“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). Fifth up this year is long-standing Detroit resident and Motech Records boss DJ 3000.
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 have been, as both a listener and a performer, and my most distinct memory was the first year of the festival as a listener and it was very special time for me! I just remember working that day and after work I was heading down to Hart Plaza to meet up with friends and didnt know what to expect. Just like any party or rave I was thinking this was going to be either a huge event or totally empty and I was anticipating the latter of the two to be honest!
Soon as I walked into the grass area just off Jefferson Avenue I was in total shock WTF! I couldn’t believe the amount of people that was there because I wasn’t expecting that amount of people, it looked like a million people to me. I could only gauge it from the other free festivals at Hart Plaza and this one looked like all of them combined as far as the amount of people.
I was so excited because at this point in electronic music for me I was very very deep into it, and to see all the hometown DJ’s and Producers all in one area performing was super exciting and than to top it off the amount of other USA and overseas artist on the lineup was incredible!
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
Hmmm… this is a tough question to narrow down some favorites because there is so many killer records but a few come to mind.
Jaguar by UR
Hard to pick just one from the UR catalog because they produce so many killer songs but this one is maybe not considered a classic because its not that old released 1999-2000 but I can just remember the first time I heard this record as if it was yesterday. I remember the day me and DJ Bone went down to Submerge to pick up new promos on a friday, because he was the Motor resident at that time, and when Mike Banks played the white label for us I about sh*t my pants! This song was like no other song I heard before, it just had this special feeling about it like “oh sh*t this is something special.” I just remember DJ Bone was hammering that record for months before it came out and people always went crazy! I miss those days when people went crazy over a record they never heard before, because you went by feeling and not because it’s a popular song. I miss that!
Clear by Cybotron
This has to be one of my all time favorites! I remember hearing this song as a kid during the B-Boy / Break Dancing era, and this track was always played at the dance partys I use to go to as a kid. Fast forward years later when I was starting to get into house and techno and finding out that this was a Detroit cat and it blew my mind! I guess this was the record that started it all for me and from that point forward I was hooked. This record is just funky funky funky and stands the test of time….released in 1983!
Good Life by Inner City
Yes, this song was a huge huge hit but those chords are unmistakable! When you hear those chords no matter where you are there is a reaction! Kevin Saunderson and his crew made loads of hits but this was the one that crossed over and people who dont even follow electronic music know this track!
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 am really excited about the Bonobo DJ set! I really like the music he produces, and have been following him for years and seen his live show before, and I heard him do a DJ set once and it was dope! To have him booked at Movement is great because he’s a good DJ and plays great music. Action Bronson is another artist I want to see! I think people reading this may this “WTF why those two artists?,” but it’s because my range in musical taste is very wide and these two artist are going to kill it!
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.
To be honest, my DJ sets are varied in style and is always changing based on my mood. I could go from playing some classic Detroit tracks to some of my own tracks to some new hot new shit that was just released today from some artist or label I’ve never heard of! What you can expect is a bit of Detroit, Chicago and some other random shit mixed in between and that may surprise you!
One thing I love about growing up listening to Detroit DJs is that you never know what to expect – they will always drop something that will surprise you. They may go from playing a few Detroit techno or house tracks and than drop a Prince or Stevie Wonder joint! I love the element of surprise and I try to carry on that same style in my sets.
5. What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?
I have a new album DJ 3000 “Besa” that will be released March 3rd on my label Motech, you can find it here www.motechrecords.com or any digital download stores.
6. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
I still DJ with two turntables and a mixer – two Technics and a Poineer 900 is all I need. I just love records and it’s comfortable for me, I do try to use CDJs to test out new tunes on my label and also new releases that are only released digitally, but I just love to DJ with records. Over the years I have experienced loads of problems with shit turntables at clubs and festivals and it’s funny to me how they just can’t get this right, but hey it comes with the territory I guess. Long Live Vinyl!
7. Can we expect to see you play at any after parties this year?
I do have a after party I’m DJing, but cant say much about it just yet – but I’ll see you at the festival!