7 Questions before Movement: Raíz


“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 (and its afterparties) 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 around the festival (because let’s be real – there’s always at least a few names we don’t recognize right away). Next up are Droid co-founders Raíz, flying in from LA for the festival. 

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, almost every year as an audience member since its inception, save for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 we started co-producing “Interface / Scene” with Blank Code so things became more official. The first year, it was quite eye-opening to see first hand that techno, house, and electro were very much black music, and it was made of funky. All the techno DJs in the underground stage, the ghettotech-ers and the dance circles that thrived on their sets, 430 West after-hours and Saunderson and Hawtin on the main stage were all stand outs over the weekend. The live stream was archived on Groovetech for months after so I found myself revisiting alot of the sets and studying as well and enjoying them.

Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?

Yes of course, hard to say as there are exceptional releases on original detroit labels Transmat, KMS, Metroplex, 430 West, Axis and Planet E… and we continue to play many of them in our sets to this day. I suppose the first time I heard E-dancer’s “Pump the Move” on DJ Hell’s xmix CD, the break and the wild hoover riff hit me like a ton of bricks. I never turned back.

Based on what’s been announced so far, which artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?

I have seen many of the acts already over the years at past festivals, and other gigs worldwide, and all of them are fun to watch again. But I have to say I am very proud to see label mates Luis Flores and DJ Hyperactive getting their chance to shine at the underground stage.

To give readers a sense of the style of music you play, please name three tracks you’ve been showcasing in your sets lately.

DJ Misjah / DJ Groovehead – Psycho City

Raíz – Transcend [Editor’s Note: No streaming copy available, link takes you to Juno]

Any Dancemania-era Paul Johnson

What was your most recent release, and where can readers find it?

Cored 1 – VRV001, and if all distribution channels can align, The Stars the Struggle – Droid 18 / Transcend – VRV002 will be out by the end of May. They can be found at all online vinyl and digital retailers as well as droidbehavior.com and soundcloud.com/raiz-droid.

What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?

We are a two person act with one laptop each. Vangelis runs Traktor with two X1’s and one F1 as well as Ableton in the background with custom verb and chorus delay effects externally routed through the aux sends on the Xone 92. His traktor uses channels 1 and 2 on the mixer as well as one of the aux channels for extra sounds / noise / song parts from Vangelis’ F1. Vidal’s computer also runs Traktor with one X1 controller and one F1 controller and routes all songs and effects / track parts on channels 3 and 4. We both play music simultaneously with various faders up and use the cross fader for quick cuts, double copies and other mix tricks. There is no MIDI involved so there is a little bit of flexibilty and chance involved.

Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?

Probably not. We had to make a choice to remain exclusive to either the festival or Interface / Scene event. We will be at The Works for Interface as I still have to produce the show so I encourage all techno fans to attend as it will be up to par with the last 2 years in a row.