“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?
Yes, I visited the festival last year for the first time as a listener and was blown away by the atmosphere, my memory’s a little hazy as you’d expect but I remember watching the last few acts on the main stage, Chris, Kevin and Jeff all smashed it! [Editor's note: Tommy also played a set at the CLR afterparty at Elysium which was quite good.]
2. Do you have any favorite classic Detroit techno tracks or artists?
I find I always still reach for Robert Hood tracks, they always inject a unique energy to the floor.
3. Which artist or artists playing at the festival are you the most excited to see this year?
I’m a big fan of everything that Mike Parker touches so I’m curious to check out his live set. Also Andy C would be interesting as I used to collect DnB so I’m curious to see how things have moved on. I also really dig Mala’s work but I’ve never had the chance to catch him play out so I’ll be there to witness the dangerous sub freq.
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.
Skirt – Tumulto (Yuji Kondo Remix) – Semantica
Inigo Kennedy – Cathedral – Token
SHXCXCHCXSH – OOOVVVDDD – Avian
5. What kind of equipment will you be using for your set, and why do you prefer it?
I currently use 1 x Macbook Pro with Traktor Pro 2, 1 x A&H 92 Mixer and 2 x A&H 1D controllers. I prefer this set up because I have a lot more control and can craft the set depending on certain situations. Key moments can be sustained, manipulated and taken to the next level if need be and I also have the option create bespoke moments on the fly so I’m a lot more flexible than when only playing records.
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?
Personally it comes down to the connection with the crowd, which in turn comes down to the attitude, trust and good energy of the people and also myself. With this, it’s almost irrelevant to where I play. It would be unwise to ignore sound and space when choosing records though. For example playing crazy percussive records in a large cavernous space would have less impact than a stripped down simple beat due to the reverb added. Bass heavy systems give slow BPMs more energy, etc.
7. Can we expect to see you play at any afterparties this year?
I’ll be down for the CLR show @ St Andrews Hall.
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