“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’ve been coming to the festival as a listener since the 3rd year. I’ve only missed one since. I’ve had a chance to play a few years at after parties as well. It’s impossible to pick just one memory… I’ve been going enough years that there are so many amazing moments I’ve witnessed, to pick one would be unfair!!!
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
I’m heavily influenced by Detroit… It’s impossible to narrow down such a large group of artists or music. When people hear me play they can hear the influence from people like Jeff Mills to Derrick May or even Theo Parrish..
3. Which artist or artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
They haven’t all been announced yet, but for now, I’m really looking forward to Planetary Assault Systems (PAS) Live, Ben Klock and Marcell Dettman, Dave Clark, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Ben Sims, Ryan Elliot, Silent Servant, etc… Honestly, PAS live was my favorite live techno act that I personally saw last year. I’m excited to see it again, and especially in 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.
I play beats and rhythms…and with only 3 tracks it’s nearly impossible to get an idea of what I play..
DVS1 – Polyphonic Love – Transmat
Staffan Iinzatti – Observation Station – Searchlight records
James T. Cotton – The Second Night Cycle – Ghostly International / Spectral Sound
5. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
I still play vinyl and some CD. So my set up is 2 Technics 1200’s, 2 CDJ 2000’s and a Pioneer mixer.
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 vary your style according to the type of event you’re playing at?
I personally prefer small and powerful as opposed to festivals… But I’m always prepared to play either one. The unfortunate thing with festivals is the short time slots. I’ve been known to play sets as long as 12 hours, so 1.5 hours on average at a festival is a bit of teaser. You have to be able to vary your sets, that’s what defines you and shows your abilities as opposed to just being a one trick pony…
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
Yes, the only one I can confirm and announce at the moment is Monday night at the works. KLOCKWORKS night featuring, Ben klock, DVS1 + more TBA…
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