PLAYGROUND DETROIT MOVEMENT 2019 GUIDE: MONDAY MAY 27
The final day of Movement festival closes out the long weekend on Memorial Day with some of our most anticipated DJ sets from a range of artists including Shigeto, Madlib, Yaeji and more. If the weather or all of the dancing hasn’t exhausted you yet, prepare yourself to close the holiday with one final push. Read on for more of our top staff picks.
CIEL (3PM-4PM, RED BULL STAGE)
Embodying the mantra “think global, act local”, Ciel fuses her skillful prowess and expansive taste with a single-minded resolve to bettering her adopted home of Toronto. She began with a youthful voracity for sound that eventually brought her into college radio and later into DJing, and now into her monthly n10.as show, Work In Progress, where she highlights the best and weirdest in underground electronic music produced by women.
She recently landed with local label Ghostly International, home of one of her all-time favorites Add Mulinix, and has also started her own imprint Parallel Minds, which will act as a further manifestation of her personal values and passion for music. It has been said that at heart, Ciel’s work in electronic music boils down to a simple truth: If everyone isn’t having a good time, what’s the fucking point?
LOREN (3PM-5PM, PYRAMID STAGE)
Lauren “Loren” Vellucci has become an integral voice in the Detroit underground scene, as is evident from her residency at the legendary TV Lounge and her work with progressive Detroit promotions group, Dissolute.
From the time her parents first surprised her with 2 turntables and a crate of records, she has continued to define her own style of futuristic, minimal techno, deliberately contributing to her local artistic community and earning the praise of her peers and supporters. She spends most of her days working at the renowned record store Detroit Threads, causally exploring the newest and rarest sounds on the market, and her presence at Movement is expected to be as it is at her shows: genuine, enthusiastic, and appreciative.
SHIGETO (LIVE) (5:15PM-6:15PM, RED BULL STAGE)
Originally hailing from Ann Arbor, Detroit transplant Shigeto‘s music is a direct representation of his interests, influences, and aspirations. His discography is varied and distinctly personal, featuring a collection of deliberate acts that offer a snapshot of where he has been as an artist, as well as where he was pointed at the time.
As his life continues to develop and unfolds, so does his music, and with the incessantly collaborative nature of Monday is The New Monday series (a weekly residency lucky locals have the pleasure of enjoying his sets weekly at Motor City Wine) as well as the blistering experimentation of his ZGTO collaboration with Zelooperz, Shigeto promises to keep pushing the limits of what he’s done to unlock the potential of what will come next. With his live set on Monday, it’s safe to say that we can expect the unexpected, and we’re definitely excited to see it all happen.
MK (5:30PM-7PM, MOVEMENT STAGE)
MK’s musical progression is a testament to long-term creative development. His roots are purely Detroit, but his early cues come from electronic leaning UK bands like Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cure. As a teenager growing up in close proximity to Detroit’s musical landscape, he found his way into the studio with the city’s nascent techno legends Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson at a young age. That experience built the foundation for his success through the mid-90’s, and into his so-called MK hiatus from dance music later in that decade, when his desire to explore other genres of music led him to delve into hip hop, R&B and pop, working with the likes of Quincy Jones, Diane Warren, and Pitbull to name a few. MK’s experience and hard-earned prowess have given him a certain resolve behind the decks, and his sets are further proof that momentum and intention are a formula for artistic success.
MADLIB (6:15PM-7:45PM, RED BULL STAGE)
Madlib‘s biography reads, “Madlib, aka Beat Konducta (born Madlib the Bad Kid 1922-1993) was an American comedian best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Quasimoto and Son. He was 3/4 African-American and 1/4 Blazed.”
Describing himself as “a DJ first, producer second, and MC last,” Madlib is one of the many aliases of Otis Jackson, Jr., who has become one of the most celebrated, prolific, and eclectic artists in hip-hop since emerging on the scene in the early ’90s. His connection to Detroit has been evident in his storied career, particularly in 2003 when teamed up with fellow producer and Detroit hero J Dilla for the first of a series of collaborative recordings released under the banner Jaylib. Madlib’s propensity for ambitious ideas and undeniable talent have made him a legend, and any true hip hop head would be remiss to not catch his appearance.
HEIDI (8PM-9:30PM, STARGATE)
Heidi has worked hard over the past decade to make her mark on the new house and techno music generation. Growing up in Windsor, Ontario Canada, just across the border from Detroit, and then relocating to London in 2000, Heidi’s work has been guided by a pursuit of a certain energy. “I came from the dancefloor, I love dancing, it’s disappointing when you leave without a strong memory from the night, I want to finish it with an explosion.”
She spends her life surrounded by music, and her genuine ardor for sound allows her to fit within any destination that she plays around the world. For Heidi, the vibe isn’t merely situational; her belief in her own agency and confidence in her abilities have allowed her blossom as an artist that takes pride in connecting with the people that enjoy her music.
YAEJI (10:30PM-11:45PM, RED BULL STAGE)
“I’m into it all…” -via Brooklyn-based Yeaji‘s Facebook page. Her catchy music is an intimate presentation of sounds that invite listeners to explore, expand, and heal through movement. Her performance at the festival will not be her first time touching down in Detroit, she packed the house at El Club in late 2018 with fans screaming and bouncing along to her hit single, “Raingurl.”
Within the past couple years, Yeaji’s sonic sensibilities have made her a buzzy up-and-coming name with her first release Yaeji EP, which presents a sound that showcases her many talents while exhibiting an air of comfort that extends to her listeners. Beyond contemplative ambience wrapped in a dance structure, Yeaji’s most popular tracks “Drink I’m Sippin On” and “Raingurl” are just undeniable bops that give her production and DJ sets an energy that simultaneously soothes and invigorates.
GRIZ [LIVE] (10:45PM-12:00AM, MOVEMENT STAGE)
GRiZ has continued to be on the forefront of independent electronic music throughout the years, from his 2011 debut album to his breakout album Good Will Prevail (September 2016), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic chart and charted on the Billboard 200 chart.
Ride Waves (self-released on April 5th, 2019) is his most creatively ambitious and most personal project to date, featuring collaborations with major artists like Wiz Khalifa and Bootsy Collins spanning across an expansive 14 tracks. A proud champion of the live electronic landscape, GRiZ’s live shows have resulted in widespread critical acclaim, including selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver for four consecutive years and counting. He also debuted the 15-piece GRiZ Live Band at the iconic venue in 2017, and his headlining set at Movement 2019 promises to be a memorable highlight of his impressive music career.
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