This year Movement Music Festival celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary! Where do you even start to create a Memorial Day weekend game plan when all of the world’s greatest electronic musicians are in Detroit for three days that are literally packed full of heart-pumping, feet-stomping madness? Right here.
PLAYGROUND DETROIT has curated our annual checklist of DO NOT MISS artists (including TONS of local DETROIT-based talent) so you don’t have to think; just dance your way through the official Movement Music Festival line-up. We couldn’t possibly include all of the usual suspects, you already know (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Mike Huckaby, Claude Young, Carl Craig, Claude VonStroke, Mike Servito, to name a few) but instead we have hand-selected our favorite local and visiting artists you may or may not know (yet!) conveniently arranged by day and time.
At the end of our list you will also find the complete schedule line-up. Movement Festival has also created the Movement App to help you navigate on-site; download here now to start creating your schedule! One last thing, we are giving away one pair of weekend passes! Follow @PLAYDETROIT & don’t miss your chance to win.
SATURDAY MAY 28TH
Jeff Risk // Red Bull Music Academy Stage @ 2:00-3:30PM
Drawing inspiration from various genres, Jeff Risk is a local Detroit underground king. Since his early start DJing in high school, Jeff has exposed audiences to sounds never heard before. With an inclusive taste for people and music, he has created a strong network of support in the local community, hosting events and rocking crowds at Coconut Babylon, Sk8Rock and Pirate’s Choice events. Although he has traveled internationally, Risk has played at many of Detroit’s favorite watering holes including Woodbridge Pub regularly and Movement 2016 is no exception.
Kyle Hall // Red Bull Music Academy Stage @ 5:00-6:30PM
Kyle Hall is a distinguishable name in the Detroit house and techno demesne. Born with music in his genes, this gifted producer and DJ has been featured in publications such as Spin Magazine, The Fader and MTV.com for his imprint on a genre embedded in Detroit culture. Although “KMFH” (AKA Kyle-Mother-Fucking-Hall) is a world traveler, he continues to support and engage with his hometown. He runs Detroit- based record label Wild Oats Music. You can also find him hosting his monthly “Fundamentals” dance party with friend and DJ Jay Daniel. Riding a wave of inertia from his recent sophomore album release, “From Joy” this hometown hero is sure to move you.
Ghostly International and Spectral Sound co-founder Matthew Dear was inspired by Detroit techno at a young age. Blossoming his sound in the early 2000’s, this multi-talented DJ and producer got his musical bearings in the Ann Arbor area which he continues to rep throughout this wild international success. This musical conquistador has dabbled in various genres and taken risks combining musical categories in a matchless way.
Stacey Pullen // Thump Stage @ 7:00-9:00PM
Stacey Pullen is an unmistakable anchor in the Detroit techno scene. Raised in the city, he took to electro at a young age becoming a protégé of the celebrated techno genius Derrick May. Combining various genres and paying homage to those before him, Stacey has forged a unique style appreciated by those in the D and all over the world. This Producer and DJ has flown under various aliases but continues to exemplify consistency and quality in his own music and the curated music coming out of his label, BlackFlag Recordings. Stacey has performed locally at venues such as Populux, The Grasshopper Underground and TV Lounge. Stacey stands as an ambassador to the city and a watchmen of the evolution of the genre.
Marc Houle // Beatport Stage @ 8:30-10:00PM
Raised adjacent to Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, in the same fertile music community that spawned his former label boss and mentor Richie Hawtin, Houle’s obsession with electronic sounds goes back to the noise of ’80s video games and vintage synthesizers. And while too many electronic artists use their machines as merely tools of convenience, Houle regards his with a dedication found in few producers. *Special pick from DJ Jacob AKA Snake.
Kraftwerk 3-D // Movement Main Stage @ 10:30PM-12:00AM
One word, DUH. These influential heavyweights have had a long love affair with the city who gave birth to techno and righteously have been brought in as the headliner for the festival’s 10th Anniversary. “Bringing together music and performance art, their 3-D concerts are a true “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art.” This will be the second time they have performed in Detroit recently; in October 2015 they returned to Detroit for their first concert in over a decade for their 3-D tour at The Detroit Masonic Temple. DO NOT MISS.
SUNDAY MAY 29TH
Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale // Thump Stage @ 1:30PM-2:45PM
The “Godmother of House Music” is no stranger to the Movement Festival. Since the 1980’s DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale has seduced crowds from Detroit to Ibiza with body movin’ music and pure feminine power. “Hotwaxx” Hale has performed at local happenings such as Charivari, Dally in the Alley, Tec-Troit, and the African World Festival keeping a strong grounding in Detroit culture. This year Stacey will collaborate with Discwoman for an after-party event (more on that soon) filled with fire female DJ’s. These DJ’ing badasses will challenge the status quo on a mission to “represent cis, Trans and gender-queer talent in electronic music.”
Will Sessions ft. Amp Fiddler // Red Bull Music Academy Stage 9:30-10:40PM
This experimental eight piece is a Detroit original, born out of the Motor City Funk Night parties. Gaining endorsements from locals such as Black Milk and Mayer Hawthorne, this soul/experimental/jazz group has gone from funk night to fame. Originating around 2007, members of this group met at Wayne State University in the heart of the city. Members of Will Sessions have worked with the likes of fellow Detroiters Danny Brown, Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, Eminem, Slum Village and more. Their Movement performance will feature funk keyboard player and vocalist, Amp Fiddler, former member of Parliament/Funkadelic.
Chuck Daniels // Opportunity Detroit Stage 5:45-7:00PM
According to the Movement website, Chuck Daniels “career extends back to an era when info lines were fundamental, mistakes made a mix more compelling, and DJs sought not to be superstars, but to cast spells on rooms full of people through thoughtfully-crafted acoustics.” During the 1990s, Daniels, along with other employees such as Mike Huckaby, Seth Troxler and DJ HouseShoes would stock shelves at the closed record store Record Time. In June of 2015 Spin Magazine named his track with Oliver Dollar, “Shout Away” one of the “Best of the Year So Far,” and Traxsource awarded it the #8 best house tune for all of 2015.
Loren // Thump Stage 3:15-4:00PM
Loren is a name you might not know yet, but that is no reason to miss out on this fresh-faced 20 year old up and coming DJ hailing from Detroit. Lauren “Loren” Vellucci is already an integral voice of the Detroit underground scene. She is a resident at the legendary TV Lounge as well as part of the progressive Detroit promotions group, Dissolute. *Special pick from DJ Jacob AKA Snake.
MONDAY MAY 30TH
Big Freedia // Red Bull Music Academy Stage @ 5:30-6:30PM
Recently featured on Beyonce’s “Formation” single, this New Orleans nobility is sure to sprinkle some piquant flavor on the Midwest. Known as the “Queen of Bounce,” Big Freedia remains ornamented with awards, TV appearances, tour dates and hometown adoration. Press play on a Big Freedia track and you will quickly understand that she did not come to play with the hegemonic mainstream. As an openly gay bounce music icon, Big Freedia has given an assertive voice to people of color and the LGBT community. Big Freedia will be a showstopper at this year’s Movement Festival, you besta believe it!
Delano Smith // Thump Stage @ 6:00-7:30PM
A deep house and 80’s techno pioneer, Mixmode Recordings chief Delano Smith took DJ’ing to another level in the Motor City. Mentored by the eminent Ken Collier, Delano showed promise since the early stages of his career. Over the years Delano Smith has ascended from the underground and become an old school deep house sentinel for the city. Delano will be playing to a wide audience after many years in the game.
ZelooperZ // Red Bull Music Academy Stage @ 6:30PM-7:00PM
Bruiser Brigade virtuoso ZelooperZ is an exciting addition to the Movement Festival. This well-known native Detroiter will paint the stage red with his energetic and irreplaceable style. With his well-received “Bothic” album release recently, ZelooperZ has accumulated popularity in a lane of his own catching the eyes of Complex magazine, Pitchfork media and Pigeons & Planes. Z’s mentor and fellow Bruiser Danny Brown ignited the Movement festival in 2015, and now a new Bruiser will represent the camp. Detroiters have witnessed ZelooperZ develop from a teenage rhymer to a global sensation, and welcome him to his first appearance on the Movement stage.
Widely raved about, this Russian DJ and Producer started her career as a dentist and left the profession to drill her way through the to some of the biggest stages in electronic music. Citing 90’s Detroit techno as one of her many inspirations, Nina is traveling to play in the city that inspired her from the beginning. Proprietor of трип record label and creative power on Rekids label, Nina is a jack of many trades. A singer, DJ, journalist and producer, Nina is a stereotype breaking anomaly, Nina remains affirmed in her electronic music success. She brings a love and homage for Detroit’s music to the movement stage, all the way from Russia.
Richie Hawtin // Beatport Stage @ 8:30PM-12:00AMThis English-born artist grew up in LaSalle Ontario, and was exposed to Detroit techno as a youngster. Richie Hawtin is a global success, recognized for his impact on electronic music. Although he has released music under various names, this owner of Plus 8 and M_nus record labels is highly recognizable. Well-known for his esteemed ENTER event at Space nightclub in Ibiza, this artist got into Detroit techno at his more humble beginnings. Richie Hawtin has received countless awards and accolades, and thats no surprise. He has been named “Best Techno DJ” three times at the DJ Awards, and has been nominated 17 times overall in categories like “Best International DJ and “Best DJ Innovator.”
Marshall Applewhite // Opportunity Detroit Stage @ 4:oo-5:00PM
“Detroit based producer/DJ Marshall Applewhite has set himself off into a journey of sonic terror reaching out to the late night, early morning, ears of exotic dance music fans around the globe. His sound, albeit jarring at times, encompasses the gritty nature of the city he was brought up in. With a slew of releases out on Detroit Underground, How To Kill, Clan Destine, Senseless Neon and his own YoSucka! Music, Marshall is showing no sign of slowing down.” (Words from Movement.us) *Special pick from DJ Jacob AKA Snake.
OFFICIAL 2016 MOVEMENT SCHEDULE
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