“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 the Blank Code co-founders responsible for the legendary SCENE series of parties in Detroit, Project 313.
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?
We both have attended every iteration of the festival since the beginning and have contributed an official after party to the weekend since 2004 under various promotional groups and event titles including: Substance Detroit, Friendly Integration and most recently our collaboration with Droid, Interface l Scene. We played back in 2012 on the Made in Detroit Stage, so this will be our 2nd performance at the Movement Electronic Music Festival as Project 313.
There have been countless great memories throughout the years but the standout moment for both of us would have been our performance in 2012. It was around the time our first Blank Code record hit the streets and gave us the inspiration to really grow the label and everything around it. We have come a long way since that day and continue to look forward to the future of techno in Detroit.
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
The Jeff Mills Purpose Maker series still resonates with us along with the works of Rob Hood and Claude Young to name a few. A few of the many Jeff Mills tracks that have inspired us are:
Jeff Mills – Ticket to Thrillville
Jeff Mills – Black Is The Number
3. Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
We’re pretty excited to see all the debut performances including: Black Asteroid, DJ Hyperactive, Luis Flores, Orphx, Function, Zeitgeber, Dustin Zahn, Raiz and Donor among others. We have had the opportunity to work closely with Movement’s Chuck Flask over the past 2 years, with booking artists to showcase a variety of North American and International artists on the Underground stage. It’s been a pleasure to work directly with Chuck to help organize the stage for the entire 2014 weekend and we hope that the energy and enthusiasm displayed by both the artists and the crowd on Monday during Movement 2013 is present the entire weekend.
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.
Mutate – Circle 2 (Project 313 Remix)
Drumcell – Disturbance (Original Mix)
SS/S – Siglo 4 (Original Mix)
5. What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?
Our most recent release was a remix of Angel Costa’s Black Arrow on Illegal Alien Records.
6. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
We use Ableton Live with a heavily customized layout running on a MacBook Pro along with a Livid OHM 64, Vestax VCM 600, and a Motu Ultralite. We have been using this set up for the last couple of years and we are very comfortable with the format and the control it gives us over the sound. We first began playing together around 2000 on 4 Technics 1200s and 2 DJ mixers doing all vinyl 2×4 sets and as the technology has progressed we have evolved into our current setup where we focus on mixing and layering live elements and effects over original sounds and our current favorite tracks. The layering allows us to shape a unique sound and energy that even makes our own hair stand up when it’s just right.
7. Can we expect to see you play at any after parties this year?
This year our performance at Movement will be exclusive. However, we are hosting our 3rd annual Official after party ‘Interface l Scene’ with our friends at Droid Records from Los Angeles. The after party will be on Sunday, May 25th at the Works! It’s a world class lineup that will be released to the public very soon! Stay tuned to www.blankcode.com or the RA Event for lineup, information and tickets.