“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). Fourth on our list this year is the charismatic Detroit-based house duo, Golf Clap.
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?
Hugh: I’ve been to the festival every year except for once since its inception. I had the pleasure of working for the Paxahau team about 5 years ago on the staff doing alot of the planning and working with the sponsors and vendors. It was a great opportunity to see how much work these guys really put into the festival the other 11 1/2 months of the year. It’s really a full time thing for them and it shows in the level of production they offer to the people of Detroit. I would have to say my most memorable experience would have to be that year because I’m a very hands on person, and I really enjoy the behind the scenes stuff that goes on with major festivals and parties alike.
Bryan: I went like 3 times in the early 2000s, actually DJ’d a lot of the day at one of the vender booths inside the festival back when they let you do that haha. I moved here a little before the 2012 Movement Festival and it’s my favorite weekend of the year. Last year was great on so many levels. Brings everyone to Detroit all at the same time. It’s the most people I ever see that I know at the same place, at the same time.
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
Hugh: There is really too many to name but the ones that have the most nostalgia for me are the original Plastikman albums as I was listening to them even before I started going to parties and raves in the 90′s. Even though I’m a house producer/DJ and always have been, tracks like Rhythim is Rhythim – Strings of Life, and Aztec Mystic – Knights of the Jaguar are a few of the tracks that will always make me think about Detroit. I was very lucky to grow up in this city and see alot of these tracks start as underground and become very seminal tracks of Detroit’s techno history,
Bryan: I’m not from here, so I don’t have any nostalgic Detroit songs really. However, my current favorite people making house records in Detroit are Andres (who’s playing the festival this year) and Omar S. I’d have to say. Some of my favorite DJs I’ve seen from Detroit recently are Monty Luke, Carl Craig, Terrence Parker, and Kevin Saunderson.
3. Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
Hugh: This year is really going to be something special for Detroit with alumni like Carl Cox, Green Velvet, and Dirtybird Artists Claude Von Stroke and Justin Martin playing, but also to get see some really cutting edge acts like Bicep, Moon Boots & Perseus (from French Express), and Julio Bashmore. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the final release
Bryan: I’ve been sitting here trying to answer this question for a good 5-10 minutes. There’s so much good stuff already. I’m just going to make a list of the specific stuff I want to catch in no particular order. Carl Craig, Moon Boots, Bicep, Miguel Migs, Mike Huckaby, Robert Hood LIVE, Perseus, DBX – LIVE, Andres. I have to stop myself now or i’m just reading off the lineup.
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.
HNNY – Kela
Low Steppa – The Cry
L Jermaine – Numbers
5. What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?
We just released our first major single of the year on Grant Nelson’s Freeze Dried imprint entitled “Dream Trippin”. It’s out at all major retailers such as iTunes, Beatport, and Traxsource. It also features a really heavy remix by our mate Low Steppa from the UK.
6. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
Hugh: We use a pretty standard setup these days consisting of a DJM-900 mixer for its great layout and on board effects along with 3 CDJ-2000 nexus which are awesome pieces of gear and allow us to really layer tracks well. Also helps us to have enough space to both stay active on the decks, and not get in each others way during a performance.
Bryan: We really love the Pioneer nexus setup. I love using the USB feature and loading from a flash drive and having it all in folders setup ahead of time on the CDJs. I also really like the looping features and specifically the slip mode on the CDJ 2000 Nexus. We also use the dub echo, filter, delay, echo, and reverb quite often in our sets. Sometimes with both of us, we get interesting combos where one song is playing, another is looping over it, one channel is being filtered while the whole thing has a delay or reverb being added.
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
Hugh: The plan is to produce two afterparties this year which we can’t give out too much information about yet. What I can tell you is that they will be having these parties to launch our new vinyl/digital label Country Club Disco and the parties will be Country Club themed, outdoors, They will be called Country Club Disco w/ Golf Clap & Friends – Front 9 & Back 9. Expect to see some serious heavy hitters on the bill for these!
Bryan: What Hugh said. We are starting to get extra rest now in preparation. We’re going to have to be on one, like Drake, this weekend. Definitely my favorite booking for Golf Clap so far. Very excited and humbled to be a party of it this year. Thank you for the interview. Looking forward to seeing your set as well, naturally.