“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 been to the festival before, as a performer or just as a listener? If so, what is your most distinct memory from the experience?
This will be my first time. Very excited!
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
I hate picking favorites, but the first two Detroit techno records I can remember buying as an aspiring DJ in 1993 are Mad Mike – Death Star (Underground Resistance) and Jeff Mills – Waveform Transmission Vol. 1 (Tresor). I played both releases until the grooves were nearly flat.
3. Which artist or artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
I’m looking forward to The Bug, Planetary Assault Systems, and Erika. But I’m not familiar with about half the names in the lineup, so hopefully I’ll be surprised by some new sounds.
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.
I’m playing a live set of my own music, so I’ll just direct people to my label page, where you can stream all the releases: http://eaux.ro
[Editor’s Note: I recently had the chance to write up a review for Rrose’s upcoming “Waterfall Variations” release for RA – keep your ears pricked for crafty alternate versions of this track, it’s worth a good listen.]
5. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
I use a laptop running Ableton and a few external controllers with faders, knobs, and buttons. It’s essentially the same setup I use in the studio, which makes it easy to translate my studio work to the live context.
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 like it dark and immersive. Less talk, more listening and more dancing.
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
I’ll be playing a DJ set on Friday night for the opening night after party at The Works, organized by Perc Trax.