7 Questions before Movement: Reference

Reference - Luke Hess & Brian Kage

“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 two (Luke Hess & Brian Kage) been to the festival before, as performers or just as listeners? If so, what are your most distinct memories from the experience?

As Reference we played the Beatport Stage in 2008 (DJ) and the Main stage in 2011 (LIVE). These were both very memorable performances.

This year Reference will close out the Made in Detroit Stage on Monday night with a combination LIVE / DJ / Hybrid Set. It should be bananas.

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

Yes we do. There are way too many to list…

3. Which artist or artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?

Carl Craig, Dan Bell, Nina Kraviz, Ryan Elliot, Steffi, Francois K, Richie Hawtin, Moodymann, Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann, Ben Sims, Steve Rachmad, Sinistarr, Mr. Joshuua, DVS1, etc. etc. etc. … it’s an amazing line up this year.

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.

Best Day in Detroit – Reference – Planet-e

Here’s Your Trance Now Dance – Omar S – FXHE

Energy Flash – Joey Beltram – R&S

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

Technics Turntables, Vinyl Records, Traktor, Traktor Control Vinyl, Machine, X1 Controller, F1 Controller, TR-909, & Eventide Space… but the most important element to our set is exceptional & soulful music.

We explore different performance options often and ways to enhance our sets, but we always have a few key elements.

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?

We have a specific Detroit style & sound in mind as Reference, however, we enjoy both festivals and club shows and we usually tailor our performances based on the vibe and energy of the crowd.

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

We’re focusing all of our energy and time into the Movement festival performance to make it unique & special for Movement Festival goes. Check out www.reference-detroit.com to find out what we’re up to next.


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