“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). And with that, we’re excited to present the insanely fun and absolutely charming personality of Dirtybird’s J. Phlip.
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?
Hahah, yes! I think maybe 5 or 6 times now. One of the reasons I’m so excited to play the festival is because it’s a place where I have made so many memories. I guess one of the best times was when Barclay (Claude von Stroke) was wasted and had all of us running all around the streets of Detroit to find the Coney Island where the guy who works there does a trick pouring the milk. We had no idea what he was talking about until we finally found it. It was such a ridiculous wild goose chase. His sister was following us around with this huge camera recording for the “Who’s Afraid of Detroit” video. You can see the guy pouring the milk at the end of the video, heheh!
This year is going to be my 30th birthday weekend… yea… for the first time ever I’m not turning 21 again. hehehe. so lets make a rager of it ok guys???!?!?!?
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
Disco D, The Other People Place, and DJ Godfather are huge for me.
3. Which artist or artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
Audion, Squarepusher, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Cajmere, Rrose, DVS1, Masters at Work.
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.
Boddika – Soul What (Boddika Remix)
Dj Deeon – Da Horz
Graze – The Sust
5. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
CDJ’s and Technics. I started on Technics and I still love to play wax when the turntables are setup and properly sound checked (rare in America these days boo.) But I know they will be good to go at Movement. CDJ’s are my other preferred method because I just can’t have a computer screen anywhere near me when I DJ. When I perform it’s one of the few times I get to get away from this damn screen. Although I see the advantages of using a laptop, I prefer it just be me, my music, and the people.
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?
I definitely enjoy playing at all of the above. Festivals are neat because often times you get to play outside and there is this amazing openness and sometimes some really cool production going into the stages and stuff. There is the thrill of looking out into a sea of people listening to you.
But as far as partying goes, I love getting down at a dark dirty grimy party in a basement or warehouse. Yeahhhh those kinda parties are like home to me. I guess because that is the type of environment I like to party in, its also gotta be my absolute favorite type of party to play I love it when I’m eye to eye with the crowd and they are right there in my face. And I can play as nasty as I want.
I will vary my style to a certain extent, but hey, I get booked to play what I play because I play it. But I try to play appropriate for the event within the realm of my “style”. For daytime parties I like to keep the set bit more lighthearted, bootyish, bouncy, and fun. In a darker club I feel more comfortable to play harder or take it to the moon. I also take into consideration whether I’m opening, closing, headlining… or if its an after after party, hehehe. Things like that! It’s good to be versatile without compromising your sound.
As far as movement goes… it’s Detroit man… I can play anything I want there
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
Dirtybird!!!!!!! I’m doing a b2b set with mister booty clap himself, Kill Frenzy. I’m stoked. We did an impromptu tag set this year in Miami and it was so much fun. Uhhhhh!!!!!!@#$%^&*