Voices from the Lake, Stacy Hale, Minx… there’s more but I’ll stop there.

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.

I never know how to answer to this question…  I guess I play House music…. at least I stick the tempos usually associated with House music.  My preference is for abstract, hypnotic tracks.

So Inagawa – “Logo Queen”

Omar S – “Foe Show”

Cab Driver – “Mind Trip”

5. What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?

Um… hmmm it’s been a while.  I guess “Deep Down” on Superlongevity 5 on Perlon.

6. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?

I’m doing a liveshow that is 100% hardware. I tried working with a laptop but it’s just not my style.  I like the sound of vintage drum machines too much!

7. Can we expect to see you play at any after parties this year?

I’m doing an extended DJ set on Friday the 23rd of May at TV Lounge.